Archive for the ‘Suffering’ Category

Timeline of Truth: God’s Control: Evidenced by David’s Genealogy (Ruth 4:18-22)

Monday, December 9th, 2019

What do 10 generations of genealogy tell us regarding God and His plan and His control? As we study those listed in this genealogy and the times in which they lived, we can see God at work in the big picture and in the small details of life. God is in control. Do you trust Him?

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Timeline of Truth: Naomi Enters Bethlehem (with Ruth) Greeted but Grieving (Ruth 1:19-22)

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019

Naomi arrives home, to Bethlehem, with Ruth. She is recognized, and her arrival causes quite a commotion. Being called by her name (which means “pleasant” or “lovely”), Naomi bursts out in grief, instructing people to call her Mara (“bitter”) instead, because of the terrible things that have happened to her. Key in Naomi’s response is that she recognizes that God is in control of all circumstances – bad and good. By acknowledging God’s hand in tragedy, she also acknowledges her belief and hope in God to bring her good.

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Jesus Promises Great Compensation for Kingdom Sacrifice (Luke 18:28-30)

Tuesday, June 19th, 2018

Jesus Promises Great Compensation for Kingdom Sacrifice (Luke 18:28-30)

Peter hinges on the conversation Jesus just had with the rich young ruler. That interaction focused on salvation, where the rich young ruler needed to understand his sinfulness in order to seek his salvation. Peter’s statement concerns service and sacrifice after salvation. Jesus outlines the expectation of sacrificing for the kingdom of God and the great repayment for doing so in this life and in eternity.

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Jesus Illustrates Your Two After-Death Possibilities (Luke 16:19-31)

Monday, April 2nd, 2018

Jesus Illustrates Your Two After-Death Possibilities (Luke 16:19-31)

Jesus compares two men of very contrasting living conditions. One man is very rich and lives lavishly in luxury. The other man, a very poor man named Lazarus, has nothing – not even his health. Both men die, but end up in two entirely opposite ends. The rich man finds himself in Hades in incredible pain, and Lazarus is in comfort next to Abraham. Jesus focuses primarily on the rich man and his urgent pleas in the midst of his suffering. Jesus also highlights the extreme importance of responding to the Word of God in this life. What will YOU wake up to when you die?

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The Resurrection Makes All the Difference (1 Cor 15:1-34)

Monday, April 21st, 2014

Believe it or reject it: Jesus rose from the dead or He did not. If He did not, then party hardy, because there is nothing after this life. However, if He DID rise again (and there’s no evidence to the contrary), then that changes EVERYTHING: Everyone will be judged. Your only hope is Jesus death and resurrection. If you are a believer, you need to make up your mind and be ALL IN or ALL OUT. You can’t live in a world where you define Jesus as you want. He is the Savior or He is not.

Timeline of Truth – Pharaoh Puts Joseph in Charge (Genesis 41:33-57)

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

Joseph begins to live out God’s ultimate earthly plan for his life as Pharaoh puts him in charge of the most powerful nation in the world. From slave to prisoner to ruler.

God’s Plan for Your Success (Deuteronomy 8:1-20)

Tuesday, August 20th, 2013

God’s working in our lives often leaves us needy in order that He might “do us good in the end.”

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Interprets Pharaoh’s Dreams (Genesis 41:1-32)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

God waits until He is ready. Joseph is called before the leader of a powerful nation – as a slave – and God uses him again.

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Serves God in Prison (Genesis 39:21-40:23)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Wrongly accused, Joseph continues to serve God faithfully in prison.

Timeline of Truth – Joseph Serves Potiphar (Genesis 39:1-21)

Wednesday, July 24th, 2013

Joseph rises to favor with his new master (Potiphar), and becomes manager over Potiphar’s entire household.