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.
Pastor Hinkle’s Sermon on Mark 7:31-37 for Pentecost 16.
In Ephesians 3, the Apostle Paul prays that his readers would know the extent of Christ’s love and that they would be filled with the fullness of God. Pastor Hinkle shares where and how this is done.
Where is the Church to get pastors, evangelists, missionaries and others to preach the Gospel and gather believers? Jesus said, “Pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest” because when it comes to saving the peoples of the world, everything begins with God.
One would think that prayer should be easy, but it can be surprisingly difficult. This sermon shares some basic principles that have helped me in my prayers. It is my hope they will help you as well.