Sun, Sep 19, 2021
Duration: 47 mins 47 secs
After looking at the "harassed and helpless" crowd and calling for prayer, Jesus summons his disciples by name to go, show, and tell about the inbreaking kingdom of God. They become short-term missionaries with a simple strategy. Unfortunately, certain opposition will come, both within the family and from the government. However, Jesus reassures the Twelve that God has their back and His Spirit will provide the words when they give witness. This Missionary Discourse has relevant application today for followers of Jesus. We too should go public and not panic, knowing God's got our backs.
Sun, Sep 12, 2021
Duration: 44 mins 21 secs
Jesus's compassion explodes on the scene with four successive miracles. He heals a bleeding woman, resurrects a dead child, gives sight to two blind men, and casts the demon out of a mute person. The crowds marvel. The Pharisees grumble. Acts of compassion are not always celebrate. In fact, Jesus's increasing fame comes with rising opposition. Followers of Jesus should be aware when they do good in his name, their acts of compassion will not always be welcomed.
Sun, Jul 22, 2018
Duration: 50 mins 47 secs
Stigmas make us stand out. Some of them are self-inflicted. Others cling to us from birth. While stigmas may lead to opposition, rejection, or mistreatment from society, God can open doors through stigmas. The story of Jephthah, an ancient Israelite leader, tells such a story. God uses his strength and diplomacy to deliver his people who had earlier rejected him. What doors has God opened for you?
Sun, Apr 01, 2018
Duration: 40 mins 19 secs
Followers of Jesus sign up to play the fool. Biblical values and wisdom do not align with worldly aims and virtues. This was true in Jesus' day as it is now. However, in the modern era nonstop media allows constant pot-shots at Christians. And some criticism is earned! Nevertheless, the Fool's Way is not to fire back and play into the critic's hand, but to loosen up and love better. Like Jesus and Paul, we embrace the Cross rather than answer our critics.
Sun, Jun 26, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 58 secs
Finishing a task is often harder than it seems. To finish pushes us beyond our comfort zones, stirs up fears, and creates opposition (internal and external). We face distractions and give into short-term gratification, rather than long-term satisfaction. Nehemiah exemplifies how to resist obstacles and finish his task. He builds a wall in Jerusalem, in spite of constant interruptions. He calls us to live as finishers.
Sun, Jun 12, 2016
Duration: 44 mins 53 secs
Nehemiah stood against his opponents, whose taunts and plots disturbed the people of Jerusalem, but did not stop their work. Any building project for God's glory will face opposition, but good leaders and workers stand firm through the fear, knowing their God fights for them. This integrates stories of modern day bullies, imprecatory psalms, bands of brothers, and God's strength.