Summary: We the church Of Jesus Christ at large today, have become institutions that possess a Martha mentality

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Mary, an intimate relationship

HHM Pastor Jim Parisi July 28, 2002

Luke 10:38-42 38 Now it happened as they went that He entered a certain village; and a certain woman named Martha welcomed Him into her house. 39 And she had a sister called Mary, who also sat at Jesus’ feet and heard His word. 40 But Martha was distracted with much serving, and she approached Him and said, "Lord, do You not care that my sister has left me to serve alone? Therefore tell her to help me." 41 And Jesus answered and said to her, "Martha, Martha, you are worried and troubled about many things. 42 But one thing is needed, and Mary has chosen that good part, which will not be taken away from her."

We the church at large today have become institutions that possess a Martha mentality

We have become consumed with the burden and labors of the world

We are like the little wind up dolls of old, marching to the syncopated and calibrated clicks of a clock

Our conviction prayer and worship has become homogenized broken down into little palatable particles that we can accept

We have learned to blend all of Gods diverse elements… all the different peoples and ideas of God into one uniform substance.

We are so worried as a group that we do not become offensive..

It is causing the churches today to compromise the word of God

Pastors are sitting in pulpits trying to find the middle ground so that the people will not become offended.

Falling in the demonic trap of the new age understanding

They slowly are doing this without knowing most of the time,

the result is that their congregations are starving for a pure word from heaven….. Real food from the throne of God

They go into elaborate mind numbing dialogue to appease the angry mob that sits and wait upon the message as entertainment and amusement

Rater then direction and leading of the Lord through His Spirit

I can stand here today with a good heart and report

I just know one thing ….THE GOSPEL, the living word of Jesus Christ is simplicity personified

It was designed for all men to understand

It was designed for all men to comprehend

Not the intellectual or overachieving

But for the simple man

The man who realizes that he has sin

Moreover, the only way to see heaven is to surrender it all and accept Him Jesus Christ as your Lord and savior

Remember the rich young ruler… he could not give up what he thought was of worth in this earth.

He met and talked to Jesus; …he was face to face with the one true living God

He was asked to give up what was of this life, and turn away from it

He could not do it…why because the security of this world was greater then His relationship and understanding with the Lord

He had head knowledge.. he was educated…. He was rich and accomplished by the world standards …he had money and distinction

The One thing that he did not have was an intimate relationship with GOD

Because Church if he did.. He would have left everything to be with Jesus He would have gave it all up to walk with him

He would have forgotten about this world and focused his eyes on the riches of heaven

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