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Psalm 19 The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above[a] proclaims his handiwork.2 Day to day pours out speech, and night to night reveals knowledge.3 There is no speech, nor are there words, whose voice is not heard.4 Their voice[b] goes out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world.In them he has set a tent for the sun,5 which comes out…
Now when they drew near to Jerusalem, to Bethphage and Bethany, at the Mount of Olives, Jesus[a] sent two of his disciples 2 and said to them, “Go into the village in front of you, and immediately as you enter it you will find a colt tied, on which no one has ever sat. Untie it and bring it. 3 If anyone says to…
Change: Impacting the World Luke 2:1-7, 22-38 God impacted the world in an incalculable way when the Eternal Son of God entered into the world as a small baby. Both human and divine natures were perfectly woven together in a mystery far beyond our understanding. Jesus and those who put their trust and hope in Him have been impacting the world ever…
Change: Shaking Up the Status Quo Matthew 2:1-12 and Luke 2:8-21 God declares in Isaiah 55:9, “For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts than your thoughts.” One of the things this verse tells us is that our view of life is limited and that we should not be content…
Change: Hardship and Blessing Matthew 1:18-25 & 2:13-23 We all experience how life brings constant change. Some is blessing and some is hardship. We see this especially in the narrative of the birth of the Son of God. We learn much through this story about how God works and how it should mold our expectations. God Weaves All of History for His…
Change: Waiting on God
In the first chapter of the Gospel According to Luke, the births of both John the Baptist and Jesus are foretold and tied into the fulfillment of Old Testament prophecy. God’s people had waited many years. What can Parkway learn in a transitional period of waiting?
Romans is the Apostle Paul’s most systematic letter, covering the main themes of theology he thought necessary to pass on. Paul describes turning away from God in several ways, perhaps the most surprising is it being a lack of thankfulness to God.
1 Peter 4:7-11
As people who have responded to God’s grace, we are the church of Christ. While there are many characteristics of the church that we could explore, as part of my final words before retirement, I have chosen to focus on five. All of them would fit under the umbrella of love. We have already looked at our call to forgive and to encourage. Today we focus on our responsibility to serve one another.
I believe that Parkway is an encouraging church. I want to be like the Apostle Paul and say, “Therefore encourage one another and build one another up, just as you are doing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:11) In the early church we encounter a man by the name of Joseph, who was so gifted by God that he was surnamed, Barnabas, which means “Son of Encouragement.” We can learn much from him.
Colossians 3:12-17 & Matthew 6:9-15
I think our culture is becoming more unforgiving. Public shaming and severe consequences are the result of many things that need correction and changed lives. But there also needs to be forgiveness when one sincerely asks. Jesus and the writers of the New Testament are very clear about the beauty and power of God’s forgiveness and the necessity of us forgiving others. (Matthew 18:21-35; Luke 6:37, 17:1-5, 23:34; Ephesians 4:30-32; Hebrews 12:11-15)