RUF Arkansas

RUF Arkansas

Sermons/Talks from Reformed University Fellowship (RUF) at the University of Arkansas (woo pig) by Mike Ford

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April 22, 2020 25 min

"I'm glad to be here with you Samwise Gamgee, here at the end of all things." - Frodo

This is my last talk with RUF at Arkansas (I recently took a job to be the Campus Minister at the University of Tennessee). And because I'm an enneagram 4 and melodramatic...I had to quote Tolkien from Lord of the Rings! But because of COVID-19, we had our last RUF Large Group over Zoom. Aaaaaaand... I was in my mother-in-law's ...

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We continue our series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the true story of the world.

We all love a good story. What if it's because there is a STORY behind all stories? A story where an evil Villain tries to ruin a good world. A story where a Hero comes to save the day? What if Revelation 12 is true...

"And the great dragon was thrown down..."

TEXT: Revelation 12:1-17
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We continue our series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the Great Tribulation, which is accompanied by our favorite animals - the four different-colored apocalyptic horsemen and (only?) 144,000 people raising their voices to God in heaven. Yep...

Revelation starts to get crazy... There's suffering and temptation BUT there's also the blood of the lamb... What is the Great Tribulat...

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We continue our series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the letter to the church at Laodicea. Intern Extraordinaire, James Post, explains what Jesus means when he says to the Christians at Laodicea (and to us!)...

"Because you are neither hot nor cold, I will vomit you out of my mouth..."

We want to be self-sufficient. We need to repent. We need Jesus.

TEXT: Revelation 3:14-22

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"Why was I in such a hurry to become someone I didn't even like?" - John Mark Comer

If you feel overwhelmed, busy, anxious, or always having too much to do, come hitch yourself up to Jesus, and live life at the pace of grace, a rhythm of unhurried, intentional labor. For, the claim is, it's really hard to love people when you're in a hurry.

TEXT: Matthew 11:28-20
RESOURCE: "The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry"...

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John writes 7 letters to churches in Asia minor. Ephesus is the first church addressed and they are doing amazing things for God. They are achieving and performing, guarding doctrinal purity, laboring patiently for the gospel... 

BUT. 

They forgot something. They forgot to love Jesus. We'll discuss the reasons we often forget to love Jesus, and how this letter wants to train us to NOT forget to love.

TEXT: Revelation 2:1-7

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We begin a new series entitled: "Unveiled: Following Jesus into the New World" by looking at the opening verses of Revelation, the last book of the Bible. To understand one of the most avoided, least preached on, and most misunderstood books of the Bible, we have to understand what GENRE it is. It's apocalyptic, prophetic, and a pastoral letter. You get this wrong, you get the whole book wrong, and you miss what God is ...

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We finish our semester with a 2-part sermon series based on David Zahl's book, "Seculosity." We often try to find value and meaning in horizontal, earthly things, rather than vertical, heavenly things. We will look at busyness and romance.

"You complete me." Tom Cruise's iconic phrase from Jerry McGuire is the anthem of our culture's belief regarding romance. But is it possible to find one person who wil...

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We finish our semester with a 2-part sermon series based on David Zahl's book, "Seculosity." We often try to find value and meaning in horizontal, earthly things, rather than vertical, heavenly things. We will look at busyness and romance. 

"How are you?" You get asked that multiple times a day. Most likely, you respond with some form of "Well, busy as always." But is this the way we are supposed to live ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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We begin a new series this Fall entitled, "Questions from Jesus: Invitations to Grow." Jesus' first recorded words was a question (only 12 years old in Luke 2:50!). In the gospels he asks almost 300 questions! Why? Questions stretch us and force us to deal with issues we often try to avoid. The claim of the semester is that Jesus asks us questions as invitations for us to grow - both in self-awareness of who we are and ...

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April 24, 2019 32 min

We finish a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions...

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April 17, 2019 12 min

We are in a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions...

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April 10, 2019 34 min

We are in a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions...

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We are in a 5-week series entitled, "Psalms: Praying Our Emotions." We will be looking at how the Psalms teach us to pray the emotions of Anger, Sadness, Fear, and Joy. Emotions are important because they reveal our hearts and what we care most about.  We are not to give up our emotions (suppress or ignore them), give in to our emotions (act on every impulse we have), but GIVE our emotions to God, that is, pray our emotions...

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