Today’s passage begins with the death of the Shunammite woman’s promised son. Her response to his death is surprising; “All is well.” Is this a lie? Is deception masking her true feelings? How can she respond this way in her grief? She had a core belief that allowed her to focus on pursuing the “man of God.” What does this look like for us? How do we declare, “all is well” during times of immense pain and stress?
All Is Well
2 Kings 4:18-37
August 11, 2019 • Eric Ryan
August 9, 2020 • Bob Evans
The past 5 months should remind us that life is profoundly unpredictable. Yet as humans, we continue to seek continuity, stability, and a desire to control our circumstances. James deals with this mindset in 4:13-16. Today we look at the assumptions made by people who were consummate planners, the factors in life which challenge arrogance, and certainty about our "tomorrow" and the biblical mindset needed to go forward in life. Our message today is truly "Christianity that Walks," the subtitle of a recent sermon series on the practical wisdom from the book of James.
Shepherds, Sheep, and a Savior
Luke 2:8-14 • December 29, 2019 • Bob Evans
The arrival of the newborn Savior was first announced to shepherds, one of the lowliest occupations in Israel. The sheep over which they were watching were likely raised for a special purpose. This moment in the Christmas narrative reveals points us to the greater truth of who Jesus was, who He came to serve, and ultimately what He came into the world to accomplish.
The Good Portion
Luke 10:38-42 • December 8, 2019 • Eric Ryan
When Jesus came it became obvious; His goodness trumps everything. This was the king of the universe and loving Him with all our heart, soul, mind and strength would mean setting aside some really good things. This morning we look at the story of Martha and Mary in Luke 10. What does this mean for us now? What does it mean for this Christmas season?