Search ResultsAudio Commentary for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost: God's Unexpected Providence This podcast for preachers explores themes around God's unexpected providence, examining texts for the 14th Sunday after Pentecost (Genesis 45:1-15; Isaiah 56:1, 6-8; Matthew 15:10-28; Romans 11:1-2). History of Hymns: “Amazing Grace” (Part 1) C. Michael Hawn offers background and commentary on the 1779 iconic and universally sung hymn by John Newton (1725-1807): "Amazing Grace." Part 1 of 2 focuses on the hymn as a whole and stanza 1. History of Hymns: “Let All Things Now Living” Michael Hawn discusses the hymn "Let All Things Now Living" by Katherine K. Davis, sung to the Welsh folk tune THE ASH GROVE. It speaks of all creation joining with humanity in praise to God. 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).... 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. 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. Offertory Prayers and Invitation This is a series of four Offertory Prayers by Ken Sloane, based on Ephesians 4:1-16, 25-32, 5:1-2, 15-20, and 6:10-20. Included is an Invitation to the Offering and a digital image. 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. 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. 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. 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. Full Text Hymns on Providence Great Is Thy FaithfulnessPD
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See more hymns... 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. 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. History of Hymns: “He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought” This offers background and commentary on the 1862 beloved hymn by Joseph Gilmore (1834-1918): "He Leadeth Me: O Blessed Thought." 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. 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. 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.... 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. Vehicle for God's Work A sermon starter on 1 Samuel 1:4-20 by Scott E. Hoezee, who sees in Hannah an example that even ordinary lives and bitter situations can become vehicles providence and salvation.