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, Nov 12, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 58 secs
Family life brings tremendous joy and terrible pain. As dysfunctional as family relationships may be, family members are difficult to disown. God knows something of family problems in his relationship with Israel. Hosea knows something of family problems with his wife and children. We know something of family problems, too. Fortunately, bitter family problems get better with God... someday.
Sun, Oct 29, 2017
Duration: 42 mins 58 secs
God asks Hosea to take a harlot bride. Then she has bastard children. It's not a great life for Hosea, but it is a sympathetic one. First hand, he experiences the painful, tainted-love marriage God had with Israel. And he serves as an historical example of how we are called to love the least deserving.
Sun, Jul 23, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 47 secs
We look for lost keys, socks, and gift cards. God looks for lost sons and daughters. We all have the propensity to run from God or refuse His love. We are all prodigals. Fortunately, our God shows relentless love.
Sun, Jun 18, 2017
The clock keeps ticking. Our shadows keep shifting. Time passes, but do you embrace it? This sermon considers the enigma of time and promise of God not to forget his people.
Sun, Jun 11, 2017
Duration: 43 mins 51 secs
We spend too much of our lives working not to enjoy the spoils of our labor. Unfortunately, much of our work feels like toil; much of our rest devolves into leisure. We fail to delight daily in our labor because no play, low pay, and lack of personality bleed from our work its meaning. The good news is this: God works in and through us; we must learn to seize each day.
Sun, May 14, 2017
Duration: 46 mins 34 secs
Good parents set boundaries, show love, model good behaviors, and teach lessons. Godly parents do all that AND take their kids to church. Actually, there is quite a bit more involved when looking at Deuteronomy 6. Ultimately, godly parents leave a legacy of love.
Sun, Apr 23, 2017
The word "church" surfaces many emotional reactions. Some consider it boring, others a benign social gather, and a growing segment views church as bad for society. In God's Big Story, however, church comprises the fifth chapter and describes God's Christ-like, mission-driven, spirit-empowered, diverse, virtuous, and imperfect people. For the church to excel in her vocation, she must reawaken to the work of the Holy Spirit within her.
Sun, Apr 09, 2017
Duration: 47 mins 50 secs
Chapter 3 of God's Big Story tells of God's long-suffering relationship with His people, Israel. Covenant is the official term for the way God related, a friendship he initiated, sustained, and refined. The first half of the message summarizes the Old Testament. The second half teases out implications, especially the role God's people play in reflecting him.
Sun, Mar 26, 2017
Duration: 45 mins 34 secs
We all love stories; they inspire, entertain, and orient us. But not all stories are created equal. God's Big Story (told in 6 chapters in the Bible) transcends them all. It begins with Creation, showing how all things originated with God who is orderly and wants overflow.