• Breaking New Ground: A Transforming Response, Week 5, Acts 10:44-48, June 16, 2024

    17 GIU 2024 · When God calls His servants into a challenging mission, He does not abandon them.  His Spirit remains present, to ensure results that human efforts by themselves cannot produce.
    20 min. 46 sec.
  • Breaking New Ground: A Jesus-Centered Message, Week 4, Acts 10:34-43, June 9, 2024

    10 GIU 2024 · History too often records conflict and tragedy when diverse religious traditions try to share the same space at the same time.  If the new community of Jesus is truly to bring these traditions together, then the main thing must remain the main thing.
    26 min. 39 sec.
  • Breaking New Ground: A Changed Person, Week 3, Acts 10:24-23, June 2, 2024

    3 GIU 2024 · For God to change a community, He begins by changing people.  Peter’s relationship with Jesus redefines his identity, and, as this relationship grows deeper, it changes his reason for living.  His experience of Jesus can inspire us to reconsider who defines us and what inspires our purpose.
    22 min. 15 sec.
  • Breaking New Ground: A Spiritual Calling, Week 2, Acts 10:17-23, May 26, 2024

    27 MAG 2024 · God’s new directions are not self-evident.  He must inspire people spiritually to work outside of their comfort zones.  In this story from the early church, He stretches the boundaries of His people by calling His servants into new levels of service.
    22 min. 57 sec.
  • Breaking New Ground: Two Compelling Visions, Week 1, Acts 10:1-16, May 19, 2024

    20 MAG 2024 · Good visions must provide a compelling reason for change.  Through two powerful visions to two different men, God forges a new path forward for those who choose to follow Jesus.
    23 min.
  • Why Bother: A Better Life?, Week 6, Ecclesiastes 3:18-22, May 12, 2024

    13 MAG 2024 · For centuries, many thinkers and educators have sought to convince us that we are nothing more than evolutionary accidents, biological and chemical organisms sharing a planet with other organisms more or less like us.  In this closed system, we struggle to find a meaningful life.  Faith helps us to see that we as humans do have a purpose beyond our biology and chemistry.
    24 min. 3 sec.
  • Why Bother: A Better World?, Week 5, Ecclesiastes 3:16-17, May 5, 2024

    6 MAG 2024 · History records multiple attempts to confront and overcome injustice.  Some stories are more encouraging than others.  Those engaged in such efforts are often called to make extraordinary sacrifices for their cause.  Were their sacrifices worth the effort?  Faith provides a perspective that inspires us never to give up our fight against injustice and oppression, even when it seems that our efforts are in vain.
    23 min. 23 sec.
  • Why Bother: A Better Time?, Week 4, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, Apr 28, 2024

    29 APR 2024 · In 1965, the Byrds made these few verses of Ecclesiastes famous in a song that reached number one in America on the Billboard Hot 100.   In those days of change and chaos, people found comfort in this reminder, that “There is a time for everything under the sun.”  Faith gives us this stable point of view as we face our own tumultuous times
    22 min. 44 sec.
  • Why Bother: Nothing Accomplished under the Sun?, Week 3, Ecclesiastes 2:17-20, Apr 21, 2024

    22 APR 2024 · What is the point of our work?  What are we trying to achieve?  How do we know when we have succeeded?  Faith enables us to define success in realistic ways, not just in the future, but every day of our lives. 
    23 min. 9 sec.
  • Why Bother: Nothing Gained under the Sun? Week 2, Ecclesiastes 2:10-11, Apr 14, 2024

    15 APR 2024 · As biological creatures, we naturally strive both to avoid pain and maximize pleasure.  However, does this biological pursuit make us truly human?  Does it satisfy our deepest desires as human beings? Faith provides a way forward when pleasure is not enough, and pain is too much.
    23 min. 25 sec.
Weekly reflections on the scriptures from our Worship Services at Roser Church, Anna Maria, Florida.
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