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Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Me?
Despite God’s promise to bless Jacob, he hustled his brother. What seemed small started a pattern of behavior that ruined Jacob’s family and nearly destroyed his life. This account warns us of the “small” sins that become a pattern of something greater. Finally, it serves as a contrast with Jesus, who chose to give up his birthright of blessing to sinners like us.
That’s Messed Up: God’s Cleaning Solution
The ending of Bible book of Judges requires an adult I.D. to read. A woman chopped into pieces and mailed throughout Israel? That’s really messed up! But the Spirit inspired this story to prove two points. First, that life falls apart when everyone does what he or she thinks is right. Second, that God does not give up on people after the most disgusting sins.
That’s Messed Up: Press on in Faith
Gideon seemed so good. The humble farmer who became a Sunday school hero. But the fame went to his head, and good ol’ Gideon died as a spiritual adulterer and snare for his people. That’s messed up! But the story reminds us to fight the good fight through the final round, run the race until the last step, and worship God until our final breaths.
Get Over Yourself
The teachers of the law knew Jesus spoke his scathing parable of the tenants against them. Yet instead of repenting, they looked for a way to kill Jesus. They cared more about their embarrassment than their relationship with God. How about you? Will you cling to your image? Or will Jesus become marvelous in your eyes?
What if I Don’t Agree With Jesus?
Authority. Jesus’ enemies adored it. They refused to submit to Jesus’ teaching, even when caught in their own duplicity. They missed finding true life because they refused to die to having the last word. Modern Americans face the same dilemma. Will Jesus be the Lord who gets the last word? Or will we cling to our plastic gavels and tell Jesus what to do?
Friend Request: Friends Unlike Me
The book of Proverbs might imply that hanging out with unbelievers is a bad idea, but the Bible is more nuanced than that. Rubbing shoulders with those who don’t know Jesus is the best way to share the hope that only the Savior can give. This message explores the way Christians can invest in those who do not yet believe in Christ.
Be Different in the Age of Outrage Compilation
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Where Does Your Validation Come From?
In a world where it’s normal to seek validation to prove how good we are, we can be different instead by following this example.
Measure Your Impact by Being Personal
It’s normal to think that the bigger the platform, the bigger the influence. Be different. Be like Jesus.
Be Slow to Speak, Quick to Listen
It’s normal to want to change people’s minds and behaviors. But instead, look for opportunities to spend time with people the way Jesus did.
Staying Calm When Others Freak Out
While everyone else freaks out about today’s contentious issues, here’s why you can remain calm.
Called to Be Different
It can be exhausting these days to try to have a civil conversation over disagreements. But that’s also why it’s a golden opportunity for Christians to be different.