How Can I Overcome This Next Obstacle?

Lose Faith

 

 

Let’s face it, we are all dealt our fair share of challenges in life. We have overcome some obstacles and we can be sure that there are more ahead. And sometimes we find that we face the same obstacle over and over and that it seems that we can’t get over it or past it.

There is a story in the gospel of Mark about a man that couldn’t walk on his own and had to be carried from place to place by his friends. One day the answer to his problem appeared – Jesus was in a house nearby and all he had to do was get in the house and be touched by him. When they got there there was a huge crowd in the way preventing him from getting inside. His friends carried him on his bed up on the roof of the house and they broke through it and lowered him down to where he was able to be healed by Jesus and also have his sins forgiven.

How do we break through the barriers that keep us from healing and hope? We will dig into this on Sunday at 10:30 a.m. See you there!

 

With God: Mission Possible

mission-impossibleSome Bible stories catch our attention more easily than others because the character faces a danger or an enemy where the odds of survival or victory are not good. In fact it seems completely hopeless. Yet, because we get to read the story through to the end, we know things turn out okay in spite of the impossibility of it.

These stories are put there to display the power of God and to challenge us to put some of our faith in His ability to lead us through improbably odds to victory or success and to invite us to, in spite of perhaps not knowing the end result of our own challenges, to believe we are being led to happiness and peace.

“Peace holds within itself trust in the Lord, the trust that He governs all things and provides all things, and that He leads towards an end that is good. When we believe these things about the Lord we are at peace, since we fear nothing and no anxiety about things to come disturbs us.” (Secrets of Heaven 8455, Emanuel Swedenborg)

Join us for worship this Sunday at 10:30 am as we explore this together further.

Courage

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Daniel is one of the most courageous characters in the Bible, but not for the reason we usually think.

When telling the story of Daniel most people focus on Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den itself. But there are actually no verses in the Bible explaining what he experienced or did while in the lions’ den. Why? Because Daniel’s courage in the lions’ den isn’t the point. Once Daniel gets thrown in the lions’ den, what is he really going to be able to do? Disempowering the lions was something that God did, not Daniel.

Daniel’s courage was shown in the way he lived everyday. His enemies made up a law forbidding prayer to anyone but the king so they could catch him praying to God and so have him thrown into the lions’ den. And yet he still prayed. That’s real courage.

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgement that something else is more important than fear. ~Ambrose Redmoon

See you Sunday at 10:30 a.m.