Pharaoh hardens his own heart and then God comes along and fortifies it, and strengthen it. And finally, the story tells, that Pharaoh’s hardening of heart leads not only Pharaoh to destruction but the Egyptians with him. Pastor Nadeem teaches in the sermon that hardened heart does not only occur in someone who does not believe in God. Rather, many faithful Christians seem to suffer from this spiritual problem too. In the sermon pastor Nadeem offers a few signs of a hardened heart and ways of softening it.

God appears to Moses in a burning bush to get his attention. When Moses pays attention God reveals himself to Moses and shares a divine plan with him. What is this that God is using to get YOUR attention. Of course, it will not be through a burning bush. Imagine what God will do through you, in Jesus’ name, if you pay attention and let yourself be used by God.

In this story Moses mother Jochebed demonstrates a profoundly courageous faith. it is no ordinary thing that you have faith in Jesus Christ. Your faith makes you children of God, something of great joy. In the sermon Rev. Nadeem invites us to recommit ourselves to practice our faith like Jochebed did. And if your life circumstances are making your faith little shaky, be bold and cry out to Jesus, “I do believe, help me overcome my unbelief.” And Jesus will. God can use your courageous faith to accomplish his purposes. Our ultimate purpose is to practice and foster a courageous faith, in our lives and in the lives of our children.

God used the two Hebrew midwives Shiphrah and Puah, ordinary women, to counter Pharaoh’s evil plans. The scripture tells that because the midwives had far too much respect for God they opposed the Pharaoh, and despite all the risks involved they saved Hebrew children. Respecting God means putting God above everything else. God has us above everything else, that’s why he gave His only son Jesus for us. Where is God on our priority list? Rev. Nadeem challenges to take an honest look of our life and see if we need to shuffle our priorities to move God up.

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.