Sermons by Joel Taylor (Page 2)
Matt 5:4 As we continue our journey through the Beatitudes (and the theme of Living Right Side Up in an Upside Down World), we come to Beatitude #2 – “Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted”. Yes Jesus actually spoke these words, which seem to make no sense at all, and yet, these Beatitudes are not commands to strive to keep but descriptions of what kingdom people look like. So if this Beatitude is true of us, then what kind of mourning is Jesus talking about and how can we possibly be blessed or comforted?
Judg 13 This Sunday, we begin a 5-week excursion into the life and death of Samson – outwardly powerful but inwardly flawed. Just like his immense strength, Samson’s mistakes are obvious, the motivations easy to see and really the only puzzling thing is why God would even choose to use this man in the first place. And yet Samson too, like the flawed Jephthah last week, makes it into the Heroes of Faith of Hebrews 11. In our opening scene this week, Samson, himself, actually barely makes it onto the stage. Instead we meet his parents and are faced with questions like: What does a faithful God do when His people are too lost to even cry out to Him? What would YOU do if an angel showed up? Are we missing the wonders that God is already doing in our lives?