God’s Redeeming Love: The Reception

  Ruth 2 Typically, in our culture, the wedding comes first, and then the reception follows. In the book of Ruth, it’s just the opposite. There’s a wedding that looms toward the end of the story, but beforehand, there’s a reception. It’s not the reception of a couple to a party in their honor (this couple hasn’t even met […]

God’s Redeeming Love: The Return

  Ruth 1:1-22 Throughout history, millions of couples have fallen in love, married, and grown old together. Most of their stories (even the best of them!) have long since been forgotten by the generations that have followed. But one of those love stories has been tucked away for us in the Old Testament–the story of […]

Sending Sunday

  Acts 13-14 In Acts 13:1-4, we see that the church at Antioch was told by the Holy Spirit to set apart Paul and Barnabas for missionary service; so they did! They prayed for them and sent them off to do extraordinary things. In the next chapter, Acts 14:24-28, after their work was complete, we […]

Jonah: The Pity of God

  Jonah 4:1-10 If you had never heard the story of Jonah, you may assume that the story would end at the conclusion of chapter 3. Jonah had finally gone to Nineveh, God’s word had been shared, the people had repented, and God had relented of the disaster that had been forewarned. But this Sunday, […]

Jonah: the Conversion of Nineveh

Jonah 3:1-10 In Jonah 3 we witness the largest repentance recorded in Scripture. The most evil in the city turned upside down by the grace of God! As we admire God’s power to save in Jonah 3, we will also learn from Jonah and the King of Nineveh how a heart compelled by the gospel […]

Jonah: Beneath the Surface

Jonah 2:1-10 In this second chapter of Jonah, we see that Jonah’s voluntary dive into the Mediterranean involved weeds “wrapping around” his head (v. 5) and metaphorical bars “closing upon” him (v. 6) as he sunk toward certain death. He survived that near-death experience not because of some cleverly crafted escape plan, but because “salvation […]