Posts tagged “Trust”
God works; we work
What causes things to happen? Does that sound like a dumb question? Seriously—has God ordained everything and we are just going through the motions,…
Punished for Others’ Mistakes
Why do we have to shoulder the burden and weight of other people’s mistakes?
Watch the entire devotional series from this week, as Pastor Jeremy helps us overcome our vulnerabilities, reminding us that no matter what we feel, Jesus is always with us.
Forgive and learn
Perhaps you’re familiar with the saying “forgive and forget.” This concept takes its cue from God’s Word in Jeremiah 31:34: “I will forgive their…
Vulnerable to Doubt
How do you really know you’re one of Jesus’ sheep?
Do You Feel Vulnerable?
You’re not alone, even when you feel vulnerable.
A God of unlimited resources
Every Christian pastor knows of the growing plague of young people just moving in with each other without the benefit of marriage. We’ve heard…
Out of Context: “Plans to Prosper You”
God has great plans for his people, but they don’t always involve a quick fix to all earthly problems. In the same way, God’s plan to prosper your spiritual life might not be the path you prayed for.
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.
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.
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!
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.