The Search of the Wise

As the world enters a period of festivities and holidays, for many it is a busy time of shopping, traveling, hosting and celebrating. And for the most part, that is all it is. They get together with family and friends because that’s what they’ve always done, it’s part of the tradition that’s been passed down from previous generations. Nothing more, nothing less.

While as Christians we know that there is more to the celebration of the birth of Christ than turkey dinners and exchanging of gifts, we too can fall into the trap of merely going thru our Christian tradition. Where our spiritual walk simply becomes religious custom. Now there is nothing wrong with having routine and in fact discipline and consistency is commendable but we must be cautious to not substitute relationship with religion.

I am reminded of the wise men from the East in Matthew 2 who came to see the King who was born, that they may worship him. These men were wealthy, powerful and more importantly they were wise. In all of their prestige, they were pressed to search for the great King even at the cost of their lives being threatened by Herod. What motivated them was their desire to see face to face the one who was promised and as such begin a relationship with him.

During this period, let me encourage you, that while you search for the best bargains, food and fellowship, and that’s great, but don’t stop seeking that which is most important; God Almighty. Hunger and thirst after him again, even if you’ve been a Christian for a very long time, or especially if you’ve been one for a long time and perhaps your journey of faith has dwindled down to religious observance. Ask Him to restore the passion and appetite for Him. This is the search of the wise.

“Seek the Lord, and his strength: seek his face evermore. Remember his marvellous works that he hath done; his wonders, and the judgments of his mouth;” – Psalms 105:4-5

This is a blog post from Stanley Harvey, the Senior Pastor of the Pentecostals of Sydney.

The POS Podcast Guide

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Over the last few weeks we have been working hard to update the POS Podcast. The look is completely different (we think it’s much better) and there are many cool new features. This video walks you through the podcast and shows you how you can maximise your experience. We hope you continue to enjoy the podcast and let us know your opinions by commenting!

Podcast Update

You may have noticed that recently we have updated our podcast. It has many new features and should be available for you to view on your iPhone and iPad (if you’re not already using the POS iPhone app). We are planning to put together a video that will help you navigate our podcast, as well as show you the new features, so please keep an eye out for that. For now you can browse through it yourself and see what you can discover! The new web address is – http://media.pentecostalsofsydney.com

We have added a few video sermons to the podcast and we will be adding a few more this week. Recently, we were blessed to have Rev Simeon Costa preach at our church and we have uploaded his sermon ‘The 7 Basics of Following Jesus – Part 1’ in it’s entirety to our podcast. Here is a sneak peek:

There is also a new one of Pastor Stan from his There’s An App For That series entitled ‘The Encouragement App’. Here is a segment of his sermon: