The following quote comes from Bonhoeffer’s sermon on the first Sunday of Advent in 1935 as Hitler’s power in Germany was increasing. Keep Bonhoeffer’s context in mind as you read this excerpt from this Advent sermon based out of Revelation 14:6-13.
How should Christians think about Hanukkah? This is a short overview of what Hanukkah is and how Christians can think about and interact with Hanukkah.
If you are tempted to quit praying, don’t. Christians have become children of God through faith. We do not pray I order to persuade or manipulate God to do what we want. No. We pray as children making our requests known to our Father in Heaven, trusting in his good judgement and timing.
Why do Christians obey the Old Testament’s laws about sexuality but still eat shellfish? The reason why is found by understanding the different types of laws in the Old Testament and the nature of human sexuality.
Why does God allow us to suffer? This is a question has led many to abandon their faith and turn to atheism. Terrible things happen to some really wonderful people, and it doesn’t always make sense. So how can we continue to live by faith and trust in God?
Do false teachers concern you? Do you ask theological questions about the books you read, music you listen to, shows you watch, or teachers you learn from?
When school shootings and violence become normal, how should Christians and the Church respond? Are “thoughts and prayers” enough, or do they lead us to action?
What is the armor of God and how should Christians put it on? The armor of God equips the Christians to live in light of the gospel for the glory of God.
Mary and Joseph were poor. God entrusted this poor but godly family to raise the Son of God. Their simple obedience was of greater value than anything else.
Christians are able to remember the message of Hanukkah as a reminder of both God’s provision and as a call for our faithfulness to God.