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Flawed But Blessed

In this five-part series, Pastor Novotny walks through the accounts of Jacob in the Bible. The overall theme throughout these accounts is that despite Jacob’s lies, deceit, and dishonor, God’s grace prevailed. You will realize that though you are flawed like Jacob, God’s forgiveness and love are constant, and you can look to the Lord, trust in him, and see that he is with you all the time.

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Flawed but Blessed: How Boldly Can I Pray?

What does a strange story of an old man physically wrestling with God have to do with us and our prayer lives? A lot. Pastor Mike drills deep into this scene from the life of Jacob in the Old Testament to show us how we can hold God accountable to his promises.

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Flawed but Blessed: How Does Grace Change Me?

What goes around, comes around, right? . . . Not so fast. In every human heart is the temptation to speed up the process of karma and pay people back what we think they deserve. But, Pastor Mike warns, karma is dangerous. And instead, we should focus on karma’s counterpart. How?

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Flawed but Blessed: Is God Here?

One sentence composed of three words and nine letters can change everything about your life. It reminds us of the power of presence and has the power to give us peace and happiness. Pastor Mike takes us on a deep dive of finding that peace and joy.

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Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Liars?

We know that honesty is the best policy, even when we are tempted to lie because the truth will cost us. Yet we lie anyway. But perhaps even more damaging is when we fall for the two biggest lies we’ve been told most of our lives—lies that we even tell ourselves.

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Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Me?

How do we find more self-control in our lives? The Bible gives us a clear answer. Spoiler: It’s not where most self-help books would direct you. And what does it mean when you lose self-control and mess up? Does God still love you? Pastor Mike digs into Genesis and looks at the life and family of Jacob to find the answers.

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Flawed but Blessed: How Boldly Can I Pray?

In the strangest scene of Jacob’s story, God appears and wrestles with him for hours. Despite God’s superior strength, “Jake the Snake” refuses to loosen his python grip until God blesses him. After decades of grabbing on to sin, Jacob finally grabs on to God. In the same way, we grip God in prayer, holding on to his promises until he blesses us.

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Flawed but Blessed: How Does Grace Change Me?

While karma is not a Christian teaching, a form of karma exists. The cycle of sin spins every time we give each other what we deserve. Jacob and Laban’s story is proof. Greed and lies spin back and forth, destroying a family. This same destructive cycle happens in our lives and points us to Jacob’s descendant who turned the other cheek on the cross, giving grace to sinners.

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Flawed but Blessed: Is God Here?

After his lies, deceit, and dishonor, Jacob fled for his life and found . . . a forgiving God. Jacob’s dream teaches us a classic truth—there is a way for sinners to be with God. Jesus’ words prove that the same is true for “Jacobs” today. He is the true stairway to heaven!

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Flawed but Blessed: Why Does God Love Liars?

Rebekah, the “godly” wife of Isaac, was willing to deceive her husband to steal a blessing for her favorite child. This story shows us that while parents are to be honored, they are not always to be imitated. We are invited to reflect on the spiritual climate of our homes and remember Jesus, who was willing to disobey the mother who tried to stop his messianic ministry.

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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.