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The Sower, the Seed, and the Soil

Text: Mark 4:1-9
Speaker: Chris Fales
Date: September 29, 2013

An evening service sermon from Chris Fales.

Made for Each Other

Text: Ruth 2
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 29, 2013

The primary theme of Scripture is redemption, not mere morality.  The Law shows us our need for a savior.  Narratives, like Ruth, are not mere hero stories, but point to how God saves us through Christ (Luke 24:27).

In addition to teaching us about redemption, biblical narrative also provides us with examples of the life of faith (1 Cor. 10:11).  We learn from the faithfulness of those who put their hope in God.

Ruth and Boaz are people of excellence (2:1 3:11) who exemplify biblical ideals for womanhood and manhood.  Just as God brought Adam and Eve together in the garden, the author is showing us that Ruth and Boaz were made for each other.  The redemption provided by Boaz is a picture of the redemption accomplished for us by our Lord Jesus.

Revelation 2 & 3

Text: Revelation 2 & 3
Speaker: Ryan Wentzel
Date: September 22, 2013

An evening service sermon from Ryan Wentzel.

Seeking Refuge Under the LORD’s Wings

Text: Ruth 2
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 22, 2013

The biblical book of Ruth is great literature with its drama, suspense, vivid dialog, character development and foreshadowing.  The author writes from two different perspectives.  From the point of view of the participants, life is hard and seems hopeless.  Seemingly random events and choices take place without the participants having any knowledge of their implications (i.e. Ruth just happens to go gleaning in the field of Boaz – 2:3).  The other perspective is that of the narrator who coveys that the LORD is working out His glorious purpose through all of these apparently random events.  The theological term for this work of God is His providence.

In chapter two, Ruth seeks to get food for herself and Naomi.  She needs someone to show favor.  Through Boaz, favor is shown and their immediate needs are met.  Naomi, who had been in despair, brightens up, perhaps because she begins to recognize that the LORD, in His providence, is showing them His lovingkindness.

What happens to them sheds light on how God works in our lives.  He does work good for all those who love Him (Romans 8:28), even when we don’t understand the purpose of many hard things which happen to us.  It has been said reading God’s providence is like reading Hebrew.  It only makes sense if you read it backwards.

We too were empty and in need of favor.  God has shown us favor in Christ.  We rejoice in His lovingkindness and in His providence.

Run the Race Before Us

Text: Hebrews 12:1-2
Speaker: Manuel Carbonell
Date: September 15, 2013

An evening service sermon from Manuel Carbonell.

Hope for the Despairing

Text: Ruth 1:19-22
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 15, 2013

Naomi is like many depressed people today.  She has lost everything – her husband, her sons and her hope for the future.  She is blind to God’s present goodness and doubts that her situation can ever improve.

How would you counsel a Naomi?

Or if you are like Naomi, how would you counsel yourself?


Text: Colossians 1:13-14
Speaker: Mike Kelley
Date: September 8, 2013

An evening service sermon from Mike Kelley.

At the Crossroads

Text: Ruth 1:6-18
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 8, 2013

We all reach crossroads in our lives – weddings, graduations, facing the empty nest – after which our lives are changed forever.  Some crossroads are unexpected – an accident or a sudden illness.  The most important crossroads are spiritual.

In our text today three widows, Naomi, Ruth and Orpah face a physical crossroads – deciding whether to stay in Moab or go to Bethlehem which is also a spiritual crossroads.

The Tearing of the Heavens

Text: Mark 1:9-11, 15:38-39
Speaker: Craig Marshall
Date: September 1, 2013

An evening service sermon from Craig Marshall.

The LORD Visits the Afflicted

Text: Ruth 1:1-5
Speaker: Jim Newheiser
Outline: PDF
Date: September 1, 2013

Lord willing, we will spend the five Sundays in September going through the book of Ruth.

Have you ever said or thought that God is against you?

Have you regretted sinful or foolish choices and wondered if the harm you had done had ruined your life with no hope of recovery?

The book of Ruth is realistic about human suffering and sin.  Thankfully this book also displays God’s lovingkindness to His people.  He is able to bring good out of tragedy, even when our troubles are of our own making.

Ruth 1:1-5 introduces the book of Ruth by setting forth Naomi’s seemingly hopeless condition.  She and her husband flee famine in the Promised Land only to experience the loss of everything in pagan Moab.  She returns to her home town of Bethlehem empty and hopeless.  She thinks that God is against her, but He will show His mercy by redeeming her in a way which displays His grace and love.

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