Sermons by Bruce Pratt (Page 3)
Life can be tough, whether there’s a pandemic or not. If you’re struggling, you can find peace and keep that peace in your life. Paul’s concluding remarks to the church at Philippi are an encouragement to anyone who needs that peace.
We may be abiding by the directives to keep our distance and stay at home, but Satan isn’t. He’s still using whatever and whoever he can to create havoc in this world. But we don’t have to sit idly by and let him disrupt our lives. Peter makes it clear in the focal passage for today that Jesus Christ has and always will have the upper hand.
Mark’s account of Jesus calming the Sea of Galilee teaches us a great deal about facing trials in life. We all come up against periods of trouble. God will use these times to teach us and guide us. On the other hand, Satan will capitalize on them to defeat us. But God is greater than our most stubborn obstacles. We can trust him regardless of the situation.
While the world seeks to offer us comfort, it actually ends up creating confusion. This is because the world’s system is geared toward self-centeredness. Jesus offers a better way. When you guide your life by His principles, you are able to experience peace. Even better, you can impart that peace to others.
Almost everyone has heard of the Lord’s Prayer, and many can recite it. The thing is, it’s really more of a model. In these trying days of COVID-19 a lot of people are praying. But do their prayers line up with the pattern Jesus taught?
Peter failed miserably the night before Jesus’ crucifixion. He had denied the Lord three times. There was no time to make amends. Jesus was dead, and the disciples were in total disarray. Then Jesus rose from the dead. And how Jesus dealt with Peter’s failure is an encouragement to us all.
When Jesus rode into Jerusalem on a donkey that first Palm Sunday, there were many ideas among the crowd as to who He really was. Most were looking for a political leader and deliverer from Roman tyranny. Others wondered how He could alter their personal lives for the better. A relative few saw Him as One who had a more heavenly mission.
The spread of the coronavirus is generating a lot of fear. Others claim that it is just a huge conspiracy. How should Christians respond? For that matter, how should we respond in any crisis? God has equipped believers to handle anything that comes our way.
The church has often fallen into the modern trap of consumerism. Many attend wanting to know what’s in it for them. But the weekly gathering together of believers has a much different purpose. We are to see it as a time to encourage one another. And between the meetings, we need to make sure we’re connected and connecting.
Pastor Bruce uses the backdrop of the infant Jesus’ first visit to the temple to explain three certainties about God.