Sun, Nov 21, 2021
Two months have passed since Haman's execution. And yet, Haman's edict to exterminate the Jews remains a threat. Esther again musters her courage, approaches the king, as requests his mercy. She asks the king to write a new edict reversing the first. He grants Mordecai permission to write an edict allowing the Jews to defend themselves. He does and sends it to every province in Persia. This good news makes the Jews joyful. God has preserved his people; they celebrate in kind.
Sun, Jan 26, 2020
Duration: 49 mins 32 secs
John writes his second letter to the first church of seven. The church in Smyrna is living under pressure--poverty, slander, imprisonment, and threat of death. Jesus warned his followers there will be a cost. This lovely church heard a loud and clear message from the Risen Lord: Fear Not. No matter the trial, Jesus would uphold them. This promise has proven true for the earliest martyrs and today's persecuted church. And it's true as we face financial, physical, and social pressures of our own.
Sun, Jun 30, 2019
Duration: 46 mins 49 secs
Long before we put God on trial for all the world's problems, prophets and psalmists raising similar objections to God. Why do you stand far off? Why do evil people prosper? How long will you reject me? These questions surface our pain, confusion, and doubt amidst suffering. But again and again, God's Word affirms there is purpose in the pain. This sermon will look at the death of Lazarus (John 11) to give insight to God's allowance of suffering. Jesus shows that short-term suffering (no matter how painful) teaches us to seek long-term hope.
Sun, Apr 28, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 49 secs
After Jesus rose from the dead, he made a few appearances. One of the most famous was a roadside conversation with Cleopas and friend as they journeyed to Emmaus. At first, they did not recognize Jesus, recounting to him his own tragic death. Crucifixion and resurrection, of course, were part of God's grand plan, spelled out in Scripture. Jesus makes this known, then himself, before he leaves his traveling companions. Both the resurrection and Scriptures serve as a vital link to God yet today.
Sun, Jan 13, 2019
Duration: 40 mins 38 secs
Living to impress others offers no lasting peace. Others will crucify you. Criticize you. Change their standard of right or wrong based upon popular opinion or circumstance. Living to impress others is no way to live. Fortunately, there is another way. A better way. It is living to please God by embracing the good news about Jesus. The apostle Paul stresses this in the opening of his letter to the Galatians.
Sun, Aug 05, 2018
Duration: 41 mins 40 secs
Jesus is the cornerstone to the church. When Luke wrote his gospel account and sequel (Acts), he wanted his readers to be convinced of Jesus' works and committed to his work. In our skeptical and busy age, the need for conviction and commitment remain relevant. This sermon traces six key aspects of Jesus' ministry so church members better know their Savior, Messiah, and Lord.
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, Mar 11, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 17 secs
We follow Jesus one step at a time. We cannot allow religious rivals, our religious resume, or relational detractors bog us down. Rather, we take one more step to know Jesus more. And the best part: He is worth knowing.
Sun, Jan 28, 2018
Duration: 45 mins 32 secs
Our culture denies death. Listen to the headlines advertisements: we're always attempted to prolong life, mask aging, and defeat sickness. The apostle Paul faced his mortality. "To live is Christ and to die is gain," he wrote. He cares less about ending suffering, and more about intimacy with Jesus. Listen in.
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.