Sun, May 05, 2019
We value talk. It improves the family dynamic, learning to listen to, learn from, and draw out one another. Talking is of such great value, in fact, that God used it to create the world, call His people, and pass along His truth from one generation to another. Deuteronomy assumes the central role of "family talk" in the ongoing health of His people. When we talk, it builds faith and family bonds.
Sun, Feb 17, 2019
Duration: 45 mins 59 secs
We make promises to our friends, spouses, kids, and coworkers. We don't always keep them. A broken promise breaks trust. An unfulfilled promise breeds anxiety. God, too, makes promises. To Abraham He promised a name, a son, international fame, and land. Abe did not see every promise come to pass before his death, but he believed God would keep his word. He did. He does. Jesus is living proof that God keeps His word.
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, Jan 06, 2019
Duration: 42 mins 59 secs
We are new creations. We are Christ's ambassadors. We are God's co-workers. These words from Paul frame the 2019 theme: We Participants. Being a participant does not guarantee a life devoid of trials. In fact, joining God's mission often spells personal suffering. But we participate because it is God's way of winning the world to Jesus.
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, Oct 21, 2018
Duration: 41 mins 26 secs
We all cheat: in games and sports, at work and school, toward friends or God. Malachi calls out the God's people for cheating Him in their sacrifices. They offered what was second best (or worse), holding back better offerings for themselves. This tendency to serve self before God is ultimately cheats us.
Sun, Sep 23, 2018
Leisure is not a dirty word. Properly understood, it means freedom. And God intends for us to enjoy freedom, especially freedom from the tyranny of busyness and work. This sermon recalls the Sabbath principle and celebrates the value of rest.
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, Jul 08, 2018
Duration: 42 mins 44 secs
The apostle Paul knew something of God's compassion. It shaped his past, empowered his present ministry, and reached all people. When he describes God's compassion (i.e., mercy, kindness) to Paul, he assumes Timothy, too, will take it and pay it forward. And so should we.
Sun, Jul 01, 2018
Duration: 41 mins 56 secs
As children we learn to sing "Our God is so big. Our God is so mighty. There's nothing our God cannot do." Then we grow up and face suffering. Suddenly God seems small, impotent, uncaring. The story of Job reminds us of how big God is even in the face of our suffering.