The Scripture Luke 21: 25-36 25 “There will be signs in the sun, moon and stars. On the earth, nations will be in anguish and perplexity at the roaring and tossing of the sea. 26 People will faint from terror, apprehensive of what is coming on the world, for the...
Our “Face of Faith” is another obscure individual. He is only mentioned in three short verses. Our “Face of Faith” is Joseph of Arimathea! I am not reading the entire chapter as it is so very long but to orient ourselves to where we are in this chapter, Jesus has just stood trial and been condemned to die by crucifixion.
Like last week, the passage read this morning seems out of place. It is in the wrong church season! And also, like last week, the person who is our “Face of our Faith,” is in the periphery, almost an afterthought to the main event. But she is anything but insignificant and even though she is cited in only 3 verses in the entire bible, she has a powerful message to us today. Our focus today is on Anna the Prophetess.
I found myself thinking similar thoughts the first time I read through this, but then I was reminded of our sermon series theme, and it came to me. Oh yes, I understand why it is good to read this passage today, at a different time of the church season. Separating this reading from Easter and from Jesus resurrection allows us to focus on an individual who is so often found in the periphery away from the central
The Scripture Judges 5 5 On that day Deborah and Barak son of Abinoam sang this song: 2 “When the princes in Israel take the lead, when the people willingly offer themselves— praise the Lord! 3 “Hear this, you kings! Listen, you rulers! I, even I, will sing...
This morning we continue with the series “Faces of Our Faith,” as we turn to the book of Jonah…and yes, unlike the past 2 Sunday’s this passage focuses on Jonah, the main character in the book but more importantly it reveals to Jonah a new revelation about God. The book of Jonah is very brief, spanning just 4 chapters. Even though brief, a lot happens to Jonah leading up to our scripture passage in chapter 4. So we need to go back to the very first chapter when God asked Jonah to go to Nineveh to preach to the people about their sins
We continue with our series Faces of Our Faith and this Sunday we are reading from the Book of Daniel. Just like last week you might think that the “Face of our Faith” is Daniel, but it is not. It is about Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego. It would be appropriate to ask, who are these men and what do they bring to our faith life this morning? Let’s begin by exploring the context in which this story is written. Daniel and his three companions are Jews, as youths they lived in Jerusalem.
We continue with our series Faces of Our Faith and this Sunday we are reading from the Book of Esther. Now immediately you probably think the person who is central to the passage is Esther…right? When I read the passage, you will note that the name of Esther is not even mentioned. No, it is not Esther who becomes Our Face of Faith, but rather Queen Vashti. You never know how people are connected and how the actions of one person causes a whole chain of events.
As we continue looking at Faces of Our Faith, this morning we go to a book of the bible that I have never preached from; it is the book of Numbers. Now in just looking at the name of this book what do you think it is about? Numbers? Why yes! I t is an account the census of the Israelites. If you ever read through Numbers, you will find many lists of names that belong to certain tribes. This census taking was important as it was the deciding factor in how much land each family would be allocated through the number of individuals
This morning we continue our sermon series titled: “Faces of Our Faith.” As with last week, we will continue to explore the stories and people in scripture that are often overlook. People who stand out and do amazing acts of faith and we don’t even stop to see them or acknowledge the gift of courage they have revealed to us. Never has this been truer than this morning.