Sun, Nov 14, 2021
Duration: 44 mins 12 secs
Esther's second feast has begun. King Xerxes has run out of patience. Haman is covered in shame. When the king asks Queen Esther for her petition and requests, she offers a brilliant, calibrated response, which exposes her Jewish identity and accuses Haman of attempted genocide. Things go from bad to worse for Haman, when the king catches Haman draped over his wife. Now he has a reason to impale Haman, who ends up dead on the very pole he crafted for Mordecai's execution. Reversals continue in this dramatic book: here it begins when Esther comes out of hiding.
Sun, Nov 24, 2019
Duration: 49 mins 21 secs
Naomi and Ruth hatch a big plot. They scheme their way into an unlikely betrothal between Ruth and Boaz. The foreign, barren, widow has little more to offer than her kind reputation and bold faith. But that is enough to impress Boaz. He provisionally accepts her proposal and sends her home with good news and extra grain. The third scene shows the power of big risks, big asks, and rehearsing God's redemption, even if it means overturning some social norms.
Sun, May 06, 2018
Duration: 44 mins 47 secs
Prayer is a two-way conversation. Us and God. God and us. We talk and listen. We share and hear. Except, too often we approach prayer as a monologue and laundry list for our Father in Heaven. Abraham serves as a model for prayer as conversation, teaching us that awareness, honesty, and asking matters.
Sun, May 29, 2016
Duration: 43 mins 48 secs
Asking can open unlikely doors. Unfortunately, we may ask in the wrong ways with the wrong motives. We may manipulate and disrespect. Learning to ASK in the right ways with the right motives grants dignity to others and opportunities for success. Nehemiah demonstrates two great ASKS. This sermon gives several principles for good asking, bolstered by a few intriguing grammatical notes. I ask you to listen and apply!