Today's episode is a sermon Peter preached on Exodus 32:1-14. We talked about the importance of learning to love and life with people as they are - not as you want them to be. We said that this was true of every relationship, especially our relationship with God. As we learn to accept God as He is, we see that He is exactly what we need. We also find in God our true and fullest acceptance as God's beloved children.
In today’s episode we are going to be reminded of the tendency we all have to dissect or pick apart our faith as we divide it up from its original united whole. James is calling us today to have a united faith, one that both trusts and rests in Jesus, but also one that works and does great acts of service for the Lord. Our focus will be on James 2:14-16 learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
In today’s episode we are talking all the tabernacle. We will see how it is a beautiful reminder that God wants to be with us, his people. We will also talk a lot about how it points us to Jesus and how now we as God’s people are the new tabernacle of God’s presence. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
Today’s episode is the first sermon in a series through the letter of James. We will be talking about two things that don’t seem to mix very well – suffering and joy. We will see that because of Jesus we can find joy in the midst of our greatest trials. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
In today’s episode we are talking about all things law. Why did God give all of these rules and commands to the people of Israel? Why do we continue to read them today all these years later? Well answer those questions and more. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
Romans 16:1-16. In today’s episode we take a look at what it means to be a part of the church, and what life looks like together as a church. On the one hand, we will be reminded that to be a part of the church is to live a very ordinary life. The church is a normal place filled with regular people. But its also a place filled with so much beauty. Learn more at www.livingchristlutheran.org
In this episode we are talking covenants! We’re taking a look at some of the partnerships that God made with his people, founded upon his promises, and made out of love. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
Today we begin at the beginning. We learn our genesis story - where we came from and how we got here. This story tells us so much more though. It reveals who we are, who God is, and even speaks to our lives today and the plan God has for us. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
In this episode we continue are series through the book of Romans as we read and focus on Romans 7:13-8:2. We take a look at the concept of freedom, and examine what a life of freedom looks like as a Spirit led Christian. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
In this episode we introduce our study on the Torah. We talk about our experiences with the Old Testament, what the Torah is, it’s purpose, what we learn about ourselves and God, and we close with the story of Noah. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
In today's episode we take a look at "The End is Coming" parables from Matthew 25:1-30. We'll see that while these stories are meant to shock us, they aren't meant to leave us afraid. Instead, they are meant to prepare us, so that when Jesus comes we are full of joy and confident faith and can look forward to His return with hope.
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In this episode we introduce the parables. We talk about what they are, what they are not, and how to read them. As an example we walk through The Parable Of The Good Samaritan from Luke 10. Learn more at www.pwilliamb.com
Today's episode is a study I led for my church on Psalm 139. Psalm 139 is a beautiful reflection on the attributes of God: His omniscience, omnipresence, omnipotence, and holiness. But, here's the thing about these attributes: They aren't just abstract qualities, but deeply personal and relational characteristics.
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All of us are striving for greatness. No one dreams of becoming a "meh" mechanic or unexceptional author. No one aspires to be an ok lawyer or ordinary astronaut. We are all looking for greatness.
And, Jesus dreams of greatness for you too. He has great aspirations for you.
But, what does greatness look like in God's kingdom? It looks like being a servant and slave to all. It looks like humility. It looks like a life of service and sacrifice. It looks like Jesus.
Jesus didn't come to this world to be served - but to serve, and to lay down His own life for His people. Jesus came to serve you by giving all of Himself so that you could be set free. That's greatness.
You are loved. Someone loves you. God loves you.
Love is crucial. None of us can live long without it. At the very least, life without love is not a life worth living. Praise God that He loves us.
And we are sure of that because of what He did on the cross. Jesus stretched out His arms to say, "I love you." You can be sure of God's love because He proved it - not with flowers or a card, but with a crucifixion and sacrifice. There is no doubt about it. You are loved. Someone loves you. God loves you.
John 2:13-22. Jesus walks into a very full temple in John 2. It was full of people. Full of tables. Full of money and coins. Full of animals and sacrifices. Full of pride, selfishness, and materialism.
And because the temple was so full, Jesus did what He needed to do. He emptied it.
We need Jesus to do to our lives what He did to that temple. We need to be emptied too - of our pride, of our selfishness, of all our sin.
But, Jesus doesn't want us to stay empty. No, He wants to fill us with all of His good gifts of love and grace, mercy and forgiveness, and of life!
Mark 8:27-38. We all have some misconceptions and misperceptions when it comes to Jesus. We think we know who He is and what He came to do. We expect Him to work on our time, give us what we want, and work in ways we want Him to. We all need to be re-orientated to who Jesus actually is and what Jesus actually came to to.
Jesus isn't always who we think He is - He is far, far greater. He is the savior we desperately need!