Lament and Praise (Psalms)

            There’s something about singing that is profound and powerful.  Social scientists tell us that music does something to human beings physically, emotionally, and spiritually.  We are creatures that need to and love to be around music and participate in it at some level.             Music has a powerful effect on the human soul.  In…

What Suffering Can Do For Us (Job)

            “I just think God wants me to be happy.  It’s never God’s will for his children to suffer.”  I hear those statements frequently from Christians as they try to make sense of the character of God.  Why would a loving God not want his children to be happy?             And I understand the reasoning behind it.…

For Such a Time as This (Esther)

            Good morning to all of you and, of course, Happy Mother’s Day to all of our mothers!   This morning I’d like for you to be turning to the book of Esther.  And, in just a moment, I’ll be reading what may seem to be a rather odd text for a Mother’s Day message.            …

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…