Sun, Oct 03, 2021
Duration: 45 mins 45 secs
Exile dramatically shaped Jewish history. It was their low point, rock bottom. In exile, they began to reinterpret the past, pour out their laments, and grasp for hope. Some Jews in exile grew rigid. Others became fragile. Those that comprised the faithful remnant remained flexible: seeking the peace of the foreign city while staying faithful to God's commands. Esther 2:5-20 provides an historical glimpse into this period of exile and how two Jews--Mordecai and Esther--sought to live faithfully, albeit imperfectly, in the age of exile.
Sun, Aug 01, 2021
Duration: 46 mins 33 secs
Want to know why sorrow is the least know "deadly sin"? It was struck from the original list. However, when sorrow takes control of our minds, it has a deadly effect: pulling us from the present and stealing our joy. This message will consider variations of sorrow, the reality of depression, and importance of wisdom--sorrow's counter-virtue--in managing our emotions, eliminating our excuses, and expanding our life narrative.
Sun, May 24, 2020
Duration: 41 mins 39 secs
Our love for others -- church members, family, neighbor, and coworkers -- will never be perfect. We will be deficient in our care. Fortunately, if we are consistent in our care, it covers a multitude of failures and missteps. The apostle Paul closes out his lovely exhortation about love, speaking of its consistent nature: bearing, trusting, hoping, and enduring all things, always. As the message will illustrate, this is easier said than done.
Sun, Apr 12, 2020
Duration: 36 mins 44 secs
Everywhere you go these days you hear the phrases, "Stay healthy" or "Be safe." I started tacking on the exhortation, "Stay hopeful." Then I realized, hope is not an afterthought but the core to Christian living in critical times. This sermon traces the theme of hope -- a fixed past, promised future, and God's faithfulness amid present fears -- through the book of Romans. It encourages us to refocus.
Sun, Aug 25, 2019
Duration: 47 mins 29 secs
This sermon addresses the need for hope when you've lost your "bounce" in life. Sometimes it feels like you're jumping on a concrete trampoline. Suffering is real. Pain often lingers. Fortunately, the presence and power of God is real. He is trustworthy. In the midst of our hardships we can look to him.
Sun, Apr 16, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 28 secs
Jesus Christ came as the hero of God's Big story. The Son of God perfected the task Israel failed to do: live as a light among the nations. He also died as a perfect sacrifice, and won a crushing victory over death, sin, and Satan. His finished work should inspire the ongoing work of his followers.
Sun, Feb 19, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 48 secs
God uses our lives as a glorious witness. Peter encourages his readers to think this way as they face slander and other forms of suffering as Christian outsiders. "Speak hope with your lives," he implores them. The challenge is as relevant today as ever.
Sun, Jul 03, 2016
Duration: 22 mins 29 secs
Christians should learn a lesson from Nehemiah (and the OT Jewish Calendar) about turning a meal into a feast. Food can be a signal for gratitude, joy, and hope when eaten with the right people in the right way. In fact, Jesus turned regular meals into feasts throughout his ministry. Learn to feast with joy in this short message.