Articles tagged with: evil

A Tale of Two Kings

April 29, 2018 | Josh McPherson | Esther

In the godless book of Esther, a clear portrait emerges of two super-power Kings. The first king, King Xerxes, is the most powerful man on the planet, overseeing an empire the size of which has never before been seen in the history of the world. Babylon? Captured. Egypt? Overthrown. Greeks? Next on the hit list. His opulence, wealth, and power are unmatched, demonstrated in a 6-month party for 15,000 world leaders full of lavish food, drink, women, and debauchery. All is going well until a royal family disturbance spirals into a national crisis, and the buffoonery of human power gets put on full display. And that's just the beginning of the story...

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A Tale of Two Destinies

A Tale of Two Destinies

June 10, 2018 | Josh McPherson | Esther

Nothing is more fundamental to the human experience than asking the question “Who am I?” How you answer this question not only says everything about you, but also tells you where you’re going in your future. Your identity shapes your destiny. And nothing impacts your day to day life more than your identity. So what is it, where does it come from, and how can you know the source of it? In this powerfully practical sermon, Pastor Josh looks at a case study of two identities in the life of Esther and Haman from Esther chapter 5 that leads us all to face the question “Who or what is defining you?”

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The Paradox of Providence

November 09, 2014 | Josh McPherson

The climactic scene of the Joseph story delivers the narrative punchline: "What man intended for evil, God intended for good." But what does that actually mean? Is God the author & originator of evil? Or does God just respond to evil perfectly, even as he deals with causes outside his control? Do our choices even matter if God is truly sovereign? How can man be held responsible and accountable if God has already ordained everything that happens? How does believing in God's sovereignty comfort us but not breed a fatalistic worldview? In the story of Joseph, three biblical paradox's emerge that answer humanity's most pressing questions on one of the most deeply profound doctrines... The doctrine of God's providence.

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The Problem of Evil

November 23, 2014 | Josh McPherson

One of the most seemingly formidable arguments against the existence of God is the reality of evil and suffering. But what if the existence of suffering actually proves the existence of God? In this sermon, Pastor Josh gives eight lines of reasoning for the atheist to consider before making the confident assertion that evil proves the non-existence of God.

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Suffering in Light of Eternity

November 30, 2014 | Josh McPherson

The ultimate hope for every Christian is this: It is by living in light of eternity that we are able to endure our present sufferings.

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How to Not Be Opposed by God: A Tale of Two Choices

How to Not Be Opposed by God: A Tale of Two Choices

June 24, 2018 | Josh McPherson | Esther

What choices lead to not being opposed by God, and how do we make them? How big of a deal is pride and humility in our every day life? How can we know that God is for us, not against us? The stakes could not be higher in this pivotal story in Esther...a King’s sleepless night, a kaniving narcissist’s plot, and a humorous yet devastating surprise twist combined for a powerful lesson in the dangers of pride and the beauty of humility in this power-packed story of life and death in every-day choices.

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