It’s just human to view our situation from our own vantage point. Yet, our vantage point is skewed. Of course, we’re going to want to think that we’re right, that our motives are pure, that we’ve got the other person in mind. We need a mirror that will show us what we really need to see—the truth. We need someone who loves us enough to be honest with us. Isaiah 40:1-11
The story of God’s people is like a broken record. All throughout the ages, again and again we forget who we are. We get distracted. Life and sin is a raging river that sweeps us up and carries us along. We need God to rend the heavens like he’s done so many times before, to come down, shake us up and wake us up (before it’s too late!) We need some tough love. Isaiah 63:16b,17; 64:1-8
We sometimes think that we can’t be “generous” because generosity inherently means giving away lots of something and we don’t necessarily have “a lot” of anything. But generosity, as we’ve learned is a matter of the heart and is measured in sacrifice.
God provides so richly and generously not because he has so much to give (which he does!), but because he loves us so very much. Generosity finds joy in meeting a need. Our world is so full of need. Each need is an opportunity to show our gratitude by loving “the least of these” as…
We tend to think that generosity relates only to our money and material possessions. Yet, the scriptures teach that everything we are and have comes from God. That means generosity is an attitude of the heart that touches every aspect of our lives and behavior. Luke 16:1-15
Generosity starts with trust. If we trust that we’ll always have what we need, that there’s no need for worry or anxiety, that it’s not necessary to hold so tightly to the things we have, we will experience the incredible and liberating freedom called generosity. God promises to care for all our needs. Do we believe his promise?
Sermon Text: Luke 12:22-34
Martin Luther lived in a time when the grip of human tradition on the church (along with all its errors) was so tight it seemed nothing could turn the tide. Risking his life in the process, Luther held tight to the Word and its truth and the power of the Word literally changed the world. It can certainly change our world too!
We are naturally prone to put our hope and faith in the things and the people of this world. Yet, there is only One who can help and save us from any and every calamity of body and soul.
Sermon Text: Acts 4:1-12
So many of the truths God teaches us and the promises he makes cannot be comprehended by the human mind or seen with our physical eyes. To accept them, believe them, build our lives and the hope for eternity around them, we must rely on God’s gift of faith. Sermon Text: John 5:24-29; Hebrews 11:1,2,8-12
If we were to get what we deserve, we’d be in sad sorry shape. Part of us doesn’t want to believe that, but a little honest reflection and we know it’s true. Where would we be if God were not the God of immeasurable grace?
Sermon Text: Matthew 20:1-16