Sunday, December 8th, 2019
During this season of Advent let the Mighty God be the one who rescues you, the one who is your hero. He is our Peace.
During this season of Advent invite the Wonderful Counselor into the best of rooms, your heart. He gives us Hope.
The kingdom of God is a party and we are all invited, so let's celebrate!
Don't waste the talents God has given you (they're God's talents, you know).
Maybe there's more here about rich exploitation of the poor than what we care to see or believe. Let's take a closer look.
In both of these stories the hearer is told to give up control of the things God does and to be proactive in what they can do. In other words, rather than trying to figure out the soil just scatter seed. But maybe more importantly, be good soil.
Two men went up to the temple to pray...
Are we so focused on our own goodness that we miss out on the goodness of God?
To a Jewish person in the first century, a Samaritan was anything but "good". The Jews hated the Samaritans and the Samaritans hated the Jews.
To many in the day of Jesus, his teachings regarding the Kingdom of God were unfair. Some categorized his teachings as backwards and upside down. It seemed like Jesus' teachings always favored the small, the weak, and the underdog. Those who wanted to be powerful, in first place or the greatest, just didn't get what Jesus was talking about. This is one of those parables that makes people complain "this is backwards" or this is "unfair".
Let's pray, together, and for one another.
It is undeniable that the early church placed heavy emphasis on the practice of prayer as a community. In key moments in the story of the early church, we find them praying. In one particular episode, while the church was praying, the house where they were praying began to shake. In this last sermon of the series, we will be encouraged to participate in a 21 Day prayer event. May God shake our house, shake our lives and move powerfully amongst us.