Jesus in Weakness (sermon video)

I’ve been a priest for close to 12 years now.  And in those 12 years, I’ve probably preached more than 1,000 sermons.  But very few of them have ever touched me in the same way as the one below.

This is the video of a sermon I gave two years ago during this same time of year – the second week of Lent.  It is based on the passage from Matthew 4:1-11, the temptation of Christ in the wilderness.

I just watched it this morning and could still feel the chills in my spine as I remembered the picture of Jesus during those 40 days in the desert.  The picture is not a pleasant one at all – it’s not the strong Jesus that we love to picture, or the Almighty Jesus or the Eternal Jesus.  Instead we see a picture of a weak Jesus.  A hungry Jesus.  A Jesus in need of help from the angels.  And that picture breaks my heart.

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Fasting & Discipline - Hungering for God Part 3

I'll be taking a break from blogging for the rest of week and probably through New Year's (everyone deserves a break during the holidays right?).  Till then, I'll leave you with yesterday's finale in the HUNGERING FOR GOD series - Fasting & Discipline.  A good one to listen to as you prepare to make those new year resolutions.

Have a blessed Christmas and New Year's and God willing, I'll see you all in 2013!

Hungering for God - Fasting Part 1

"Usually I start a new series by telling you guys that I am really excited about what we're going to talk about.  But today I have to say that I am NOT AT ALL excited about what we're going to talk about.  Why?  Because our topic is FASTING."

That's how I started my message yesterday - the first message in a new series about fasting.  Fasting may not be what we want to hear about, but I believe it is what we NEED to hear about.  God has a lot to say about fasting in the Bible and I invite you to delve deeper by listening to Part 1 in this series on Fasting, titled HUNGERING FOR GOD.