Sun, Oct 24, 2021
Duration: 44 mins 38 secs
Mordecai and Esther communicate through various servants after she learns of his public display of affliction. She cannot persuade him to change clothes and silence his grief. Instead, Mordecai vents his anger about Haman's plot and tries to command Esther to take action. She agrees but on her own terms. She will not be managed. She will seize the moment God has given her. This focuses on God's providence and human responsibility.
Sun, Jul 28, 2019
From a young age many of us learn to pray simply as a means of getting things from God or returning thanks to Him. This treats God like a genie in a lamp. What happens when God does not grant our wishes? What happens when we say know? Well, it turns us toward the true purpose of prayer: relationship. This sermon helps us remember the real reason for prayer is connecting to God, even amid our hardest moments.
Sun, Oct 16, 2016
When darkness covers the Psalmist (n 88), he cries out to God. There is nowhere else to go; neither is there any guarantee God will help him. His friends have deserted him. His health is has failed him. He laments. God invites us to cry out to him in times of personal crisis. We must learn to speak our griefs to the God who saves, even if our circumstances remain grim.
Sun, Sep 25, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 37 secs
Sometimes God seems absent. Our suffering lingers and prayers languish. The Psalms give us language for this feeling of lament. Psalm 13 invites us to express our hurt and pain, to voice our questions. God is a good dialogue partner. And even when He feels absent, His love is sure.