In this post, Keith writes about his reaction to reading through the Old Testament prophets. He finished Isaiah last week and is in Jeremiah now, and was struck by how these prophets speak the truth and show us the hard facts about ourselves (just like our mirrors!). How does reading the promises and warnings of the Old Testament prophets encourage or convict you?
Comparing Two Dreamers, from the Old and New Testament
The Bible is filled with stories of real people with real dreams, just like us. RJ Thesman takes a closer look at the parallels between two Josephs, one in the Old Testament and one in the New Testament. Both Josephs paid attention to their dreams and waited for the Lord's guidance, and their stories encourage us to trust in the Lord. Today, I encourage you to consider - what dreams do you have that you need to trust God with?
The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 8: King David
In David’s story we see that he was great when he was good and became cruel when he focused on himself and not God. He was a man of extremes: a sensitive heart but blood-thirsty in battle. He was a shepherd, a composer, a poet, a fighter, a man on the run, a mercenary, a great king, a diplomat, and one who sins, one who is betrayed. He lost it all, and gained it all back. He lived a life of distress, beauty, joy, heartache and chaos, like we do.
The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 3: Noah and the Flood
“These are the generations of Noah. Noah was a righteous man, blameless in his generation. Noah walked with God.” Genesis 6:9 ESV We can learn from Noah’s story that God’s patience lasts for many generations; as human hatred to God and their evils to one another increase, so does God's plan to redeem. God can be heartbroken by our sin, but he will not forsake or abandon us. God gave a promise - the rainbow is God's external reminder to our internal response.
The Epic Story of the Bible, Part 4: Blessed to be a Blessing
Abraham demonstrates faith in God and reminds us that we also have hope and life in Christ! “God will bless you; you will be a blessing... all peoples on earth will be blessed through you!” What an amazing honor to be welcomed into God’s family, blessed and able to bless others as we follow him.
Aiming Our Hearts Toward God
When we run away from idolatry and toward God, our hearts are aimed toward his. When our hearts are aimed toward his, we can receive all that he has for us.