Can hardships actually be used by God in a grand design which reaches beyond yourself and into the lives of observers? The blindness of a man in John 9 provides some strong evidence.
Is God really good? And is life according to His commandments really the good life? Asaph does some honest wrestling with those questions in Psalm 73, ones which become more difficult when we observe the luxury and ease which seems to accompany so many of the wicked.
How does the Gospel change the rich? How does it change the poor? What trials and temptations do each group face? And what does it all mean for relationships between those from different economic backgrounds now in the Kingdom?
As part of our long series exploring the themes of each Bible book and how the book points us to Jesus, we tackle Job and find at least 2 ways which the message anticipates Jesus - The Innocent Sufferer and The Advocate.
We cap off our series on how the Christian handles Memory by exploring what the weekly sharing of the Lord’s Supper teaches us about our memories. We examine the remembering of our Lord from 3 angles: His Story, My Story, Our Story.
As the followup to "Life on the Vine," we now turn to the rest of John 15, where Jesus warns His disciples that there will be opposition to God's Vine Project. Many who are of the world will try to contain the Vine's spread by hacking at the branches. Why do they see the Vine as an invasive, unwanted plant? What is their strategy to deal with its presence in their backyard? And what role does the fruit play in how they perceive Christian influence?
In our 3rd lesson exploring how Christians should handle Memory, we consider the memories of the times we have been wronged by others. We first consider 6 possible responses to sin against us, all of them chaining us to the memory. So we then consider another way - the way of forgiveness. If this is God's intention for my handling of these memories, what makes forgiveness possible? What is my strategy?
As the second lesson in a series on Memory, we look at the biblical perspective on memories of my own failures. Among others, we examine Paul - a man who says he is forgetting what lies behind and yet still talks about his past a great deal. Is it possible to forget my mistakes of the past? And if it isn't, what does Paul mean? If memories are not forgotten, how can they be redeemed?
In the first of a 4-part series on how Christians should handle Memory, we raise some questions about why God asked Israel to remember both moments of triumph and moments of hardship and pain. How can memories, whether from our own experience or through studying history, teach us about our present and future? If they are painful, why are they worth consulting?
Psalm 129 uses some striking and painful imagery to paint a word picture of persecution. But as the word picture plays out, the scenario becomes one of triumph for the people of God.