Why Has Trouble Come?

WhyTrouble Tommy Gore 1-29-2017

I think most of us prefer to think happy thoughts rather than sad ones, prefer to expect good things coming our way rather than suffering. The Bible gives us many wonderful promises and a firm basis for hope, but the Bible also prepares us for the suffering and loss that will come our way if we live long enough in this world. The story of Job is one of the ways that the Bible helps us think about how we might get through bad times. Gerald Sittser meditates on that story and how it helps us: Maybe that is why most people seem to weather loss so well. They learn to live in hope. It is a wonder, considering the suffering that awaits us all, how few of us live in constant dread, utterly immobilized by what may happen to us. Somehow we manage to live reasonably well, expecting the best and, when the time comes to face the worst, accepting it as part of the bargain of living in a fallen world. We are remarkably resilient creatures. When knocked down, most of us get up, like weeds bouncing back after being trampled. We love again, work again, and hope again. We think it is worth the risk and trouble to live in the world, though terrors surely await us, and we take our chances that, all things considered, life is still worth living. Scripture Readings: 1 Peter 1:22-24, Job 4:6-12; Sermon Scripture - Job 4:1-6

Fan or Follower

FanOrFollower Ben Herchenhahn 1-22-2017

Ben Herchenhahn - Fan Or Follower

Scripture Readings: 1 Peter 1:17-19; Sermon Scripture - Matthew 16:24-28

Put on the Full Armor of God

FullArmor Tommy Gore 1-15-2017

Do you have what it takes to be a hero? Few of us face a test as severe as Rupert Mayer faced in Germany in the 1930s. As the Nazis began their rise to power, Mayer opposed them. He attended their public meetings and then spoke out against their message. He publicly stated that a Christian could not in good conscience be a Nazi. The Nazis tried not to make a martyr out of him since he was a WWI hero but when WWII began, they arrested him and sent him to a prison camp. He was such an inspiration to the other prisoners, the Nazis considered him a bad influence and moved him to house arrest in a monastery until the Allies liberated him at the end of the war. He died shortly afterward but his example had touched many people. In 1948 when his body was moved to a more prominent gravesite, 35,000 people paid tribute to his life. When his time of severe testing came, Rupert Mayer had stood firm and lived out his convictions. We may not face testing so severe, but Paul knows that we will be tested. Satan will not let a life lived for a holy God go unchallenged. So he says, “Get ready.” Be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God. Scripture Readings: 1 Peter 1:13-16, Ephesians 6:10-13; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 6:10-20

Let The Lord Touch Every Relationship

Relationship Tommy Gore 1-8-2017

As we’ve observed practical Christian living is intimately connected to doctrinal teaching. Notice in this passage that we “submit to one another out of reverence for Christ.” It’s because of what Christ has done for us that we are willing to yield ourselves to the needs of others. A wife’s submission to her husband becomes a part of her spiritual commitment to Christ. A husband’s leadership will be a loving, serving style of leadership if he is committed to love his wife as Christ loved the church. A child can obey a parent “in the Lord.” A parent can excel because he wants to bring up his children “in the training and instruction of the Lord.” In other words we are to let the Lord touch every relationship. Scripture Readings: 1 Peter 1:6-9, Ephesians 5:21-28; Sermon Scripture - Ephesians 5:21-6:9

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