Messages about mercy


Divine Rescue – From Chaos to Peace

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: caring for one another, mercy, provision

Chaos is defined as complete disorder and confusion. As it was for Ruth, so it can be in Advent 2021. Consider the redeeming mystery and peace of of God triumphing over disorder and confusion and its application today.  Text: Ruth 2:1-23


How to cultivate gratitude

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: Faith, healing, mercy, thanksgiving

Who should be characterized most by gratitude? Luke shows us. On his way to Jerusalem, Jesus happens to stop in a village. There he encounters ten lepers. They crying out for mercy. Jesus responds with instructions to go initiate the steps of sacrificial cleansing. As they go, all ten are cured of the disease. One of them, only one out of ten, returns to say, “Thank you.” Who should give thanks? All who are cleansed, and restored to wellness should give thanks to God.  Text: Luke 17:11-19; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; 2 Corinthians 9:15


What favortism is and why it is wrong

Speaker: Al Stoltzfus
Topics: excellence, favortism, mercy, unity

Favoritism and her cronies nepotism and racism project a toxic vibe that has no place in a community of Christ followers. In Christ, all people are welcomed equally regardless of dress, social standing, race, color, history, and even family connections. James, the brother of Jesus, invites us to examine carefully how we view and treat one another. God chooses to show mercy over favoritism. We too ought to choose mercy over favoritism.  Text: James 2:1-13; Galatians 3:26-29


Setting an extra plate…blessed are the merciful

Speaker: Brian Martin
Topics: honor, mercy, servant

The word “mercy” was counter-cultural in Jesus’ day just as it is today. Consider why this core beatitude must sharply distinguish Jesus’ followers from those who follow anything else.  Text: Matthew 5:7; 9:9-13; 12:1-8


Training in Transition

Topics: Faithfulness, mercy, transition

Times of transition can challenge even strong believers to not lose their faith in God and His goodness. Samuel’s message to the Israelites, after they appointed Saul as king, has some rich reminders of how to navigate change. Text: 1 Samuel 12:6-25