In the sermon Jim talks about his life experiences and shares how much prayers are important to reach our goals.
God delivered the Israelites from Egyptian slavery. They are on the way to the promised land and are faced with a serious problem. A journey through the desert is never easy. The scripture tells that they couldn’t find water for three days. Under those circumstances, their grumbling seems quite legitimate and reasonable. However, what if they had cried out to God for help instead of grumbling to Moses. God provided the water through a miracle. Like Israelites, many times in our lives we grumble against others and/or God when we should cry out for help.
This is the song of Moses and his older sister Miriam, and both of them testify to the great deeds that Yahweh did to deliver them from Egyptian slavery. They praise God and share this powerful testimony. Testimony is an important, part of Christian faith. The apostles were killed because of their testimony. Even today in many countries Christians are persecuted because of their testimony. Mainline protestant Christians, including Methodists need to be more willing and bolder in sharing their testimony.
In the beginning of Exodus, Pharaoh ordered the killing of Hebrew male children. God does not forget that, and judges Pharaoh for the evil that he brought to God’s people, about eighty years ago. This is the final plague that God brought to the Egyptians, and killed every first-born son in Egypt, including the first born of Pharaoh. But God showed mercy to the Israelites. God commanded Moses to remember this pass this story to the generations to come, so they know that God’s mercy and judgement, both are real. Today, a lot of Christians tend to think of Jesus a loving, submissive and merciful, son of God, and indeed that is who Jesus is. However, when Jesus returns, he will come to judge. Christians ought to balance the message of the cross; and proclaim God’s mercy without compromising God’s judgement.
Snakes represented Egyptian power. Aaron’s staff to turn into a snake is nothing less than a direct challenge to Pharaoh’s power. His magicians counter this attack by duplicating the feat, but their snakes are swallowed in the process. This sign and the ten plagues display one by one Pharaoh’s impotence, and that, God is the ultimate conqueror. This passage gives us a snapshot of the drama to unfold God’s final victory over Egyptians, and Jesus Christ crushing snake’s head in future.
To be human is not to be frail, weak, or rebellious. To be human means to be the pinnacle of God’s creation. It was humans alone whom God created in His image. Being human means having a great capacity for anything God- like. Moses became like God to Pharoah, which means God gave Moses God-like authority to fulfill the mission that God gave him. In the sermon Pastor Nadeem talks about what it means for us to be God-like, and what is our mission, as God’s people, in this world.
God sent Moses to Egypt as a deliverer and gave Moses the vision of freeing Israelites from Pharoah’s bondage. But, Moses vision is tested by temporary setbacks. On the other hand, God’s deliverance plan did not change or thwarted by these temporary setbacks. In our lives or church ministries we sometimes have to face temporary hurdles, such as financial difficulties, spiritual wilderness, opposition, rejection, discrimination, or oppression etc. However, no matter how big you think your setback may be, God has a bigger purpose for you. Don’t let your temporary setbacks discourage you.
In this Easter sermon, Pastor Nadeem proclaims that Resurrection is important because:
1. Jesus is who he claimed to be!
2. Jesus Resurrection is important for our resurrection.
3. Resurrection is important; it points to eternal life. Jesus lives forever, we will live forever too.
In these verses Jesus teaches a way to live a happy, fulfilling, and prosperous life. And the way to live that life is possible by imitating the gracious, loving, merciful, and healing Spirit of God. Jesus invites us to practice being a generous and giving person. Avoid hurting the feelings of other.
Zacchaeus felt it that day in Jericho that he needed to change a bad habit in his life. He also recognized that he needed a savior to make that change in his life possible. Christ came to him and changed his bad habits and changed his life. Jesus wants the same for us and offers the help we need to make that change in life to leave a bad habit during the days of lent. In this sermon Pastor Nadeem talks about the four steps to give a bad habit that Rev. James Moore outlines in his book “Give Up Something Bad for Lent.”
In this story, disciples (for whatever reason) want for Jesus to send the crowds away. They don’t want to take the responsibility to feed this crowd of more than five thousand, which of course was a deal. On the surface, it was a fair suggestion, given the circumstances they were in. But Jesus did not just run away, rather, faced it. Jesus response models for us to cope rather than run and turns the problem into an opportunity.
Jesus teaches in this text that it is not consistent to be worried about external cleansing while our inward needs even a greater cleansing. Jesus is concerned about our inner life. He knows that it’s not enough to be outwardly clean. There are many things within us that we need cleansing, such as, pride, greed, hatred, jealousy, hostility, laziness, and lust. But this sermon will focus at least three: envy, blame-shifting and, pride.