Sermons by Todd Cravens

Sermons by Todd Cravens

“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…

The Smartphone and the Love of Neighbor

Luke 10:25-37 English Standard Version (ESV) The Parable of the Good Samaritan 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?” 26 He said to him, “What is written in the Law? How do you read it?” 27 And he answered, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind, and your…

Pondering the Presence of the Smartphone

Proverbs 4:20-27 (ESV) 20 My son, be attentive to my words;    incline your ear to my sayings.21 Let them not escape from your sight;    keep them within your heart.22 For they are life to those who find them,    and healing to all their flesh.23 Keep your heart with all vigilance,    for from it flow the springs of life.24 Put away from you crooked speech,    and put devious talk far from you.25 Let your eyes look directly forward,    and your gaze be straight before you.26 Ponder the path of your feet;    then all your ways…

A Meditation on the Motherhood of Mary

Birth of Jesus Foretold 26 In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. And the virgin’s name was Mary. 28 And he came to her and said, “Greetings, O favored one, the Lord is with you!” 29 But she was greatly troubled at the saying, and tried to discern what sort of greeting this might be. 30 And…

My Tears Have Been My Food Day and Night

Psalm 42 (ESV) Book Two Why Are You Cast Down, O My Soul? To the choirmaster. A Maskil[a] of the Sons of Korah. 42 As a deer pants for flowing streams,    so pants my soul for you, O God.2 My soul thirsts for God,    for the living God.When shall I come and appear before God?[b]3 My tears have been my food    day and night,while they say to me all the day long,    “Where is your God?”4 These things I remember,    as I pour out my soul:how I would go…

If There Was No Resurrection, Then There Is No Justice

Romans 3:21-26 (ESV) The Righteousness of God Through Faith 21 But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. For there is no distinction: 23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, 24 and are justified by his grace as a gift, through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, 25 whom…