Pastor McKenney

When God Says "No..."

2 Corinthians 12:7-10

To keep me from becoming conceited because of these surpassingly great revelations, there was given me a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (8) Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. (9) But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. (10) That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.


Titus 3: 4-7

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, (5) he saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of his mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, (6) whom he poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, (7) so that, having been justified by his grace, we might become heirs having the hope of eternal life.

Jesus Was The Perfect Child

Luke 2: 41-52

Every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the Feast of the Passover. (42)When he was twelve years old, they went up to the Feast, according to the custom. (43)After the Feast was over, while his parents were returning home, the boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but they were unaware of it. (44)Thinking he was in their company, they traveled on for a day. Then they began looking for him among their relatives and friends. (45)When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him. (46)After three days they found him in the temple courts, sitting among the teachers, listening to them and asking them questions. (47)Everyone who heard him was amazed at his understanding and his answers. (48)When his parents saw him, they were astonished. His mother said to him, "Son, why have you treated us like this? Your father and I have been anxiously searching for you." (49)"Why were you searching for me?" he asked. "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" (50)But they did not understand what he was saying to them. (51)Then he went down to Nazareth with them and was obedient to them. But his mother treasured all these things in her heart. (52)And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.


Luke 21:25-36

"There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. (26)Men will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the heavenly bodies will be shaken. (27)At that time they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. (28)When these things begin to take place, stand up and lift up your heads, because your redemption is drawing near." (29)He told them this parable: "Look at the fig tree and all the trees. (30)When they sprout leaves, you can see for yourselves and know that summer is near. (31)Even so, when you see these things happening, you know that the kingdom of God is near. (32)"I tell you the truth, this generation will certainly not pass away until all these things have happened. (33)Heaven and earth will pass away, but my words will never pass away. (34)"Be careful, or your hearts will be weighed down with dissipation, drunkenness and the anxieties of life, and that day will close on you unexpectedly like a trap. (35)For it will come upon all those who live on the face of the whole earth. (36)Be always on the watch, and pray that you may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man."