Life Hurts, Christmas Heals
Nov. 27 - Dec. 25, 2022
Getting Past our Bitterness
December 18, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • Jonah 1
Have you ever been so angry with someone, so filled with bitterness and resentment that you wanted to see their demise? This is a tough place to find yourself, especially if you have professed faith in God and been a mouthpiece for God. Jonah, son of Amitttai, found himself here when God called him to speak truth to a people he hated. Jonah was a true prophet of the LORD and God sent him to speak God’s word to the people of Israel—prophecies that were fulfilled.
Seeing God in your Problems
December 11, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • Amos 4
This is a wonderful time of year, and yet, for many individuals, the season can trigger pain, anxiety and depression. There is the nonstop schedule, endless to-do lists, activities that turn into yelling matches, efforts to appease and satisfy a wish list that go unrecognized by entitled children. There is the unexpected accident or sickness, the blended family dynamics and challenges, not to mention difficult people beyond the walls of your home. Before you know it, life becomes out of control and unmanageable. Sadly, ‘tis the season when many turn to wrong coping mechanisms and unhealthy habits as a way to ignore or numb the pain. Life hurts. But Christmas Heals!
God's Rescue Mission
November 27, 2022 • Dr Charles Kyker • Daniel 3, John 1
During the Babylonian exile, Nebuchadnezzar had ordered some of the young men of Judah’s royal line and other noble families be trained in Babylonian culture. He said, “Select only strong, healthy, and good-looking young men... Make sure they are well versed in every branch of learning, are gifted with knowledge and good judgment, and are suited to serve in the royal palace. Train these young men in the language and literature of Babylon”. Daniel, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah were among the young men chosen; the king gave them new Babylonian names to replace (and in mockery of) their given Hebrew names