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COTR Talks: Prayer

Prayer is difficult Part 1 – Failure Part 2 – Leadership Part 3 – Imagination Luke 22:39-46 Jesus went out as usual to the Mount of Olives, and his disciples followed him. On reaching the place, he said to them, “Pray that you will not fall into temptation.” He withdrew about a stone’s throw beyond them, knelt down and prayed, “Father, if you are willing, take this cup from me; yet not my will, but yours be done.” An angel…

Testimony Sunday

New Years 2024  God provides  God opens up opportunities for growth  Anchor Mission to Reach and Transform  Get them off their tablets and into the wild  Luke 18:15-17 One day some parents brought their little children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But when the disciples saw this, they scolded the parents for bothering him. Then Jesus called for the children and said to the disciples, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom…

Anticipation: Love

Eating sugar has been found to extend life expectancy Government has found more money and will give back all our taxes from last 10 years.  Too good to be true  Hope that leans in  Luke 2:8-10 And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, “Do…

Anticipation: Joy

Luke 2:1 In those days Caesar Augustus issued a decree that a census should be taken of the entire Roman world. (This was the first census that took place while Quirinius was governor of Syria.) And everyone went to their own town to register. Micah 5:2 But you, Bethlehem Ephrathah, though you are small among the clans of Judah, out of you will come for me one who will be ruler over Israel, whose origins are from of old Isaiah 9:1-3 in the future he…

Anticipation: Peace

Aventis means to prepare for the coming of an important person  John 5:39-40 You search the Scriptures because you think they give you eternal life. But the Scriptures point to me! Yet you refuse to come to me to receive this life. God prepared human history for Christmas  Galatians 4:4 But when the fullness of the time came, God sent His Son, Daniel 2:44 In the time of those kings (Romans), the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that…

Anticipation: Hope

Christmas 2023  Anticipation Adventis: preparing for the arrival of an important person Advent: Preparation for the coming of Jesus   God’s preparations for coming were epic The God of all hope gave a promise Gen. 3:14-15 And I will cause hostility between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring. He will strike your head, and you will strike his heel.” Hope of conquering evil would come in a person Gen. 22:18 And through your descendants all the…

Standing Through the Storm: Anticipating Heaven

Standing in the Storm Courage does not always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, “I will try again tomorrow.” Mary Anne Radmacher Luke 9:22 And he said, “The Son of Man must suffer many things and be rejected by the elders, the chief priests and the teachers of the law, and he must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” All suffering is a result of sin in some way Life is hard, God…

Standing Through the Storm: Fight in the Storm

Standing through the storm Borrowing Light from the past, wounded healers, Jesus’ presence Eph. 6:10 Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of…

Standing Through the Storm: Finding the Light

The goal is to keep standing through the storm  God’s World: Coherent word, free will  God’s War: God is not the only supernatural actor on the world stage  God’s Will: God’s number one desire is our relationship with him  Maybe by adjusting our expectations we could reduce the sense of disappointment isolation and unfairness riding on the back of unanswered prayer Peter Greig  When we finally accept the fact that life is not a five star hotel and lay down…

Standing Through the Storm: Setting Our Expectations

God’s World, God’s War, God’s Will God’s World: God made a coherent world where miracles are possible but are rare That God can and does on occasion modify the behavior of matter and produce what we call miracles is a part of the Christian faith but the very conception of a common and therefore stable world demands that these occasions should be rare. CS Lewis Every miracle is a tantalizing foretaste of the world to come God’s War: God is…