Jesus sent a message to the church at Smyran to tell them that He knew about the persecution that was happening. He also warned them that there was more to come. He promised that if they would remain faithful, they would receive a crown of life and if they would overcome, they didn't have to fear the second death. If Jesus knew this, and loved them, why didn't he just take the suffering away?
Pastor Tom tells the story of John 16:19-33. These are some of the last words Jesus has for His disciples before His death. He tries to warn them of the temporary sorrows that await them. The disciples don't understand. Jesus assures them that something new is happening; they will be able to pray in His name. He tells them not to worry that they can have peace because He has overcome the world. How will fixing your eyes on Jesus help you overcome the difficulties you are facing in your life?
Text: Luke 10:1-2.16-34, Jesus had trained His disciples and sent them out to do ministry. When they came back they were overjoyed that the evil spirits had to submit to the name of Jesus. How does this story apply to us today? Listen as Pastor Tom tells how we are empowered by God to Bring the Kingdom.
We continue to consider the kingdom of overcomers by looking at the text of Mark 9:14-29. There we see a father make an appeal to Jesus to heal his son. But why couldn't the disciples pray for the healing? What were they struggling with? What are the applications of this story for us?
Jesus asked His disciples who they thought He was. Peter replied, "You are the Christ, the Son of the Living God." But the disciples don't appear to understand what Jesus has really come to do. For it is only the cross that will allow the church to overcome the gates of hell. Who is Jesus to you? Why does that matter?
Jeremiah had a tough ministry, things were not going well. Struggles in life can be a distraction and the Lord called Jeremiah and now calls us to look up. When we look up to the Lord we can regain our perspective. We can turn back to the Lord and He will bring restoration.
In our messge today Joshua takes over as the leader of the Israelites from Moses. Maybe he felt a bit lost, and not sure of himself. Then the Lord comes along side of Joshua showing him the key to success did not lie in his own strength, but in taking the Lord's word into his heart. Joshua 1:1-9.