Mon, Jul 06, 2020
Duration: 40 mins 26 secs
We will all die. A day will come when we breathe our last breath. This can be horrifying: spiritually, physically, socially, and emotionally. Our culture has tried to deny death. Too many people die alone. But death can also be clarifying. Our purpose, people, and God's mercy come to light. Jesus experienced the horror and clarity of death. He died on the Cross for the sins of the world. His last breath teaches us the practice of "release."
Sun, Jun 28, 2020
Duration: 38 mins 31 secs
We all praise. It comes as naturally as breath. It comes when we lose our breath. Something beautiful, awesome, or memorable captures our attention and grips our emotion. We have to tell someone about it. This is praise. And when we pay attention to God, who he is and what he has done, praise is our response. Psalm 150 teaches praise as our primal response, appropriate ending, emotional engagement, and high volume shout of Hallelujah. Will you join the chorus?
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, Jul 28, 2019
From a young age many of us learn to pray simply as a means of getting things from God or returning thanks to Him. This treats God like a genie in a lamp. What happens when God does not grant our wishes? What happens when we say know? Well, it turns us toward the true purpose of prayer: relationship. This sermon helps us remember the real reason for prayer is connecting to God, even amid our hardest moments.
Sun, Jun 03, 2018
Duration: 38 mins 24 secs
One of life's hardest lessons is giving up our goals, letting go of our expectations, releasing our grip on our dreams. Our ways will not always come to pass. God's way will. And when our will collides with God, his will win. The prayer of concession helps us deny ourselves and submit to Him. Fortunately, His way is better.
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, May 20, 2018
Duration: 39 mins 34 secs
Praise comes naturally when we talk about things we love. We praise our kids, spouses, and sports teams. We praise our company, accomplishments, and delicious foods. We praise what we love because we want to share the joy with others. Do we do this in prayer? Do we do this with God? Hear how David teaches prayer as celebration; you'll want to join him!
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, May 06, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 47 secs
Prayer is a two-way conversation. Us and God. God and us. We talk and listen. We share and hear. Except, too often we approach prayer as a monologue and laundry list for our Father in Heaven. Abraham serves as a model for prayer as conversation, teaching us that awareness, honesty, and asking matters.
Sun, Apr 15, 2018
Learning is verified by our application. Practice, not study, perfects. All our Bible reading, ministry training, and Sunday School lessons mean little if we do not DO what we have been taught. In the Great Commission, Jesus challenges us to teach others to obey everything he commanded. We should be PRO*DO.