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In first five verses of Ruth chapter one, we read the bare facts about the ten year undoing of a family. And yet, we can find sermons without number that emphasize the reasons why Naomi's husband and sons died - leaving here destitute. We should pay attention to the fact that, while that the author of Ruth does not give us an explanation for these things, he makes great pains to communicate other things. Foremost among them are: 1) the faithfulness of God, 2) the confusion of Naomi, and 3) the clarity of Ruth.
What do you do when the unthinkable happens? When tragedy enters your life? Jesus modeled empathy for us when He wept with Mary and Martha over the death of Lazarus. As believers, we must know how to offer hope and empathy to those who mourn.
This message looks at God's Sovereignty and Man's Responsibility. In this sermon we will look at the dynamic of God's sovereignty and man's will, the dynamic of temptation and trials, and the dynamic of blessing and cursing. We all have a will, therefore we can't blame anyone but ourselves for the decisions that we make. Trusting in man=curse; trusting in God=blessing.
Writing 600 years before Jesus was born, the prophet Isaiah paints a portrait of hope, describing whom Christ will be and what He will accomplish. In our toughest seasons of life, God seeks to sustain us with the hope that He offers. In Isaiah 61 we find three positive insights that show us how God intends to give us a real HOPE through Jesus Christ.
Lamentations 3:1-24 - What Shall We Say? Lament and Remembrance Within the Community of the Redeemed
God has given the laments of Scripture to shape the individual and the community of the redeemed in their darkest hours. In this sermon, we approach some basic questions of lament and remembrance: What does it look like to lament biblically? How can we come along side those who are grieving? How does remembering God's promises relate to lamenting well?
When tragedy strikes, theological truths often are not enough. We ask, “Does God see me? Does he care?” Thankfully John records in his gospel two words that meet us in our need – Jesus wept.
In these troubled times, there’s so much tragedy, misfortune, and bad that happens in the world. How do you emotionally handle it, make a difference, and respond the right way? This inspiring message will empower you to experience a turnaround in your expectations, make a positive impact in the world, and see the goodness of God in your life, even when life’s not fair.
In facing tragedy with dignity we should trust the Lord even though we don't understand, rejoice in the Lord even when we weep, rest in the Lord even when sleep eludes us, and wait upon the Lord for renewal.
The greatest tragedy in life isn't death... but life without purpose.
We are in a series of messages that we are calling “Defining Moments.” Our lives are sprinkled with defining moments—moments that shape the rest of our lives, moments that are so important that the rest of our lives hang in the balance of these moments. We have talked about such topics as our births—both our physical births and spiritual births, baptism, and marriage. We even talked about how historical moments are defining moments (wars, hurricanes, etc.) On Easter Sunday we talked about “The Most Defining Moment of all of History”—the resurrection of Jesus. We have since been trying to isolate other defining moments. We have talked about such things as failure, crisis, and last time parenting.As we begin to wind this series down, I want to share with you this morning that one of life’s most defining moments could come at any time. There are many examples in the Bible. Moses wasn’t looking for a defining moment when God appeared to him in the burning bush. None of the disciples were looking to be part of a history-changing band of disciples when Jesus called to them, “Come follow me.” The Apostle Paul certainly wasn’t looking for a defining moment when Jesus met him on the Road to Damascus. In the midst of all of these examples, we turn to the Book of Ruth this morning.The book of Judges and 1 Samuel is separated by Ruth, which gives an account of a “bright spot” for Israel in the days of the judges. Ruth points to the theological truth that God is still sovereign and in control, even in the darkest days of rebellion and sin.