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Sun, Mar 22, 2020
Passage: Psalm 121:1-2
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
Especially, in times like these, we need a stabilizing, reassuring word. Taking his text from Psalm 12:1-2, our pastor provides just the right word, nudging us from anxious questions to bold declarations of faith. How, you may ask, are minds transformed from fearfulness to courageousness?

First, you must govern your gaze. If we keep a steady horizontal gaze, we can become fixated on the turbulence and uncertainty that surrounds us. However, when we choose to shift our gaze upward, we are looking to the one who helps us overcome the troubles of this world. Look up, for there you will find the Lord.

Secondly, when you personalize your perspective, you are taking control. A positive outlook and attitude result when our point of view is focused on God. We are not overwhelmed with feelings of gloom and doom. The Lord is mightier than this crowned virus that is currently wreaking havoc all over the globe. Worship him and ease your fears and anxiety, knowing that God will see you through. He is our divine protector and our healer.

Lastly, you must convey confidence in the creator. It matters not whether you believe God created something out of nothing, or you believe he created order out of chaos. Because he is the maker of heaven and earth, you can be confident that God can speak order out of any worldly crisis.

Oh, believers of waning faith, look to the hills for that is where our help comes from. Be assured that God is the answer to our existential questions based on worry and fear. Now is the time to declare and strengthen your faith in him.
Sun, Mar 15, 2020
Duration: 25 mins 2 secs
This sermon, which takes its text from Mathew 15:10–20, teaches us the about the foundation of holiness, the basics of piety. Jesus’s profound lesson to his disciples makes it clear that we need not heed the teachings of transgressors. Those who reprimand for not adhering to their unscriptural teachings are not leading to holiness.

Here we learn that ritual cleansing is not how one becomes holy, for what goes in the mouth will soon be eliminated. Instead, what comes out of the mouth is indicative of the state of one’s heart. Holiness is observed in words spoken and behavior exhibited. A person who speaks words of encouragement, whose intentions are to be kind, show compassion, and ease another’s burdens clearly has a relationship with God. They are growing more dutiful to the Lord and doing his will.

We must pray not for the ability to religiously follow the practices and doctrine of the church, but for a clean heart. Oh, what a relief to know that giving up things in this Lenten season is not a requirement for piety. And, isn’t it good to know that even when we go astray, Jesus can fix our heart? His blood can make us new again, washing away our sin.

If you truly desire a heart for God, one that is pure, start with the basics of piety. The wisdom Jesus imparted to his disciples at Galilee will help to prepare you and strengthen you for a life of holy living.

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