”Make sure that no one is immoral or godless like Esau, who traded his birthright as the firstborn son for a single meal. You know that afterward, when he wanted his father’s blessing, he was rejected. It was too late for repentance, even though he begged with bitter tears.” - Hebrews 12:16-17 (NLT) When we look at the culture we live in, one word that can describe it is “instant”. We value looking for instant relief. We want things…and we want them NOW. In what ways do you see this desire for “instant” in the world we live in? Today we take a look at a real-life situation between two fraternal twin brothers named Jacob and Esau in Genesis 25:27-34. In this story, we understand that Esau sold his birthright for an instant bowl of stew. This was a very unwise decision on Esau’s part because a birthright was everything to a firstborn son…double-portion of the family inheritance, future tribal leader, and one’s ultimate destiny. Esau sacrificed the FUTURE for the IMMEDIATE. If we are honest, we can find ourselves in the place that Esau was. In other words, when we are running on “empty” in life, we might not be the best decision makers. When we are on empty, it clouds our decision-making.
Empty - Part 2
May 17, 2020 • Scotty Priest
Empty - Part 3
May 24, 2020 • Scotty Priest
”And my God will meet all your needs according to His glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” - Philippians 4:19 Over the past couple months, life has been turned upside down for almost all of us. The pandemic has led to a season that has required things of us we never expected. For some, life has ramped up, and for others life has come a boring halt. We have been living differently, and in a lot of ways we are tired. We are feeling dry, depleted…EMPTY. Along with all the empty streets, stadiums, schools, offices, and bank accounts…our souls are empty too. The weight of uncertainty and the mundane of the messy middle has left us depleted. Today we learn about a widow who is facing a personal crisis. Put yourself in her shoes. Maybe you can even relate to her situation because you are experiencing a personal crisis of your own. Just like the widow, crisis can lead us to a place where we feel empty, and when we feel empty we can be blind to what we have. We focus so much on our scarcity that we don’t see the supply that God has provided for us.
Empty - Part 1
May 10, 2020 • Scotty Priest
”May you experience the love of Christ, though it is too great to fully understand. Then you will be made complete with all fullness of life and power that comes from God.” - Ephesians 3:19 We are excited to kick off a brand new collection of messages called EMPTY. That may be the theme for 2020—empty streets, empty stadiums, empty shelves, empty schools, empty bank accounts, and if we're not careful...empty souls. The weight of uncertainty and the mundane of being in the messy middle can suck the life out of us. We don't know about you, but as the days of lockdown have turned to weeks and now months, we can begin to feel a little empty. Through this series, we'll take a look at how we can refuel our souls when we're running low.