The sermon for July 31st 2016 is now available on the New Life web-site.
In this sermon, which is based on Luke 8:41-48, Susan Nash talks about simply trusting Jesus.
“If you then who are evil know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him.”
After Jesus finishes praying on one occasion, the disciples ask Him to teach them how to pray. Jesus responds by giving them the prayer we now call the Lord’s Prayer.
Jesus goes on to give an example of going to a friend in the middle of the night to ask for some bread to feed an unexpected guest. If you are persistent, the friend will give you what you ask for.
We must ask and it will be given, search and we will find, keep on knocking and the door will be opened.
Earthly fathers give their children good things, How much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to His children.
Jesus teaches that words are not so important in prayer as our trust in the goodness of God. For many people the Lord’s Prayer is a collection of words that we must say. Jesus intended that the words should be taken as a template for prayer, a framework on which build a life of conversation and dependence on God.
If we pray without ceasing, trusting that God is indeed good, we will see remarkable, supernatural, astounding answers.
Thank you God for your love for me. Than you that you do answer my prayers. Help me to look to you each day and to trust you for everything. Amen.
Wow! So it’s just a starting point and you can only use it at temperatures of about -200 C, but this is just incredible
From the SMH:
“There is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken from her.”
Jesus and the disciples arrive at the village where Mary and Martha live. Martha is distracted by all the tasks which need to be done, but Mary sits at Jesus’ feet listening to His teaching.
Finally Martha tells Jesus to tell Mary to help her with the work. Jesus tells her that Mary has chosen the better option.
Those who are called to serve can often become frustrated by those who lack any sense of needing to help. It’s all very well having the visiting ministry but somebody has to make lunch and wash the dishes. It is very frustrating when people who are capable of helping ignore the need right in front of them. The spiritual gifts of emptying the dishwasher and cleaning the toilets are very rare in most churches.
What Jesus is doing in these situations is exposing our heart attitudes and our motivations. Am I doing this thing to serve the Lord? Am I seeking some kind of recognition? So I do it from a reluctant sense of duty? Do I rejoice at serving God’s work?
Of course it is not just serving that faces these challenges. Every God-given calling will challenge our heart in order to purify us and make us holy.
Lord I thank you for the place you have called me to be. Expose my bad attitudes and poor motivations that do not come from you. Purify my heart and make me more like you. Amen.