Sermons by Todd Cravens

Sermons by Todd Cravens

What is the Church

1 Corinthians 1:1-9 (ESV) Paul, called by the will of God to be an apostle of Christ Jesus, and our brother Sosthenes, To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks…

The Word of the LORD to Israel by Malachi

Malachi 1 (ESV) The oracle of the word of the Lord to Israel by Malachi. “I have loved you,” says the Lord. But you say, “How have you loved us?” “Is not Esau Jacob’s brother?” declares the Lord. “Yet I have loved Jacob but Esau I have hated. I have laid waste his hill country and left his heritage to jackals of the desert.” If Edom says, “We are shattered but we will rebuild the ruins,” the Lord of hosts…

Work, For I Am With You

Book of Haggai (ESV) In the second year of Darius the king, in the sixth month, on the first day of the month, the word of the Lord came by the hand of Haggai the prophet to Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and to Joshua the son of Jehozadak, the high priest: “Thus says the Lord of hosts: These people say the time has not yet come to rebuild the house of the Lord.” Then the word…

Joel – “Yet Even Now, Return to Me With All Your Heart”

Joel 1:3-4 (ESV) Tell your children of it,    and let your children tell their children,    and their children to another generation. What the cutting locust left,    the swarming locust has eaten.What the swarming locust left,    the hopping locust has eaten,and what the hopping locust left,    the destroying locust has eaten. Joel 2:12-14 (ESV) “Yet even now,” declares the Lord,    “return to me with all your heart,with fasting, with weeping, and with mourning;    and rend your hearts and not your garments.”Return to the Lord your God,    for he is…

Nahum of Elkosh

Nahum 1:1-8 (ESV) An oracle concerning Nineveh. The book of the vision of Nahum of Elkosh. The Lord is a jealous and avenging God;    the Lord is avenging and wrathful;the Lord takes vengeance on his adversaries    and keeps wrath for his enemies.The Lord is slow to anger and great in power,    and the Lord will by no means clear the guilty.His way is in whirlwind and storm,    and the clouds are the dust of his feet.He rebukes the sea and makes it dry;    he dries…

Micah of Moresheth

Who is a God Like You? Micah 7:7-9 (ESV) But as for me, I will look to the Lord;    I will wait for the God of my salvation;    my God will hear me. Rejoice not over me, O my enemy;    when I fall, I shall rise;when I sit in darkness,    the Lord will be a light to me.I will bear the indignation of the Lord    because I have sinned against him,until he pleads my cause    and executes judgment for me.He will bring me out to the…

Amos – The Shepherd of Tekoa

Return to Me that You May Live Amos 4 English Standard Version (ESV) “Hear this word, you cows of Bashan,    who are on the mountain of Samaria,who oppress the poor, who crush the needy,    who say to your husbands, ‘Bring, that we may drink!’The Lord God has sworn by his holiness    that, behold, the days are coming upon you,when they shall take you away with hooks,    even the last of you with fishhooks.And you shall go out through the breaches,    each one straight ahead;    and you…

The Dependency of the Son Upon the Father

John 5:19-24 (ESV) 19 So Jesus said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, the Son can do nothing of his own accord, but only what he sees the Father doing. For whatever the Father does, that the Son does likewise. 20 For the Father loves the Son and shows him all that he himself is doing. And greater works than these will he show him, so that you may marvel. 21 For as the Father raises the dead and gives…

The Smartphone & the Power of Words

James 3:1-12 English Standard Version (ESV) Taming the Tongue 3 Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. 2 For we all stumble in many ways. And if anyone does not stumble in what he says, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle his whole body. 3 If we put bits into the mouths of horses so that they obey us, we guide their whole bodies as…

The Smartphone & the Prevalence of Pornography

1 Thessalonians 4:1-8 (ESV) 4 Finally, then, brothers, we ask and urge you in the Lord Jesus, that as you received from us how you ought to walk and to please God, just as you are doing, that you do so more and more. 2 For you know what instructions we gave you through the Lord Jesus. 3 For this is the will of God, your sanctification: that you abstain from sexual immorality; 4 that each one of you know how to control his…

The Smartphone & What We “Like”

Romans 1:18-25 English Standard Version (ESV) God’s Wrath on Unrighteousness 18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who by their unrighteousness suppress the truth. 19 For what can be known about God is plain to them, because God has shown it to them. 20 For his invisible attributes, namely, his eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly perceived, ever since the creation of the world,[a] in the things that have been made.…

The Smartphone & the Appeal of Approval

John 5:36-47 (ESV) 36 But the testimony that I have is greater than that of John. For the works that the Father has given me to accomplish, the very works that I am doing, bear witness about me that the Father has sent me. 37 And the Father who sent me has himself borne witness about me. His voice you have never heard, his form you have never seen, 38 and you do not have his word abiding in you, for you do…