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Good Actions Don’t Compensate for Bad Actions – Haggai 2:10-19 7/8/2014

As Haggai’s people had to learn: good actions don’t compensate for bad actions. Thankfully, a merciful and gracious God doesn’t require us to earn salvation by goodness. He gifts new life to those who will return to him and let him be front ... read more

The Journey is Hard, but the Destination is Worth It – Haggai 2:6-9 7/1/2014

God has wonderful plans for our lives. Certainly there are things now past which we will miss, and which leave us great memories. We should be thankful for those things. Certainly the way ahead can seem very hard. Following God’s will is not ... read more

Do Not Fear – Haggai 2:1-5 6/24/2014

Back in the days of the prophet Haggai, the people of God were struggling. After years of failing to rebuild the temple, at last they’d begun. But, as the first flush of enthusiasm subsided, their hearts sank and energy drained. It seemed ... read more

A God-Given Motivation – Haggai 1:13-15 6/17/2014

When people really want to get on with a building project, it’s amazing how quickly the work can get done. After sixteen years of doing nothing except laying the foundations of the temple, the people of God had a new will to build that temple ... read more

What Makes a Sermon Powerful – Haggai 1:12 6/10/2014

The effectiveness of a sermon doesn’t lie in the preacher’s power. Ideally there should always be good preparation, but spiritual power doesn’t come from the careful crafting of the message or the immense oratory of the preacher. Power, ... read more

Time for a U-turn – Haggai 1:7-11 6/3/2014

There is something deeply stubborn in most of us. We get set in our ways, and especially when we think we’re right, we keep doing what we’ve always done. But what if we’re not right? What if our decisions are misguided? What if our lives are ... read more

Misplaced Priorities – Haggai 1:3-6 5/27/2014

Christians are kind people, and our instinct is to let people off when they don’t fulfill their promises. We choose not to see or deal with their shortcomings. We don’t like to hold people to account, so we tolerate lack of commitment or ... read more

Molding God’s Will to Ours – Haggai 1:1-2 5/20/2014

God is not playdough, but sometimes we act as if he is. We shape his nature to be harsh or generous; we flex his standards to be what we want; we change his plans for our lives to fit our new circumstances. The Jews who were first to return to ... read more

‘Just Meddling?’ – Romans 1:28-32 5/13/2014

The second half of chapter 1 of Romans is sobering. God does not ignore sin, and the consequences of setting your face against God are serious. But Paul has not failed to stress that the gospel “is the power of God that brings salvation to ... read more

Abandoning God’s Way for Human Relationships – Romans 1:26-27 5/6/2014

At this early point in his letter to the Romans, Paul is giving examples of what happens when people abandon God’s ways. Three times in chapter one he uses the strong phrase, “God gave them over…” – God removing restraint and allowing ... read more