Moody Church Hour

Pastor Philip Miller

When the Answer is Denied

February 1, 2009
We all rejoice when God answers a prayer in a way that's unmistakable. A new job when unemployed, healing from a long disease, reconciliation after years of separation. But there are prayers we can pray for which the answer is "no." The Apostle Paul begged the Lord three times to relieve his thorn in the flesh, and was told that he had to bear it in the sufficient grace of God.

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Sometimes we're overwhelmed with calamity, and it seems, when we pray, that God is nowhere to be found. We lose a job...get a foreclosure notice...our health is suddenly at great risk. Despite earnest praying, our situation only gets worse. That was the cry of the prophet Habakkuk, and for many, it's our cry too.
January 25, 2009
"Ask, and you shall receive, that your joy may be full." This promise of Jesus might lead us to believe that answers to our prayers ought to be the answers we're asking for. But sometimes, God sends answers that have less to do with what we ask and more to do with the relationships with Him that He wants us to have. Please stay with us.
January 18, 2009
We're all used to having instant coffee, instant internet, and, in general, instant gratification of our desires. When it comes to prayer, though, instant is not usually part of the equation. Many times, years pass before we see an answer to an oft-repeated request before God. How do we come to grips with the need to wait, and wait, and then wait some more?
January 11, 2009
Your child is sick. You pray for healing, but healing never comes. At your child's funeral, you're left asking "why?" The mystery of prayer is our focus for the next six weeks, as we try to understand the purposes of God when the answers we cry for never come.
January 4, 2009
In modern culture, people look forward to what they call "the holiday season." All that good cheer translates into lots of dollars in the cash registers. Try to explain that what we now call "the holidays" used to be called Christmas, and then say that Christmas begins with Christ, and you may see a lot of blank stares. Indeed, in today's Christmas you can hardly see Christ at all.
December 28, 2008
It's hard to imagine a more humble beginning. Born among animals, laid in a feeding trough, in a place far from home. Jesus came into this world without the trappings that normally accompany royalty. The inn was full that night. And even in our day, for most people, there is no room for the Christ of Christmas.
December 21, 2008
When you consider all the improbabilities surrounding the birth of Christ, a lot of things had to happen at the right time and in the right order for the event to take place as prophesied. It's clear that the unseen hand of God was evident every step of the way, guiding governments, human interactions, as well as the precise timing of the miraculous birth itself.
December 14, 2008
A familiar poem reads: "Twas the night before Christmas and all through the house, not a creature was stirring, not even a mouse." Many children like the part promising that "St. Nicholas soon would be there." Although Santa Claus is just an illusion, there really was a night before Christmas, and today, you'll hear all about it.
December 7, 2008
Thanksgiving had simple roots. Early settlers to North America were just glad they had something to eat. Today, despite economic troubles, most of us have far more than the richest pilgrim back in the 1600's. On this program, we'll hear a message on three commands all believers must obey, commands that include being thankful, no matter what.
November 30, 2008
Wealth has a way of making us indifferent to the needs around us. After all, "If I'm OK, you must be OK." Jesus had some strong words for a church in Laodicea, a first-century place of prosperity. He said, "Because you are lukewarm, I will spew you out of my mouth." What could cause this condemnation? Today, we'll hear the final message in a series on what Jesus had to say to churches in the book of Revelation. Stay with us.
November 23, 2008
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This Sunday morning program provides a meaningful worship service for those far from God or unable to attend a local church. With insightful teaching from Pastor Philip Miller and joyous congregational worship, you’re invited to join Jesus on the journey of a lifetime.

 

About Pastor Philip Miller

Philip Miller is the 17th Senior Pastor of The Moody Church. Philip holds a B.A in Pre-Seminary Bible from Cedarville University (’04) and a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership and New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (’10). His wife, Krista, also holds an Th.M. degree from DTS. They have four children: Claire, Violet, Cora, and Jude.

Philip is a visionary leader with over twelve years of ministry experience, including three at Christ Community Church in the western Chicago suburbs and nearly seven as Senior Pastor at Westwood Baptist in Olympia, WA. He believes people flourish as followers of Jesus when they live deeply in the gospel, experience the healing of true community, and join Jesus on mission in their world. He is committed to cultivating a gospel-centered church that welcomes spiritual explorers, promotes gospel clarity in culturally engaging ways, inspires passionate worship, fosters deep spiritual vitality, empowers people to holistic discipleship, and catalyzes a multiplication movement of gospel renewal both locally and globally.

Philip enjoys cycling and all things outdoors, Garrett’s Carmel popcorn, Lou Malnati‘s deep dish pizza, and Henry Weinhard‘s root beer. For more information about Philip and his family, visit moodymedia.org/pastorphilip.

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