Great Message! You have presented a mindset/attitude needed by all believers, particularly in first-world cultures. Simple in explanation, yet needing deep and extensive application. Thanks Alastair.
Good message on church planting I just finished listening to Jonathan Haney's first message on the biblical mandate and model for church planting. He emphasized that the Church belongs to Jesus and that truth leads to important implications. Jesus calls and equips the church to do His work. Three applications stood out. The Church must be involved in 1. gathering lost sheep through evangelism; 2. raising up leaders through discipleship, especially but not exclusively elders; and 3. shepherding the flock through local elders that happens by church planting.
A very touching Sermon! A very passionate sermon by Pastor Edwin Blackwood on the realities of sorrow in the Christian life. He shows us the examples of Old Testament saints, the Apostles and even saints in our own day who went through unimaginable sorrow. But how through all this that the holy spirit was a 'present help in their time of trouble'.
A very moving sermon, especially when I compare myself with some of the testimonies that Pastor Blackwood shares of other men of God who went through great sorrow but yet rejoiced in their God.
I would recommend this sermon to all who claim to be Christians and especially those who may be deluded by a false gospel that God promises 'health, wealth, and prosperity' to His child in THIS life!