Leaving My What to Whom? | Genesis 25:1-8

One well-respected commentator says that a Christian has no right to leave property and possessions to an unsaved child. Does that idea produce tension in your mind ang heart? Consider a couple of questions. How serious we are in the belief that God owns all we have? Do we actually believe that God is the giver of all we have? Finally, how much do we want that with which we have been entrusted to be under God’s direction, even when we leave it to others?

Finding Joy in Difficult Circumstances | Philippians 1:12-25

Which is the more important question – Did I lose my job today, or how is it going with the gospel? Is a member of my family in the hospital, or how is it going with the gospel? Is my teenager causing trouble at home, or how is it going with the gospel? Did I make the team, or how is it going with the gospel? Paul found joy in the midst of his difficulty because he had no agenda other than the exaltation of Jesus Christ in and through his life whether by life or by death. This is radical stuff. Proceed with caution.

Which Girl Is My Girl? | Genesis 24:5-65

Abraham taught his servant to bathe every action in prayer.  There is no doubt that fervent supplication for divine leadership marked each step of his journey.  He probably began each day with prayer and ended each day with prayer.  As he prayed, however, he kept traveling.  He did not use prayer as an excuse for idleness.  He prayed and worked at the same time.  Prayer does not make work unnecessary, but prayer is essential if one’s work is to be effective.  What was this servant’s work?  He searched for the right woman who would be a wife to Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Which girl would be Isaac’s girl, and why?  The answer awaits.

Where Does God Fit In? | Matt. 2:1-10; Luke 2:1-7

A famous Canadian preacher wrote: Words fail when we try to articulate in theology and worship our deepest feelings about the awesome, transcendent majesty of Almighty God. Is it possible that a God like that could have been in Bethlehem’s manger? In stark reality, are we to believe that God was there in that ancient place in some special and unique way? Shockingly, Jesus came into His own world in complete obscurity, in fact, with such obscurity that we are compelled to ask: Where does God fit in, and does it really make sense to fit such an obscure figure into our own lives?

The Last Noel | Luke 21:25-36

The celebration of the first noel and the anticipation of the last noel are closely connected. Both events teach the same truth — and what is that truth? God has his hand on human history and your place in it. Both the first and last noels teach us that God has not abandoned us, that God is not ignoring us, that God has a plan and a purpose and that He’s inviting us to get plugged into that plan and purpose. You may not know what tomorrow will bring, but you don’t have to be afraid. You may have no idea how things are going to turn out, but you don’t have to be afraid. You may be headed into unknown territory but you don’t have to be afraid.