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THE DAY OF THE LORD IS NEAR (Message #1/3 * Zephaniah 1) 11-08-2015

1. The Judgment of the LORD is Coming ● according to His prophetic-word: v1 ● upon all the earth/all mankind: vs2-3 ● against His own people: vs4-6 2. The Day of the LORD is Near ● be silent before the LORD God: v7 ● He will punish His people: vs8-13 (for idolatry, compromise, violence, fraud, & complacency) ● His terrifying/jealous-provoking wrath comes upon all mankind: vs14-18 3. God’s Wrath & the Gospel of Christ ● Understanding God’s wrath: (His hatred of/opposition against sin) - God is personal & righteous and He hates all sin - God is jealous for His own glory and protective of His children - God’s wrath is already but not yet poured out on sinners - Jesus rescues us from God’s wrath ● be saved by God’s grace: and be humbled/silenced by God’s wrath - we are created in God’s image but by nature children of wrath - call on Jesus’ name & bow to His reign - love our neighbors & enemies and leave room for God’s wrath ● do not downplay God’s wrath: that diminishes our wonder of the gospel & hinders our love for & worship of God

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A SON BORN IN BETHLEHEM (Message #4/4 * Ruth 4) 11-01-2015

1. The Kinsman-Redeemer & the Coming-King ● The godly fame of Boaz: and the unfortunate anonymity of Mr. So & So ● Boaz marries Ruth who bears a son: & life for her & Naomi is restored (from emptiness to fullness) ● From Boaz to King David: and “from Foreigner to King Jesus” 2. The Gospel Foreshadowed in Ruth ● The LORD reigns – as Israel’s faithful-covenant keeping God ● Israel’s King – is Savior of the world ● Redemption – thru God’s Son born in Bethlehem (put your faith in Jesus) ● Christ’s sacrificial love – for His bride ● Adoption – into the family of God ● Fullness & Restoration – our salvation is “already but not yet” 3. Some Concluding Exhortations ● Like Ruth: live a life of surrendered, courageous, servant-hearted faith ● Like Naomi: persevere by faith as we wait for the LORD’s restoration ● Like Boaz: walk in godliness & use our power & wealth to bless others thru sacrificial loving-kindness ● Per the Book of Ruth: trust in the LORD and fix our eyes on Jesus

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ONE HOLY NIGHT AT BETHLEHEM (Message #3/4 * Ruth 3) 10-25-2015

1. The LORD Extraordinaire: & the inspiring examples of ordinary people ● As the LORD restores Naomi: so Naomi shows loving-kindness to Ruth ● As the LORD showers covenantal loving-kindness on Ruth & Boaz: so Ruth & Boaz honor the LORD & extend loving-kindness to each other 2. Embracing the Message of Ruth ● Trust & Rejoice in the LORD: & be set free by God’s grace to serve ● Honor the Marriage Covenant: & enjoy the blessings of sexual purity ● Experience the Word of God: as we fix our eyes on Jesus

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PROVIDENCE, COVENANTAL LOVING-KINDNESS, AND REDEMPTION (Message #2/4 * Ruth 2) 10-11-2015

1. The LORD’S Providence (vs1-13) ● God is at work in our daily lives: for His kingdom to come & will to be done ● Be inspired by & follow Ruth’s Example: her servant-hearted, initiative-taking & courageous faith 2. The LORD’S Covenantal Loving-Kindness [hesed] (vs8-20) ● God protects & provides abundantly for the vulnerable: who take refuge in Him ● Be inspired by & follow Boaz’s Example: a godly man in an evil age who used his power & wealth to protect & serve others 3. The LORD’S Redemption (vs17-23) ● God provides the kinsman-redeemer: thru Boaz for Naomi & Ruth; and thru Jesus Christ for the whole world ● Embrace Naomi’s change of heart: her eyes of faith & spirit of praise; before her circumstances changed

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TRUSTING OUR SOVEREIGN LORD: in the Fullness and Emptiness of Life (Message #1/4 * Ruth 1) 10-11-2015

1. Our Glorious-Sovereign LORD ● He reigns over this wicked world: and through the tragedies of life ● He is our faithful, covenant-keeping God: who shows loving-kindness (hesed) to His children & is bringing salvation to all peoples 2. Some Biblical Principles of Faith ● Trust the LORD in the fullness & emptiness of life: like & unlike Naomi ● Be surrendered, servant-hearted, & courageous: like Ruth the Moabite 3. Some Key Contrasts & Themes ● in Ruth & Judges: faithfulness in an age of wickedness ● with Ruth & Orpah: an extraordinary faith highlighted amidst an understandable choice ● the Return of an Israelite & a Moabite: God’s faithfulness to His chosen ones & His inclusive love for all peoples ● Fullness/Emptiness – Famine/Harvest: the LORD is sovereign/faithful thru it all

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