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  • Trying To Escape God’s Judgment Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 26, 2020

    We don't like to think about the Day of Judgment. And when we do, we like to impose our own thoughts on how it will go. What does this passage tell us about our ability to get away from God's judgment?

    - There are additional things going on in this passage, but I want to focus on the overarching idea: trying to escape the judgment of God. UNCOMFORTABLE TRUTHS: 1. GOD IS THE JUDGE. - Genesis 18:25. - God plays many roles – Creator, Sustainer, Father. He also plays the role of Judge. 2. HE more

  • Would God Ever Take Away His Word? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 24, 2020

    What would it mean if God withdrew the knowledge of His Word?

    - Unpack vv. 11-12 and the threat to take away the word of the Lord. - We don’t really know what to do with that. Let’s try to figure it out. WHAT MIGHT THAT LOOK LIKE? 1. Rejecting God’s truth, people do what they want. 2. Things start falling apart. 3. The consequences of their sin make more

  • Longing For The Good Old Days

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 19, 2020

    Many Christians long for a bygone era of glory - the early church, perhaps, or the 1950s. This sermon looks at that desire to go backward and where we should focus instead.

  • When We Ask God To Go Away Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 16, 2020

    There are times when we instantly reject the message of God because it offends us and hurts us. We don't even want to consider it's true. But what happens when we ask God to go away?

    - Image: a broken mirror with most of the pieces missing. - Maybe do the image as a drawing on a piece of butcher paper, with four of the ten pieces colored in blue to look like a mirror. - Discuss how little of yourself you would know if you had such a limited mirror. We look at ourselves and more

  • The Good News And The Bad News About God Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 9, 2020

    We all like to make our own estimations of what we think God is like. This passage is a reminder to us that we must accept God for who He is, not who we wish He was.

    - Opening image: the result explosion of Facebook avatars. They are cute and fun and I don’t have a problem with them. But if I may make a gentle observation: some of you don’t look like you think you look! - I’m sure some people intentionally upgraded their appearance, but there are others who more

  • The Problem With Prosperity Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Jun 3, 2020

    The leaders of Israel were enjoying their prosperity. What does God have to say to them?

    BLINDING: Money is not evil, but it is dangerous. - 1 Timothy 6:10. - The dangers of money are not a new problem. Here we are way back in the Old Testament and we see the same thing (although back then it was probably a lot smaller percentage of the population). - It’s a telling passage and it more

  • The Problem With Wanting Jesus To Come Back Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 29, 2020

    Israel cried out for the day of the Lord to come, but God warned them that they didn't really want that. Today many Christians say, "I just wish Jesus would come back!" but is that something we're actually ready for?

  • Who Cares About The Poor? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 27, 2020

    God slams Israel for their actions, primarily trashing their treatment of the poor. What do we learn about how to respond in our own lives?

    A PERPETUAL TRUTH: The rich get richer and the poor get poorer. - Amos 5: 7, 10, 11, 12. - It’s a cliché for a reason. It’s the way of the world. - The poor typically get trampled. - Let’s look briefly at the specific accusations levied by God against Israel. a. v. 7 – “You who turn more

  • God’s Goal In Bringing Hardship Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 20, 2020

    It's shocking to many that God sometimes is the cause of hardship in our lives. When that happens, what is He hoping to accomplish?

    “HE SAID WHAT?!”: Sometimes hardship is from God. - Amos 4:6-12. - This passage might have been shocking to you. “What do you mean God did all these things?” Today we sometimes think of Him exclusively as a kindly grandfather who would never say a cross word to anyone. That, however, is not more

  • Worship That Displeases God Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 15, 2020

    Israel was worshiping. They were even boasting about their worship. Yet it displeased God. What can we learn from them?

    GOOD WORSHIP? Israel had lots of religious activity, but it was not pleasing to God. - Amos 4:4-5. - Religious activity is not always pleasing to God. - How can worship be bad? - It’s helpful to understand how evil works. Evil doesn’t usually come up with something altogether new. Instead, it more

  • The False Security That Our Wealth Brings Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on May 12, 2020

    God thunders His displeasure with the wealthy. How can we find our security in God instead of money?

    A GATED COMMUNITY: Money can bring a false sense of security. - Amos 3:15. - Some aspects: a. We use it separate ourselves. - You see this physically in the way in most places neighborhoods are divided by income. We’ve reached a certain level and so we don’t have to hang out with those from more

  • Is God’s Will An Inscrutable Mystery? Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 21, 2020
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    Many complain that God's will is impossible to discern. God proclaims here, though, that He is regularly and clearly speaking through His prophets.

    KEEPING US IN THE DARK? Is God’s will an inscrutable mystery? - Amos 3:3-7. - It is a common complaint that God’s will is an inscrutable mystery? Who can discern that hand of God? Who can understand the mind of the Lord? - And so many presume that because it is an impossibility to understand more

  • Unrepentant Sin Of The World Versus Unrepentant Sin Of The Church Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 14, 2020

    Does God treat the unrepentant sin of the church differently than the unrepentant sin of the world?

    AN UNPLEASANT SURPRISE: Amos opens with God’s wrath for everyone. - Amos 1:1-2:16. - Maybe just focus on the nations’ part under this point. - What does the “three sins, even four” mean? - God is not saying, “I would stop if you would do three or four sins,” although it kind of sounds like more

  • Facing Resistance To The Gospel Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Apr 6, 2020

    Jesus tells His followers that He is being numbered among the transgressors. What does that mean for us today as we try to follow Him?

    WHAT I DON'T KNOW: What exactly is going on with the swords here? - Luke 22:36, 38. - The references to swords garner the most attention from most readers. They are intriguing statements that are not easily understood. - I wish I could tell you that I have an incisive, succinct explanation more

  • Jesus’ Response To Our False Confidence, Struggle, And Failure Series

    Contributed by Jim Butcher on Mar 31, 2020

    Jesus predicts Peter's denial. These verses give us three harsh realities and three promising truths.