Like many other churches, this past weekend at Eastbrook we had to make a major shift in our gathering due to the concerns related to COVID-19 and coronavirus. This was accentuated by the declaration of a public health emergency in our state, and the recommendation that groups over 250 no longer meet. We switched to online service for this past weekend, but still continued our series on the message of the minor prophets, “God in the Ruins,” by looking at the prophet Habakkuk.
Habakkuk is one of the 7th century BC prophets in the Hebrew Bible, ministering near the time of Nahum, Zephaniah, and Jeremiah. Habakkuk’s prophetic message is gathered into book form in the following structure:
- Habakkuk’s first complaint and God’s answer (1:1-11)
- Habakkuk’s second complaint and God’s answer (1:12-2:20)
- a final prayer of trust and worship (3:1-19)
You can view the message from this past weekend and follow along with the message outline below. You can also engage with the entire series on the minor prophets here or download the Eastbrook mobile app for even more opportunities to connect.
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This past weekend, I continued our series “God in the Ruins: The Message of the Minor Prophets” at Eastbrook Church by looking at the prophet Habakkuk. You can watch the message here.
I also wanted to share a five-week series I did on the book of Habakkuk in 2015 entitled “Turning to God in Troubling Times.” Each of these messages dives into topics of fear, faith, trouble, worship, and what it looks like to be a person of God in the midst of distress. I am loading the video links for each message of this series below.
Part 1 – Crying Out When God Seems Absent
Part 2 – Suffering and the Surprising Plans of God
Part 3 – Talking with God When Pain Looms Large
Part 4 – Faithfulness in a Confusing World
Part 5 – Singing the Songs of God’s Salvation
LORD God, you are our refuge and strength,
an ever-present help in times of trouble.
In these days, we are deeply aware
of just how greatly we need Your help.
We see the pestilence that stalks at night
and the plague that destroys at midday.
Like Habakkuk, we say to you,
“How long, Lord, must we call for help?”
Be our refuge in the gathering trouble;
be our strength amidst feeble bodies.
Teach us to dwell in the shelter of Your presence,
and to rest in the shadow of Your might.
And even if the fig tree does not bud
and there are no grapes on the vine,
grant us, God our Savior, great joy in You
as we tread upon the heights by Your power at work within us.
All this we pray, through Jesus Christ,
to whom, with You and the Holy Spirit
be all honor and glory, now and forever.
This weekend at Eastbrook Church we began a new preaching series entitled “God in the Ruins: The Message of the Minor Prophets.”
At the end of the Hebrew Bible, our Old Testament, we find a collection of twelve small, yet powerful, books known as the Minor Prophets or “the Book of the Twelve.” The title “minor” refers to their length, and not to their significance, as each of these short books brings a powerful word from God to His people that challenges the status quo. As we walk through this entire collection, we will seek to hear God’s message to us today.
This series will eventually coincide with our Lenten journey to the Cross and Resurrection, with a devotional (more info to follow). Join us as we take a journey into the heart of God through this unique portion of the Scriptures.
This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, we kicked-off our annual MissionsFest with special guest, Dr. Paul “Bobby” Gupta from Hindustan Bible Institute. Dr. Gupta’s message engaged with our theme verse from Habakkuk 2:14:
For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord
as the waters cover the sea.
He also leaned upon two other verses within Habakkuk (1:5 and 2:4) to paint a picture of God’s call to entirely follow God into the new things He is asking of us even as the world around us changes. The message was largely a call for the church to be a disciple-making community in every way.
You can view the message video below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
This past weekend at Eastbrook Church, I had the privilege of continuing our “Great Prayers of the Bible” series by co-preaching with my wife, Kelly. This weekend’s message explores the prayer of Habakkuk during the impending judgment and exile of the people of God. With our attention on chapter 3, Kelly and I developed our message around the following idea: in difficult times, the one who trusts in the Living God will live and flourish.
You can view the message video and an expanded sermon outline below. You can follow the entire series at our web-site, through the Eastbrook app, or through our audio podcast.
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