Sun, Aug 07, 2022
Duration: 44 mins 13 secs
Moses met God. He was going about his shepherding duties, when he encountered God in the far side of the desert. He drew close to a burning bush and God spoke. He shared with Moses his plan to rescue Israel and assured him he was the man for the job. Sadly, Moses deflected and deferred. Facing God forced him to face his false self. The same thing happens with us: divine encounters expose our self-deception.
Sun, Aug 22, 2021
Duration: 46 mins 14 secs
God calls his people to do extraordinary things. Build arks and altars. Defy kings and walk through deep waters. Critical to every call is an act of trust. We trust God because he keeps his promises. The call to trust and assurance of God's trustworthiness encouraged the Hebrews. It defined all those mentioned in the Hall of Faith (Hebrews 11). Today, it will encourage us as we look at 4 examples.
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, Jun 02, 2019
Duration: 38 mins 56 secs
We value service because it is how God works through us. Our good deeds, acts of charity, and generosity gives evidence of his grace. Those who live as servants recognize their life is on lease. They see others' needs as opportunities to help. Ancient Israel would have understood this concept of stewardship. Jesus modeled it perfectly.
Sun, May 12, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 49 secs
We value honor. It acknowledges the God-given role Mom and Dad play in shaping our futures. Of course, parenting is complex, and every parent fails. Nevertheless, Mom and Dad have a high calling, giving their kids their first glimpse of God and shaping a glorious future. While they are not always thanked, Mom and Dad deserve honor, which includes cares and esteem. And when we actively honor Mom and Dad, it trickles into a life of honoring other.
Sun, May 05, 2019
We value talk. It improves the family dynamic, learning to listen to, learn from, and draw out one another. Talking is of such great value, in fact, that God used it to create the world, call His people, and pass along His truth from one generation to another. Deuteronomy assumes the central role of "family talk" in the ongoing health of His people. When we talk, it builds faith and family bonds.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 50 secs
Chapter 3 of God's Big Story tells of God's long-suffering relationship with His people, Israel. Covenant is the official term for the way God related, a friendship he initiated, sustained, and refined. The first half of the message summarizes the Old Testament. The second half teases out implications, especially the role God's people play in reflecting him.
Sun, Jun 14, 2015
The fear of rejection grips many of us. We reject ourselves and deflect compliments. We reject God and doubt His work in our lives. We reject others in anticipation that they will reject us. And we are not alone. Moses felt the fear of rejection descend on him when God drew him to the burning bush. Their dialogue (Exodus 3-4), showcases the fear of rejection and how the nearness of God can overcome our fears.