Sometimes, it feels like God is cheap. We pray, and we ask Him for our deepest prayers and His answer is no. Even when we ask Him for things which are good, His answer is no. Even still, He is generous with what matters most! He gives us everything we need for eternity through the death and resurrection of His Son, Jesus Christ. He asks us to rely on Him for everything, especially what matters most. We continue our sermon series, “Are We There Yet?” and 1 Timothy 5.
Sometimes, it feels like we’re completely unprepared for the situations in life that we have to face. We’re weak, and we lack the strength to move on. In all situations, God invites us to rely on Him. We walk with God in weakness and strength in the latest message in our sermon series, “Are We There Yet?” and 1 Timothy 4.
Babies love playing peekaboo. This is most certainly true. It helps them develop as your face is hidden and revealed. They learn that you’re present even if they can’t see you. There are some things in our lives we’d like to remain hidden: physically, mentally, and spiritually. We walk with God through what’s hidden and revealed in the latest message in our sermon series, “Are we there yet?” and 1 Timothy 3.
We get trapped by false truths. We hear, read and see things which trap us in lies. From the simple to the serious, we are searching for a deeper truth. We are released from lies by the Truth. Our response is to share the truth. We keep asking, “Are we there yet?” and we seek what’s false and true in our sermon series on 1 Timothy 2.
It’s harder than ever to get lost in our culture today but it’s also easier than ever to be lost. “Are we there yet?” It’s a question that we’ll ask along the way, and God shows us how the answer is no and yes in our new sermon series on 1 Timothy.
God reveals the magnitude of His love for us in Jesus’ death on the cross and resurrection from the grave. There's a lot more going on than just Jesus being nailed to a cross, and as we look behind the curtain, we can see the depth of His love and the length He would go to see us reconciled with Him and each other. Steve Smith preaches on 2 Corinthians 5:21, “For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.”
The quest for wisdom is a call to faith. It leads us to Jesus, every time. Solomon tells us at the end of Ecclesiastes, “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” There’s no need to complicate things: Fear God. Do what He commands. Receive forgiveness when we sin. Rest and enjoy the good He gives. Our message on Ecclesiastes 12:9-14.
A lot of times when looking at the difference between generations, it’s young versus old, adversarial. God calls us to grow together. Young and old we can help each other to remember God’s great promises. Our message on Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8.
God tells us through Solomon and throughout the Bible, “Surely there is not a righteous man on earth who does good and never sins.” The standard is perfection. It has been, it is, and it always will be. These are words to us and they are also words to Jesus for us. Jesus gives us the perfection we could never earn for ourselves. Our message on Ecclesiastes 7:15-29.
When we look around our world, and everything which happens in it, we might find ourselves asking the question “Where is God?” He’s not hiding. God is exactly where He says He would be: in His Temple, His Word and His Sacraments. He is the Good King, who holds us together, delivers us, and gives us His peace. Our message on Ecclesiastes 4:13-5:9.