If God is all-knowing, all-powerful, all-present, and all-loving, then why do bad and evil things happen in his world? In our present crisis, many are likely wrestling with this question on several levels, and for good reason. The good news is, the Bible does not dodge this thorny issue; it deals with it head on. Genesis, the first book of the Bible, lays the foundation for understanding the problem of evil. In fact, the story of Joseph, covering the entire last half of Genesis, brings the problem of evil to a climactic point of focus that zeniths in the final chapter. This message will not say all that needs to be said about the problem of evil, but it’s foundational to all that can be said. Your heart will be both challenged and encouraged with what may be the most important insight about God and life we can know this side of heaven. Read Genesis 50:20 for this message.
God In The Dots
September 20, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross
Keeping an Eternal Perspective in the Present Mess
September 13, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross
As followers of Christ, we need not lose heart. Regardless of where this crazy year fits into the larger scheme of history, we can prevail through these difficult times by keeping an eternal perspective in the present mess. This message from Genesis will help us develop this kind of faith that joyfully endures. Read Genesis Chapters 46-50 this message.
Forgiving The Unforgivable
September 6, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross
The subject of this message is one we can all relate to—how to forgive those who have hurt us. Jacob’s 11th son, Joseph, provides an unforgettable model for us to follow, and the dramatic transformation of his brother, Judah, who was the most aggressive in betraying Joseph, reveals the depths and power of God’s grace for even the most severely broken. The story of Joseph’s reconciliation with his brothers is both insightful and heart-warming. In a time inundated with bad news, this message is a welcome relief and encouragement.
When God Doesn't Make Sense
August 30, 2020 • Pastor Ben Cross
This sermon, Pastor Ben returns to the pulpit after his summer study month and vacation. He will begin a four-week series from the book of Genesis that reveals how God worked faithfully and graciously in the lives of his people during a global pandemic. In this brief series, we will learn several important faith lessons and why we can know peace and comfort during these difficult and uncertain days of pandemic in our own time.