Sermons from 2023

Sermons from 2023

Joel: The Night Of The Locusts/The Day Of The Lord

Joel: Night of the Locusts & Day of the Lord Main Text: The Book of Joel Prophets 101 -What is a prophet? A spokesman for God… -“Forth-tellers” or foretellers? -Now, but not yet. The 3 Biblical Tests for a Prophet. 1. Theological Test: Does it line up with the character and Word of God? Mt. 24:24-25 2. Moral Test: Does the prophet’s life and teaching turn people from evil? Jer. 23:14 3. Practical Test: Did it come true? Practical Practice…

Hosea: God’s Broken Marriage, The Minor Prophets

Get to Know Hosea Hosea the son of Beeri is the first of the Minor Prophets. Setting the Stage Hosea 4:1-2 God’s Story in Hosea -God tells Hosea to take an unfaithful woman as a wife. Hosea 1:2-3 -God Names Hosea’s kids after Israel’s Unfaithfulness. • Jezreel “God sows/Judgement” (2 Kings 10) • Lo-ruhamah “One who never knew a father’s love” (Deut. 6) • Lo-ammi “one not belonging to me” -Hosea buys back his bride. Hosea 3:1-4 Hosea Still Speaks…

The Letter from God – Jeremiah 29

The Letter from God – Jeremiah 29 The End of the World (2 Kings 24-25, Lamentations 4) The dream is over – the promised land is a smoking ruin. Paradise Lost Exile: Someone banished or forced from their country or home by force. (Micah 3:12, 2 Kings 21:13-14) Despite all that, God still loves them. The Letter: Increase, do not decrease. (29:4-6) In time, God sends the exiles a letter through his prophet Jeremiah. He tells them to be fruitful…

Prayer: Why We Believe Better Than We Behave

Prayer: We Believe Better Than We Behave! John R. Mott & Jesus “More important than the most earnest thinking about a problem, more important than a personal interview to influence an individual, more important than addressing and swaying an audience – far more important than these and all other forms of activity is the act of coming into vital communion with God. It is indeed true that he that saves his time for prayer shall lose it. And he that…

Prayer Tune Into God

Prayer: Tune in To God! Have you ever noticed the way the disciples approached Christ in the Gospels and the way they approached Him in the book of Acts? For good reason, Jesus never acted on what they asked of Him. But when you turn to the book of Acts, you find a completely different focus in their lives and in their prayers. What made the difference? See: Acts 4:7-30 These men had an encounter with the risen victorious Christ.…

Hope In The Midst Of Suffering

Hope in the Midst of Suffering People anchor their hope in all sorts of things, and when that hope is misplaced, stolen, or lost, it creates a vacuum. The absence of hope is evident in a loss of direction and despair. People who are hurting, particularly those who have struggled for years, believe that the future will be a continuation of the past. They cannot grasp that life can be richer and more meaningful than it has been. In contrast…

The Philippians Hymn

The Philippian Hymn (Phil. 2: 5-11) Philip Yancey in Vanishing Grace: “…Jesus has a different set of qualifications for his kingdom than does civilization. His stories consistently made the wrong character the hero: the prodigal son not the responsible elder brother, the Good Samaritan not the good rabbi, a scabby beggar not the rich man. Those people most attracted to him included undesirables such as a half-caste woman with a checkered past, a blind beggar, ten exiles with leprosy, a…

Everyone Has A Super Power

Everyone has a superpower, and it doesn’t cost anything in terms of money, and it only takes a bit of training. That superpower is love. Colossians 3: 12-14 “Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other in and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds…

Don’t Fear The Chisel! Part 3: Baggage

12 views Streamed live on 23 Jul 2023 Don’t Fear the Chisel! 3 things will hurt when God applies the chisel… #1. Pride #2. Comfort #3. Baggage Pride Recap. James 4:6 – God’s resistance or God’s assistance! Allow God to chisel away our pride and teach us humility. Comfort Recap. Being Uncomfortable compels us to reach out to God, causes us to reach out to one another, connects us to the suffering of others, cements our character, confirms we still…
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Don’t Fear the Chisel Part 2 Comfort

Our Comfort… Comfort can become a trap, where you view the outside world as scary and strange. Earthly comforts are not our calling. Scripture: 2 Corinthians 1:3-9 An Uncomfortable Lesson from the Eagles… She is making it uncomfortable for her eaglets so they will grow beyond the nest and fulfill the reason for which they were created. They were created experience the thrill of flight, the thrill of the hunt, and the thrill of creating their own nests. God does…