Sometimes its hard to be faithful. We face trials and hardships. Job was in such a situation, yet he still remained loyal to God.
Job's friends started out right. Unfortunately, that didn't last long. They subscribed to a common belief found in antiquity - the "doctrine of retribution." This belief suggest people only suffer because of wrong or sin. Since Job was suffering he must not have been the man they thought he was. They tried to find blame for Job's suffering. Sometimes we seek answers for our suffering and look in the wrong places.
Job was suffering immense pain. Both he and those around him had a choice in how to respond to that pain. We can learn from the example of Job, his wife, and his three friends as we encounter moments of pain.
What do we do when crises hit? At various times in our lives we encounter suffering and hardship. When this happen we may ask, "why is this happening?" We are not alone in our quest to understand. Job faced unspeakable tragedy and searched for answers. We can find comfort from his story.
Why are we on this journey? The Benbrook Church of Christ is a newly planted church in Benbrook, Texas. What drives our teaching and practices, love. This sermon was delivered at our service and picnic held at Longhorn Park at Benbrook Lake on July 19, 2015.
The weight must have been unbearable on Peter. He had denied Jesus three times. How could Jesus ever trust him again? Do we ever blow it in our relationship with God? Sometimes we feel we are unusable to Jesus and the Father. But God can use you.
Jesus was in agony. But he wasn't the only one. Near him was a thief. Jesus shows great compassion for the man by telling the man that he would be with Jesus in Paradise. Sometimes this passage is used to argue the non-necessity of baptism. But is this what this passage is about? Or, is there something deeper in this story about the compassion of Jesus?
The Samaritans are often portrayed as being a group of ethnically and religiously mixed people at the time Christ lived. While their origin is debated among scholars, history reveals they considered themselves "Keepers of the Torah." The animosity between first century Jews and Samaritans was greatly linked to the place of worship. When Jesus' kindness opens the door for a conversation with a seemingly out-casted Samaritan woman it leads to an apparent conversion of many in her village. But the event also provides an occasion for a shift in how Godly worship is perceived. Our worship is spiritually centered not physically oriented because Jesus transforms how worship is done.
Did you get your instructions packet when you came home with your baby? Neither did I! How can a man know how to be a good dad? Solomon offer's a great example and framework in Proverbs for dads today.
The idea of zombies is a current fad in entertainment. But did Jesus ever encounter the walking dead? Mark tells the story of Jesus' encounter with a demon-possessed man. He lived a life in darkness living in a culture which did not know God while being possessed by demons. The community rejected the man, but not Jesus. Christians today can easily dismiss many in the World. But we need to be careful to practice Jesus' mercy.