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Providence and the Fine Tuning of the Universe Zechariah Ellis' article encourages incorporating scientific theories like the anthropic principle which denotes the surprisingly precise conditions that allow the universe and life to exist, in sermons about God's providence in creation (Genesis 1, Romans 8).... Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: Fuller Plpit Author: Zachariah Ellis Faithful Obedience and God's Providence Waiting for God's timing is difficult, especially when it feels like everything is falling apart. In this podcast, Scott Hoezee and David Bast share the continuing saga of Ruth, a story which demonstrates God's providence. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee Work, Calling, and God's Providence Join the conversation in this video as they discuss the relationship between our work and our calling and ultimately show us what this has to do with God’s providence for his world. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Groundwork Author: Scott Hoezee The Providence of God and the Cross of Christ In this article Daniel Garland discusses how Jesus' crucifixion fits into the providence of God, drawing especially on Thomas Aquinas. In love Jesus freely accepted his mission of sacrificing himself for the salvation of humankind. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Daniel M. Garland, Jr. The Loving Hand of God’s Providence This devotional on Mark 10:2-16 focuses on God's loving providence, and submitting our lives to God guidance and care. The devotional includes personal prayers, commentary and application. Resource type: Devotional Source: ePriest Author: Barry O’Toole Helping Providence Along Reflecting on the story of Ruth in the Hebrew Bible, Scott Hoezee offers a word on the role of human obedience and action within God's sovereign providence. Resource type: Article Source: The Twelve Author: Scott Hoezee God's Providence In this essay, Peter Trahan wrestles with the problem of evil in light of God's providence. Evil exists, he argues, because preventing it would violate humanity's free will. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Peter Trahan Providence and Purpose Fred Gaiser's commentary on Isaiah 45:1-7 helps us navigate the tricky business of talking about God in the face of suffering. Suffering and human agency can be affirmed without losing sight of God's providence. Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Fred Gaiser God’s Loving Providence How can we understand the loving providence of God in the midst of suffering? Brent Withers explores this idea and provides his answer to this ever-present, difficult question. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Brent Withers A Sweet and Bitter Providence An album by the band The Joy Eternal which, as band members explain in a video, explores the reality of suffering in life and the possibility of finding hope in God's providence even in dark times. Resource type: Song/Hymn Source: Global Worship Providence and the Conspiracy of Accidents Reflecting on John 10:11-18, Ron Rolheiser says that God does not cause bad things to happen, but God speaks through chance events, and it is important to read the "signs of the times" (Matthew 16:3). Resource type: Article Source: The Sunday Website Author: Ron Rolheiser God's Providence In Life Reflecting on how God reaches Pilate through his wife's dream, this audio sermon by George W. Truett on Matthew 27:19 demonstrates God's providence in attempting to help Pilate make a righteous judgment. Resource type: Sermon (Complete) Source: Baylor University Libraries Digital Sermon Collections Author: George W Truett Full Text Hymns on Providence Great Is Thy FaithfulnessPD
Be Still, My SoulPD
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Providence in the Book of Ruth The narrator of Ruth knows how the story will end, whereas Naomi’s theological proclamations unfold in concert with her experiences; does hindsight change our understanding of God’s activity? Cameron Howard reflects on preaching Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17.... Resource type: Commentary/Exegesis Source: Working Preacher - Preach This Week Author: Cameron B.R. Howard John Piper on the Providence of God In this sermon illustration on God's providence, John Piper says, "[God] is plotting the course and managing the troubles with far-reaching purposes for our good and for the glory of Jesus Christ." Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: John Piper The Divine Call Providence is often best recognized in retrospect. Only in looking back do we see how things fit together and we are astounded at what God was doing even when we were so very unaware of it. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Center for Excellence in Preaching Author: Scott Hoezee Chosen by Providence In this sermon illustration relating to 1 Samuel 3:4, Matthew 25:34, or Luke 1:43, the circumstances behind how humanitarian Albert Schweitzer came to discover his individual calling demonstrates how providence directs believers towards God's plans. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Dan Betzer Providence John Kavanaugh proposes that those who are most courageous in this life are those who take seriously Jesus’ words in Matthew 10:28 about fearing only the one who can destroy both soul and body. Resource type: Sermon Starter/Outline Source: The Sunday Website Author: John F. Kavanaugh Father de Caussade and the Abandonment to Divine Providence In this article, Fr. Jeffrey Kirby explores the wisdom of Jean Pierre de Caussade, a Jesuit who taught the idea surrendering to God's providence as a way to bring peace in a busy world. Resource type: Article Source: Homiletic and Pastoral Review Author: Fr. Jeffrey Kirby Figuring Out Providence In Vance Havner's illustration, a child's pondering why ice cream doesn't have as many vitamins as spinach shows how God's providence is not something humans can figure out. Resource type: Sermon Illustration Source: Preaching Today Author: Vance Havner God's Unexpected Providence This podcast for preachers explores themes around God's unexpected providence, examining Genesis 45:1-15; Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Matthew 15:10-28; and Romans 11:1-2. Resource type: Audio/Video Source: Working Preacher Author: Karoline M. Lewis
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