Conversation 6: Anchored by Hope
April 14, 2019 • Baly Botten
Anchored by Hope is the last Sunday conversation in the Lamentations series. In this message, Pastor Baly shares his personal story of lament and how God led him to change his question from “Why?” to “To What End?” The key here is an anchor of lasting hope that can only be provided by the Lord Himself while in the midst of grief and pain. To hear more, listen to conversation six, Anchored by Hope.
Conversation 5: When You’ve Got Nothing Left
April 7, 2019 • Rev. Monty C. Wright
How can beauty spring from lamentation? When You’ve Got Nothing Left is an important point in the journey of the book of Lamentations. The key is how you respond and move forward when you realize “the gold has lost it’s luster.” To hear more, listen to conversation 5 in the Lamentation series, When You’ve Got Nothing Left.
Conversation 4: When God Spits Nails
March 31, 2019 • Rev. Monty C. Wright
What makes God so mad that He proverbially “spits nails?” The answer to this question is addressed in the fourth Sunday conversation in the Lamentations series. We previously learned that God wants to hear our cry lament to Him, and there was a distinct pivot where He desires for us to align with Him as well. What this means is addressing those three things in our lives that He is outraged by. To hear more, listen to conversation 4, When God Spits Nails.
Conversation 3: Hope and Doubt
March 24, 2019 • Rev. Monty C. Wright
The book of Lamentations asks the question, “how could this happen?” When you feel like the bottom has dropped out, this question becomes very real. Hope and Doubt focuses on the permission that is given to us to voice our confusion, knowing that God will hear us in the midst of our lament. There is a significant pivot in this portion of Lamentations that speaks to the hope that God gives while we are in difficult times. To find out more about this, listen to conversation three Hope and Doubt.
Conversation 2: 'Who Can Heal You?'
March 17, 2019 • Rev. Monty C. Wright
'Who can heal you?' is the second Sunday conversation in the Lamentations series. Lamentations is a collection of five poems which acts as a live reporter in the midst of the trial Israel is experiencing, and in the second poem that narrator asks, “who can heal you?” The answer place halfway through that sets the tone for the remainder, by saying “nothing you have done is greater than God’s grace and love for you.” To hear more, listen to conversation 2, 'Who can heal you?'
Conversation 1: Learning to Lament in a Culture of Denial
March 10, 2019 • Rev. Monty C. Wright
Learning to Lament in a Culture of Denial is the first Sunday conversation in the series on the Old Testament book Lamentations. Lamentations is a collection of five poems that names what is wrong and out of order in God’s world, and how we should respond to it. When we learn to lament, we become God’s instruments to hold space for those around us that are hurting. To learn more, listen to conversation one; Learning to Lament in a Culture of Denial.