The Christian life consists of 3 components: vertical (with God), horizontal (with one another) and external (to the world); however, the external component is often overlooked. Jesus did not just come to save people from their sins – He came to save people in order that they would then go on to reach others who are not yet saved. Jesus gave us the ultimate example to show us who to reach out to and how to reach them.
Happy Father’s Day!
Growing up, Joseph was his father Jacob’s favorite son. This did not sit well with his brothers and they sold him to become a slave in Egypt. Through a series of events (God’s sovereignty), Joseph became an extremely powerful ruler over all the land -second to Pharaoh. In a time of great famine, Joseph has mercy on his brothers and reconciles with them through the power of faith and forgiveness from God.
In the parable of the prodigal son, the son’s greed leads him to squander his inheritance. Yet, his biggest sin, even more than his greediness, was his rebellion against his father. Like the prodigal son, we believe that we can live independently of our Father, specifically our Heavenly Father. However, that rebellion only leads us down a path of destruction. But, because of His mercy, we as sinners can be restored one day to become co-heirs with Christ.
One of the most challenging questions for believers is why God would command His people to kill those in Canaan. What we see, however, is not God’s cruelty but rather His justice, patience
When we are too full of ourselves, we become too full for God. We are all helpless without God. When we humble ourselves, we make space for God’s mercy to bring hope into our lives.