Does God really expect us to be joyful in the hardships of life? It’s difficult enough to force a faint smile when we face minor irritations, but to use the word joy when enduring the desert-like experiences is beyond reason. Surely, this can’t be right, can it? Is there method in seeming madness of God? You just might be surprised.
What was Jesus response to the Pharisees rejecting His compassion for a man suffering on the Sabbath Day? In this exposition of Luke 6:6-11, we see that there is no such thing as neutrality. Jesus turns the question on those opposing Him as to whether it is better to do good on the Sabbath or to do evil, but “nothing” is not an option. It is easy as Christians to think we may just take the “middle ground” position on Biblical and cultural issues, but Christ tells us that there is no such thing. Don’t be afraid to be a Christian extremist!
Sermon Date: July 10, 2022 | Speaker: Dr. John Connell Anyone who examines the book of James will discover far more than crusty digging in a stale archive. Instead, he or she finds the power of this book drawing them in like the tractor beams in a Star Wars movie. The supernatural influence and shocking…
You and I live in a democratic republic – the land in which once upon a time every voice had the right to speak; where once upon a time every opinion could be registered without fear of reprisal; where once upon a time any topic could be debated in the public arena. Once upon a time in America. Will it ever be so again? If not, what then? Why does the answer matter? The answer will make you mad or glad.
June 29, 2022
God gives people special graces for what some call the sunset years. His enabling can transform any sunset into the first glimmerings of eternal day. Jacob’s final years were like that. His life had been filled with troubles, almost all of his own making. Yet, as he entered upon the last years of his life, he returned to Bethel and experienced a fuller measure of the presence and joy of God than at any time previously. You can too!