Synopsis: Tonight's message is part 2 and completes last week's message from Matthew 6:9 in which our pastor answers the question, "Why did Jesus append the words, "which art in Heaven" to "our Father?" What's the message being communicated and what did Jesus want His disciples to understand by that? What were they acknowledging? How does that truth affect our praying as well as the way we view life and live life? Four practical truths are suggested in tonight's message.
Synopsis: On this 20th anniversary of the terrorist attacks on September 11, 2021, our minds are directed to the memory of all who were lost on that day as well as to honoring all our first responders and military personnel who have sacrificed their lives to save others and defend freedom. Our text in Luke 13:1-5 is a chilling look at how Jesus dealt with the issue of national tragedy and the horrific loss of life. The two horrible calamities that are recorded in our text form the backdrop for Jesus' teaching on some important truths that each of us must come to grips with and act upon.
Synopsis: Why did Jesus append the words "which art in Heaven" to "Our Father" and instruct His disciples to think along these lines as they began their praying to Him? Tonight's message answers that question and focuses on what this expression reveals about God our Father.
Synopsis: God does not expect us to accomplish His work on our own! The final section of Zechariah 4 supplies hope for the discouraged among God’s people in all ages as they engage in the work of the Lord. It also supplies the solution to the great problem of how a born-again believer, as a weak and limited instrument, can be a conveyor of the infinite power of God and can prosper in the work of God given the opposition he faces within and without.
Burnout is a real problem in ministry today. But the solution to that real problem is found in God’s message of encouraging and sustaining hope: we serve in the presence of the Triune God, empowered by God and will be used by God to advance His work.
Synopsis: Two small, simple words begin this model prayer that, on the surface, appear that they need no comment at all because it all seems rather straightforward. Yet the whole prayer depends upon these two words! As we consider how this prayer begins, consider this question: "What does it mean to us as born-again believers to call God "Our Father?" This message begins with one answer to that question.
Synopsis: God often takes delight in using small things to effectively accomplish His purposes. In our survey of Scripture this morning, we see that theme repeatedly expressed in a variety of arenas that yield wonderful and challenging points of application.
Synopsis: This message looks at the first part of the question raised in our text--who hath despised the day of small things? The answer to this question just might surprise you because our first thought might be to just limit this question to the human element!
Synopsis: Ever go through a rough time in your life and your really needed to hear an encouraging message from the Lord and His Word and the Lord providentially worked it out so that you came to church that day and it was exactly what you needed to hear? Or may while traveling you heard a radio broadcast or you heard a podcast and experienced the same thing. It reminds us of what Solomon said in Proverbs 15:23 and 25:25!
God had a timely message for Zerubbabel in Zechariah 4 that was designed to encourage him and give him hope. God's message to him is for us as well! In today's message, you find three specific points being made with applications that go far beyond Zerubbabel and what was happening in the 6th Century BC to God's people as they struggled to advance God's work.
Synopsis: Many born-again believers have no problem believing God's power is all-encompassing and available: where the struggle lies is in the area of personal application of that power. We can be supremely confident of the fact of God's power but often doubt whether they can ever experience that power in their personal lives. So how does an individual or a church congregation experience God's power? Power to prosper? Today's passage offers great hope and encouragement and presents the key message of this fifth vision Zechariah received from God.
Synopsis: This message begins with a look into Zechariah 4, the 5th of 8 visions the prophet received in one night. Whereas the 4th vision in chapter 3 addressed the removal of the internal obstacle to God's blessing, sin, by the work of The Branch (Christ), this 5th vision addressed the removal of the external obstacles to the advance of God's kingdom by the work of the Holy Spirit. Although the image Zechariah saw may be challenging to comprehend, the message is not as the interpreting angel shares the timeless truth that Zerubbabel, the civil leader that oversaw the rebuilding of the temple project, and Joshua the High Priest needed to hear. It's the message we desperately need to hear, accept, and personally apply today.
Synopsis: In today's text there is a key term that is highly significant as the focal point of hope in Zechariah's message to his people--"the Branch." To fully appreciate this title, it would be best for us to define the term, see how it is used, and from that we will see two important truths emerge from which we can draw personal application.