The message of Isaiah and the parable Jesus tells, is that there is nothing we can do to make ourselves right. Self righteousness is ultimately self condemnation. But a broken, a contrite heart- God looks upon with favor, and will not despise.
This is the first of two sermons on Psalm 19. This Psalm is a reflection on God's two books, that bear witness to who He is. In Jim Boyce's words- the big book of nature and the little book of scripture. Today we're looking at Psalm 19.1-6, snd how creation bears witness to God. (I'm indebted to Boyce's work on the Psalms, in his commentary series. Any mistakes are mine!)
How are we, the church- to respond and posture ourselves in light of persecution and suffering? North American Christians need a more robust and biblical understanding of suffering. Today we'll look at how suffering is framed in scripture, and some ideas on how we can serve our brothers and sisters who suffer for the sake of the name.