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, Feb 24, 2019
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We seek and receive identities from every sphere of life. We are known by our family role, work title, recreational habits, ethnic background, academic achievements, and personal quirks. Doctor. Dad. Delinquent. Sister. Snob. Southerner. God gives us our truest identity: adopted sons and daughters. Jesus secured this new identity for us, sending his Spirit to imbibe us. It is our task to embrace this new ID.
Sun, Jun 24, 2018
Our struggles reveal our need for salvation. In some form or another, we all want freedom, release, salvation. While we cannot secure it for ourselves, we can turn to God, our Redeemer. The exodus story not only shows his redeeming power but establishes his people as his prized possession
Sun, Jan 24, 2016
Duration: 43 mins 33 secs
Ephesians is a salve for the bad press the church receives. The apostle Paul provides a blessed, glorious, and mysterious view of the church. The redeeming work of the Triune God goes beyond saving individual souls, to summing up the heavens and earth in Jesus. Christian must learn to embrace their God-given identity, the heavenly view, described in this letter, rather than believing the bad press.
Sun, Jan 17, 2016
God set us free, but the apostle Paul nuances this freedom. We are free from slavery for sonship. We are free from selfishness for selfless love. And we are free from sin for spiritual fruitfulness. The Holy Spirit empowers us to flourish in his freedom. We partner with Him in creating an environment to flourish and seeing opportunities where He is at work.
Sun, Oct 04, 2015
Duration: 45 mins 13 secs
Shadrach, Meschach, and Abed-nego face a trial by fire. Their faith proves upstanding. Their God proves Himself powerful. The three Jews obey God's prohibition of idols, rather than King Nebuchadnezzar's decree to bow to his statue (Daniel 3). Their act of defiance is caught and reported. When tried before the king, they stand firm in their commitment to God. They know God is able to save them, but that puts them under no obligation. A robust, clear, biblical understanding of God makes them fireproof.