Most of us have heard the story of God telling Abraham to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. This sacrifice meant so much not only because Isaac was Abraham’s son, but because he was the son of promise—the offspring through which God had promised to give Abraham descendants as numerous as the sand on the shore or the stars in the sky.
In 1 Samuel 30, we find the story of David and his men coming to Ziklag, only to find the city plundered and their families taken captive. David’s men, heartbroken, turn to blaming their leader for this misfortune. Until this point, David has responded to crisis by acting insane, going after others, and similar actions.
In 1 Samuel 18, we see two men who had been closely bonded begin to break apart. Saul has been David’s master, sending him out to battle. David’s soul was bonded to Saul’s son, Jonathan. This was a family in the making. But one little song changed everything. Let’s take a look at verses 6-9...
In 1 Kings 18, we find the amazing story of Elijah and the prophets of Baal going head to head in making sacrifices to their respective gods. Elijah asks God’s people to choose whether they will be loyal to God or to Baal…unfortunately, before the sacrifices are made, no one in the crowd says a word.
Oftentimes, we think that God chooses men and women to use based on their strengths. We look at the heroes of faith in the Bible and see people who had strong dependence on God, admirable character qualities, and a legacy that lasted thousands of years.
One of the hardest things you’ll ever do is try to lead while you’re hurting—to sew someone else up when you’re coming apart at the seams. But that’s exactly what Jesus does right before He goes to the cross.
As we prepare to venture into a new year, it’s important to evaluate the challenges and struggles we faced during the last twelve months. God uses everything for His purposes; so what were the storms you faced in 2019 all about?
Have you ever formulated a plan, prayed about it, and felt a peace…only to move forward and watch it fall apart?
Have you ever caught yourself saying something that surprised you? Maybe you heard yourself talking about someone else in a negative way; or maybe you caught a pessimistic attitude taking root through your speech.
If you’ve lived life with people for any amount of time, you’ve probably experienced pain and frustration. None of us are perfect this side of eternity. Forming authentic relationships necessitates that we develop conflict and forgiveness skills.