Have you ever been rejected?

Mark 6:4 Jesus said to them, “A prophet is not without honor except in his own town, among his relatives, and in his own home.” Have you ever been rejected for being a Christian? If you haven’t been, you will be. And this rejection may even come from people you know, like friends and family. Jesus…

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Facing Rejection

Mark 6:1-6 Would you agree with me that it’s not fun to be rejected? Maybe we were rejected as teenagers by our peers for not being cool enough. Maybe we’ve been rejected by romantic interests. She said no to giving you her number or no to that second date. Maybe we’ve been rejected by potential…

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Where is God when life is hard?

Lamentations 3:22+23 “Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. 23 They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” I think it was Martin Luther who said, “The highest level of faith is to trust that God loves me when it feels like he’s smiting me.” I think Jeremiah…

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You Can Count on God

Lamentations 3:19-33 What is the worst thing that could happen to you? I’m guessing if I went around the congregation I’d get a whole bunch of different answers to that question, but may I suggest there really is only one right answer to that question? The answer to that question is that the worst thing…

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What’s your perspective?

Job 38:4-7 “Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation?         Tell me, if you understand.      5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know!         Who stretched a measuring line across it?      6 On what were its footings set,         or who laid its cornerstone—      7 while the morning stars sang together         and all the angels shouted for joy?”…

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You’ve Got It All

Job had it all. He was rich. He had not only hundreds but thousands of animals. And back in Old Testament times, that was generally the way your wealth was measured by how many animals you had. He had thousands of animals. Not only that but he was blessed with a big family. 10 kids.…

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What is there to find joy in?

Psalm 1:1+2 1Blessed is the one   who does not walk in step with the wicked or stand in the way that sinners take   or sit in the company of mockers, 2 but whose delight is in the law of the Lord,   and who meditates on his law day and night. Why does a Christian “delight”…

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Our Delight

Psalm 1 What do you delight in? I would not be surprised if many of you said, “I delight in my family or my friends.” And because it’s Father’s Day, I would not be surprised if you said, “I delight in my role as a father.” Others of you might say, “I delight in my…

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