Sun, Nov 01, 2020
Evil exists in our world. If we're not careful, we'll feed it or fall into its trap. Fortunately, the apostle Paul describes a posture, perspective, and protection available to us as we battle spiritual powers. And, when in doubt, we can pray: it is the bottom line weapon in apprehending God's protection over us.
Sun, Jan 19, 2020
John writes his first letter to the first church of seven. Jesus gives a good word, rebuke, warning, and promise to his followers in Ephesus. These big city dwellers have fought against false teaching well, but in their zeal to defend the truth they forgot their primary task as believers: love one another. He calls them to change their priorities, let love direct them, lest their light go out. In our politically charged, religiously pluralistic, individualistically expressive culture, this message has deep relevance.
Sun, Oct 20, 2019
Duration: 52 mins 48 secs
After Joshua died a leadership vacuum opened. Worse yet, Israel intermarried with the Canaanites and failed to clear their land of idols. Thus begins the book of Judges, which chronicles God's people descent into false worship and civil warfare. This message will orient us to the book of Judges -- its structure, key players, and major themes -- and the timeless threat of idolatry. God's prohibition of idols (and jealousy) betrayed his desire for his people to live full and free lives. For those interested in a life of delight, they must uproot idols.
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, Jun 17, 2018
Duration: 43 mins 25 secs
God is our Father. Jesus knew Him intimately and eternally as such. Thus we allow him to define the terms of fatherhood. While this is hard for those who have distant, abusive, or deceased fathers, we cannot avoid the metaphor. And when we understand all that is wrapped into the fatherhood of God, we cannot help but feel cared for by Him.
Sun, Nov 19, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 50 secs
Americans like comfort. Yeah, verily, we love it. Our culture seduces us into a life of ease and soft beds. Sadly, this can rob from our intimacy with God. Hosea speaks out against godless character, and no good conduct in Israel. At the root is a great love for idols (and comfort) than God.
Sun, Jun 04, 2017
Duration: 40 mins 41 secs
Pleasure: the word speaks for itself. God created us as pleasure-seeking creatures. Unfortunately, we have not learned how to align discipleship with desire. We keep following Jesus as a matter of intellect and maintain low-grade guilt for enjoying much of the world. Pleasure for its own sake, says Q in Ecclesiastes, is an idol and dead end. Pleasure as a pointer to God, however, is a guiltless good. So desire God and enjoy life.
Sun, May 21, 2017
Duration: 41 mins 36 secs
So what? Who cares? Why bother? What's the point? If you've ever asked these questions, and felt the futility of life weighing on you, then Ecclesiastes will speak to you. This introductory sermon implores us to resume the search for eternal worth, rather than striving after the wind.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
Our hearts are prone to idolatry. They are allured by the local, functional, manageable nature of graven images. God's people played the harlot with idols, effecting the crisis of exile. Jeremiah challenges their "handmade cisterns," which they traded for the Living God. Unfortunately, idolatry is not only a "thing" problem, it is also a theology problem. Having an errant or insufficient view of God makes Him into an idol of the mind. We must avoid these graven images and embrace the Heavenly Father.
Sun, Oct 30, 2016
Duration: 41 mins 30 secs
God calls us to kill the bitter root growing within our hearts (not kill our enemies). We all have traces of bitterness, whether directed toward politicians, celebrities, or people who have slighted us in our past. This emotion is not foreign to the Bible. In fact, God's people felt bitter rage in a foreign land. "By the streams of Babylon, I sat down and wept," beings one of the rawest psalms. It moves from bitter weeping to nostalgia to rage. God hears our rage, and asks us to hand it to Him.