Each year, at the beginning of a new year, we set our focus upon growing in our individual and corporate prayer lives. None of us looks back at 2013 satisfied with our prayer life. We all know we need to pray more, in every circumstance. This morning we learn from James chapter 5, different kinds of prayer.
Perhaps no other time of year is it easier to be distracted from Jesus and carried away by the culture than Christmas time. Tonight, we focus our attention on Jesus and the gifts he brings that neither break, spoil or leave us wanting. Jesus offers us the greatest gifts, peace and pardon.
In Luke’s account of the birth of Christ we learn much about the character and nature of God. We see the sovereign God working his plan to save his people for his glory through the humiliation of his son.
In Jesus' interaction with a rich young man, we see that Jesus directly confronts our deepest idolatry, if we choose to follow Jesus, we must lay down all our other idols. He will not allow us to love other gods and be His disciple.
In this passage Jesus taught on the nature of marriage, the problem of divorce and the value of singleness. Christians are to view these things in a way that is radically different than the world.
Jesus continues to teach his disciples about forgiveness and reconciliation through an incredible parable. We are all debtors unto God and He, being rich in mercy has forgiven us through the atoning work of Jesus' death and resurrection. We can be sure that our debt to God is canceled and atoned for by Jesus by the way we forgive and extend mercy to others.