The story of the sea storm in the Gospel of Mark challenges us to recognise Jesus for who he really is and call us to respond: either in fear, or faith.
Persecution has been slowly ramping up against the God's people in Acts so far. In Acts 7 it escalates to the point of death as we meet the first Christian martyr, Stephen.
Having just healed a cripple man in the name of Jesus, Peter and John are arrested while preaching. In this passage, we witness their Spirit-empowered boldness as they proclaim Jesus is Lord. We see clearly that nothing can nor will stop God from building his church, not even persecution.
There are seasons in life when God feels absent, as if he is simply not there. What do you do when your intimacy with God fades? When He is no longer your delight? When tears are all you have had to eat day and night? This Psalm provides an answer that is unexpected: preach to your soul!
Bible Text: Psalm 1 | Speaker: Marcelo Morbelli | Series: Psalms: Refresh our Souls | Bible Text: Psalm 1 | Speaker: Marcelo Morbelli | The first Psalm presents us with two realities, two ways for each person to live out their life here on earth. One way leads to true, satisfying happiness, the other, to destruction.
Bible Text: John 21 | Preacher: Marcelo Morbelli | The book of John finishes with this incredible interaction between the resurrected Jesus, and his failed disciple Peter. As he restores him and reinstates him, we see the powerful mercy and grace God offers us all. In doing so, we can have complete trust in the eyewitness accounts of Jesus and trust what they say about who he is and what he has done.
Bible Text: John 14:15–31 | Preacher: Marcelo Morbelli | Jesus has announced to his disciples that he is leaving and he reassures them that they won't be alone. They must trust Jesus that him going is better than him staying.
Bible Text: Ephesians 1:3-14 | Preacher: Marcelo Morbelli | This is a question that at some point confronts us all. It is central to who we are and gives us a reason to get out of bed in the morning. We will look at how our world seems to answer this question and then turn to what God says and consider the implications for our lives.
Bible Text: Ruth 2 | Preacher: Marcelo Morbelli | Ruth is the story of ordinary people and an extraordinary God. In this chapter, Ruth finds favour with God’s people as she comes for refuge under the wings of the God who blesses.