Essential Musical Notes to a Healthy Marriage Love Song:
The Notes of infatuation
The Notes of patience
The Notes of character
The Notes of words
The Notes of praise
The Notes of sex
The Notes of little things
The Notes of withdraw and pursuit
The Notes of discovery & maturity
“Wrestling with Theodicy, how can a good God allow evil in the world?
The problem: Theodicy . . .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.
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.
Ezra: Restoration of the word, worship and temple Of God
Nehemiah: Rebuilding of the city of God
Esther: Salvation of the people of God
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.
Becoming a people on mission: Insights, instructions and inspiration from the letter to the Romans in the context of the book of Acts.
The Gospel Apostolic Mandate:
1. Purpose: Romans 1:6-7
2. Prayer: Romans 1:9-11
3. Plans: Romans 15:23-24
4. Passion: 2 Corinthians 5:6-11,13-15
5. Power” Romans 1:16
This sermon is about the young man who fell asleep in church and fell out the window in Acts 20:7-12. There is a similar story in Homer’s Greek classic “The Odyssey”. I contrast both stories to highlight the good news being preached to the Greeks in Paul’s missionary work.
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
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.”
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.
The Traveler: Stranger, Thief and Murderer: 2 Samuel 12
“Now a traveller came…” -2 Samuel 12:4
This message looks and the story of David and Bathsheba and the consequences of sin and mercy intertwined in the purposes of God.
The traveller or wayfaring man was, as bishop Patrick explains it from the Jewish writers, the evil imagination, disposition, or desire, which came into David’s heart, which he might have satisfied with some of his own, yet nothing would serve but Uriah’s darling. They observe that this evil disposition is called a traveller, for in the beginning it is only so, but, in time, it becomes a guest, and, in conclusion, is master of the house.