Moody Church Hour

Pastor Philip Miller

Empty Stomachs, Empty Arms (Famines, Deserts, and Other Hard Places)

April 21, 2013

Imagine being Naomi or Ruth. You’re going through incredible personal loss in the midst of a famine. That may be all we see, but God is working during such times. And in the four short chapters of the book of Ruth, we see God moving forward with His plan of redemption. 

By the end of the book, we find out that Boaz and Ruth are the great-grandparents of King David. Fast forward to the first chapter of the book of Matthew and we see that Boaz and Ruth are in the genealogy of Jesus.

Even in our darkest days, God is still there, and He’s still in control.

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Where do you turn when hardship hits? Do you trust God to see you through those tough times? Abram (Abraham) was in the will of God when famine hit the land. He went to Egypt, told a lie about his wife, and the ramifications are still felt today.  Isaac, faced with the same situation, stayed where God wanted him. And in the midst of the famine, Isaac harvested a hundredfold that season. God is able to provide for us in the middle of a hardship. But do we trust Him to do so?
April 14, 2013
Is the United States under God’s judgment? As we look at the rise of secularism, apostasy, and moral corruption, we shouldn’t be surprised if God has said, “Enough is enough,” and is taking us, as a nation, to a place we’ve never been before.  In this message, Pastor Lutzer compares the judgments—moral, economic, and religious—in the book of Jeremiah to what is happening in the U.S. today. He reminds us that we were born in this day and age to prove God’s faithfulness in the midst of a nation that is under judgment.
April 7, 2013
Death is inevitable. All of us must pass through this gateway into the life to come. Death has been called the last enemy, and only one man has ever conquered this fearful foe. Today: a celebration of the resurrection of Jesus.   
March 31, 2013
The place is very, very old. Olive trees date back over a thousand years. Situated on the slopes of the Mount of Olives, it overlooks the ancient city of Jerusalem. You can visit this place today, and it looks much the same now as when Jesus was there thousands of years ago. The place is Gethsemane.  
March 24, 2013
Think of living in a hotbed of terrorism. Americans remember the fear they felt in the aftermath of 9-11—a feeling that can be very real and very debilitating. Today’s fear is one of an uncertain economy and the possibility of job loss. How should Christians face the days that lie before us? On today’s program, hear a ringing call to rely on God, no matter what comes our way.  
March 17, 2013
If the Lord brought a revival of repentance to a city, most people would rejoice. But not Jonah. He felt double-crossed. God withheld the judgment Jonah had prophesied against Nineveh. Today: God teaches a lesson to a man who still rebelled even after surviving a fish’s belly.  
March 10, 2013
Some believers will only obey God after He teaches them a lesson the hard way. Jonah finallywent to Nineveh, a little the worse for wear after three days inside a fish. Even then, theprophet of God was not happy that wicked Ninevites might repent. Today: part three in the sagaof an unwilling servant of God.
March 3, 2013
There’s an old saying, “there are no atheists in foxholes.” Another place without atheists is in the belly of a great fish—as the prophet Jonah can attest to. Jonah found himself in a really tight place, and here he prayed like he’d never prayed before.  
February 24, 2013
Mules are known as stubborn creatures, but none of God’s creations is as stubborn as mankind. Amazingly, even redeemed men and women try to resist His will for their lives. Today, we’ll meet a prophet of God who was more stubborn than any mule.  
February 17, 2013
There are few things that can burden the soul like suffering from an illness that never seems to improve. You cry out to God, and when the healing doesn’t come, a sense of deep disappointment sets in. It’s at this point that many Christians resolve to never pray again, asking, “what’s the use?” Behind the disappointment, God does have a plan.
February 10, 2013
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This Sunday morning program provides a meaningful worship service for those far from God or unable to attend a local church. With insightful teaching from Pastor Philip Miller and joyous congregational worship, you’re invited to join Jesus on the journey of a lifetime.

 

About Pastor Philip Miller

Philip Miller is the 17th Senior Pastor of The Moody Church. Philip holds a B.A in Pre-Seminary Bible from Cedarville University (’04) and a Th.M. in Pastoral Leadership and New Testament Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary (’10). His wife, Krista, also holds an Th.M. degree from DTS. They have four children: Claire, Violet, Cora, and Jude.

Philip is a visionary leader with over twelve years of ministry experience, including three at Christ Community Church in the western Chicago suburbs and nearly seven as Senior Pastor at Westwood Baptist in Olympia, WA. He believes people flourish as followers of Jesus when they live deeply in the gospel, experience the healing of true community, and join Jesus on mission in their world. He is committed to cultivating a gospel-centered church that welcomes spiritual explorers, promotes gospel clarity in culturally engaging ways, inspires passionate worship, fosters deep spiritual vitality, empowers people to holistic discipleship, and catalyzes a multiplication movement of gospel renewal both locally and globally.

Philip enjoys cycling and all things outdoors, Garrett’s Carmel popcorn, Lou Malnati‘s deep dish pizza, and Henry Weinhard‘s root beer. For more information about Philip and his family, visit moodymedia.org/pastorphilip.

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