No Turning Back (1 and 2 Kings)

I’ve told the story before of Hernan Cortez.  In 1519, that Spanish explorer sailed to Mexico.  He brought with him only about 600 men, and yet over the next two years his vastly outnumbered forces were able to defeat all the warriors of the Aztec empire.  The interesting thing was how he was able to…

Resurrection Brings Joy

One of the things that is so impressive to me about the Christians of the first century is how they were able to maintain their spirit of joy in spite of the hardships they went through.  There was joy even during times of persecution.  And of all the things that should characterize God’s people, one…

Two Kings (1 Samuel)

This morning, I want us to pick back up with the study which we began back in January, going through the books of the Old Testament one by one, getting an overview of each book, and then looking at one of the key themes in that book.  We’ve been using videos from The Bible Project…

Some Trust in Chariots

            We know from Romans 8:28 that “all things work together for good to those who love the Lord.”  And, as we often say, “It is not the case that all things in life are good, but all things in life can be used by God for good.”              And I want to suggest to…

Response to Suffering (Ruth)

As you all know, every good children’s story begins with the same four words.  And those four words are…. (“Once upon a time”).  There’s something almost magical about those words because as soon as soon we hear them, we want to know more.  What’s this story going to be about?             Well, the Hebrew language…

Truth (Judges)

When Jesus stood in trial before Pontius Pilate, he made the statement, “For this purpose I was born and for this purpose I have come into the world—to bear witness to the truth.” (John 18:37).  Pilate responded by asking a profound question that people have been asking for centuries ever since.  He asked Jesus, “What is…

God’s Faithfulness (Joshua)

            A number of years ago, there was a book which was made into a television miniseries by the name of Lonesome Dove.   It was a story about two men from Texas, retired Texas rangers who gathered a herd of cattle and headed north to Montana.  Along the way, one of them, Gus, died and…

Family Discipleship (Deuteronomy)

I recently heard about a man who asked some of his friends, “What are the three most wonderful words in the English language?”  One of his friends said, “To me the three most wonderful words are, ‘I love you.’”  Another said, “The three most wonderful words to me are, ‘Home Sweet Home.’”  The third man…

In the Wilderness (Numbers)

I think it’s safe to say that there aren’t many children who enjoy going to school.  Most kids can relate to Calvin in this Calvin and Hobbes comic strip where he said, “I don’t want to go to school!  I hate school!  I’d rather do anything than go to school!” And I understand.  I would…