Sun, Dec 04, 2016
Duration: 42 mins 26 secs
God is our refuge and strength. Those who have persevered in their faith know God is a present help in trouble. And trouble will come, in various shapes and forms. To hold out for God instead of relying on self results in perseverance.
Sun, Nov 27, 2016
Our hearts are prone to idolatry. They are allured by the local, functional, manageable nature of graven images. God's people played the harlot with idols, effecting the crisis of exile. Jeremiah challenges their "handmade cisterns," which they traded for the Living God. Unfortunately, idolatry is not only a "thing" problem, it is also a theology problem. Having an errant or insufficient view of God makes Him into an idol of the mind. We must avoid these graven images and embrace the Heavenly Father.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016
Duration: 45 mins 39 secs
Job suffered. It was not because he deserved it. No: He was righteous. But good works don't always merit you a good life. In fact, sometimes bad people enjoy good things. God knows His world is not always neat and tidy. He allows us to suffer to refine our faith. And as we face misfortune, prayer keeps us God-focused.
Sun, Nov 13, 2016
Duration: 36 mins 56 secs
Crisis will come in life. We cannot escape it; there is no crisis-proofing life. However, when we view crisis as God's curriculum for a resilient faith and take action through trust, prayer, reason, and perseverance, we see God use hard times for His good. Joseph serves as a profile of resilient faith. His personal crises - betrayal, slavery, slander, imprisonment, and separation from his father - build his trust in God and allow him to help others.