Our own Jim Goodson took the pulpit this week to touch on themes of grace, identification, and the humility of Christ in Luke 2:1-14.
Esther 2:8-17. God is not mentioned in the book of Esther, but he seems to be weaving in his story, nevertheless. Esther and her people were in the lowest social class of this era of the Persian empire, yet she was eventually chosen to be queen. Esther’s access to the king, whom she approaches with the request to save her people, may have been the last part in God’s plan to redeem his people from impending annihilation by Haman. Whether or not we choose to play our part, God is writing his story.
Watch the video summary of the book of Esther.
2 Kings 18:1-12. King Hezekiah of Judah chose to dismantle the idol worship that Ahaz, his father, had set up. Hezekiah’s son, Manasseh, undid what his father had done and led the people of Judah astray into idol worship again, leading to their overthrow by the Assyrians. Both of these kings forgot for a time to humble themselves before the Lord, and that sin had consequences. Neither king was perfect, but they point to the One who was.
Rob Girvin, ECC’s Youth Director, carries forward our summer message series with the story of Deborah in Judges 4 & 5. It’s easy in times of trial to forget God’s promises and trust our own abilities and resources. This story gives us encouragement and instruction in trusting God amidst the chaos of life.
Pastor Bob reminds us that the challenge to ancient Israel wasn’t an easy one – let go of the gods you can see and touch and follow in faith the invisible God.
Pastor Bob looks into the great story of Ruth and Naomi, looking at three key characters: Ruth, Naomi, and God.
Genesis 50:14-21. A look at the story of Joseph and the way God used the tragic and winding events of his life to bless Israel and the nations, fulfilling the promises of the Abrahamic covenant.
Exodus 2:1-10. Statements like “patiently wait on the Lord” and “we live by faith, not by sight” are good advice, but may lead us to believe that faith is essentially passive. The biblical narrative, however, demonstrates that faith is active, diligent, and obedient. In this message, Pastor Bob helps us consider the theme of proactive faith by looking at the lives of two people – Jochebed and Miriam.
Genesis 12:1-9. Pastor Bob begins a new sermon series on “Characters of the Bible”. This week, we’ll look at the story of Abraham, Sarah, and Hagar, noting not only Abraham’s remarkable faith but also God’s faithfulness to his promises in spite of Abraham.
Acts 1:1-11. In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus began his ministry with an invitation to be part of the Kingdom of God, to see and live differently. Following his resurrection, the invitation is to join the mission of God to all people. Let’s consider the largeness of God’s mission in the world and how we are part of it in this summary of the Rediscovering God message series.