A Prayer Prompted by Mark 14

Dear Father in heaven,

What can we ever say or do to thank you for your great love for us? In truth, we can never repay you, and can never match Christ’s sacrifice, which was offered for our sins.

The best we can do is give you our lives, our abilities and our possessions and ask you to use us to accomplish your will.

Help us to express complete obedience to you without relying on ourselves.

Like the woman in the story of the fragrant ointment, help us to offer you all that we have.

Like Jesus in the garden, help us to see that your will for us is better than our own will, whatever that may be.

Help us to live our the words, “Thy will be done.”

In Christ our Lord,

Amen.

 

Central Streaming: Waiting for Jesus

The Letters of Paulapostle-paul

Paul writes to encourage an exemplary church.  Despite their affliction, they need to stand firm and continue waiting for Jesus.

                     1 Thess.pdf              1 Thess.mp3

Palmer St. Podcast: Our Uncertainty and the Will of God

Born in 1834, Charles Spurgeon was one of the most popular preachers in London by the age of 21. His sermons were also published inwritten form. One, entitled God’s Will About the Future, was based on James 4:13-17, our text today. It was scheduled for distribution on Sunday, February 7, 1892. One week before that, on January 31, Charles Haddon Spurgeon died, 57 years of age. Considering the subject matter of the text, the timing of that event was perfect.  Life is uncertain.  Make the desire to please God your life’s principle driving force.

James 4.13-17.mp3

James 4.13-17.pdf

James 4.13-17.pptx

Palmer St. Podcast: Ephesians 1:1-14

When the learner yields to the teacher’s intentions, both student and teacher succeed. God does not leave things to chance. We glorify Him the most when we yield to his loving intentions.  That is also when we are most blessed.

Eph 1.01-14.mp3

Eph 1.01-14.pdf

Toward a More Thankful 2008

Generally speaking, the human race contains too many griping, ungrateful goons. I deeply regret being one of them.  We fail to appreciate the hard work or hardships of others while often feeling unappreciated. Sometimes the best we can do is realize we’re not thankful and tactfully hold back our whining, but thankless sentiments rarely disappear due to mere lack of expression. Another step is still needed, namely, the positive, intentional cultivation of a thankful heart.

The Scriptures say that we should:

In everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:18 (NKJV)

Moreover, we are reminded to:

[Give] thanks always for all things to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.” – Ephesians 5:20 (NKJV)

Now that’s a pretty far cry from where I am when I first get up each morning. Nonetheless, some deliberate effort on my part, in time, might pay off. Here’s to an intentionally more thankful 2008.

Bless the Lord, O my soul; and all that is within me, bless His holy name!
Bless the Lord, O my soul, and forget not all His benefits.” – Psalms 103:1- 2 (NKJV)