YOU HAD ME AT HABAKKUK (HOSEA 14)- TAKE WORDS

God had every reason to reject His sinful people, Israel, but he chose to offer them forgiveness. In the book of Hosea, we learn that instead of bringing sacrifices they needed to bring sincere words of repentance and ask God for his gracious forgiveness. But what does that mean for us today? In chapter 14, Hosea shares hope for the Israelites that is also hope for us.

I GIVE UP (PHILIPPIANS 1:19-26) - I GIVE UP MY LIFE

Is there something you expect or hope for when you think about your life in general? The Apostle Paul wrote the book of Philippians while he was in prison in pain, awaiting his execution. Despite these circumstances he wrote, “To live is Christ. To die is gain”. Where does that expectation come from? In the book of Philippians, we find out how we can have a similar attitude no matter our circumstances. 

 

I GIVE UP (MATTHEW 5:43-48) - I GIVE UP ENEMIES

You’ll never find in the Old Testament a directive to hate your enemy. It’s not there. And yet as we look back on our history we’ll find many instances where we have justified our hate even while calling ourselves believers. In the book of Matthew, however, we read that Jesus tells us to love our enemies.  But how do we love our enemies? When we’re trying to figure out how to love an enemy we start not with our feelings or the events that led them to become our enemy. We start with Jesus.

I GIVE UP (GENESIS 37-45) - I GIVE UP EXPECTATIONS

Our world is full of trouble. The Bible tells us so. If we don't remember this, we can have expectations for how our life should look. When those expectations are not met, there's disappointment. In the book of Genesis we read about Joseph who had great dreams for his future, that were delayed or even different from what he expected. We can learn from his experience that the grace of God is often found in the trials of life. 

FAITH FORWARD (GENESIS 12-20) -FRIEND OF GOD

Oftentimes it is the extraordinary experiences in life to which we more readily apply our faith. However, life is filled with every day ordinary experiences that can trip us up. In the book of Genesis we learn about Abraham, who had extraordinary faith for the big stuff but failed from time to time with the small stuff, and yet he was still called a friend of God.