Sermons

April 16, 2017

Mary Magdalene at the Tomb

Your Wounds and Broken Beauty

Dr. Tommy Simons

1 Corinthians 15: 16-19

16 For if the dead are not raised, not even Christ has been raised; 17 and if Christ has not been raised, your faith is worthless; you are still in your sins. 18 Then those also who have fallen asleep in Christ have perished. 19 If we have hoped in Christ in this life only, we are of all men most to be pitied.

March 26, 2017

Rembrandt – Saint Paul in Prison (1627)

 

Saints and Broken Beauty: Utterly, Unbearably Crushed

Dr. Tommy Simons

But what I love about the book is how Dr. Hunt concludes his journey.  Listen to his words and listen to moments of brokenness that are transcribed along words of hope.  Dr. Hunt says, “My journey into the red letters of Jesus was my great desperate attempt to find this light, and the only place I had hope finding it.  When I opened the Bible each morning I was a blackbird singing in the dead of night with the broken wings of a wounded follower and the sunken eyes of a blind believer.  To sing a song, any song, in the dead of night is to defy what the evidence suggests.  To talk to God when God seems absent is the foolishness of God’s kind of faith.  To keep believing, to keep trying, to refuse to give up even when you fear God has given up on you, that is the blackbird singing in the dead of night.”

March 19, 2017

 

Your Story and Broken Beauty

Dr. Tommy Simons

Martin Luther King said this: “The end of life is not to be happy and avoid pain.  It is to do the will of God, come what may.”  Friends, think about your story.  Think about your brokenness.  There is a broken beauty to your story.  Warts and all.  Pain and all.  And, like Paul, we will embrace our stories and we will put our hand to the plow and not look back.  It is part of who you are to keep on keeping on.  Embrace your story.  Embrace your broken beauty giving all glory to the one who was broken for us, Christ Jesus, our Lord.  Broken to give us strength to carry on from our brokenness.  And not only that, our brokenness, in the end, will give glory to Jesus Christ.

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