Messages by Pastor Ross Parrott
Who are we that Jesus the Christ should suffer and die as he did? The high drama of Jesus’ death is rooted in history. His resurrection conquered death and has an eternal impact for us all. It is a story of a God who loves us all, pursues us all the days of our lives, invites us to accept his offer of complete forgiveness and calls us to use our potential for serving Him by serving others.
Palm Sunday, Who is Your King Today’s Scripture – Matthew 21: 6-14; 27:17-18, 20-23 Who is Your King – When Jesus entered Jerusalem, the whole city was stirred and asked, “Who is this?” This week’s message is why the happy crowd on Palm Sunday gave way to the Friday crowd who called for the crucifixion of Jesus. We represent one crowd or the other. There is no middle ground for the followers of Jesus! “Alone we can do so little;…
Many challenges come our way in the course of our lives, but we are not defeated when we exercise the power of God’s Holy Spirit that lives within every Christian.
Luke 24:13-16, 25-27, 30-32 Luke 24 recounts the two disciples walking back to the village of Emmaus when they are joined by the resurrected Jesus whom they do not recognize. In their discouragement, they were not thinking about their history and didn’t yet understand. By recounting the stories, Jesus encouraged them and they realized the true message; “their eyes were opened.” We need to hear over and over about God’s great love for us. Story is powerful. Story draws on…
“I could not be interested in any man’s religion if his knowledge of God did not bring him more joy, did not brighten his life, did not make him want to carry this joy into every dark corner of the world. I have no understanding of a long-faced Christian. If God is anything, he must be Joy!” ~ Comedian, Joe E. Brown
Hymn Sing Sunday – Psalm 96 1-4a, 11-13 Worship, including worship through music pleases God. The closer we get to the truth of God’s grace and salvation, the beauty of God is revealed and more worship will well up within you. It begins with a conscious act of will and sacrifice to serve God and in this sense, worship is a verb. Word, music, service, humility – all lead us closer to God and into more worship. Throughout the Bible…
This is a story of a man riding a mule that he purchased from a pastor with unique obedience commands.
Judas (not Judas Iscariot, but the other disciple with that name) said to him, “Lord, why are you going to reveal yourself only to us and not to the world at large?”
I want to know Christ—yes, to know the power of his resurrection and participation in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, and so, somehow, attaining to the resurrection from the dead.
Much needs to be done in this world. No one person can do it all, but as the members of the Body of Christ put their various Gifts of the Spirit and their Graces (or aptitudes) into service to God, we can all do something and accomplish God’s will for the ONE BODY and beyond.
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