Text: Nahum 1:1-14; 2:13; 3:8-11, 18-19 Everyone is desperate for hope—something to pin their dreams and their futures upon. But not all sources of hope are created equal, and where we look for it will make the difference between a life of joy and a life of anxiety, confusion, and even despair.
Micah: 1:1-9; 4:1-5; 5:1-6; 6:6-8; 7:18-20 There are all sorts of religions with all sorts of gods. Why do Christians believe that the God of the Bible is the only true God? There are a lot of ways we can answer that question, but there is one in particular that has probably convinced more people [...]
Text: Jonah We all have unwritten lists of people we find easy to love, and people we find, well…unlovable. You know: “those people.” Surely God doesn’t expect me to love them, right?
Text: Obadiah Nations war. Tyrants oppress the innocent. Economies collapse. Relationships disintegrate. Families fracture. Jobs are lost. Illnesses take over. Why—if there is a loving God out there—is the world so messed up?
Text: Amos 1:1-2; 2:4-11; 3:1-2; 5:18-27; 8:1-12; 9:11-15 Scan today’s headlines, and you’ll see that questions about justice and injustice are everywhere, and for good reason. We hunger for justice, for things to be set right. Is there any hope of that happening? Does God even care?
Text: Joel 1:1-7; 2:12-14, 18-32 Does this world have a point? Has it always just…been? Will it go on spinning forever? Does God care about our actions? Does anything we do even matter?
Text: Matthew 2:1-18 What would compel a group of Middle Eastern (likely Iraqi) astrologers to travel hundreds of miles to visit a newborn Jewish baby? We’ll answer that question--and others--as we follow the story of the Wise Men on the road to visit the King.
Text: Luke 2:1-7; John 3:16 “God loves you.” How often have you heard that statement? Whether you believe it or not, chances are you’ve heard this sentiment more often than you can count. In this sermon, we take a look at two very familiar Bible passages (even if you’ve never been to church) to see [...]
Text: Psalms 98; Luke 2:8-21 One of the best-known Christmas songs is Joy to the World! But have you ever stopped to listen...really listen...to the lyrics? How is joy described in the song? Where is the author telling us to look? What does joy--full-bodied, explosive joy--even look like? Is it possible for people like us, [...]
Text: Isaiah 9:1-7: Luke 2:8-14 How many times have heard people wish for world peace? The hunger for a world unstained by the ravages of war and bursting with human flourishing is universal. But is such a desire just a pipe dream? If you limit your perspective to what you see in the news, you’d [...]