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For nearly a century and half, the people of Jerusalem had been stepping over the rubble of its ruins. They grew accustomed to the brokenness. They settled for a sense of physical forsakenness. No one cared. Until somebody did. Nehemiah didn’t just rebuild a city – he restored a community. In this series we’ll try to be honest about what’s broken in our lives, but hopeful about what happens when people pray, work together and rely on God.
Noah had a drinking problem. Moses murdered a man before he became Israel’s deliverer. Abraham told his wife to pretend she was his sister to save his own skin. Jacob lied to his father and swindled his brother. David committed adultery and murder. One of the amazing things about the Bible is its honesty. The heroes and heroines are never pristine. The paths they walk are never straight. So, if you or your family has a story you’d rather not tell, you are not alone. Here’s the good news: God did not give up on them and he won’t give up on you – or your family.
Each May, we honor the Twickenham youth who are about to graduate.
These are sermons that are not in a series or theme.
It’s the story you wish you could hear for the first time all over again. It’s the story that never gets old. It is simply the Best Story Ever.
The community of Jesus began on a cross, not a sofa. It is summoned to an unconventional lifestyle into a messy family that requires superhuman love. It’s awkward. And it is a gift.
Human beings have been telling stories since prehistoric hunters sat around the campfire stretching the truth about the one that got away or depicting the hunt with pigment paint on cave walls. Stories have power. They help us remember what happened. They leap over the walls we build between us, tunnel under our defenses and drag us onto common ground. So in this series – and throughout the year – we’re going to hear stories. Lots of them.
Author Gretchen Crowe wrote that gratitude is “the stones on the path to a positive attitude.” She’s right, of course. But it’s more than that. It’s a command. God actually commands us to be grateful no matter what. Why? How? In this brief, three-week series, we’ll explore ancient words and hear from a young wife and mother who is facing cancer with courage, grace and, believe it or not, gratitude.
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