Ruth

Never Underestimate Grace

Rev. Dr. Stacey M. Cox

When we first meet Naomi in the book of Ruth, she makes it clear that she isn't in the best season of life. 'Call me Mara,' she states to the women of Bethlehem. Bitter. By Chapter 4, a change has taken place. Naomi is happy once more to be known as Naomi. From rebellion and disappointment to full joy - What a transformation! What's happened? Sunday we conclude our fall study in Ruth. Hope you will join us for "Never Underestimate Grace!"

When a Man Loves a Woman

By Stacey Cox

Before Boaz could take Ruth to be his bride, certain obligations had to be met within the Levirate Law. A godly man, Boaz was determined to act in accordance with this law of redemption - even though it meant waiting and risking the loss of Ruth to a closer kinsman-redeemer.  Boaz's deep, personal love for Ruth shines through in this final chapter of the book. Love found a way. Join us Sunday for "When a Man Loves a Woman."

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He Said "Yes!"

By Stacey Cox

Harvests are joyful times. We love a good harvest festival, whether it celebrates apples, pumpkins, or cotton coming in. The celebration would probably be greater if we realized all that a farmer goes through to bring in crop and so keep us alive. Last week we witnessed as Ruth agreed to the plan of Naomi, heading down to the harvest "job site" to propose that Boaz fulfill the law of the kinsman-redeemer. How shall this noble man respond? Join us Sunday for "'He said, Yes!'"

Love is in the Air

By Stacey Cox

After a long, hot summer, fall is making an appearance. There's a chill in the morning air. Signs of the season are beginning to appear: apples, pumpkins, and hay bales. Similarly, something is stirring in the air, as we transition from Chapter 2 to Chapter 3 of Ruth: love. The signs are becoming clearer. Unlike the falling temps of autumn, temps are rising in the budding romance of Boaz and Ruth in Chapter 3. Sunday we continue our study in Ruth with "Love is in the Air." Hope you will join us!

The Generous Master

Aaron Mann

The Generous Master

Ruth 2:14-23

As our story continues to unfold, Ruth finds herself gleaning in the fields of a wealthy man by the name of Boaz. Ruth, a poor foreigner, has done nothing to merit his attention. She is a long shot to gain his affection. Yet, Boaz takes notice of Ruth. Join us this week as the story of Ruth and Boaz heats up. 

We look forward to seeing you this Sunday for "The Generous Master"!

When Boaz Met Ruth

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

When Boaz Met Ruth

Ruth 2:1-13

The plot thickens in our story Sunday as Boaz is introduced to the reader. God's rule, care, and covenanted grace is put on display when Ruth 'just so happened' to choose Boaz's field to work. She knew nothing of the man Boaz (whose name means "in him is strength"). All she knew was she and Naomi were hungry. It's been said 'the Good News is that God works in bad news.' In the life of the man Boaz, God was doing a work in Ruth and Naomi's lives that could have been hardly imagined in the fields of Bethlehem. Make plans to join us Sunday for "When Boaz Met Ruth"!

Divine Ripples

Rev. Stacey M. Cox

Divine Ripples

Ruth 1:19-22

Can you imagine Elimelech and Naomi's story in the era of social media? Elimelech not only failed miserably when he relocated his family to Moab, but his account has been published for us all to read and evaluate. Who would ever envy his reputation? Now add the advent of the Internet to his fiasco. Aren't you glad our failures to date haven't been published for the world to scrutinize, tweet, post and re-post?
 
One can't help but wonder if Naomi was thinking "Why me?" on her walk back to Bethlehem with Ruth. "Lord, why?" We can relate. But what if it's not about us? What if the failure and pain are in part about God's divine ripples touching others? Sunday we continue on with Naomi and Ruth. Hope you will join us!

A Difficult Providence

Rev. Lane Stephenson

A Difficult Providence

Ruth 1:8-18

Have you ever asked yourself the question, "If I had known then what I know now, what would I have done differently...would I have done it differently?" It's a tantalizing question - especially as the years go by and we have more of life on which to reflect!

The story of Ruth is a reminder that our steps, our days, and our circumstances - even our "difficult providences" - are in the hands of a God whose gracious sovereignty and incredible kindness work to accomplish His good purposes, enabling us to affirm with William Cowper:

"God moves in a mysterious way His wonders to perform; He plants His footsteps in the sea, and rides upon the storm. Deep in unfathomable mines of never-failing skill, He treasures up His bright designs, and works His sovereign will."

As we continue the Sunday morning series in the book of Ruth, we learn more of the greatness and grace of our God as we reflect on the difficult providence experienced by Naomi and her family. One writer has said, it is an account that urges upon us "a certainty, and delight, in the security of God's providence."

The Prodigal Daughter

Rev. Stacey Cox

The Prodigal Daughter

Ruth 1:3-7

The road of self-determination took Elimelech, Naomi, and their sons to Moab. Dreams of a better life in the land of compromise soon became a living nightmare. The unthinkable happens, and Naomi finds herself in a new country and culture all alone. The ground underneath Naomi had to feel as though it was cracking. Sunday we will observe the prodigal daughter's return home. Hope you will join us, as we continue in our fall study of Ruth!

When Life is Hard

Rev. Stacey Cox

When Life is Hard

Ruth 1:1-2
The renowned philosopher Forrest Gump once remarked, "My mama always said, 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" On one hand, that's correct, we make choices in life like we choose chocolate candies from a box. On the other hand, it often seems like life gives us no choice at all. Who would ever choose a crippling accident or life-threatening disease? Sunday we launch out into our Ruth series.  Out of the gate, we'll notice choices being made by a man and his family - and circumstances being thrust upon them - that carry the family down a hard road. Hope you will join us for 'When Life is Hard'!