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Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 59 secs
We make promises to our friends, spouses, kids, and coworkers. We don't always keep them. A broken promise breaks trust. An unfulfilled promise breeds anxiety. God, too, makes promises. To Abraham He promised a name, a son, international fame, and land. Abe did not see every promise come to pass before his death, but he believed God would keep his word. He did. He does. Jesus is living proof that God keeps His word.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 38 secs
Living to impress others offers no lasting peace. Others will crucify you. Criticize you. Change their standard of right or wrong based upon popular opinion or circumstance. Living to impress others is no way to live. Fortunately, there is another way. A better way. It is living to please God by embracing the good news about Jesus. The apostle Paul stresses this in the opening of his letter to the Galatians.
Sun, Jan 06, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 59 secs
We are new creations. We are Christ's ambassadors. We are God's co-workers. These words from Paul frame the 2019 theme: We Participants. Being a participant does not guarantee a life devoid of trials. In fact, joining God's mission often spells personal suffering. But we participate because it is God's way of winning the world to Jesus.
Sun, Dec 16, 2018
Jesus was not immune to power struggles. However, he released independent access to his divine power in becoming fully human. Moreover, he learned obedience as a son. He contested false forms of authority -- demonic, religious, political -- and eventually reclaimed his power before distributing it to his followers. The earthly ministry of Jesus depicts a life of servanthood amid ongoing power struggles. We should learn to serve like him.
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.
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