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Do you know where you're going in this new year? Do you know where you've been? Andy Stanley says that your direction, not your intention determines your destination.
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Celebrating the Joy of Christ, Ronnie looks at what Jesus has done and how he has done it. He delivers the kingdom to God and destroys the enemies by being raised from the dead and returning to us again. So our response must be JOY!
The imperative in Matthew 6:9 is to pray in a certain way. In Luke the disciples asked for Jesus to teach them to pray. Jesus taught them to pray and the prayer was in consistent with the way He taught them to live. As His disciples they were called to live with a new focus and a life of surrender. Series: Teaching them to obey ALL I'VE COMMANDED YOU
After giving Abraham a new name and the covenant sign of circumcision, God speaks again to Abraham telling him that Sarai's name will be changed to Sarah, because she will be blessed by God, along with Abraham; together they will have a son. Through this son given by God to Abraham and Sarah, God's covenant promise will be fulfilled. Abraham is overcome by this announcement; he falls down and laughs, and literally cannot think straight. Abraham's response reveals what he thinks of HOW God will accomplish his covenant promise. Abraham believes that it is preposterous that he and Sarah could have a son. But this is how God will reveal that the fulfillment of his covenant, while involving the obedience of his people, nonetheless occurs only through God's supernatural power. By Abraham laughing and then declaring, "O, that Ishmael might live before you!" he reveals that though he believes God's promise will be fulfilled, he does not understand that HOW it will be fulfilled will only put the supernatural power of God on display. By this we see how much of our sin is revealed in our attempts at looking to ourselves to adopt ministry methods that rely on our strength rather than God's.
Pastor Gregg Matte delivers the second message in the "Journey to the Garden" series.
After Moses tells us that Abram believed God and God credited it to him as righteousness, God declares that he is the one who brought Abram out of Ur to give him the Promised Land. Abram then asks God how he will know that he will possess it. Abrams question addresses God's method and Abram's assurance. God's answer draws attention to Him and His word. God then ratifies his covenant with Abram. Here is the Gospel in perhaps its most vivid display-God obligating Himself to keep His covenant both for Him and Abram.
So, when was the last time you read the book of "Lamentations"? Ha! I can't remember either! Known as one the saddest books in the Bible, the richness of Lamentations is often passed over for more cheerful/happy passages. However, the experience of life has taught us all that sooner or later we all will (and must) lose at something. This is often the only way that the Life-God-Grace Mystery can get us to change. This message explores this candid reality of life while introducing the new theme for the New Year: 2012 "New Experiences".
Mary's response to the angel is a model for our response to the Holy Spirit's movement in our lives. If moves from initial fear & unbelief to questioning "how will this happen" to an understanding that God is controling things, so our response becomes "let it be as you say".