Grief is an inevitable part of our lives; it’s the evidence of how significant a loss is to us. When loss comes, how should we process our grief? What does the Bible say about grieving? In this final sermon in our series, Pastor McCarthy provides us with several key steps we can implement when we … [Read More…] Grieving Loss
Life isn’t always linear; pain, sorrows, and suffering can move the direction of our lives away from our preferred path. Yet during these setbacks, it’s important to remember that our lives are a tapestry that will one day be fulfilled in its entirety and God’s ultimate plan will be revealed to us. Like Joseph’s story, … [Read More…] Jacob, Joseph, and Jesus
It’s often difficult to understand the reasons behind our trials. How should we process our experiences during these difficult times? Joseph’s life story is one of great suffering and trials, but also one of great sovereignty under the faithful, loving, guiding hand of God. In the midst of our struggles, we should be rooted in … [Read More…] God’s Sovereignty in the Midst of Suffering
How we think about death affects how we live our daily lives. For the Christian, the death and resurrection of Jesus is the central message of our faith, the foundation upon which all else rests. But how do we know that Jesus really defeated death, and what does that mean for us on a daily … [Read More…] How Did Jesus Defeat Death?
What happens after we die? Scripture encourages us to take seriously the question of death and the afterlife. In this passage, we learn that our eternal destiny is determined by our life’s choices, actions, and belief during this short life. There are no second chances; when our life ends we will either be with God … [Read More…] What Happens After You Die?
What is the evidence of true repentance? In this passage, we see Judah’s heart repent from his sin against Joseph. It’s not enough to be sorry or simply express regret; genuine repentance is a complete change of heart that acknowledges sin and sets off on a new path. We all have things in our lives … [Read More…] Portrait of Repentance
Do people really change? In this passage, we find Joseph wondering if his older brothers have really changed from their past sinful behavior towards him. Through their story, we learn to sport four signs of true life change: changed people take full responsibility, demonstrate radical trust, see a different perspective, and show true repentance. Are … [Read More…] True Change
Thinking about the inevitability of death should cause us to think about our life: how are we prioritizing our lives in light of this? Death is not just the physical consequences of sin, it also affects three critical relationships: with others, with creation, and with God. The one opportunity to conquer spiritual death and fix … [Read More…] Where Does Death Come From?