Listen to the message: The story of Ruth takes place around 1100 B.C. during the time of the judges, between the conquest of the promised land and the establishment of the Israelite monarchy in 1050 B.C. The map will give you an idea of where we are in the ancient world. While Ruth explains the … Continue reading “Hope on the Horizon” (Ruth 1:1-5)
Listen: Katie Davis was homecoming queen, senior class president, and graduated from the top of her class in a wealthy suburb of Nashville. To say the least, academic and social expectations for Katie were high. During the winter break of her senior year of high school in 2006, Katie went on a mission trip … Continue reading “Living a Life that Demands an Explanation” (Gal. 1:11-24)
A friend of mine in Mississippi takes broken pottery and turns the pieces into beautiful picture frames. Most folks would just throw those pieces away. But to Stacey, the broken pieces are beautiful. In fact, she can't use them until they are broken. Listen here: The same is true with us. We can't be used … Continue reading Repurposing Brokenness (Ps. 51:13-19)
I have a friend in Mississippi who takes broken pottery and turns the pieces into beautiful picture frames. Most folks would just throw out the broken pieces. Ruined. But to her, the broken pieces are beautiful. In fact, she can't use them until they are broken. The same is true with us. We can't be … Continue reading Broken, but not Ruined
Why can't God just forgive? What is the real need for the cross where Jesus was brutally, violently, and painfully executed through crucifixion. Why can't God just forgive? One of the most popular genres of television is the crime procedural, where police investigators use forensic science to solve murders. Just consider the success and duplication of shows … Continue reading Why Can’t God Just Forgive?
According to Psychology Today, in 2000, only 50 books were published on the topic of happiness. Somebody found an inch and began to scratch, because by 2008, that number had skyrocketed to 4,000 a year. By 2014, there were over 10,000! Apparently, happiness sells... because we all want to be happy. Yet a better word … Continue reading 3 Practices that Restore Joy (Ps. 51:6-12)