God Cares About the Storms

Scripture: “As evening came, Jesus said to his disciples, ‘Let’s cross to the other side of the lake.’ So they took Jesus in the boat and started out, leaving the crowds behind (although other boats followed). But soon a fierce storm came up. High waves were breaking into the boat, and it began to fill with water.

Dare to Hope

The people of Israel had been exiled to Babylon from Jerusalem and the extreme heartache over the situation was detailed in Lamentations. The prophet described how God had turned against the people for their wickedness. Out of desperation, he said that everything that he had hoped for from the Lord was lost. As the prophet detailed how the people had been treated, it affected his prospect of God. He was experiencing insurmountable loss that brought tears and sadness. Grieving over what was loss for the people of Israel was the only way he could process the situation. His expectations of what God would do had not been met. Even so, he turned his attention back to God and reminded himself that God’s mercy was available each and every day, no matter what the days, weeks, or years had lacked…

What You Gain When You Lose

Scripture: “Now it happened that as he was praying alone, the disciples were with him. And he asked them, ‘Who do the crowds say that I am?’ And they answered, ‘John the Baptist. But others say, Elijah, and others, that one of the prophets of old has risen.’ Then he said to them, ‘But who do you say

Incredible Promises for Bleak Circumstances

Scripture: “”I am God. I will bring you out from under the cruel hard labor of Egypt. I will rescue you from slavery. I will redeem you, intervening with great acts of judgment. I’ll take you as my own people and I’ll be God to you. You’ll know that I am God, your God who brings you out from

The Conflict of Worry and Peace

Scripture: “That is why I tell you not to worry about everyday life—whether you have enough food and drink, or enough clothes to wear. Isn’t life more than food, and your body more than clothing? Look at the birds. They don’t plant or harvest or store food in barns, for your heavenly Father feeds them. And