Sun, Sep 29, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 24 secs
Long before JFK wrote Profiles of Courage, biblical authors recounted stories of faithful men and women: Moses, Joshua, Rahab, and Ruth. They describe a courage rooted in God's character, contrasting with today's self-discovered, reckless, stand-alone courage. In fact, Joshua begins his new role as Israel's leader responding to the fivefold refrain: Be strong and courageous. God and others speak courage into him. And because of our ongoing fears today, we need God and others to speak courage into us.
Sun, Sep 08, 2019
Duration: 47 mins 12 secs
Followers of Jesus have been entrusted with a life changing message. The Gospel, the Good news, tells a public truth about the world. That is, Jesus, is the king who has defeated sin and death and brought, fulfilling God's promises by bringing salvation to all people. Paul expected Timothy to share this good news. Jesus expects us to, as well. Sharing the Good News does not require eloquence, but it does demand urgency.
Sun, Sep 01, 2019
Duration: 48 mins 36 secs
We live in a self-centered world. It is a sure sign of our age. The apostle Paul warned Timothy a day would come (and was near) when the misbehavior in Ephesus would be widespread. Welcome to our world. Sadly, false teachers and egomaniacs exploit others with their antics. Paul offers another way, a way of faithfulness in life, love, and suffering. He knows Timothy's faith has followed a common growth path. He encourages him, and us, to continue the path of learning faithfulness. And when we learn it, we live IT.
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, Dec 31, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 45 secs
Trust Big is the theme for 2018. It sees faith as more than a matter of intellectual assent. It is a relationship with God, where asking and expecting, abiding and rejoicing mark a healthy dynamic. Hear how to make this theme a reality in every day life for 2018.
Sun, May 07, 2017
Duration: 55 mins 33 secs
Faith is practice, not simply principle. One of the greatest ways to learn theology is to live it. The book of James reflects a "Just Live It" theology. This sermon takes an in depth look at James 1:19-27.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016
Duration: 45 mins 39 secs
Job suffered. It was not because he deserved it. No: He was righteous. But good works don't always merit you a good life. In fact, sometimes bad people enjoy good things. God knows His world is not always neat and tidy. He allows us to suffer to refine our faith. And as we face misfortune, prayer keeps us God-focused.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 56 secs
Crisis will come in life. We cannot escape it; there is no crisis-proofing life. However, when we view crisis as God's curriculum for a resilient faith and take action through trust, prayer, reason, and perseverance, we see God use hard times for His good. Joseph serves as a profile of resilient faith. His personal crises - betrayal, slavery, slander, imprisonment, and separation from his father - build his trust in God and allow him to help others.
Sun, Sep 11, 2016
Duration: 33 mins 34 secs
Bob Chisholm exhorts us to do the right thing, Rather than panic, face the rushing buffalo, new diagnosis, prodigal child, or any personal challenge by remembering God's faithfulness in the past and His presence in the moment. Weaving together personal narratives and the aftermath of David's victory over Goliath, this sermon gives hope. (NOTE: The recording missed the first few minutes of his story about cavalry facing a herd of rushing buffalo, stretching 30 miles wide. It picks up just as they decide their plan of action.)
Sun, May 22, 2016
Duration: 37 mins 47 secs
When Nehemiah gets news of the broken walls and distressed people in Jerusalem, he weeps. His passion turns to prayer - a great model of praise, penitence, faith, and petition. And because he is a cupbearer to the king of Persia, he has the position to ask the king for a building permit in Jerusalem. More than a model prayer, Nehemiah illustrates God using someone's passion and position to achieve God's purposes. We do well to pray along with our passions and position.