Hope is fuel for the soul that propels us to pursuing a better tomorrow. While hope is something we all need and desire, it can often be hard to see. It is in these moments of despair that we begin to question, “God do you see me?” At the return of Christ, not only will God sees us but we will see God. In this sermon we explore the implications this has on our life today.
The living hope of Jesus Christ happens in reverse order of what we think it would. Ultimately, endings matter more than beginnings. The winner of the race is not determined by where one starts the race but where he or she finishes. Easter shows us all things are going to end with a resurrection. When we know the end, we can start definitely and can endure the in between more faithfully. In this sermon, we look at the implications of what the resurrection of Jesus looks like for us.
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.