From Sunday’s sermon 23/11/08

November 23, 2008

Passage: Psalm 46; Mark 4:35-41

Church has started a new sermon series on the theme “therefore, we will not fear troubled times”.  It’s pretty apt given the economic crisis and overall uncertainty that we are facing at the moment and today’s sermon was perfect for swirly-brained Cheryl. 

A couple of disjointed thoughts about the passage:

  1. Mark 4: 38 “Teacher, do You not care that we are perishing”  I have prayed some version of this prayer many many times.  It is so true that it is the fear of drowning that leads us to panic.  I know I’ve made many a decision (rightly or wrongly) because of that fear.  In that sense, my fight-or-flight instinct is very strong.  Being still goes against my nature.
  2. Psalm 46:1 “A very present help in trouble”  The idea that God is a very present help is quite reassuring.  The interesting thing for me is that God’s track record of being present makes it easier to trust him for the future. 
  3. Isaiah 43:1  “You are Mine”  Enough said.  🙂

At one point in the sermon, the pastor shared about his past stuggles with depression and that sometimes the battles within are harder to fight that the battles outside.  Let’s face it.  I hardly have any problems.  But I always find it very hard to quieten the thoughts in my head.  The last few weeks have been pretty bad so when the pastor issued the promise that “God can still the storm of thoughts in your head”, I felt God’s gaze fall on me and a voice in my soul say, “I’m talking about you, kid”.  That was pretty cool.

Also cool was the reminder (following the theme from last week) from Philippians 2:4 to “Let each of you look out not only for his own interests, but also for the interests of others.”  I’ve been feeling extremely transactional and selfish for most part of the year.  It is a real struggle to prefer another’s needs over your own AFTER you realise how much it is actually going to cost you.  But cost is hardly a factor when it is the right thing to do.  Hmmm…

Afterthought:  Blogging about the sermon is actually turning out to be a pretty good discipline.  For one, it means that I actually went to church (which is a minor miracle in itself) and paid attention to the sermon.

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