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Praying for our children 1/27/09
This following is from Pastor Ron Holmgren, of the Hockinson Apostolic Lutheran Church in Hockinson, WA from a sermon preached by him on January 11, 2009 and it is with his permission that I place his words here.

KJV Mark 1:11 And there came a voice from heaven, saying, Thou art my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.

"I was praying for my family the other night. As I came across one of them, a specific concern came on my heart and a request to my Father in heaven, to God the Father, for and in behalf of my son, a plea from this father's heart from my heart as a father. These words all of a sudden (the verse above) hit me that are in this text: What about His Son? I am asking the Father in heaven to bless this father's son, but what about His Son? How have I treated His Son? What did I do to His Son? God's only son, I have six sons. He had only one. What did I do to Him? Why did He come here? Why did we need this one to come who was a preparer? A voice crying in the wilderness? What happened to His Son after the journey into the wilderness? ...................And I am going to ask His Father to help me with my son? It seemed absurd for a moment. But just for a moment, and as I sat in the darkness, it just gripped my heart. How dare I ask a Father to care for my son in the way that I treated His Son? But just for a moment. Then came a great comfort, because God sent His Son to save me, because God loves me, because God loves you and sent His Son to save you from your sin. Now listen to the voice from heaven speaking to Jesus: "Thou are my beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." And I am in Him and you are in Him. And hear His voice. He is pleased with His Son (and he has helped my son, by the way) and He hears my prayer and I will continue to pray for all my family, for this congregation and for all the loved ones that I know and even those who I don't know. And maybe once in a while I will remember that, that is only for a moment that I contemplate how great the love of God is, that He sent His Son to this earth for us. And God is pleased with Him, and He never said that about anyone else. But all those who are in Christ, who have come through the way of repentance, who have acknowledged their sin, as a fruit of repentance, not as a prerequisite to it, not as a law, not as a demand, but as a fruit of a repentant heart, then He comes and dwells within our hearts. And all these things and obstacles that are so big that we cannot deal with them are removed and He comes in and dwells with us. By faith we receive Him throught the gift of the Holy Spirit. On this day of the baptism of the Lord, may we be blessed by this word. In Jesus name, Amen. "

Pastor Ron Holmgren
Posted on 27 Jan 2009 by Pastor Orval Wirkkala
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