Sun, Apr 07, 2013
Duration:49 mins
O Lord, how long shall I cry for help, and you will not hear? Or cry to you "Violence!" and you will not save? Why do you make me see iniquity, and why do you idly look at wrong? Habakkuk 1:2-3 Let's be honest. Sometimes life just doesn't make sense. We look around and wonder, "What happened?" Sometimes it comes on a large scale like a tornado or local tragedy. Sometimes it's much more personal like a death, a loss of a job, or a sickness. It's in those times that we question our direction, our faith, and even God. But, if we are "good" Christians, then sometimes we feel guilty for questioning at all. But should we? This week we begin the book of Habakkuk. In this book, the prophet is struggling with these why questions. He wants God to answer for the state of the world and hear his plan to change it. This week, I want to share with you some of my own questions and then dive into Habakkuk to see what this prophet can show us in his struggle.
Sun, Mar 31, 2013
Duration:53 mins
Men of Israel, hear these words: Jesus of Nazareth, a man attested to you by God with mighty works and wonders and signs that God did through him in your midst, as you yourselves know-this Jesus, delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God, you crucified and killed by the hands of lawless men. (Acts 2:22-23 ESV) The crowds had gathered chanting his name and singing his praise. But, during the course of the week, things had taken an unexpected turn. On Sunday, the disciples were riding the wave of fame, hoping that power and position would soon follow. But by Thursday evening, they were scattered and scared, hoping that no one would recognize them. While the events of those days caught everyone by surprise, God sovereignly ordained them for salvation of mankind. This weekend we remember, mourn, and celebrate God's glorious, grand plan for the redemption of humanity. On Friday at 6pm, we will have our solemn and reflective Tenebrae service as we consider Jesus' final words from the cross. Plan to join us as we sing, recite, and pray our way to the cross. Then on Sunday, we will gather to celebrate the cords of death and sin that have been broken when God raised Jesus from the dead. It is going to be a great celebration together at 10:30. Our ensemble will be leading us in worship, and we will have several other special things.
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