Ezra was in the good hand of God. Ezra responded to his privileged position by abiding in the Lord & chose to go God's work, God's way for God's Glory. Pastor Joe Heng preaches Ezra 8.
Life is full of reversals, twists & turns. Without God the Master Director, each reversal, twist & turn are like unfathomable random dots. However with God the Master Director joining each dots, they will eventually form a beautiful picture. This beautiful picture is God's redemptive work. It is much more beautiful than the salvation of the Jews in Esther 8. Let's discover together how Esther 8 adds to this beautiful picture of God's redemptive work. Pastor Joe Heng preaches.
The book of Amos recorded the prophesy of impending judgment that God will be bringing to Israel because Israel had failed the Plumb Line Test. In Amos 7, we catch a glimpse of the compassionate God & His prophet in action. At the same time, God also demonstrated that He is Just in bringing judgement upon a rebellious people. Justice is necessary because God is just. Mercy & grace are equally real because God acted in grace and mercy by sending Amos to warn the people of the impending judgement giving them a chance to repent. How then does God hold justice and mercy together? Pastor Joe Heng preaches from Amos 7.
Jesus, the Word and Creator, took on humanity to make the Father known. This Jesus was born on Christmas Day to bring us redemption.
Pastor Joe Heng preaches from Luke 13:10-46. What has the Kingdom of God got to do with us in the 20th Century. In Luke 13:10 to 14:1-6, Jesus confronted the religious leaders and the Jewish people on their understanding of what the Kingdom of God is like. In each encounters, they have to make a respond, enter into this Kingdom that Jesus is bringing through repentance and submitting or continue to work their way into the kingdom. Entering into the Kingdom of God Jesus is ushering in brings salvation & restoration. Continuing in work based entry will bring judgement.
We too are confronted in the way we will receive God's kingdom. God calls us to enter into His Kingdom through repentance and submission. We cannot work our way into God's kingdom.