Imagine your brothers sold you as a slave. Not to worry, you landed on your feet and had a great job in charge of a noble man’s house. Things got ugly though – to protect your reputation and to honor your God you lost your job and ended up in prison. Does this sound like a good life to you? You may know the story of Joseph already, but we’re answer the question: Is faithfulness worth the trouble it brings?
When you are attacked verbally or physically what is your first reaction? God has not set us up to be physical or emotional punching bags, but how can we “turn the other cheek” and keep the peace? We’ll look at a Christians response to persecution this Sunday.
The death of Adam didn’t happen for almost a thousand years. Does that seem odd? Imagine if a criminal was condemned to die, but was then placed on death row for almost a thousand years. Do you think Adam ever wondered if God would ever keep his promise? Am I really going to die?
Jacob was a man on the run! He thought he could fix everything his way – being deceptive and tricky was how he got through life. All it accomplished was for him to run from his brother who wanted him dead. Did God still love him? How could he know for sure? Watch and find out.
What would you do if God showed up for his morning walk through garden? Hide?! Why? What do you have to hide? Fear, guilt, and shame were just a few of the emotions that ran through Adam and Eve. Jesus came at Christmas to restore what man destroyed. Oh, come let us adore him!
A couple weeks ago I was reminded of just how many stars there are in the sky on a camping trip with the Youth Group. God’s promise to Abraham was that his descendants would be as many as the stars. The writer to the Hebrews tells us that faith is the “sure certainty” of what God says. Let’s consider God’s promises and how we can chase away our doubts by looking up to God.