We live in a world where trust is often disappointed and hopes are often dashed. How can we know that our future is secure and things are going to be ok, when so much in life seems to speak otherwise? It starts with whether or not we can trust God to do what He says He will do and be who He says He will be.
For most of us, there are those all-too-familiar sins that we fall into time and time again. Maybe it is a defense mechanism or source of comfort we run to in times of fear or stress. Maybe it is a besetting sin from which we just canâ€™t seem to break free. How can the Lordâ€™s grace and plan work in our lives when sin trips us and we fall time and time again?
What do our lives count for or matter if we lose the spiritual destiny of our own children? The second part of Genesis 19 (verses 30-38) continue what is meant to be a serious warning to each of us â€” particularly as we consider the life and legacy we leave to our children or others for whom we have spiritual influence. Compromise does not just affect our own spiritual life â€” it can reverberate far and wide through others. May the Lord give us a heart for holiness in our children â€” and lives that lead them to it.
Since we have a God who offers to be â€œGod with us and God for us, we have incredible access and privilege in walking with him and learning His heart for the world and the nations around us. Really, thatâ€™s what prayer is: Learning through conversations with God to have our hearts aligned with his, and that is where this text leads us today.
To speak of covenant and of the promises of God is to walk among some huge and grand promises. But do those promises really apply to you personally? Can you know that God is close to you amid your struggles and your uncertainty? As we worship this morning, hear how God promises to seal us to Himself now and forever.
Infant baptism is one of the most confusing things we do as a reformed church. Why do we do it? Is it just a tradition that should be left behind â€” or is there an important warrant and reason in Scripture for its practice?
Abraham asks for a sign â€” and God gives Him a covenant. We see threats and harm all around us â€” and God gives the assurance of who He is and what He is for us.
It is hard to be patient, and it is hard to wait. It is hard to walk in faith and in peace while we wait on Godâ€™s timing, His gifts, and His way. The temptation to take the matters of our lives into our own hands and live according to our own understanding is great â€” and it always leads to ruin.
Our concept of God makes all the difference for our faith. How do you imagine God? What is He there for? Is He in control? What are His purposes and His powers? What is He able and willing to take onto Himself to make you His own?
Our text today tells of a strange little episode that Scripture comes back to time and time again. How does the Bible work and function together to bring us the One message and picture of Jesus Christ? How does the Old Testament combine with the New? And what is the truth of who Jesus is that we desperately need to see?