We all could stand to improve in our personal prayer life. For some, prayer is either lacking or routine, a going through the motions. This morning we study the Apostle Paul's prayer for the Ephesians, a powerful, God-centered prayer that changed their lives. We will examine this prayer and learn how we can pray more meaningfully.
One way that we celebrate Christmas is by giving gifts. God is a good gift giver. He has given us the greatest gift in the person of Jesus the Christ. In Jesus we have a Savior sent to rescue sinners from their sin. Jesus is the gift we need the most.
All year, but especially during the Christmas holiday we celebrate God’s love for us that has been made manifest through the Incarnation of Christ. But the pinnacle manifestation of God’s love for us is not just the Incarnation but rather His atonement for our sin. God has sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. He has sent a Savior!
The pervasiveness of sin has increased dramatically between Genesis 3 and 4. One generation in and Cain cannot be talked out of sin. His heart is hardened toward God and his brother. God judges Cain's sin and yet is merciful to him, sparing his life. God's mercy continues through this chapter and is personified to us in the person of Jesus. Jesus is the son of Seth, the 2nd Adam who has come to bear our sin and defeat our common enemy.
In Genesis 4 humanity continued in a downward spiral as the seed of the serpent waged war on the seed of the woman. Sin and injustice became increasingly prevalent. But the shedding of innocent blood in this passage reminds us of another time when an innocent man’s blood was shed. Only this time it would be cause for great hope.