Sun, Jul 03, 2022
When asked about the greatest command, Jesus didn't hesitate: "Love God with everything." The source of this teaching was the famous catechesis of ancient Israel, often called the Shema (Deuteronomy 6:4-5). The Shema joins a theological statement with a command. It confesses the uniqueness of God and calls for loving him. God is the single greatest reality. Love is our single greatest responsibility. Such faith is formed best in community.
Sun, Oct 25, 2020
Duration: 47 mins 52 secs
The nuclear family is broken. Many cultural forces have driven a wedge between husbands and wives, children and parents. Sadly, with the family fractured, it struggles to achieve its two main purposes: moral formation and mission. Today's passage reflects on a biblical household code. The apostle Paul views the family as a case study in Christlikeness. He assumes the world is watching. All houses should be glass houses: incubators for growth and examples of godliness. Lets make our homes secure again.
Sun, Jun 07, 2020
Duration: 35 mins 52 secs
We all have a name and bus stop. Sometimes we confuse the two. Sometimes our names and bus stops tell a tragic story that only God, by his grace, can redeem. Mephibosheth has such a story. The orphan child receives forgiveness, fortune, fellowship, and family when King David invites him to the table. Jesus invites us to the table and offers the same. Moreover, he asks us to extend such grace to others.
Sun, Aug 04, 2019
Duration: 46 mins 10 secs
God had a wonderful, vulnerable plan for keeping his kingdom plan marching forward: he tasked men and women to live it and pass it along to the next generation. Like the game of tag, there are not "take backs." The newly appointed IT person has to find someone else to pass it along. Paul tagged Timothy. Timothy would tag others. And on and on. Fortunately, succession plans are not purely up to us. God provides an IT factor to empower us.
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, Oct 28, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 55 secs
The state of marriage is not great. Neither is the state of the nation. Healthy marriages help create healthy societies. Successive generations benefit from stable homes. Sadly, in Malachi's day, the people had neglected God's gift of marriage. They turned a few exceptions for divorce into a rule. Something similar has happened today. This sermon encourages us to make marriage great again.
Sun, Nov 12, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 58 secs
Family life brings tremendous joy and terrible pain. As dysfunctional as family relationships may be, family members are difficult to disown. God knows something of family problems in his relationship with Israel. Hosea knows something of family problems with his wife and children. We know something of family problems, too. Fortunately, bitter family problems get better with God... someday.
Sun, Feb 12, 2017
Strong households build a strong society. This sentiment is as old as Aristotle and current as Jim Daly (Focus on the Family). Peter had shared his thoughts on glorious households using the Greco-Roman Household Code. His teaching centered on the work of Jesus, and subtly pushed back against the patriarchy of they day. Honor, Peter argues, not hierarchy, should be the heart of the home.