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Sermons about Naomi
Naomi left Bethlehem, the House of Bread, in search of sustenance in a foreign land. She went out full with her husband and two sons, however she came back empty- so she thought. But the fact of the matter is, she came home! Many believers suffer loss for a variety of reasons, and one of the places they often avoid is home. Everyone knows us at home. They know that we left, they know why we left, and if we were to go back, they would surely see the mess we have made, so we tend to stay away from home. But God wants us to go back home, that's where folks will love us and receive us once again. A moving message, one that will stir your heart for a variety of people who need to be back home.
No one is immune to it. In other words, we have all done it...and the "we" includes all of humanity (even my atheist and agnostic friends). We have all had our view of God shaped by our surroundings. For some, this has led them to believe there is no God, or at least that there is not enough evidence. I suppose you could say it (meaning our surroundings shaping our view of God) is only natural... However, since when has the Bible ever called us to do what comes naturally? Granted, this sermon does not seek to address those who are atheist or agnostic directly, but it does still touch on a truth: There comes a time in life where you have to choose if the surroundings you have faced and your experiences are going to shape your view of God...or if you will allow the sovereign God of the Bible to shape your responses and actions.
Part 5, Ruth Chp 4 of FUEL HSM's Everyone Matters Series, with special guest Melinda Gray (Matt's sister)
Part 2 of FUEL HSM's Everyone Matters Series, starting into our first character of Ruth. This covers Ruth chp 1
Once Naomi realized that Baoz, who had showed such kindness and mercy to Ruth and Naomi in Ch. 2, was a kinsman-redeemer, she sprung into action. She instructs Ruth on how to present herself to Boaz to invite marriage. Naomi becomes active in seeking God's blessings in Ruth's life through this custom of a kinsman (levir)- redeemer (goel). This sermon extracts the wisdom we need, the dutiful obedience to which we are called, and the gracious redemption of which we partake. We can learn from Naomi, Ruth, and Boaz about faithful Christian living.