What do we do when God shows mercy to those who are guilty? How do we reconcile our feelings when we receive the same mercy? That is the question that Jonah struggled with. It is the question that we struggle with, too.
So you've run away from God and things have gotten bad? Is there any hope? Has God abandoned you? That's what Jonah thought until he had the chance to spend some "quality time" in the belly of a fish. Then he discovered a wonderful truth-he had never been alone.
Is the story of Jonah just a "whale of a tale" or can we learn something from it? How often do we say and do the exact same things Jonah did? Rev. Williams embarks on a 3 week journey to explore this amazing story, and helps us find our place it in.
The story of our journey of faith could have a profound impact on someone, but only if we speak up and tell them. It doesn't take training, or standing on a street corner preaching, or handing out pamphlets. All it takes is telling our own story in our own words.
Valuing people over profits. Ending slavery in all of its forms. And stopping the wars. All of these are necessary if we are to have true, lasting peace in our world. Using Jesus' Sermon on the Mount and the Golden Rule as a background, Rev. Williams explores this radical concept.
Being tolerant and promoting the equality of women were two things important to John Wesley. Why? That is what Rev. Williams explores this week.
Education and feeling like you can make a difference are the keys to living a full, fulfilled life. But how to we do that? Using the story of Jesus and the Samaritan woman at the well, and leaning on the message of Mr. Rogers, Rev. Williams seeks to answer that question.
Too many people are struggling just to survive. Is it because they are unwilling to work? Is the solution for them to just get a job? John Wesley didn't think so, and neither does Rev. Williams.
The women go to the tomb. It is empty. An angel announces the Good News. And so the women....go home? That's what Marks says. But why? What are we missing? Looking a bit deeper Rev. Williams helps us learn the rest of the story.
The king that entered Jerusalem on a donkey was not what the people expected. If only they had listened to Zechariah they might have understood God's great plan.
Words can inspire. Words can cripple. And words can bring hope in difficult times. The prophet Micah uses words to share a vision of a future of peace, justice, and harmony that we still strive for today.
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What really defines our faith? How we worship? What we believe? What we do? Drawing on the words of the prophet Amos, Rev. Williams helps us see that what we do is grounded in what we believe and forms the very nature of the worship that God desires.
What's the big deal about sin? Isn't that a silly, old fashioned concept? Not really. Sin is a very big deal. Fortunately, we worship a very big God who is constantly working to cleanse us and make us whole.
We preach peace, gentleness, and kindness and are surrounded by violence, greed, exploitation, and aggression. How long must we endure this current world, and how are we to live during these turbulent times? Drawing on the words of the prophet Habakkuk Rev. Williams helps us dig for answers.
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