When a crisis strikes, whether personal or public, some decide to fall back on the notion that God may not be all-powerful, thereby decreasing his culpability. In today's episode we learn that true comfort is found in the truth that no disaster can befall us without His express permission.
Today, we continue our study of "Pandemics, Plagues, and Natural Disasters: what is God saying to us?" Pastor leads us to consider the catastrophic Lisbon Earthquake of 1755 and its devastating toll, still felt in Europe to this day. We learn that we cannot always force a "silver lining" when disaster strikes, but we can relinquish control and put our trust in the unseen hand of God.
2020 was a difficult and tumultuous year, and though we hopefully enter into 2021, what assurances do we have for a better year? The future is unknown to us; the future belongs to God.
Are pandemics new territory for the Christian? Pastor looks at moments in church history, very similar to our own, to glean wisdom for us today. Let's take a moment out of the chaos and the noise to remember that Christ has a mission for the Church despite hardships and uncertainty.
Peace I leave with you. My peace I give onto you. Not as the world gives I onto you. Let not your heart be troubled. Neither let it be afraid.
Is our world characterized by peace? According to the angelic host in Luke 2, the birth of Christ brought about "peace on earth" and "goodwill to men." How do we make sense of this? In this final episode in a three part series, Pastor guides us through the scriptures to examine this peace that changed the world forever that night.
"Glory to God in the Highest!"
This week features the second episode in a three-part series focusing on the angelic message delivered to the shepherds on the night of Jesus' birth. This second episode centers on the message of Glory.
Today, Pastor leads us through the first episode of a three-part series where we will examine a glorious message delivered one night in a field outside Bethlehem, from an angelic host to the lowliest members of society. The long awaited Savior had been born to bring Joy, Glory, and Peace. This first episode centers on the message of Joy.
Christ’s kingdom is coming, and a judgment of the nations will precede it. Seated on His throne in Jerusalem, Jesus will separate the righteous from the unrighteous. The righteous will enter eternal life and everyone else will be sent to eternal destruction. Are you ready and prepared?
Are believers spared when God judges nations? In this episode, Pastor guides us to sobering biblical passages about the judgement of God. The good news, despite the turmoil, is that God is gathering a people for Himself from every nation. His plans are eternal; His truth will never be overcome by the world's collective attempts to suppress it.