There's the promise "follow my lead and I will be with you." God doesn't call us to take journeys or steps without the provision of His presence. He doesn't call us and then leave us alone to walk in His calling in our own strength. When God calls us, He provides His presence and His strength.Read More
"Sinner" or "screw up" or "mistake maker" could be the name that God gave you and me, instead (when we accept His forgiveness), He calls us "child." He calls us "family." He calls us "loved."Read More
But then, take this table scene and imagine yourself preparing a table for your enemy. It seems kind of ridiculous, doesn’t it? Your enemy doesn’t have your best interests at heart, wouldn’t you think? Would they trust any meal made by you?
I think of Joseph, who literally prepared a table for his enemiesRead More
Imagine being handed over to a murderer for the sole purpose of being his guinea pig. This murderer happens to be a doctor, but unlike the oath to “do no harm” this man does exactly that. He causes harm intentionally and without care for human life.Read More
Offenses are a funny thing, don't you think? They can a mature person to sink to levels of immaturity. They can cause a young person to rise up in maturity. They can be aired out on social media (which is always a terrible idea). They can even be covered up in love. The one consistent thing about offenses is that we all get to choose how to respond to them.Read More
Bitterness is defined as “anger and disappointment at being treated unfairly, resentment.”
There are many times in life that we can experience the disappointment at being treated unfairly. There are many times when we may feel anger and resentment at individuals or situations because of unfair treatment. I’m sure we can all name stories. In fact, I can name a few stories. For fear of sidetracking from the very message that I feel God has for all of us, I’m going to refrain from sharing my own personal story today. Instead, I thought we should talk about someone else who had experienced some drastically unfair treatment and chose not to submit to bitterness. Let’s talk about Joseph!Read More