Sun, Nov 10, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 14 secs
Some people have a harder lot in life than others. Job is among the most famous biblical sufferers. But there is another, less often discussed sufferer. Her name is Naomi, and we read her story of dramatic status change, mounting losses, and waiting on God. Fortunately for Naomi, God showed up in the kindness of her daughter-in-law who shared her burden. God's kindness still shows up today through human kindness.
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, Oct 07, 2018
Duration: 37 mins 27 secs
Lingering is unusual in our hasty age. We don't like waiting for trains, long lines, or slow children to get to the car. But lingering has some virtue, helping us learn about others and show compassion. In fact, lingering a countercultural way for Christ-followers to show His love.
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, May 27, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 19 secs
Confession feels like a dirty word. And, in a way, it is because it admits the guilt we bear for our wrongful deeds and attitudes. Ezra the priest made confession for the people who returned from exile (454 BC). He lamented the mixed marriages of his people, knowing their religious devotion would likely suffer as it had in the past. Ezra's confession teaches about God's compassion and our culpability. It encourages us to take time to lay bare our souls before God.
Sun, Oct 15, 2017
Duration: 44 mins 39 secs
Hear of King David's compassion on Jonathan's Son Mephibosheth. He presents a beautiful picture of covenant loyalty. He also gives a glimpse of the seeking and inviting Jesus provides us.
Sun, Apr 10, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 50 secs
Sometimes our emotions get the best of us. These big feelings can be disruptive and damaging, but they are also God-given. Our feelings serve as a feedback loop, signaling something is not right with us, our goals, or our world. The Bible is no stranger to big feelings. The book of Jonah serves as a case study in emotional swings -- anger, fear, remorse -- and God's abounding compassion. This sermon also provides clinical insights to facing your big emotions. In the end, we must believe God's compassion > our big feelings.