2019-02-24: The Minor Prophets — Nahum: The Wrath of God

Sermon Audio: Nahum: The Wrath of God
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Nahum
Duration: 18:41
Size: 8.96 MB

The Minor Prophets
Nahum: The Wrath of God
Nahum

The book of Nahum comes some one hundred years after the prophecy of Jonah.

It’s obvious that God has intended these messages to be heard by His people. God is consoling His people.

God is delaying sentencing, so that man will have a chance.

Life will always have its troubles and struggles, but circumstances don’t define our life.

It is certainly true that God loves the sinner but hates his sin, as we sometimes say. But that is only part of the story.

You cannot just preach the God of wrath without the God of love, but the wrath of God grows out of his love, is a manifestation of his love.

2019-02-17: The Minor Prophets — Micah: True Worship

Sermon Audio: Micah: True Worship
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Micah
Duration: 22:30
Size: 10.3 MB

The Minor Prophets
Micah: True Worship
Micah

We need to be deliberate in making time for God, to think about His Word, His workings in our lives, and His concerns.

They have all the outward forms, but their hearts were far from God.

God says, the best worship you can give Me is not the offering of the best calves or the most, thousands of ram, but to do what I have shown you.

If worship is an encounter with Christ, then it happens every day and everywhere.

The poor and needy are always on God’s radar screen. People are God’s concern.

If the Lord dwells in my heart, and is the Lord seated on the throne of my heart, then I am an agent of change for my world!

2019-02-10: The Minor Prophets — Jonah: Merciful God

Sermon Audio: Jonah: Merciful God
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Jonah
Duration: 22:34
Size: 11.0 MB

The Minor Prophets
Jonah: Merciful God
Jonah

God is eager to forgive. He is glad that people are given second chances.

Whether the prophet comprehends God’s mercy is left unknown.

God is the God of the second chances. In fact, God creates the second chances.

God is relentless in giving His people warnings and opportunities to repent.

The fact that the people of Nineveh are alive, that sinners are alive and well today, is because God is holding off His judgement through mercy.

Jesus came showing mercy and lives were changed.

We pray that our hearts will be filled with His love, so that His mercy and grace can flow, unhindered by our pride and prejudice.

2019-01-27: The Minor Prophets — Obadiah: The Pride of Your Heart

Sermon Audio: Obadiah: The Pride of Your Heart
Speaker: Pastor Val Watkins
Scripture Text: Obadiah
Duration: 21:26
Size: 10.2 MB

The Minor Prophets
Obadiah: The Pride of Your Heart
Obadiah

Obadiah reveals God’s stern words to Edom, a nation South of Judah.

The trouble with Esau and his descendants was pride. Obadiah states, “The pride of your heart has deceived you”.

We are self-sufficient when we think or feel that we’re in charge, and that our future is in our hands.

It is sometimes good for us to experience this sense of helplessness, because then we will know that we need God.

Their pride blinds them to the needs of their fellow brothers in Jerusalem.

We are taught by Jesus not to rejoice over the downfall of our enemies, but to love them and pray for those who persecute us.

It is clear from this passage that being apathetic is an issue to God.

Man is called to humble himself before Almighty God. There is hope for those who keep their trust in God.