There is no shortage in our culture of voices to be heeded, goals to be achieved, content to be consumed, and tasks to wrap up. Busyness is seen as a badge of honor, as a symbol of importance. The first Psalm offers us a pathway out of our anxious, hectic lives and invites us to dwell on the one voice that matters, the voice that guides us into intimate relationship and fruitful lives in all seasons.
Author: Derek Brokke (Derek Brokke)
In our Easter Sunday message Derek Brokke shares three implications of the Christ's statement "it is finished": the end to our subjugation, condemnation and separation.
What is speaking in tongues, and how does it function in the church? Is it meant only for the congregation, or does it have a personal function as well? What is the benefit of speaking in tongues, and how does it build up the body? This sermon addresses these questions and others as we explore the place of tongues and interpretation in the local church.
Service is not just something we do: it's who we are. Just as Jesus came to serve rather than be served, we are never more like him than when we take on the nature of a servant. The church thrives through every member knowing their gift, functioning in their role, and building one another up in love. The question that can help us start to step out in our role is "what is in my hands?"
Naomi’s despair paled in comparison to what she gained. Although the loss of her husband and two sons was devastating, God restored through Boaz and Ruth not only another son, but ultimately brought forth the greatest king Israel had ever known. What neither Naomi nor the author of Ruth knew was that God himself would come to earth through her line, being himself the redeemer for all mankind. Through Christ, humanity’s eternal despair is transformed into eternal hope.
The book of Ruth contains one of the most incredible stories of God's masterful redemptive work in the midst of the lowest points of human despair. Not only does God's redemption reach into the individual suffering of Ruth and Naomi in this book, but God also providentially works through this hopeless situation to bring about a great king for Israel and relieve the suffering of the nation. But not even the author of Ruth understood that through Ruth's line God was going to bring about redemption for all of mankind. In this first chapter of Ruth, we will see how God brings hope in our darkest hour, at times through unexpected means
In many people's religious experience, their initial belief in Jesus for salvation is the culmination of their entire faith journey. But Jesus tells us that truly being disciples is more than that. It means doing everything he taught and teaching others to do the same. The initial moment of believing in Christ is not the finish line, but the doorway into a life full of meaning, purpose, and eternal participation in the work of God's kingdom. As we seek to grow as disciples of Jesus, it quickly becomes apparent that we need each other to truly grow in Christ. God's design for us to walk this out together is the local church.
The first time the gospel was preached by the early church, it had a profound and life-altering impact on those who heard. In light of their repentance and baptism, those first believers in Christ knew that they couldn't go back to life as usual. There was a sense of "what now?" once the gospel had shaken their world. Thus, the first Christian community was formed in Jerusalem, a community that we can still look back on to.
Jesus' prayer life was unlike anyone else in history. He rose early to go to the mountain tops with the Father, he blessed the loaves and fishes to feed 5,000, and he sweat drops of blood in prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. So what does HE have to say about how we should pray?
Jesus tells us that the pure in heart will see God. In our war against lust we cut off those things that lead to sin, but the ultimate treasure we receive is deeper fellowship with the Father himself, attracting the world toward that same kind of relationship in the process.