Sermons from October 2013

Job 38:1-42:6, Hebrews 4:1-10 - God, Where Were You?

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - October 29, 2013

Job’s request to speak to God and make his case is suddenly realized. God shows up to have a little chat. However, Job is only permitted a few lines of speech. And his final words are? well you’ll have to wait and listen. God has a way of putting things into perspective in these chapters. So does Job. How do you “hear” this? It isn’t an easy pill to swallow. Understanding God is easy and difficult. The more you know, the less you know of God. It’s like a set of Russian dolls. The further you go, the more surprised you become as you think, “How many more?” This part of the story in one word is “humbling.”

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Job 23 - Where Are You, God?

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - October 18, 2013

Job is troubling. Job is comforting. Job doesn’t answer our questions. Job brings us to a place where we can acknowledge that we, God’s people, may not understand why God acts the way He does, we can rest in the assurance of knowing that God understands. Chapters 23-24 are from another response by Job to his friends. Things are not turning for the better. In fact, they are probably getting much worse. Job feels even more cut off from everyone, including God. He feels so alone. Imagine the darkest space possible? you are in it? no one is there. Everywhere you turn, there is nothingness. You can’t even touch a wall. You don’t even hear your own voice as you shout. Silence! What do you do? Where do you go? Job is our example. So too the psalmists. In this bitter cry/prayer, Job and we find hope!

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Thanksgiving Day Worship Service

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - October 15, 2013

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Job 19 - How Long

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - October 13, 2013

Job is one of those Bible books that we as Christians have a hard time explaining to those outside the church. And sometimes inside the church. The book certainly cuts to the chase and hits us with HUGE questions. The NIV Study Bible says, “Throughout recorded history people have asked: If God is almighty and is truly good, how can He allow such an outrage? Which leaves us with three possibilities: 1) God is not almighty after all; 2) God is not just; 3) humans may be innocent.” Which would mean our suffering in this life is directly related to the amount of our guilt seen in the eyes of God. Job is troubling. Job is comforting. Job doesn’t answer our questions. Job brings us to a place where we can acknowledge that we, God’s people, may not understand why God acts the way He does, we can rest in the assurance of knowing that God understands. Job 19 is Job’s fourth speech. This is his response to Bildad. These speeches are filled with raw emotion, pain. They are a clear expression of the depth of Job’s suffering. In many ways Job’s words are our words.

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