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As I shared with our church in August, 'God has broken me many times in recent years by showing me where I have fallen short, and while my journey, at age 43, is far from over, I believe He has brought me a long way from some days I am not very proud of, and is making me more like Him everyday.'"Following Driscoll's resignation, Mars Hill's teaching pastor, Dave Bruskas, announced later in October that the church was going to dissolve by the end of 2014 and that its 13 regional congregations would need to go independently or merge with another church."Following much prayer and lengthy discussion with Mars Hill's leadership, the board of Mars HIll has concluded that rather than remaining a centralized multi-site church with video-led teaching distributed to multiple locations, the best future for each of our existing local churches is for them to become autonomous self-governed entities," Bruskas wrote in a letter to the congregation.
If we think we can live out the teachings of the Sermon on the Mount by our own strength, we have failed to realize the supernatural character of the life to which the Savior calls us.
Driscoll and his wife founded Mars Hill in 1996."I readily acknowledge I am an imperfect messenger of the gospel of Jesus Christ." Driscoll wrote in his resignation letter.
"Specifically, I have confessed to past pride, anger and domineering spirit.
The wisdom or power for such a life must be given to us from above.
So here we have an invitation to ask and keep on asking; to seek and keep on seeking; to knock and to keep on knocking.
“Jesus has already warned us against pharisaic hypocrisy and pagan formalism and has given us His own model prayer. Prayer is the very way God Himself has chosen for us to express our conscious need of Him and our humble dependence on Him” (Stott).
In Matthew 7:7, we find the words “ask,” “seek,” and “knock.” Each of these words is found in the present imperative tense.
As we interpret these verses in the context of Scripture, we understand they are not a blank check called prayer.
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