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Our scriptures are about persistence, Persistence, and PRESISTENCE…
for a cause.

Jesus teaches in parable about the importance of persistence in prayer.

But, I admittedly struggle with the notion “PUSH: Pray Until Something Happens”.

I am well aware that I do not always utter prayers that are in accordance with God’s will, such as the frequent Sunday prayer “please let there be a caution” or worse yet “please let [a] and [b] crash” (NASCAR reference).

I am well aware that my prayers may not always led down the best path for me.

Therefore, in the words of Garth Brooks “sometimes I thank God for unanswered prayers”. Honestly, hindsight is 20-20 and sometimes I do thank God for saying “no”.

But, Jesus does teach about being persistent in pray for the sake of justice and the kingdom to come, not for unjust and selfish gains. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 21, 2019 in Sermons


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Wrestling with God, Seeking Justice

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Our texts this week comes from Genesis 32 and Luke 18.

Genesis, Jacob wrestles with  God through the night and in the morning he asks to be blessed. Jacob’s name is blessed and is transformed (changed) to ‘Israel’ meaning ‘one who has wrestled with man and God and has prevailed’. But, he also walks away with a limp.

In Luke, Jesus tells a parable about an unjust judge, who doesn’t have fear or reverence or awe or respect for God nor does he for humans. But, because of the tireless persistance of a widow he does the right thing in her case.

I was home this last week in Arizona and I simply posed the question to my sister (Amanda), ‘do you wrestle with God?’.

She said “All The Time”.

I said “you know, I wonder how often we wrestle with God about who we are, who we’re called to be, and what we are called to do”.    Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on October 17, 2016 in Sermon Summaries


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