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June 18, 2017 - Peyton Johnston
God gives us the commandment to honor our parents (See Ephesians 6:1-3). This greatly includes obeying them even when we don't entirely comprehend their direction or decisions. This holds true for those of us who may not have a biological father to guide us in truth, but can look to a Godly father-figure to instruct us in the way we should go.
June 11, 2017
Rebellion is the open resistance to authority that throughout time has birthed nothing but division, destruction, and death. Whether by God or men, rebellion never goes unpunished. The Bible gives many accounts of those who rebelled and faced the terrible consequences. Kingdoms were demolished. Dynasties wiped out. Lives were brutally taken away. Families split apart. Many faced exile… All because of rebellion.
May 28, 2017
Ruth had just lost everything. She had just uprooted herself to follow her new family to a foreign place to escape a famine. In this foreign place, she lost her father-in-law, brother-in-law, and her husband - before ever having any children. Now at rock bottom, she had every right and reason to leave her now broken family and seek a new start in her native land. Her mother-in-law, Naomi, even encouraged young Ruth to leave so that she could begin to attempt to create a normal life for herself again.
May 21, 2017
David says that when he cried out to God, not only did God listen, but He inclined to David. To incline to someone means to feel favorably toward them. But it also has another meaning. The word “incline” comes from the latin roots in meaning “toward”, and clinare meaning “to bend”. So when God inclined to David, he was making the physical and spiritual motion of bending toward David to hear him and move on his behalf. The scripture said that the Lord then drew David out of his despair, established his path, and filled him with a song of praise.
May 14, 2017
Whenever we come against something we've never had to face before, we tell ourselves that it's time to be brave and “step out of our comfort zones”. How many times have we heard that phrase when it comes to witnessing to lost souls? Somehow, spreading the Gospel has become something that is not within our idea of comfortable. But how can we ever expect to win our communities with a timid spirit?
May 7, 2017
Esau traded the lasting benefits of his birthright for the immediate desire of a bowl of stew after a long day. He acted on impulse and desperation without pausing to consider the long-term consequences of what he was about to do. Ultimately, he realized that he had traded something priceless for a simple meal, but there was no way for him to turn back.
April 30, 2017
Peter asked Jesus if he should forgive others’ mistakes seven times, and Jesus said, “No, seventy times seven.” In other words, there should be no limit to our forgiveness.
April 23, 2017
You don’t need an advanced degree in agriculture to understand the sow-and-reap concept. You know that if you plant an avocado seed you won’t get a peach tree. We easily understand that good or bad consequences result from good and bad choices.
April 16, 2017
At the time of Jesus, many Jews believed the soul hovered near the body for three days after death. According to this belief, it was technically possible, until the third day, for a body to revive. In order to make sure there was no chance of Jesus reviving, the religious leaders sealed the mouth of His tomb with a heavy stone. Ironically, this only reinforced the miracle when an angel rolled away the stone that was supposed to be almost impossible to move.