Merciful Justice

Fellowship In Sufferings

Grief is messy and leads us through a painful journey. The way out of the darkness is often found through the faithful love of someone in our lives who walks with us towards the dawn. In Ruth’s story, that kind of love is called "Hesed". It means loving selflessness, enduring faithfulness, and forbearing graciousness. God provides hesed love for Ruth in the story, and He offers it to all of us too. But here's where it gets real: Hesed is not just the kind of love God extends to us, it is also the kind of love God calls us to extend to one another. We incarnate hesed for one another, because Jesus incarnated hesed for us.

Running to Reality

When our world is shattered, how do we pick up the pieces and get back to normal? When we’ve lost something and are grieving, our capacity for restoration depends on finding God’s mercies in the dark times. We have to face grief square in the face and invite God into that darkness if we are going to be able to find the dawn again.

Healthy Church Members Part 2

In Pastor Ed Stetzer's final message at The Moody Church, we look at what it means for our church family to be all in for the gospel of Jesus Christ and His mission. Three things that a healthy church needs to live out: a world-changing message of the gospel of the Kingdom, a life-changing message of the gospel of personal transformation, and a Jesus-focused mission to reach other.

Healthy Church Members

As we prepare for the arrival of our new senior pastor, we reflect on our individual roles in creating a healthy church. In this sermon, we explore what it means for a person to love the Lord with all their heart and soul. The outpouring of that reality is a church member who contributes to building up that local body of Christ. The qualities of a healthy church member are that they are present in worship, present with the church, and present in the missions.

The Pastor's Role In A Healthy Church

We're three weeks away from the arrival of a new Senior Pastor at The Moody Church. As we enter a new season in the life of our church, how does scripture guide us in preparing our hearts for such as time? In the first of a 3-part series, Pastor Ed describes the unique role and responsibilities of a pastor in the leadership of the church.

Living and Demonstrating Dependence through Prayer

How does prayer demonstrate our dependence and trust in God in real life? In the midst of pain and difficulty, prayerful dependence on God rains down heavenly peace and perspective. The ones who have walked through the deepest valley often have the most incredible joy. The prayers of the righteous produce joy and praise in all seasons. And that joy demonstrates our dependence on God.

In Times Of Trouble

What does spirit inspired patience look like during times of suffering? James provides us with three examples in this passage. In times of trouble, the people of God are not to be idle, but to speak truth and seek justice while we wait for the Lord to move and work according to His will. Patient endurance will sustain itself when rested on the conviction that times of trouble are not random, but that God has some purpose behind them.

Take It One Day At A Time

Everyone looks to the future. We make our plans but are frustrated when they get derailed. Scripture warns us that so much of our lives are spent waiting for tomorrow that we miss what God has for us today. We rush to what’s next and fail to focus on who God is now. This passage from James shows us that when we live our lives under the assumption that God has our future in His hands, we find a firm foundation upon which to live today. We own no tomorrow, but we do need to be good stewards of today.

Overcoming Quarrels

Why do we quarrel with others? Our quarrels are caused by our internal passions at war within ourselves. Jesus wants to adjust our hearts so that we move from an argumentative spirit to humility and unity. In the process, we must learn to humble ourselves before God. It's not always easy; but God is more interested in our character than our comfort. Choose humility, not quarrelsomeness, with God and others. If we do this, we'll be more like Jesus and less like the world.

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