Sunday morning messages from Mt. Carmel in Luray, Virginia
2020.11.29 I'm Not the Author
The red cup of Starbucks invites us all to write our own Christmas story—but it's not our story to write. Instead, it's our story to tell. How different would the Christmas story be if we had been the authors? As we journey to see God re-writing Mary and Joseph's story so long ago, we see their humble response—the same response we should have as God writes our stories today.
2020.11.22 Feast with the King
In the conclusion on our series through Esther, we see how the day of mourning for the Jews turned into a holiday of celebration and feasting—and many joined the covenant people of God. In a similar way, a day of mourning for the world, the day of death for Jesus Christ, turned into a holiday of celebration we call Good Friday and a feast we call Communion. And because of Good Friday, are all invited into the kingdom of God.
2020.11.15 Divine Irony
When Esther finally reveals herself as a Jew seeking intercession for her people, divine irony begins to unravel the plans of the kingdom of Satan. In this message, we see a beautiful revelation of the Person of Jesus all throughout a Book that doesn't even mention God. And while we desire for God to change our circumstances, God desires for our circumstances to change us. Will we become more transformed into the image of Christ—or will we resist God's transforming work?
2020.11.08 Whom the King Honors
Pastor Brian shares an in-depth look into the life of Haman, the representative of the kingdom of Satan in the Book of Esther. While he seemed to have everything a man could want, Haman spent too much time focused on the one thing he didn't have: worship and praise from Mordecai, the representative of the kingdom of God. Haman prepared a tree to impale Mordecai, but instead paraded Mordecai through the streets of the kingdom calling for others to worship him. One day, every knee--including Satan's--will bow to the true King of the world, Jesus!
2020.11.01 The Royal Sacrifice
As we return to the Book of Esther, Pastor Brian leads us to Esther's self-sacrificing proclamation of "If I perish, I perish." Standing outside the inner court of the king, we see the Christ-like decision of Esther to intercede on behalf of a condemned people.
2020.10.25 The Imperfect Queen
Pastor Brian leads us back into the Book of Esther to look closer at the profile of Queen Esther--and how our hope cannot rest in Esther, but in the God of Esther. We see how God works behind the scenes to provide opportunities even today "for such a time as this." The repeated theme is that God uses imperfect people to accomplish His perfect purpose and plan.