Sun, Aug 15, 2021
Sloth is not always what we think. It manifests in curious ways: inordinate busyness, restless activity, and, of course, mindless entertainment. At its root, sloth lacks love for God and the opportunities he has given; it fails to see good outcomes from our efforts. Instead, it settles into the path of least resistance, opting for leisure over hard work, willing to leach off others. Paul address this thinking in 1-2 Thessalonians. Jesus models for us a healthy call to rest, the counter-virtue, which is relational, restorative, and rhythmic.
Sun, Mar 29, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 44 secs
The Book of James touches on some timely themes about caring for others. The brother of Jesus writes a scattered church facing hardship. He implores them to put their faith into action by showing love to the most endangered among them. Faith is not merely self-reflection, but godly action, necessary in times of need.
Sun, Nov 17, 2019
Naomi and Ruth hatch a plan and get to work. So does God (did He ever stop?). The Moabitess starts gleaning and "happens" on Boaz's field. This noble relative of Naomi quickly takes Ruth under his wing because of her active faith. Boaz protects her, promotes her, and provides for her needs. The solution to her and Naomi's hunger problem stems from God's providence, her diligence, and Boaz's generosity. When many hands work together, God brings much good from it.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We spend too much of our lives working not to enjoy the spoils of our labor. Unfortunately, much of our work feels like toil; much of our rest devolves into leisure. We fail to delight daily in our labor because no play, low pay, and lack of personality bleed from our work its meaning. The good news is this: God works in and through us; we must learn to seize each day.
Sun, Jun 05, 2016
Nehemiah coordinates an efficient and effective building project. In fifty-two days with more than forty teams, he reuilds the walls around Jerusalem. While the reading is not riveting, the building lessons in Nehemiah are priceless. every building effort -- a wall, marriage, family, career, ministry or social network -- benefits from a vision and plan where leaders and laborers apply their skills to local needs. One does not need to be handy to build for God's purposes.