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“those who trust shall…”

Last week as we moved into our new meeting place at the church, we also transitioned into a new series entitled “those who trust shall.”  Although the series is new, the subject matter isn’t entirely foreign.  In fact, we’ve been building up to it since the start of the year, most recently with our series … Continue reading

Humanity has a trust problem.

Hey everyone – we had a week off from Elev8ight and were back last Wednesday with the middle part of the Trust series. Here’s where we’ve been: Psalm 91 reveals several promises hinged on trusting Him, something all humanity struggles to do: For those who trust Him, God will be shelter, rescue, rest, protection, and … Continue reading

More than a God of good intentions

We’re in a short study of Psalm 91, homing in on what it means to trust the Lord. “He who dwells in the secret place of the Most High Shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 2 I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust.’” … Continue reading

Your purpose, but not about you

James 5 seems to jump all over the place – here are some highlights from Thursday night: “You have lived on the earth in pleasure and luxury; you have fattened your hearts as in a day of slaughter.” James 5:5 That verse could nail us to a wall. Pleasure and luxury might as well be inscribed … Continue reading

Can your faith save you?

Are you rich or are you poor? A rich mentality often becomes “I can do this on my own; I can sustain myself.” The poor can more easily realize “I can’t depend on myself, on my strength, because I have none.” Faith can come easier to us when it’s all we have. What are you … Continue reading

Dreaming or planning?

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without … Continue reading

7 x 70

In Matthew 18:21-35, Jesus answers Peter’s question about how many times he needs to forgive with a parable about a servant who owes a king ten thousands bags of gold. The man should be delivered to torturers since he can’t repay it, but when he begs, the king lets him go. The man leaves the … Continue reading

Lost Valuables

“Then all the tax collectors and the sinners drew near to Him to hear Him. And the Pharisees and scribes complained, saying, ‘This Man receives sinners and eats with them.’ So He spoke this parable to them…” Luke 15:1 Not only did Jesus receive the ‘sinners,’ His message attracted these people. Do our words have that kind … Continue reading

Amish forgiveness and Corrie ten Boom

Extreme examples of forgiveness have a way of drawing attention—even criticism—in our world. Take the Amish families who promptly forgave the murderer of their children and cared for his family, or the concentration camp victim who blessed a former S.S. officer. The world doesn’t know what to make of it. In Luke 23:3-47, we’re given … Continue reading