Job: Battling the Beasts of Chaos

“Wrestling with Theodicy, how can a good God allow evil in the world?

The problemTheodicy . . .trying to explain evil or how there can be evil in a good God’s world

God is all-good. God is all-powerful. Terrible things happen. Trying to reconcile these three things is what we call theodicy—an attempt to understand why God allows evil to exist in the world. To quote Abraham: “Shall not the judge of all the earth do what is just?” (Gen 18:25).

The Adversary: One of the important keys to understanding God’s argument is the symbolism of Behemoth and Leviathan, which in their ancient Near Eastern context represent the sinister forces of chaos, death, and evil. God addresses the issue of Job’s suffering in a very pointed way by reminding him that the chaos in the world originates with the Enemy—an enemy that God alone can and will subdue.

Conclusion: In the end, relationship transcends explanation. Job seemed satisfied by the simple reality that God visited him, while the friends, who offered a view of God, that get’s rebuked.

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Where’s the King?

Message Overview: 

The cycle of repentance, rescue, reign, rebellion and ruin continues. At this point there’s a regathered people, a rebuilt temple and a restored city…but no King or Ark. The last star light of Esther closes out the books of histories and prepares us for the coming star 400 years in the future that will announce the birth of the last King.

Themes: 

Ezra: Restoration of the word, worship and temple Of God

Nehemiah: Rebuilding of the city of God

Esther: Salvation of the people of God

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The Writing on the Wall

5 truths from the book of Daniel and Ezra about God and his activity in our world.

-God is involved in the kingdoms of this world.

-God is a political and personal God (transcendent & immanent)

-Predictive prophesy and providential actions provide the basis for personal peace.

-The knowledge of God’s sovereignty offers us security in a world of chaos.

-God invites us to live in relationship to Him under His rule.

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Turning Your Face to the Wall

7 Things God’s Does When You are Sick based on Isaiah 38:1-20

1. God works through People

2. God works through His word

3. God works through Sickness

4. God works through Prayer

5. God works through the Arts

6. God works out His Plan and Purposes in relationship to human freedom

7. God works through Doctors & Medicine

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The Grace & Mercy of God in the Old Testament

Elisha, Naaman & Ahab 2 Kings 5-8

This message looks at the grace and mercy of God towards his people’s enemies. This is a story that often get’s overlooked in reading the OT but prefigures the gospel work among the gentiles in the future. It’s a surprising theme to discover and its message is needed today. We too were once enemies:

Colossians 1:21-23: “This includes you who were once far away from God. You were his enemies, separated from him by your evil thoughts and actions. 22 Yet now he has reconciled you to himself through the death of Christ in his physical body. As a result, he has brought you into his own presence, and you are holy and blameless as you stand before him without a single fault. But you must continue to believe this truth and stand firmly in it. Don’t drift away from the assurance you received when you heard the Good News. The Good News has been preached all over the world, and I, Paul, have been appointed as God’s servant to proclaim it.”

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Finding help when you feel like giving up, giving in or getting out

This sermon deals with discouragement, depression and suicide. Looking at the story of Elijah in the Old Testament and Barnabas in the New, we explore how the church can be a welcoming place for people struggling in body and mind.

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