Two Kinds of Remembering

We’ve discovered in our recent sermon series on the book of Ruth that Naomi suffered great loss and was in a state of despair upon her return to Bethlehem: “Don’t call me Naomi,” she told them. “Call me Mara, because the Almighty has made my life very bitter.” (Ruth 1:20) But we’ve seen that God is with Naomi in her…

Refugee Crisis: How Can We Respond?

Boaz replied, “I’ve been told all about what you have done for your mother-in-law since the death of your husband—how you left your father and mother and your homeland and came to live with a people you did not know before. May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly…

Love Without Exits

As we journey together through the book of Ruth, we’re considering how the Gospel is made known through this woman’s story. Ruth is a book about God’s hesed love – his unstoppable, never-changing, always & forver love. Yet, this love is displayed in the context of pain and suffering. This is seen in the three main characters in the story: Ruth,…

Beauty in Brokenness

In our recent series in Ruth, we’ve discovered that God’s hesed love promises that suffering will not only be “made up for” but will be more beautiful for having once been lost. This concept is picked up in the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery: “But we have this treasure in jars of clay to…

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