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Sun, Nov 18, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 42 secs
We don't like to run into the inflated ego of others. Nor do we like to admit our ego gets inflated at a times. Instead, we like to pick at the big ego in politicians, CEOs, athletes, and religious people. This is not our job. God does not call us to deflate the ego of self-important people, but to learn humility. It looks much better on us than an inflated ego.
Sun, Nov 11, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 12 secs
All our goods are gifts from God. Not only does He intend for us to steward them well but also give back to Him. Keeping all our money in our possession does not please Him. Neither does paltry giving. This goes for our use of time, skills, and resources, too. Malachi's fourth dispute challenges God's people to ante up and give God his due.
Sun, Nov 04, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 3 secs
Stains of social injustice show up everywhere. Racism, poverty, sexism, human trafficking, neglect of the elderly, and plight of the orphan top the list. We can easily be overwhelmed. We might even groan. But through Malachi God says, "Rest assured, someday I will scrub out these stains." Until then, we, too, may scrub out injustice where God has given us passion to scrub.
Sun, Oct 28, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 55 secs
The state of marriage is not great. Neither is the state of the nation. Healthy marriages help create healthy societies. Successive generations benefit from stable homes. Sadly, in Malachi's day, the people had neglected God's gift of marriage. They turned a few exceptions for divorce into a rule. Something similar has happened today. This sermon encourages us to make marriage great again.
Sun, Oct 21, 2018
Duration: 41 mins 26 secs
We all cheat: in games and sports, at work and school, toward friends or God. Malachi calls out the God's people for cheating Him in their sacrifices. They offered what was second best (or worse), holding back better offerings for themselves. This tendency to serve self before God is ultimately cheats us.
Sun, Oct 14, 2018
Duration: 40 mins 54 secs
God's love is more than lip service; it is historically documented and personally demonstrated. Hallmark and Hollywood have trained us to think of love as romance and emotion. It's much greater. God commits to act on behalf of His people. Sadly, we often doubt His love. Thus opens the first of six disputes in the book of Malachi.
Sun, Oct 07, 2018
Duration: 37 mins 27 secs
Lingering is unusual in our hasty age. We don't like waiting for trains, long lines, or slow children to get to the car. But lingering has some virtue, helping us learn about others and show compassion. In fact, lingering a countercultural way for Christ-followers to show His love.
Sun, Sep 30, 2018
Duration: 32 mins 16 secs
Jesus asks us to invest in heaven, not on earth. Earthly investments are corrupting corruptible. Heavenly investments -- people, ministry, justice -- have lasting value. Pastor Ivan reflects on cultural differences between Uganda and the US, but recognizes the universal need to invest wisely.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
Duration: 26 mins 1 sec
Leisure is not a dirty word. Properly understood, it means freedom. And God intends for us to enjoy freedom, especially freedom from the tyranny of busyness and work. This sermon recalls the Sabbath principle and celebrates the value of rest.
Sun, Sep 16, 2018
Passage: James 1:19-20
Duration: 47 mins 15 secs
Listening is a lost art. There is no shortage of words -- commentary, criticism, and verbal clutter -- but meaningful conversation has disappeared. This sermon reflects on the value of listening and practical ways to listen better.
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