Sermons from 2017

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Why keep praying? (Luke 18:1-8)


Let me tell you what I’m not competent to do: I can’t explain to you why God says yes or no to any given prayer; or what His purposes are in the timing of His answers (which very often come about after a far longer time than fits our expectations of an acceptable RSVP). Like everyone else, I can’t do more than speculate about that, and I’ve found that to be a pretty useless exercise.
What I hopefully can do is what I’m called to do: Share with you what God says in His Word about prayer, and how He would have us shape our lives in the light of that. And here in Luke 18:1-8, Jesus unambiguously teaches us to ‘always pray and not give up.’ The point of the parable is spelled out right there in v.1, before the parable’s even spoken: Be persistent.

How to feast with God (Luke 14:1-24)


Not everyone is going to live with God, either now or forever. Lots of people go through life without giving this a lot of thought, but they assume that, if there is such a thing as eternal life, God will probably give it to them if He’s the nice sort of guy that ‘more religious’ people think He is. That’s not at all what God has said about it though. So it’s time to listen to what the host of the feast says about who’s coming.