March 26, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer
This life is marked with hardship and difficulties, even in our faith. Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33 NLT) And it isn’t just that we don’t have to go through things alone, or that God will engage us and what we are dealing with. He has promised that in the end, we win. If we will set our hearts toward Him and our intent to do His well, Isaiah promises, we won’t be rejected and we won’t be put to shame (see Isaiah 50:7).
The Covenant Keeper
March 19, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer
In the Bible, God made all kinds of agreements with all kinds of people. But how does that work exactly, and what did Jesus say about it? The Apostle Paul asked if we should use the grace of God as a justification for our sin (see Rom. 6:1). Jesus didn’t come to undo anything that had already been set in motion; instead, He came to fulfill it for us, in us and through us. He is the covenant keeper, and that’s why we can trust the promises He gives. He will NEVER change the rules midstream.
He Will Never Leave You
March 12, 2017 • David Terrell
In the earliest stories of God, we seem Him being close and personal with people. He walked in the Garden with the first man and woman. He called Abraham, Isaac and Jacob into a deep personal relationship. He invited the nation of Israel to be His people, and promised to be their God. No matter what went right or wrong, He was there — helping, teaching, engaging. He and His love seemed so relentless, personal and close. How should that affect our lives, our hopes, our faith? God is still present, and not just in a large, impersonal way. In every moment, in our pain and joy, He is here.
March 5, 2017 • Jerry Shaffer
While we know men will always let us down, God is different. Numbers 23:19 (NLT) tells us, “God is not a man.” When God spoke to Job from a whirlwind, He asked him, “Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone as the morning stars sang together…?” (See Job 38-39.) It’s no wonder Job replied, “I am nothing — how could I ever find the answers? I will cover my mouth with my hand.” (Job 40:4 NLT) To say that God is holy is not to say simply He is morally pure. It means He is separate, other, distinct, removed. We are man, but He is God, and God is Holy.