Sermons

2 Queens - 2 Banquets
Sun, Aug 04, 2013
Duration:42 mins
He was bringing up Hadassah, that is Esther, the daughter of his uncle, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman had a beautiful figure and was lovely to look at, and when her father and her mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter. (Esther 2:7, ESV) Reading through the story of scripture can sometimes feel more like a fantasy adventure than real life. With amazing miracles and words from God coming down, it can make real life seem dull and silent. I've never seen a burning bush, witnessed a miracle, or taken a long journey. So have you and I ever witnessed God at work? Esther is the story of a hidden God. The most remarkable thing about this book is that the name of God is never mentioned and no one ever prays. In fact, I think in some ways this book gives us the most realistic way that God works in our day. And it is one of the most interesting, engaging, and comical stories in scripture. Take some time this weekend between now and Sunday to read through Esther, and be ready to enter into this engaging story.
Working for a Living
Sun, Jul 14, 2013
Duration:28 mins
All hard work brings a profit, but mere talk leads only to poverty. Proverbs 14:23 The proverbs tell us that good work habits generally lead to prosperity, and that work habits grow out of character, and that character is formed by our awe of God. This week we will look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about work, some "nonprofessional" areas of application, and some examples.
Sexuality
Sun, Jul 07, 2013
Duration:50 mins
My son, keep my words and treasure up my commandments with you; keep my commandments and live; keep my teaching as the apple of your eye; bind them on your fingers; write them on the tablet of your heart. (Proverbs 7:1-3, ESV) In Proverbs 5-7, there is a central and important theme that Solomon urges his son to understand. In fact, he tells his son the failure to grasp these truths are a matter of life and death. What could be that important? His understanding of and place of sex in his life. Generally the modern church seems to have taken one of two approaches to this subject. Either with red faces, we have avoided the subject at all costs pointing to politeness or piety. Or we have acted like junior high school boys, snickering in the corner in having discovered a forbidden curiosity. This week we want to look at these chapters and deal with sexuality in the Proverbs clearly, honestly, and most importantly biblically. My goal with this sermon is to be frank, but not vulgar, because this subject is vital in our day to think rightly about. (For those with children, I will leave it to your discretion for your family to look at the following website which has been a help and encouragement in my preparation): http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/thabitianyabwile/2013/06/10/song-of-solomon-and-9-year-olds/ I believe that in these texts, God has work to do in our lives, hearts, relationships, and marriages. I encourage you to take some time over the next few days to slowly read Proverbs 5-7.
Friendships
Sun, Jun 30, 2013
Duration:36 mins
A friend loves at all times, and a brother is born for adversity. Proverbs 17:17 Friendship and brotherhood is such an important principle of faith. God is so concerned with it that 6 of the 10 commandments deal with our relationships to one another. How do we become good friends? What unites us in our friendships? This week we will look at what the book of Proverbs has to say about this.
Parenting
Sun, Jun 23, 2013
Duration:39 mins
In the fear of Lord one has strong confidence and his children will have a refuge. Proverbs 14:26 This week, we will be seeing what the proverbs have to say about parenting. What is the spiritual responsibility of the parent? How are we to raise them in the fear of the Lord? God has given us clear directions on both of these topics. Please be in prayer as we open our hearts to the Lord and humbly seek his guidance.
Words
Sun, Jun 16, 2013
Duration:52 mins
Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. (Proverbs 18:21, ESV) All of us carry around powerful weapons. I'm not talking about the "bullet" variety. And everyday we will use them either for "life or for death." With our words we can encourage and help those around us, or we can shred people to bits. Unless you take a vow of silence, you can't avoid this reality. This week, we take a look at what the Proverbs have to say about our speech, and it's a bunch. I want to encourage you to take some time to prepare your heart for our time. Not sure where to start? Chapter 6 is filled with long sections on this subject. Take some time to slowly read and consider it.
The Wise, the Simple, & the Fool
Sun, Jun 09, 2013
Duration:54 mins
Does not wisdom call? Does not understanding raise her voice? On the heights beside the way, at the crossroads she takes her stand; beside the gates in front of the town, at the entrance of the portals she cries aloud: (Proverbs 8:1-3, ESV) I love to go to baseball games. I'm not a big baseball fan, but I love the atmosphere, and most of all, the food. The vendors that wander the aisle of major stadiums are always great theatre as they weave through the crowd, hollering out, and literally pitching their product to the needy crowd. I can hear their cries of 'Peanuts!' But the one thing about these vendors is that they always seemed elusive. When I want peanuts, he's on the other baseline. When I want an ice cream, he's in the upper deck. They remind me of Solomon's description of wisdom. She is both obvious and elusive. She can be found calling out from the busy street corner. But she must be searched for like precious treasure. The question before us is - are we looking? This week, we are going to meet several of the characters of Proverbs. That's right, characters. Solomon helps us to understand wisdom and folly by personifying them. Check out chapter 8-9 for a preview. And come ready to find wisdom from God's word.
Toward Wisdom & Into the Fear of God
Sun, Jun 02, 2013
Duration:54 mins
Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance, to understand a proverb and a saying, the words of the wise and their riddles.(Proverbs 1:5-6, ESV) Common sense seems to be not so common anymore. It seems like every time I see the news, another story is popping up that I just shake my head in response. I thought we were supposed to be getting smarter. This week we start our summer series Proverbs: Uncommon Sense. In it, we will unfold the source, nature, and content of real knowledge as we examine the book and many of the subjects it covers. If you want to begin to get a handle on it, an easy way to start is to read one chapter each day corresponding with the date. (i.e. chapter 1 on June 1). Hopefully we will all become wiser as we listen and learn from the wise.
Slavery
Sun, May 19, 2013
Duration:58 mins
So if you are offering your gift at the altar and there remember that your brother has something against you, leave your gift there before the altar and go. First be reconciled to your brother, and then come and offer your gift. (Matthew 5:23-24, ESV) I think reconciliation is like flossing or exercise. We know that we should do it but we never seem to get around it to it. We feel guilty that we don't, but it's just easier and more comfortable not to start. But, we have been learning through the journey of Philemon that reconciliation is not only necessary, but a beautiful picture of the gospel. This week we will close out our series by asking the question, "How do we get started?" What baby steps can you take to begin a path toward reconciling with those you are in conflict with?
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