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Pastor Jonathan Shirk's final sermon at North Park Church
Too often we pray with cynicism; we think that God could answer, but he's probably not going to. Instead, we should pray with faith. Faith that when we are persistent in our request, God will respond.
Using David's confession in Psalm 51 as a guide for how we enter into confession: conviction, response of responsibility and asking for help, and willingness to teaching.
It appears likely the Defense of Marriage Act will be overturned by the U.S. Supreme Court in June. The President of the Pennsylvania Pastor's Network, Sam Rohrer, told morning news anchor Sarah Harnisch what this means for religious freedom; and how Christians should respond to the gay movement.
The Apostle Paul is responding to: 1. The Value of God's Wisdom and 2.The Wealth of God's Grace
Preacher: John Rubens. Passage: Habakkuk 3 v18. Habakkuk lived in a time where God's laws were being rejected. We experience such today. We see the prophet's anticipation and his response before God.
The passage is marked by three references to someone seeing something—the LORD seeing that Leah was hated, Rachel seeing that she bore no children, and Leah seeing that she had ceased bearing children. There is a clear contrast between what God sees and how God acts in relation to what He sees with what we see and how we act in response to it. God responds to what he sees by acting on behalf of the weak and oppressed. When we fail to pattern ourselves after God we only see what is to our disadvantage and act out of selfish wants. Such an attitude and the actions that follow it are a part of all human conflicts. Sadly, this marks God’s people as well, because they too are sinful. Still, God actually uses it all to produce his people. This does not mean conflicts and strife due to sinful selfishness are okay. Instead, it highlights all the more God’s mercy and grace in not treating us as our sins deserve and instead showering us with blessing. In light of our having been treated in this way, how ought we to treat others?
This month we are considering the Christmas story as told by the authors of the four Gospels. Last week, we looked at Matthew’s account; today we consider Mark’s account. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all give us a little bit different version. This is not contradictory, understand, but complementary. Some like Luke, give us a lot of detail; others, like Mark, do not give us much. Actually, if it is the traditional Christmas story that you are looking for with Joseph, Mary, the baby, a stable, shepherds, you will not find it in Mark. But, when we really understand what the Christmas story is all about—the incarnation of Jesus—the coming of Jesus into our world and the implications of such—you will certainly discover that story here.