Advent: Hope

December 2, 2018
In Matthew 2:1-12 we will see how different people received the news of God's coming to earth as an indication of how they waited when God was silent. They serve…
The author's summary of Ecclesiastes, to fear God and keep his commandments, may seem a bleak and hard truth but Jesus feared God and kept His commandments. We follow Jesus…
The teachers final meditation reaches something of a conclusion, which the narrator affirms: in the face of life’s absurdities we have no choice but to leap into the arms of…
The Teacher has assessed the absurdity of life as a bizarre alchemy of unquenchable desire, utterly unpredictable circumstances followed by certain death. As he concludes with some recommendations on how…
The Teacher has already made it clear that human wisdom is no pathway to immortality, meaning or even comprehensive understanding of our world. But he can't the shake the notion…
The Teacher is drawing near the end of his reflections and is prepared to start drawing some conclusions about life. And the first one is this: just being alive isn’t…
The Teacher has already ruled out wealth as a viable purpose for living; it’s too fleeting, too unreliable and utterly incapable of dealing with the specter of death looming over…
After spelling out the absurdity of life (in the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom and success) and outlining the sources of it (death’s two faces: time and evil). The Teacher begins…
As Jesus sends his disciples, he tells them that they follow his example of mission, that they are empowered by the Holy Spirit, and that they bring a tangible expression…
The Teacher bluntly states everything we accomplish in this world and every relationship we establish over the course of our lives ultimately vanishes into nothing once we die. But the…
As the Teacher reflects on the nature of time he turns to consider the reality of judgment - that there is a time to assess all of time. But this…
After detailing the various fantasies that drive our search for meaning - like the idea that the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom or work could fulfill it - The Teacher begins…
Neither a life aimed at pleasure or one aimed at wisdom can bear the weight of the human search for meaning - so says the Teacher. But what about our…
If there is one front runner for meaning “under the sun” in the mind of The Teacher, it’s wisdom. He notices that not only is wisdom required to pursue the…
After the stark introduction, The Teacher begins to prove his thesis that life is absurd. The first option that presents itself as a candidate for meaning is simple pleasure -…

Introducing the Teacher, his teaching and the tension he says describes all of life, the first few verses of Ecclesiastes is the voice of a narrator surveying the existential train…
In the book of Ezekiel, God describes a life giving river flowing from the temple. The temple, embodied first in Christ and now in the church, is the means by…
Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10-20 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The mission of the church is simply to see that love permeate every relationship, especially the household, to show the world the same love God demonstrated in Christ. For the author of Ephesians this amounts to a kind of war. The kingdom of God is a regime of love existing in a world ruled by power. Participants in the world to come will face subtle and time honored tactics to trick them into investing their energy in those self-determined, controlling ways which are passing away. The war of the lamb is fought with the power of subversive love, undermining such powers with lives like Jesus. If we are to endure, we will require shrewd identification of the enemy, effective protection against their assault and constant communication with headquarters.
Bible Text: Ephesians 6:10-20 | Preacher: Sharad Yadav | Series: Eastertide 2018 The mission of the church is simply to see that love permeate every relationship, especially the household, to show the world the same love God demonstrated in Christ. For the author of Ephesians this amounts to a kind of war. The kingdom of God is a regime of love existing in a world ruled by power. Participants in the world to come will face subtle and time honored tactics to trick them into investing their energy in those self-determined, controlling ways which are passing away. The war of the lamb is fought with the power of subversive love, undermining such powers with lives like Jesus. If we are to endure, we will require shrewd identification of the enemy, effective protection against their assault and constant communication with headquarters.