January 6, 2019: In the Cave

Presented by Casey Kluver (00:52)

After David was anointed as the king of Israel, he found himself running for his life because the current king felt threatened.  The future king of Israel was reduced to hide in cave.  David could have concluded that the dark cave meant his future as king was over. Yet in the cave he found a group of followers, many of whom would later become the mightiest men of his army.
You may end up in a cave, but that doesn’t mean the journey is over.  You cannot have growth without resistance.  Don’t give up in God because he hasn’t given up on you.

Scripture references: 1 Sam 22:1-2; 2 Sam 23:15-39

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Jesus Meets You at the Edge

Fear drives people to the rock bottom of despair.  When you hit the bottom you’ll think it is a secret, isolated place; but many Christians can tell you that they met Jesus at the bottom.  The lie Satan tells the world is that you must be perfect before God will accept you.  You must solve you’re own problems before Jesus will call you friend.  The truth is that Jesus left the perfection of Heaven to meet sinners where they were…in their sin.  Fear of judgement or fear of shame brings you to the pit of despair, but if you pause and listen you will find Jesus standing beside you with arms wide open.

It’s difficult to be humble when life is going they way you expect it to go.  Yet, when your plans are falling apart and hope seems lost you can better understand your need for God and, if you’re willing, you can receive his love for you.

Fear is a liar.  Jesus is true.  Grace, mercy, forgiveness, and wholeness are yours through Him.

August 30, 2015 – Philippians, part 4 – How to Hope in Rough Times

Preached by Rod Benner (00:43)

Rod continues a new series on the book of Philippians.

As Paul sat in chains, under house arrest by Roman guards, he told his friends, “Don’t worry about me.” Although he would rather be free, we was more concerned about giving great praise to God. In a terrible, inconvenient, depressing, unfair, and unjust situation he said, “Because of my imprisonment I get to tell all of these guards about Jesus! That’s more important than my physical freedom.”

Every circumstance in your life is an opportunity to learn more about God and the point of life. You don’t always pick your circumstances but you can choose to turn any circumstance (any circumstance!) into an opportunity to honor and praise God. Remember and learn what matters. Don’t sacrifice the relationship with your spouse, your kids, or your neighbors and coworkers for unimportant matters. Paul isn’t saying, “Just look at the glass half full.” Rather, he’s saying, “Look to Jesus and see God the Father.” The point of life is to honor God, know Jesus, and love others (ie. family, neighbors, co-workers, others). Understand what really matters to hope through rough times.

Scripture References:
Philippians 1:12-19

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