Sunday, June 26, 2022 - Naomi and her husband leave Bethlehem (Bethlehem means house of bread) during a famine and go to Moab where God had told people not to go. Once they get there, Naomi's husband and two sons die and they go back to Bethlehem because God was providing. We often leave God's house of bread - biblical community - and go where we shouldn't. And once everything goes sideways, we end up having to go back to where we started.
Sunday, June 19, 2022 - Dads, it's just a fact that we love to be in control. For good reason, too. We want to protect our families, we want to provide and be the men who successfully lead their families. After all, God calls us to do just that. But when we hold too tightly to the reins of control, it quickly squeezes God out of our lives and our families’ lives. What would it look like and what would the outcome be if, as dads, we held tightly onto God, and not the things we think we can control?
Sunday, June 5, 2022 -
In the Old Testament, God's people would from time to time make a sacrificial offerings. We tend to think of sacrifice as something bad - that we're losing something. But biblically, sacrificial giving is something we do as a humble response to God's goodness. From time to time, we want to sacrifice something for God's work - and in fact the missing of "that thing" we sacrifice reminds us of God's graciousness. Delaying a car purchase one year, reducing your level of vacation, magazine subscriptions, going to the movies - all these things we could willingly sacrifice as our gesture of appreciation to God and to support His work. Remembering, as Christians, our salvation is secured by the willing sacrifice of Christ. We recognized that as in all thing, God sacrificed first - we are merely responding.