God created us with a desire for justice. When this desire goes unmet we experience a weariness that is caused by the crushing weight of suffering. In this sermon, we address some of the difficult questions that arise when we are met with unjust suffering in the world. We are challenged to view suffering not as an obstacle to overcome but as avenue by which God can work. The question then goes beyond, “Are we willing to suffer for Jesus?” and becomes “Do we willingly suffer like Jesus?”
Achievements make great gifts but lousy gods. In this way, achievements are like bridges. They promise to take us from where we are to where we want to be. Mostly, they do. However, sometimes achievements leave us stranded in the middle when everything around us begins to change. In this sermon, we explore how the words of Isaiah 43 spark hope in the hearts of those that have grown weary.
So much of life happens in the wilderness of uncertainty. It is in these uncertain times that we encounter the certainty of God. While the wilderness is still struggle, the longer we are in it the more comfortable we become. There will be a time, however, when God moves us from the certainty of the wilderness to the unpredictable land of promise. When He does, it will require an update to our faith.
The god of now can disqualify us from what God has for us next. The struggle we have as humans beings is that every desire we have is for right now. There is nothing we want that we want to wait for. In this sermon, we confront the desires that seek to keep us from receiving all that God for us and combat them with four practical truths that lead us to God’s blessing.
The god of me is that part of us that we do not want others to see. We do our best to keep it hidden and just when we think it is it reappears unannounced. In this sermon, we learn from the life of Abraham that these “me moments” happen most often after “God moments.” The god of me can trust the will of God while still waging war with the way of God.
There is a war raging for the prime seat of our hearts. As we discover, there is never a shortage of competition for the “shotgun” seat. God desires to be the first and only occupant of that seat. In this sermon, we take a closer look at the practical implications that has on our faith.
The glory of God often appears to us as fleeting a moment. We seek it, we desire it, and yet we live much of our life without realizing it. The story of the transfiguration in Luke 9: 28-36 reveals the glory of God points us to something much greater. In this sermon, we explore the components that surround the glory of God and what it means for us to live them out by faith.
If Jesus could only reveal one truth to us it would be to “Love your enemies.” When we obey this truth, we discover the very nature and heart of God. When we live by this truth, we are following the example of Jesus. In this sermon, we discuss what it means for the community of God to be insulators of judgment and conductors of love, especially as it relates to our enemies.