Israel lost the Ark when they were conquered by Babylon. It has never been recovered, in twenty-six centuries. Why not? If it was so important for Israel to have the Ark in the first place, why has God allowed it to be lost? Why does God sometimes allow us to lose what is dear to us? Pastor Luke preaches from 2 Kings 25:8–17 in “Lost and Found,” the concluding message in his series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.” Continue reading “Lost and Found — The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 7”
King David’s life was filled with highs and lows. During one of the lowest points in his life, David was given the opportunity to try to force God to help him. He chose not to. Why? What can we learn from him? Pastor Luke looks at 2 Samuel 15:13–30 in “Uprising,” part 6 of his 7-part series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.” Continue reading “Uprising — The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 6”
How do you get square with God? The Philistines took the Ark of God from Israel, until God persuaded them to give it back. But is giving it back enough? We all know about things we did that can’t be fixed. If we can’t fix things here on earth, what chance do we have to get square with God? Pastor Luke preaches from 1 Samuel 6:1–12 in “Guilt Offering,” part 5 of his 7-part series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.” Continue reading “Guilt Offering — The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 5”
How big is God, if he’s too big to fit in a box? Christians confess a big God—the “maker of heaven and earth.” But sometimes we still imagine limits to how big God is, and especially, how wide God’s mercy extends. Pastor Luke teaches from 1 Samuel 5 in “Hot Potato,” part 4 of his 7-part series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.” Continue reading “Hot Potato – The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 4”
The Old Testament is filled with stories about how God used to do amazing miracles and wonders for the people of Israel. We may wonder why God doesn’t seem to do things like that today. But what if when we’re waiting for God to do wonders, it’s actually God who’s waiting for us? Pastor Luke looks at Joshua 3 in “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders,” the first message in a new series “The Saga of the Lost Ark.” Continue reading “Tomorrow the Lord Will Do Wonders — The Saga of the Lost Ark, Part 1”
How a church conducts its worship is one of the first things people notice. The church with an organ is easy to distinguish from one with the praise band and light show. Is the service liturgical or free-form? Do people raise their hands when they sing? Depending on what appeals to us, worship style makes it easier to like or dislike a church. But what does the Bible say about worship? If we don’t like the worship in a church, how much can we change it? Once, when David had just become king of Israel, everyone was singing and praising God, and a man died—because he tried to touch the Ark of the Covenant. What can we learn about our worship from that story? Pastor Luke looks at all these questions in “Decently and In Order,” part seven of his “Summer Blockbusters” series of messages. Text: 2 Samuel 6:1-13.