Natural disasters… global terrorism…national tensions…difficulties in our personal lives…What do we do when we face troubling times? The Hebrew prophet Habakkuk faced circumstances not altogether very different from us. In his troubling times, Habakkuk raises his voice to God and hears answers he does not expect. This weekend at Eastbrook Church we begin a five-part series, where we will grapple with faith, fear, trouble, injustice, and worship of all-powerful God through the words of the prophet Habakkuk.
May 30/31 – Crying Out when God Seems Absent (Habakkuk 1:1-4)
June 6/7 – Suffering and the Surprising Plans of God (Habakkuk 1:5-11)
June 13/14 – Talking with God When Pain Looms Large (Habakkuk 1:12-2:1)
June 20/21 – Faithfulness in a Confusing World (Habakkuk 2:2-21)
June 27/28 – Learning to Rejoice in the Lord (Habakkuk 3:1-19)
You can follow along with the series via our web-site, our Vimeo page, our Facebook page, or by downloading the Eastbrook Church app.
When I was a kid, one of my favorite type of books to read was the “choose your own adventure” type. There wasn’t really a story line because you had the option to make decisions in the midst of the book. When you came face to face with a monster on page 7, you could decide to either fight the oncoming monster (turn to page 22) or run away (turn to page 37). Many times, I found myself wanting to turn back the pages and begin again after a bad decision.
This past weekend at Eastbrook Church I continued our series “All I Want for Christmas” by looking at the new beginnings God gives us. In Isaiah 61:1-11, the prophet speaks about the hope of a Messiah to come who brings new beginnings.
You can view a video of the message and the accompanying outline below. You can listen to the message via our audio podcast here. You can also view all the messages from the “All I Want for Christmas” series here. Connect with us further at Eastbrook Church on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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In a recent posthumously published series of lectures, I came across this statement by Lesslie Newbigin on the resurrection. These words particularly leaped out to me in light of our recent journey through 1 Corinthians 15 at Eastbrook Church called “Resurrection Hope.”
Christ gives us the victory because He has broken the power of sin, and in breaking the power of sin, He has broken the power of death. Death is still a fact. In Adam all die. The barrier is still there. What we are assured of in Christ is that death is not the last word, but that God in His mercy is able out of the ruin of corruption and death of men and of man’s social institutions to raise up that perfect incorruptible society which is our true goal. It is the assurance that that goal is in the end to be reached – though we cannot reach it in a straight line by our own power. (Signs Amid the Rubble: The Purposes of God in Human History, p. 50)
What does it mean to live in light of Jesus’ victorious resurrection? What future hope does it bring to us? How should it shape our lives now?
These are the sort of questions we delved into this weekend at Eastbrook Church in my message, “Resurrection Victory,” This was the fifth and final weekend in our series entitled “Resurrection Hope” that draws from Paul’s words on the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15.
The outline and video file for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. You can now access all the messages from the “Resurrection Hope” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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What does the resurrection of Jesus have to do with our physical bodies?
I addressed just this sort of question in my message this past weekend, “Resurrection Bodies,” at Eastbrook Church. This was the fourth part in our series entitled “Resurrection Hope” that draws from Paul’s words on the resurrection in 1 Corinthians 15.
The outline and video file for the message is below. You can view the message online here or listen to it via our audio podcast here. You can now access all the messages from the “Chiseled” series here. You can also visit Eastbrook Church on Vimeo, Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
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