Sun, Oct 27, 2019
We get stuck in loops. When they're good, we call them grooves. When they're bad, we call them ruts. As creatures of habit, we cannot help but gravitate toward the predictable. This ancient problem is most tragically illustrated in the book of Judges. Generation after generation in Israel does evil, gets oppressed, cries out, receives a deliverer from God, experiences short-lived peace, and then repeats the cycle. Fortunately, God can help us break bad cycles and replace them with good ones.
Sun, Apr 14, 2019
Duration: 41 mins 47 secs
Unlike the other religious leaders of his day, Jesus excelled at showing mercy. He looked through their sickness and sin to their needy hearts. So he invited the sick and sinner to follow him. Many did. Zacchaues stands out among them. This sinner, tax collector, and conspicuously short man first responded to Jesus' merciful gaze with a few little steps. Perhaps, God intends us to reflect the mercy of His Son.
Sun, Jul 08, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 44 secs
The apostle Paul knew something of God's compassion. It shaped his past, empowered his present ministry, and reached all people. When he describes God's compassion (i.e., mercy, kindness) to Paul, he assumes Timothy, too, will take it and pay it forward. And so should we.
Sun, Nov 15, 2015
Duration: 37 mins 52 secs
Daniel confesses on behalf of his people. The prayer provides a model for approaching God in humility. Sins of the people are piled on top of one another. Characteristics of God's mercy, righteousness, and grace, however, triumph. Daniel's prayer comes near the end of the 70-year period of exile predicted by Jeremiah. Knowing their return is immanent, Daniel prepares his people through prayer.
Sun, Jul 05, 2015
Duration: 39 mins 53 secs
Loss haunts us at every stage of life. We lose teeth and hair, innocence and trust, games and jobs, time and money, life and loved ones. The suffering and pain that come with our losses is not easy to face. But God, who is merciful, remains with us amid the losses. And King David serves as a mentor in loss, teaching us how to hold his assets (e.g., power, wealth, family) loosely to lessen the fear of loss. (NOTE: He learned the hard way.)