He appears out of nowhere in the Book of Genesis and then vanishes again. And yet, the writer of Hebrews tells us that he is critical to Jesus fulfilling the role of High Priest in our lives. Just who is this man called Melchizedek, and what, if anything, does he have to do with us?
The first of a series of sermons that explores questions that perplex and frustrate us. This sermon confronts the dilemma faced by many of "If heaven is so great, why do I fight so hard to remain on earth? Shouldn't I want to get to heaven? What is wrong with my faith?" It's a question that even the apostle Paul wrestled with, and the answer may surprise you.
Where do we find the strength and courage to stand in the face of life's ambiguities and the persecution that accompanies injustice? We look to the story of Esther for our answers.
Using the story of Ruth as a backdrop, Rev. Dave explores this often confusing Beatitude. Just what does it mean to be "pure in heart" and how do we see God's face? (Hint: It is really not as confusing as it seems)
Giving mercy when it costs you nothing is easy. Giving mercy when it costs you everything is hard, but it is what we, as Christians, are called to do. Based on the story of the Widow of Zarapheth found in 1 Kings 17.
Using the story of Deborah against a backdrop of Jesus' story of the Sheep and the Goats, Rev. Dave looks at what it means to hunger and thirst for righteousness, and what part we are called to play in meeting that need. Based upon the story found in Judges 4:1-10, and Jesus' words from Matthew 25.
Does being meek mean we are weak? And if so, is that what Jesus really wants us to be? Just why did he include this in the Beatitudes? Rev. Dave explores this important but often misunderstood saying by drawing on the life of Mary found in Luke 1:26-38, and the words of the psalmist from 37:1-11.
God does not promise that we will never know pain or sorrow, but does promise to seek us out and be with us in those times. Based upon the story found in Luke 7:11-17.
The first in a series that looks at the Beatitudes through the eyes and lives of remarkable women of the Bible. This week Rev. Dave explores what it means to be poor in spirit by looking at a woman whose name we don't even know. Based on the story found in Luke 7:36-50.