Sermon: Empty Hands

I invite you to open your Bibles with me to the book of Micah. Micah, chapter 6, beginning in verse 1. Micah is in the Old Testament – Obadiah, Jonah, Micah, Nahum, Habakkuk. Micah 6, beginning in verse 1. Before we hear God’s word this morning, please take a moment to pray with me. Father,…

Prayer: Too Big, Too Small

A prayer on reading Micah 6:8, “He has shown you, o mortal, what is good. And what does the Lord require of you? To act justly and to love mercy and to walk humbly with your God.” Exalted God, you ask too little and too much of us. You show us justice and mercy and…

Sermon: Who Do You Love?

Our journey through Micah continues this morning in chapter 2, beginning in verse 1. Micah is in the Old Testament, one of the minor prophets, minor in size, not significance. Micah is nestled with Obadiah and Jonah on the left and Nahum and Habakkuk on the right. Micah 2, beginning in verse 1. But before…

First Glance: Isaiah 60

“Foreigners will rebuild your walls, and their kings will serve you. Though in anger I struck you in favor I will show you compassion.” (Isaiah 60:10) In Isaiah 60, the Lord shares a vision of the heavenly city with a people covered in darkness. Israel has suffered under oppression, been exiled, and forced to pay…

First Glance: Mark 15:33-34

At noon, darkness came over the whole land until three in the afternoon. At three in the afternoon, Jesus cried out in a loud voice, “Eloi, eloi, lama sabachthani,” (which means, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?”) (Mark 15:33-34) There are many different ways to approach a biblical text in order to…

First Glance: 1 Timothy 3:8-13

“Those who have served well gain an excellent standing and great assurance in their faith in Christ Jesus.” 1 Timothy 3:13 It seems rare to find someone genuinely excited to serve in church leadership. Many elders and deacons sigh when ‘their turn’ comes around. We all do the work well, but the work can be…