Archive for March, 2010

Wonders from the Word – When Suffering Becomes Personal (Job 2:9)

Saturday, March 27th, 2010

When the reality of suffering becomes personal we can doubt the love of God. We need to not doubt the reality of something else – the hatred of Satan. Satan hates God and therefore hated Job. Satan’s hatred led to the suffering of innocent people, parents, children, friends and servants. Evil persisted on earth, while […]

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Sermon – People Are So

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

What word describes people, every single individual, all of mankind, maybe more definitely than any other? There are many to choose from such as “sinners,” and “mortal.” Indeed, we all sin and we all die. But one word that comes to my mind is maybe completely unexpected by you, which is very fitting, because that […]

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Wonders from the Word – Making Plans (Romans 1:13)

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

“If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans” (Woody Allen).  “Man makes plans . . . and God laughs” (Michael Chabon).  “We plan, God laughs” (old Yiddish proverb).  Even the Bible asserts such similar belief – Psalm 33:10 HCSB – He thwarts the plans of the peoples.   That such is […]

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On Purpose! The God of Surprises

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

Do you love surprises? For some of us, discovering before we are surprised that someone is trying to surprise us is more fun than being surprised itself. We get to surprise the givers of the surprise. When it comes to God, do we ever think of “surprises?” Undeniably, we worship “The God of Surprises.” The […]

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Wonders from the Word – Living a Tense Life (John 13:3-5)

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

How can we better handle stress?  The answer is at the bottom.  Verb tenses bring vitality to language and to life.  Verb tenses stress the past, present, and future which converge upon us every day in choosing paths and building relationships.  Knowing where we come from, who we are, and where we are going, are […]

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On Purpose! – The Seduction of Idoaltry – Judges

Monday, March 8th, 2010

When reading the period of the Judges and Kings, one sad fact overwhelmingly – and even numbingly – is present: the draw of idolatry. How could God’s people, a nation dedicated to monotheism, not only falter and fall into idolatry, but repeatedly falter and fall?

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Wonders from the Word – Show Yourself A Man (2 Kings 2:2)

Monday, March 8th, 2010

We are living in an age where men are not men.  Instead they are grown up boys at best; or at worst, a hybrid asexual being despising true manhood as archaic.  Society encourages such a feminization of men.    Both the “grown up boy” and the “feminized male” are weak.  David told Solomon, “I am […]

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