Worship and Bible Study
Sermon: Escaping from Compassion
Text: Jonah 1:1-3
The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Suggested Devotional Reading for Tuesday, September 16:
Psalm 139:13-18 (click to read online)
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By The Rev. Dr. Paul A. Leggett
Sunday, September 14, 2014
Text: Matthew 9:35-38
Today is Compassion Sunday. In reality every Sunday should focus on compassion. The literal meaning of “compassion” is “with passion.” God is passionate. The most famous verse in the Bible tells us that God loves the world (John 3:16). God is a passionate lover. That love is fully revealed only in Jesus Christ. God in Christ loves and cares for the world, not the world in its sinful desires, but the world of nature and humanity created by God. God’s ultimate passion is to care for the world and to rid it of sin and suffering. This needs to be our passion as well.
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June 4, 2014
There is a conflict over the throne of Israel between Rehoboam, the son of Solomon and presumably the heir, and Jeroboam whom God has anointed in the place of Rehoboam because of his father Solomon’s apostasy. The kingdom divides between the ten northern tribes given to Jeroboam and the tribes of Judah and Benjamin which remain under Rehoboam. Yet all of Israel, including both kings, fall into apostasy and turn aside from the Lord. God’s promise to David is sorely tested here.