Sermons by John Nuxoll
Doubt comes to all of us. And it comes especially hard in difficult times. It can have damaging effects on our relationships and our relationship with God. But could doubt be reigned in and used to help us endure and experience the goodness of God when hardship comes knocking?
Broken relationships can result in broken insides too. Can the same be true for someone’s relationship with God? If there was something to do to sustain it when circumstances are bad and the positive feelings are gone, what could we do? Psalm 130 may just hold the answer.
We are all confronted with change, and sometimes that change can be exciting—the offer of a new job, the news that we’re going to be parents. But with change comes the fear of the unfamiliar. What if the best possible offer of change was different than anything we ever knew? How could we overcome the fear of the unknown to receive a better life in the future and certain joy right now? The message of Easter may just hold that…
It’s easy to get stuck in a place where work, relationships and life no longer feel fulfilling. And it’s easy to imagine that getting out of those places is the only way to find fulfillment. But if God designed us to do good, is it possible that we can find find purpose in life even if our circumstances don’t change? How can we move toward our full potential under the promises of God? Jesus use of Isaiah 61 sheds some…
Life doesn’t always get easier. Sometimes difficult seasons don’t let up resulting in emotional, physical and spiritual weariness. When we’re stuck in the middle, battling exhaustion, what’s supposed to keep us from quitting? We aren’t the first to find ourselves on the edge. It turns out that during one of Israel’s most discouraging times, God offered a wonderful message to help get them through that just happens to be a powerful promise for us too.
Long seasons of personal difficulty can make it hard to believe that there is a God who cares for us. But Luke’s telling of the events leading up to Christmas told through common people in Luke 1:5-25 might just suggest that God’s good news isn’t just for the masses—it’s personal too.
Difficult times are inevitable, but personal tragedy, disappointment and disillusionment don’t have to derail us. Could we invest in something now that will enable us to endure the adversity that is to come? Is there something God has written into the script of life that will give us the support we need to stand when the ground is shaking all around us? Proverbs17:16-20 might just have the answer.
If prayer is a space that God has given us to enjoy him and find purpose to life, what happens when prayer doesn’t work? Is it possible that we who struggle with prayer might find a happiness in God that would bring life to our inner selves and to those around us? Is there something God wants us to know about ourselves that could free us from the mundane, strengthen our souls in the face of difficulties and bring gladness…
At one time or another, we all come face to face with a tragic loss. Whether it’s the loss of a job, the discovery of some disease or the suicide of a loved one, shock, confusion, anger and pain confront us in bewildering ways. Is it possible to experience real comfort when a tragedy leaves us feeling trapped and alone?
Respect, acceptance and appreciation are powerful forces. The prospect of a positive public opinion can motivate us to succeed. But it can also crush us when it’s not there. And it can push and pull us in all sorts of wrong directions. Join us as we search through Acts 5:12-42 to discover how we can navigate the push and pull of public opinion.
Conflict is one of the most normal human experiences. But is it possible that we can address conflict in ways that don’t end up breaking relationships as is so common? What did the first Christians have that enabled them to thrive as a community even when their members made hurtful mistakes? Luke sheds some light on that in Acts 6:1-7.
After a long season of disruption, normal sounds like a good thing. But what if our normal isn’t so good? Or what if normal misses the mark of the kind of satisfying life we were made for? The resurrection of Jesus was anything but normal for the first disciples who just happened to be the first skeptics too. It was a convention-defying invitation to be something different. Can it be that for us today too?