It can be easy for us to sort people into ’goodies’ and ‘baddies’, like on Scooby Doo. Then we can dislike the baddies because they’re, well, baddies. So it’s OK. But this lament shows a more 3D picture. … More 2 Samuel 1:17-27 – How the Mighty Have Fallen 😦
So tests are not pleasant, but they are normal and they are helpful. How did Abraham’s test help? It forced him to think seriously about where his faith lay. In the past he had taken matters into his own hands – Pharaoh, Hagar and Ishmael, Abimelch, etc. Now God, the giver of the impossible, had demanded the impossible back. Whom would he trust? … More Genesis 22:1-14
For Jesus, it was not enough just to know he had healed someone, he also wanted to meet her, and to know that she really was OK after all. And he also know that it was better for Jane to meet him, not to stay anonymous. Jesus wanted to encourage her faith, to lead her closer to God, and to completely transform her life, not just bring physical healing. … More All Age Talk -The Woman in the Crowd
We try to live well because we are forgiven, not so that we will be forgiven.
Free From: free from needing to save ourselves by trying to be good enough. Why?
The bad news: We’ll never be good enough.
The good news: We’ll never be good enough. But that’s OK because God loves us anyway, imperfect as we are. … More Galatians 5:1, 13-25