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, Nov 03, 2019
Duration: 46 mins 12 secs
Everyone has potential. Sadly, many do not reach it. Their lives our wrecked by untamed passions and uncontrolled pride. Need a case study? Look no farther than Samson. This miracle child, empowered by the Spirit of God, spiraled to his death. His good looks, strong arms, and clever riddles could not compensate for his foolish decisions. And yet, God still used him and answered his prayers. That offers hope to those of us who likewise fail to reach their God-given potential.
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 20, 2019
Duration: 52 mins 48 secs
After Joshua died a leadership vacuum opened. Worse yet, Israel intermarried with the Canaanites and failed to clear their land of idols. Thus begins the book of Judges, which chronicles God's people descent into false worship and civil warfare. This message will orient us to the book of Judges -- its structure, key players, and major themes -- and the timeless threat of idolatry. God's prohibition of idols (and jealousy) betrayed his desire for his people to live full and free lives. For those interested in a life of delight, they must uproot idols.
Sun, Oct 13, 2019
Duration: 51 mins 11 secs
For those who have made an initial commitment to Jesus, we may remember the moment with vivid details. For other followers, we can remember a retreat, camp, short-term trip, or moment where God broke through for us. Sadly, those moments can be few and far between. And until God breaks through again, we drift through life, overwhelmed by the everyday choices of what to eat, wear, watch, do, and whom to do with! The final words of Joshua are a summons from drifting to rededication. Every day is a chance to say, "God I give my life to you."
Sun, Sep 29, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 24 secs
Long before JFK wrote Profiles of Courage, biblical authors recounted stories of faithful men and women: Moses, Joshua, Rahab, and Ruth. They describe a courage rooted in God's character, contrasting with today's self-discovered, reckless, stand-alone courage. In fact, Joshua begins his new role as Israel's leader responding to the fivefold refrain: Be strong and courageous. God and others speak courage into him. And because of our ongoing fears today, we need God and others to speak courage into us.
Sun, Sep 15, 2019
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
God has a mission. He intends his people to join Him, both as "sent out" missionaries and "sending" churches. All His people are called to live on mission. This sermon explains God's mission and how we have joined Him. It also reflects on Psalm 67 as a beautiful reflection of God's heart for all peoples to know Him.
Sun, Sep 08, 2019
Duration: 47 mins 12 secs
Followers of Jesus have been entrusted with a life changing message. The Gospel, the Good news, tells a public truth about the world. That is, Jesus, is the king who has defeated sin and death and brought, fulfilling God's promises by bringing salvation to all people. Paul expected Timothy to share this good news. Jesus expects us to, as well. Sharing the Good News does not require eloquence, but it does demand urgency.
Sun, Sep 01, 2019
Duration: 48 mins 36 secs
We live in a self-centered world. It is a sure sign of our age. The apostle Paul warned Timothy a day would come (and was near) when the misbehavior in Ephesus would be widespread. Welcome to our world. Sadly, false teachers and egomaniacs exploit others with their antics. Paul offers another way, a way of faithfulness in life, love, and suffering. He knows Timothy's faith has followed a common growth path. He encourages him, and us, to continue the path of learning faithfulness. And when we learn it, we live IT.
Sun, Aug 18, 2019
Duration: 44 mins 46 secs
The proof of genuine Christian faith is the life-long pursuit of Jesus. This pursuit comprises character transformation and spiritual community. And it recognizes the trap of divorcing faith from practice. Bible trivia and fighting for fundamentalism does not prove anything. The quiet, steady, gentle, loving, truth-seeking pursuit of Jesus speaks volumes.