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, May 13, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 52 secs
Solomon dedicated the Temple (a twenty-year building project) with a prayer. And he wanted the Temple to serve as a House of Prayer. It was a place where God's people and foreigners could recommit themselves to God. Prayers of commitment, whether big decisions or daily choices, mark our path and fuel our progress as God's people.
Sun, Jan 25, 2015
Duration: 43 mins 56 secs
Jesus shows righteous indignation when visiting the Temple in Jerusalem. The court of the Gentiles has been converted into an emporium. The oxen, sheep, doves, and money-changers have cluttered up an area intended for worship. Jesus reacts as a prophet, fashioning a whip and forcing business transactions from the premises. His zealous inspection should inspire us to give attention to the distractions we bring to worship, both in our facilities and in our hearts.