We can find joy and peace in troubled times when we remember that God hears our prayers and shift our focus to the positive things that God is doing in our lives.Continue reading
Although the sufferings of this life may not compare to the glory to come, they are still real and painful. We groan waiting for God’s promises to be fulfilled. However, we do not wait alone. All of creation waits and groans with us. So does God’s Spirit as he intercedes for us before the Father.
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I doubt Mary was expecting Jesus to turn water into wine, but she was expecting him to do SOMETHING, even if it was inconvenient. What she asked and what Jesus did can teach us a lot about prayer and the character of God.
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.”
There are different kinds of spiritual wisdom and they lead to different ways of living. This short sermon from Mark 9:30-37 and James 3 will help you sort out the difference between demonic wisdom and the wisdom that comes from the one true God.