"maturity" Tagged Sermons
The Christian life is a life that is ready, always prepared, always watching and always responsible. In this message, Father Marc preaches from the story of the Ten Virgins about being prepared to meet our Lord when he should come again to claim his church. Spiritual preparedness is the mark of the mature believer in Christ. Always ready to meet the Lord. We are all responsible for our own spiritual readiness and last minute “cramming” will not not work in…
Even the Apostles had areas where they needed to grow spiritually. Fr. Marc teaches us how we can learn from their struggles and identify our own spiritual growth points. In this fourth lesson from the series, Fr. Marc highlights John, “the disciple whom Jesus loved”. John and James were the “Sons of Thunder” and both needed to learn servanthood. John was rebuked several times for his self-seeking and judgmental attitude. What a different picture we see of this apostle later…
Even the Apostles had areas where they needed to grow spiritually. Fr. Marc teaches us how we can learn from their struggles and identify our own spiritual growth points. In this first lesson from the series, Fr. Marc highlights Thomas with his doubt and Peter with his rash actions, self-preservation, and struggles with prejudice. God helped both of these apostles recognize and overcome their weaknesses. Can you identify areas in your own life where you need to grow spiritually?
Fr. Marc wraps up his series on stumbling blocks by discussing addiction. From television and Internet to substance abuse and pornography, addiction is pervasive in our culture, an enormous stumbling block that can only be overcome by the Cross and the power of the Holy Spirit working in us.
Did you hear what Fr. Marc said last Sunday? Somebody told me that… In the third part of our series on stumbling blocks, Fr. Marc warns us about the dangers of gossip. While it’s easy to give in to gossiping, we have to remember how much harm it can cause to others and to the Church.
“Don’t sing songs to a heavy heart.” Drawing from this line in Proverbs, Fr. Marc shares about a very difficult but critical topic: learning how to mourn with those who are suffering. He reminds us that Jesus shared in our suffering, and we in turn are to share in the suffering of those who are part of His Body, the Church.
As he begins a new series on relationships, Fr. Marc challenges us to celebrate the success and accomplishments of others instead of giving in to jealousy and selfishness. He reminds us that we will be much more joyful when we are able to rejoice with others rather than always focusing on ourselves.
Wrapping up a series on the three C’s of Christian living, Fr. Marc encourages us to be courageous in our faith. He reminds us that “God has not given us a spirit of fear, but a Spirit of power, love and a sound mind.”
Bishop Paul Lambert visits Good Shepherd Church shortly before his retirement. In his message, he encourages us to deepen our knowledge and love for God through Scripture, fellowship and the Eucharist. He also called us to be faithful in reaching out and evangelizing in our community.
We often look at the story of the Prodigal Son from the perspective of the returning prodigal. The story, however, does not end there. The elder brother has a lesson to learn as well. Fr. Marc encourages us to reflect on the motivation behind the elder brother’s anger and examine our own attitude and relationship with God.
Whether we like it or not, life is full of tests. In Exodus, we see how Moses leads God’s people through their testing in the desert. Fr. Marc highlights this story as he challenges us to trust God through our own trials and tests.
Throughout the Old and New Testament, we see encounters with God taking place on mountains. Fr. Marc reminds us of several of these Biblical encounters and challenges us to encounter God ourselves–not by visiting mountaintops, but through a life of prayer.