Sun, Sep 23, 2018
Leisure is not a dirty word. Properly understood, it means freedom. And God intends for us to enjoy freedom, especially freedom from the tyranny of busyness and work. This sermon recalls the Sabbath principle and celebrates the value of rest.
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, Apr 17, 2016
Duration: 49 mins 34 secs
God's perfect justice transcends our broken relationships. This is good news, because broken relationships are personal, painful, and pandemic. King David's family fallout serves as a case study in brokenness. John Rife offering insights from counseling people in broken relationships. In the end, we must set our eyes on God, whose perfect justice was meted out on Jesus for our sins.
Sun, Mar 15, 2015
Duration: 44 mins 37 secs
Jesus heals a man who was born blind. His suffering was not a result of his (or his parent's) sin, but to show God's glory. The scene also exposes the religious blindness of the Pharisees. We do not always see as well as we think. Religion can blind us. Belief opens our eyes.
Sun, Feb 22, 2015
Duration: 43 mins 59 secs
Jesus meets us at our points of desperation. In fact, desperate situations often drive us to Jesus. It is the times of resolution where we drift. Prayers flow in crisis; they stagnate in times of peace. As I pastor I often have people ask me to pray for upcoming surgeries, lingering ailments, financial and relational struggles, but rarely do people come to me with praise. It's an unfortunate cycle that plagues me as much as the next person.
A thoughtful reflection on John 4:43-5:47 calls Christ-followers to own their sense of desperation. We are not called to create crisis in our lives, but to realize apart from God's intervention we are poor, week, sad, and hungry. We are desperate. And our desperation should drive us to pray.