Sun, Dec 03, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 36 secs
God welcomes us back to Him when we drift. He is our refuge, our hiding place, our home. People in Hosea's day needed this reminder as they faced exile (by Assyria). They had lost their bearings. Their relationship with God had thinned. But He welcomed them back. He always welcomes a come back.
Sun, Sep 17, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 37 secs
Forgiveness has become a fad in psychological and medical literature. But definitions of forgiveness remain fuzzy and too focused on self. The biblical exhortation to forgive follows the pattern set by Jesus. It is a gift of pardon to a repentant person who has morally offended another. When we get this wrong, we gloss over our hurts and keep ourselves in harm's way.
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.)