God’s promised Abraham that his decedents would become a numerous people, as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sand in the sea. We see that God’s promise of blessing continues generation through generation and the Israelites became so numerous in Egypt and it became a matter of grave concern for Egyptian king. God kept his promises with Abraham and his descendants and in the story of Exodus that promise continues. God’s promise of meeting our needs continues as well. Rev. Nadeem talks about what we ought to do to inherit God’s promises.
This is the question that Jesus asked his mother when both Joseph and Mary came back to Jerusalem searching for Jesus and found him in the Temple. Jesus asked his mother “Why were you looking for me.” Jesus mother Mary was looking for Jesus to take him home.
What are our reasons for looking or searching for Jesus? Are our reasons merely material, we want our needs met, or we search for Jesus for spiritual reasons, or both. Our motives for looking for Jesus tell about our faith.
Rev. Nadeem talks about the true and everlasting peace that God desires for us.
People want peace in their lives but one of the reason they don’t find it is because they try to find peace where it does not exist, for example in wealth, possession, illicit relationships, and some even pursue peace in excessive drinking or other drug abuse. And the result is more disappointment, frustration, guilt and discouragement.
One way we can experience peace is through humility, we need to submit to God in complete surrender, as Mary did. She humbled herself and submitted to God’s plan and gave birth to the prince of peace.
What Paul is teaching to Philippians is not a superficial cheerfulness that can come from having wealth, or a happy moment in life, but a deep joy in what God has done in Christ and is continuing to do through the saints, through the righteous, and through the believers.
Rev. Nadeem talks about how this deep and lasting joy comes through a deepening relationship with Christ.
On the second Sunday of Advent as we light the candle of love on the advent wreath circle, we remember the “Royal Law” and commit ourselves to the greatest commandment that Jesus taught: “Love others as yourselves.” The measure of our spiritual maturity is how much we love others. Jesus set the example of loving others by dying on the cross. Our claim of loving others is not enough, Jesus calls us to take a deeper step and show that love by putting into practice.
In the beginning of the advent season, Rev. Nadeem talks about the wonders of hope. He shares that the “Hope” that we receive from Jesus Christ has the power to bring Healing, Optimism, Purpose, & Encouragement. These four are the wonders of this everlasting Hope that Jesus offers us today.
God gave Joseph dreams when he was a child. It was God’s way of showing Joseph how God was going to use him to bless his family and the nation of Israel. This however in no way was made Joseph’s life easier. Rather, he had to endure many hardships before the fulfillment of what he had dreamed. The scripture tells us over and again in this story that the Lord was with Joseph. It’s very true for our lives as Christians. There are times in our lives when we struggle with many kinds of fears. And one of those fears is the fear of giving or tithing. Statistics show only 5% Christians in America tithe. And those who do they tithe only 2.5%. Could this be out of fear of not having enough for our family needs if we gave more. It works quite to the opposite. Statics also show that 80% givers have no credit card debt. God Loves Cheerful Givers. In this sermon Rev. Nadeem talks about overcoming the fear of giving.
Jacob, who’s been running from God most of his life finally surrenders after a night-long struggle. Many Christians get this wrong when they conclude that Jacob wrestled with God and won. On the contrary this text speaks about Jacob’s surrender. After running from God for many years Jacob finally surrenders, and God changes Jacob’s name from Jacob which means “heel catcher” to Israel, means “ruled or governed by God.” Jacob did not prevail through overcoming God, but he prevailed through prayer, weeping and through brokenness.
Many times, we complain that someone has mistreated or betrayed us, or gossiped about us. It feels awful. In this story Jacob feels that his father-in-law took advantage of him and betrayed him. Something that Jacob is forgetting is that he cheated his older brother to take his father’s blessing. He reminds us of an important life lesson that we reap what we sow.
Esau traded his birth right, something of great importance in ancient Jewish culture, with his younger brother just for a momentary gain. This wrong trade had long term consequences. Sometimes we act like Esau and just for a momentary gain in this life, we trade eternal life. What’s in our life that we have gained that may cost us everlasting life with God and we need to get rid of.
Abraham left to his children the legacy of obedience to God. When God spoke to Isaac, he mentioned how Abraham, his father, was obedient to God and did everything that God required of him. God promised Isaac that if he followed and obeyed God as his father Abraham did, God would bless him. Most of us desire for our children to follow and obey God, but we need to set example through our lives.