Sermons from August 2017

Haggai 1:1-2:23

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - August 27, 2017

Haggai’s prophecy is the second shortest book in the Old Testament. Short, yet powerful. Haggai shows the consequences of disobedience and obedience. When people not only follow, but give priority to the Lord they are looked after, completely and forever. Obedience brings the encouragement and strength of the Spirit of God. “Give careful thought…” to what you do.

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Zephaniah 1:1-18; 3:9-20 -- Departure, Destruction, Eventually... Delight

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - August 20, 2017

Zephaniah was a person of high social standing who prophesied during the reign of Josiah, the king who attempted to bring about a number of reforms. Zephaniah announces God’s approaching judgment. Judah would be wiped clean, with a flood like image. She would also be restored. Mercy would arrive. The message ends with a Day of the Lord picture. God is always with His children… always pouring out His love, even while He punishes them. Same thing today.

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Hosea 1:2-2:1 -- Perplexing Preaching Pictures

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - August 13, 2017

Hosea has a challenging task. Tougher than any of us could imagine. Yet, he takes it on, living and speaking the word of the Lord to the people of Israel and Judah. Showing and living the merciful love of God to a people who have fallen so far. This is the amazing love that God continues to pour out on His children. This is the love we are invited to receive.

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Ezekiel 1:1-3:15 -- Do Not Be Afraid... For I Am Sending You

Posted by: Rev. Richard Bodini - August 7, 2017

The prophet Ezekiel is a mixture of seemingly bizarre visions, God speaking, history, and Ezekiel’s preaching God’s message. It’s quite different from the other major prophets. Because it is mostly narrative, it is much easier to read. Ezekiel’s call to be a prophet is again unique to who he is and what God has in store for him. Ezekiel’s story will be challenging and comforting as a reminder that God is sovereign in His reign and care for us and the church.

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