What do we do with a Savior that does not spare us from suffering? This is the question that Palm Sunday puts before us. It is one that often gets dismissed but it one we must answer in our journey of faith. In this sermon, we explore what it means to have peace even when our situation is not peaceful.
Eventually, we will find ourselves in over our heads. We will be in the deep end, overwhelmed and overworked. Psalm 130 reminds us that out of the depths God is near and hears our cry for help. In this sermon, we are reminded to wait on God’s promises. While the promise may not be rescue from the situation it will always be redemption for His sake.
We all have comfort zones. But what do we do when our comfort zones are no longer comfortable? In Psalm 23, we find comfort in familiar words that speak to our uncomfortable situation. In this sermon, we are reminded that we can find comfort in God’s presence. We can walk with Him through life’s valleys, without fear of the shadow.
The Sermon on the Mount reveals to us the way of God in the world. In doing so, we come face to face with the roadblocks that prevent His way from being accomplished. The challenge that is before us is what do we do with these roadblocks? Jesus says it is not enough to hear what we are supposed to do but it is required that we do it. We might be able to pretend we are but the storm will always reveal our true foundation.
If only life was as easy as, “Don’t worry, be happy.” If we stop worrying, we will be happy, or so we think. Except, we all know dealing with worry requires much more work than that. As it turns out, worry is just a symptom of a much larger disease. In this sermon, we explore the real cause of worry and how to live in a way that sets us from its war.
There is a weight of responsibility that comes with always being the judge and jury. In the Sermon of the Mount, Jesus calls us to detox from jury duty and sentences us to a lifetime of love. We, of course, object when we find out that includes our enemies too. In this sermon, we identify who or what our enemies are and how we can start to love those enemies as Jesus does. When we do, the love of Christ brings completion to us.
When the riches of the King collide with the sinfulness of humanity, a whole new world is formed. All we have to do is ask for it. In Matthew 5:21-37, Jesus gives us a glimpse of God’s new world. It is a world of relationships. Relationships reveal the interior world of our hearts. In order for God’s new world to be a reality, we must change the string that is threaded from our interior world and into all of our exterior relationships.