When the enemy is loved in a story, you know you’re looking at good writing. "Silence Of The Lambs” accomplished this brilliantly and was awarded for it with Best Picture. The Good Samaritan is the enemy in the Lukan passage. But he becomes the model of Christian love more than the very Christians in the narrative. It’s a shocking story and Pastor Joe makes sure the sermon is equally as shocking. This is a dramatic retelling of the parable, placed in the current tensions of race, religion, and nationality.
Whatever man’s belief or unbelief may be, it does not affect the fact that the kingdom of God has come near in Christ Jesus. And when they listen to you, they listen to Him. Sounds too good to be true? Listen in.
Men and women have vowed, and did not know what they were vowing, pledging themselves, in a moment of excitement. But no resolution to follow Christ can be too enthusiastic. Neither can there be any sluggishness towards his invitation and supreme authority. Jesus was houseless in the world he created, and his true followers must share his wandering life.
“We wish you to leave Jesus because we have this uneasy suspicion that if you come in, a good deal will have to go.” This was the prayer of a Gentile community that just witnessed an amazing miracle in its own town demoniac. It’s the same prayer of many our own loved ones. And while Jesus Christ can command unclean spirits, he will only plead with the hearts of men. Why? Listen in.
This week the Holy Spirit used Cain and Abel, Abraham and Isaac, Micah, King David, and the Apostle Paul to bring us further along the painful process of deconstruction. We’re moving towards the joyful and liberating process of reconstruction, towards a more authentic Christlikeness.
You cannot shake down God for the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Not even on Pentecost Sunday. You can do what Jesus asked the disciples to do: Wait for it. Waiting as a lifestyle, not a checkbox event; Waiting as a state of constant expectancy, not as a one night vigil. It’s not so you and I can sing, “I Got it!” It’s so you and I can become an illuminated instrument, endued with power, to be His witnesses.
Don’t get so blessed by this passage. It was never written for that. It was written for training in righteousness, reproof, correction, and teaching about "fortune-telling, bad business, unjust incarceration and criminalization, attempted suicide, the fear of death and meeting your Maker,” and most of all, the glory of the Gospel which may be its conciseness and simplicity.
People keep referring to Jesus as the word. He is. Well…sort of. Depends on which word you're referring to. Jesus is not your bible. Jesus is the logos. You’re bible is the graphe. The Incarnate One didn’t write it. But he would like to introduce you and I to its real author. But before you read the book, meet the author, the Teaching Spirit, the personal companion who wrote the written companion. Confused? Listen in.
In this world there are a vast amount of shepherds wanting to herd us. As Christ believers we need to constantly live in the life source provided by the Lord Shepherd.
Spiritual discernment is developed after an intimate encounter with Jesus. Our physical but mostly spiritual blindness will be part of our past through a conversion and accepting Jesus as our Savior.
Jesus Christ gave power to the Church to forgive all sinners who truly believe and repent. For some reason, we're not carrying that out as much as we should. Why? Are we afraid of John 20:23? Pastor Joe looks to break it down so we can get back to our great commission: Announcing the forgiveness of sins to those who make Christ their sin-bearer.
By Acts 10, Peter preached nothing but amazing sermons. But in Cornelius’ house, his usual sermon notes were not going to do. He would need yet another conversion to deliver him from his spiritual racism because his resurrected Savior is no respecter of persons.
In celebration of Holy Week, we’re happy to release this message spoken in 1994 by founder, Rev. Aimee Garcia Cortese, entitled "The Triumphal Entry.”
He came riding on a borrowed ass. His rule rests on gentleness & peace, not on force or wealth. His ghetto fabulous procession was attended, not by marching soldiers or political dignitaries, but by poor men, unarmed. He was saluted, not with the blaring of trumpets, but with the shouts of joyful, fickle hearts.
Millenial reflections on Philippians 3
What happens to the believer that has forgotten the call to be “minsters of reconciliation”? Paul writes a letter to correct and clear confusion. Lorraine describes some of the pitfalls to the modern day church.
The parable of the barren fig tree is nothing but a load of crap and a shovel that Jesus, the gardener, uses with the intention and promise to apply the most energetic measures to stimulate the barren soul into fruitfulness. Jesus is working, making openings through loss, grief and even trials, whereby the elements of spiritual life, by the word and the Spirit, may reach their destination.
Abram and Sarai were the walking dead. But Jehovah is the God of resurrection and their dead bodies were the perfect thing for Him to act upon. This is the story of the "Quickener of the Dead."
Red and yellow, black and white, short and tall, skinny and chubby, straight and gay, Jew and Gentile. There is no difference between these groups because they all need Jesus. Any one of them who call upon the Lord will be saved…God’s way…through faith in Jesus.
Jesus’ transformation was for us to behold so that we may also be transformed into the same image. This is called change. But if you are someone who doesn’t like change, you probably don’t like transformation either and that’s not gonna work. Pastor Joe would like to talk to you about this? Do have a few minutes?