As I am writing this a family that is very close to our church is mourning the death of their son and brother. Terrible things happen on this earth; things that leave us shocked and disturbed. How do we deal with them as Christians? That’s the topic I have addressed in my Sermon on Palm Sunday. Here it is in written form:
We are starting the New Year 2010 with a WEEK OF PRAYER here at the NAZ. I felt it was very appropriate to focus on God at the beginning of a New Year. It is my heart’s desire to see God move in our congregation, to see lives miraculously changed by his grace and His kingdom advanced in our Community and our Country. All this can only be achieved through prayer. But I have learned by experience that true prayer always starts with my own heart. Looking back on my life, I can see how many prayers of mine went unanswered because I wanted God to do something great out there: in my church, in other people’s lives, in my family… while God was waiting for me to get right with him and let him start changing my own heart. My prayers have changed a lot over the years, as has the focus of my attention. My greatest desire now is not so much for God to do something great out there, but for him to do something great in me. I long for a humble heart, a heart full of the fear of the Lord, an obedient heart, a sensitive heart, a loving heart, a heart full of joy and peace and compassion; a heart that would be a dwelling place for the Most High.