Darlene Diebler Rose, a missionary, experienced unexpected imprisonment in a labor camp in Papua New Guinea. There she was forced to do hard labor and went through severe physical languish - and her husband died in the meantime. Yet she was deeply unwavering in her faith and joy, and she said she would "do it all again" for her Savior. How could she have that kind of attitude in the light of all her suffering? In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through 1 Pet. 1:6-9, where we see how Christians can have true joy in severe trials. Discover what true joy is - and how to strive for it even in the middle of pain and suffering.
Sound Words is the media ministry of Indian Hills Community Church in Lincoln, Nebraska. Each week on Sound Words, Pastor-Teacher Jesse Randolph teaches verse by verse through the Bible. Pastor Jesse graduated from The Master’s Seminary in the tradition of Dr. John MacArthur on Grace To You. Their desire is for listeners to be fed, encouraged and challenged by the timeless truths of Scripture.
Jonah is the prophet of unpredictability. First he did the opposite of what God told him to do. Then he finally did what God said and saw amazing results - but we see in this sermon that he is actually miserable over those results. Here Pastor Jesse walks us through Jonah 4:1-5, showing us a prophet who is petulant, sulking, and critical of the God who abounds in grace and loving-kindness. Discover the merciful and compassionate character of God, and be reminded NOT to act like Jonah in response to Him.
Family worship is more than a series of boxes to check off. It's a family conducted in a way that seeks to be well-pleasing to the Lord. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through Col. 3:20-21, showing us what it looks like to be children and parents that seek to honor the Lord. Discover the vital importance of obedience for children - and tangible examples of what it means for parents (especially fathers) not to 'exasperate' their children.
John and Mary Wesley are a tragic example of a prominent Christian marriage gone sour. We can see this souring in John's letters that reveal cruel and harsh words toward his wife. In contrast, Martin and Katharina Luther's relationship shows how a Christian marriage can thrive, Martin showering Katharina with words of affection and both of them demonstrating a mutual love. These relationships are examples of how a husband's love must be more than mere words. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse unpacks Col. 3:19, showing us what it means for husbands to love their wives and not be embittered against them. Discover how the husband's love for his wife is to be continuous and sacrificial, a picture of Christ Himself - and grow in your own marriage and love for the Lord.
The Word of God can bring repentance for anyone. That's what we see in Jonah 3:6-10. In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through the aftermath of Jonah's faithful preaching to the godless people of Nineveh - preaching which brought forth repentance. Discover who God is as you hear about His mercy to repentant sinners, and be humbled to know Him more, and to make Him known.
What would you do after being rescued from the belly of a giant fish? In this sermon, Pastor Jesse walks us through Jonah 3:1-5, where we see God's recommissioning of Jonah to preach to the pagan city Nineveh. And we see how this time, Jonah obeys. Discover Jonah's uncharacteristic faithfulness to simply preach God's message, and the surprising response he received - and be encouraged to exhibit that kind of faithfulness in your own walk with Christ.