Christians are often troubled when they see God help others, but not them. Why some are miraculously healed and others are not is difficult to understand.
Luke records a time when John the Baptist sent two disciples to ask, “Are you the one who is to come or shall we expect another.” They had heard what Jesus was doing, but what he wasn’t doing concerned them and they were struggling. Jesus answered gently and with great respect for John, referring to what the prophet Isaiah had foretold and saying in effect, “trust me.”
Being ready for Christ’s return isn’t a matter of knowing when it will occur, it is rather a question of being faithful to the tasks we have been given. You don’t need chats and diagrams to understand what Jesus said in Mark 13, just simple faith in your savior.
Are you looking for something more than a simple reminder to give thanks or a list of blessings? In this expository sermon on Luke 17:11-19, the account of Jesus healing ten lepers, Pastor Hinkle draws upon a structural analysis of the passage presented in Arthur Just’s Commentary on the Gospel of St. Luke. Professor Just suggests looking at the passage from the outside in. The result is a fresh look at the incident and a sermon that goes much deeper than “Hey, don’t forget to give thanks.”
You may have heard “Tough times don’t last, tough people do!” Pastor Hinkle disagrees. We are all temporary. Only in Christ can we find permanence.
Likewise, the Old Covenant, its temple, its worship, and its priesthood were temporary. A new and better covenant was needed that depended upon forgiveness instead of obedience to rules and commandments. Christ ushered in that new covenant when he offered himself upon the cross.
In this sermon, Pastor HInkle follows the author of Hebrews as he explains why the old things had to give way so that we could enjoy an eternal inheritance.