Hope in the God of Heaven and Earth

Joshua 2 “…for the LORD your God is God in heaven above and on the earth below. ” (Joshua 2:11 b) Imagine that you are living in a time when the world is in utter change.  Everything you knew and trusted in is suddenly being taken away.  Your home is in danger of enemies invadingContinue reading “Hope in the God of Heaven and Earth”

Identity Crisis

Hebrews 11:23-27 I remember as a child reading the book, “Are You My Mother”. It was about a little bird that came out of its shell and went searching for its mother. It asked all the animals and even a steam shovel if it was its mother. Hopefully we don’t experience such an identity crisisContinue reading “Identity Crisis”

Letting God Transform You on The Journey

Jacob had two major God encounters that helped to bookend nearly twenty years of transformation in his life. He left home, after stealing the inheritance and the blessing that was to be his brothers.; On his way to distant relatives he found himself in his first major encounter with God. Being the son of IsaacContinue reading “Letting God Transform You on The Journey”

Freedom in Resurrection Hope

Hebrews 11:17-19 Abraham believed in God’s power to preserve or bring back the hope and promise of his son Isaac from the dead. Abraham was free to trust God, because of his deep faith. We who follow Christ hold to the resurrection hope found through Jesus overcoming the death of the cross on Easter Sunday.Continue reading “Freedom in Resurrection Hope”

The Faith Journey is a Continual Process

Hebrews 11:13-16 We read of the great faith of Abraham, Jacob, and others in ancient Israel’s history. They stepped out in trust in many ways, and God used their faith to show the world divine greatness. Faith originates with God. God is faithful in his care of humanity. Our faith begins to grow, as weContinue reading “The Faith Journey is a Continual Process”

Faith in Waiting

Hebrews 11:9 (NIV) 9 By faith he made his home in the promised land like a stranger in a foreign country; he lived in tents, as did Isaac and Jacob, who were heirs with him of the same promise. Imagine getting a promise of a new house or a new car, and then being toldContinue reading “Faith in Waiting”

Big Picture Faith

Hebrews 11:8 (NIV) ” By faith Abraham, when called to go to a place he would later receive as his inheritance, obeyed and went, even though he did not know where he was going.” I am sure that if you ask most wives they would say most men like to go places that the “don’tContinue reading “Big Picture Faith”

The Action of Faith In Salvation

“By faith Noah, when warned about things not yet seen, in holy fear built an ark to save his family. By his faith, he condemned the world and became heir of the righteousness that comes by faith.” (Hebrews 11:7 (NIV)   I have to admit that I sometimes need a faith boost.  I love toContinue reading “The Action of Faith In Salvation”

Disturb us Lord, For Sometimes We Need It

In 1577, Francis Drake set out on behalf of England.  History reminds us that England and Spain were at odds, and leading into war.  Drake like many others became a sea captain, who attacked the Spanish Main, to give the gold to the coffers of England.  It was part of the overall military strategy ofContinue reading “Disturb us Lord, For Sometimes We Need It”

Steadfastness Is One Step At A Time

“Count it all joy, my brethren, when you meet various trials,  for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness.  And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” (James 1:2-4 (RSV)” Finishing the race is a very important theme in the New Testament.  PaulContinue reading “Steadfastness Is One Step At A Time”