We are in a series on the Heroes of the Faith in Hebrews 11, and the author of Hebrews names the prophets as heroes of faith. We wanted to cover what the prophetic books were about in relation to today’s culture. If you were asked to speak for God as a prophet to your culture, what would you say? Would you have a message of love for today’s generation of people? How can you help people grow in their faith with God, today? What message would you give?
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Samuel the young boy, is beckoned by the LORD, to hear his voice. The priest, Eli, tells young Samuel to say to the LORD, “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening.” Can you say that in your own life? Do you listen when the LORD speaks to you? How do you show character and faith in God when God wants to say something to you? God is loving, gracious and kind. He wants to speak with you and wants you to listen. Are you listening?
King David had reigned over Israel for some 20 years now, and in his complacency, became a little bored. He neglected his kingly duties, didn’t go out to war, roamed his palace at night, and took advantage of his power. Greek Military General, Pittacus, said, “The measure of a person is what they do with their power.” How do you use your power and influence over others? Are you abusive, #metoo, or are you empowering? Do you walk blindly in your sin, or when others hold you accountable, do you repent of your sin and confess your wrong to God? God is waiting to give you another chance, so we need to walk toward God, repent of our sin, and come freely to victory over darkness.
Barak was serving as General for Israel’s Army, under the Judge Deborah. He was given a command, through Deborah, by the Lord, and he refused to obey orders unless his conditions were met. When we rebuff against the Lord’s commands, we are not honoring the Lord. How does your life reflect obedience to God? Are you one to question God’s authority in your life, and therefore not live a life of obedience? How can you learn to serve God better by making your life available to God’s service?
The story of the man healed from paralysis is fascinating. We sometimes mistake it for a simple story of healing, which isn’t ever simple. But this miracle takes a turn and God brings forgiveness along with healing. This is called Shalom in the Bible, God’s salvation (Shalom) is more than peace, it is a wholeness of forgiveness, healing and making things right in the world. Jesus uses this moment in this young man’s life to point others to God. The friends who brought the young man to Jesus were rewarded for their faith. Those who opposed Jesus were dumb founded by his authority from God the Father. All in all this is a wonderful teaching on working with God, instead of for God. Do you understand the difference? Click the link below, and follow along.
What is it like to fast from food for a meal, for a few meals, for a few days? What’s the purpose of fasting? What are people supposed to accomplish through this ancient practice of spiritual growth? Some people skip a meal in the week because they are too busy to eat. Some skip a meal because they’re trying to lose weight. Some skip meals because of lack of income, or lack of convenience, but skipping a meal on purpose for the sake of godliness is an entirely different reason. Join us this week as we look at the benefits of fasting in order to grow your faith.
Please pray for our little town of Windsor, Colorado. We are a grieving community, and the best thing for us is prayer, and normalcy.
I’m a pastor of an Evangelical Covenant Church in Greeley, CO, but we live in Windsor. My daughter is a junior in high school and has seen too much pain in the past month for anyone to suffer. Today I received a phone call from my daughter that there was an entire school lock down in session. Usually this is a drill, “but today, dad, they didn’t say it was a drill. The lady on the speakers just said, ‘everyone get into your classrooms and close all doors.'”
About 45 minutes later my daughter calls me again and she’s crying so hard that I can’t understand her plea. “Dad, he’s gone, Jack is dead. He took his own life behind the school and I don’t know what to do.” What am I supposed to say? “Honey, I don’t know what’s happening, but are you safe?” “Yes, daddy, I’m safe and I’m ok.”
We met for lunch and then went back to the school to see what we could do to pray or listen to kids who were grieving. We entered the library as the building was in trauma crisis reaction. Police, firefighters, EMT and counselors are on hand to speak with those in need and handle the situation at hand. I saw many of my pastoral faith community leaders there to counsel with kids. My daughter embraced her friends and wept with many.
One question that we heard over and over again, “Why are so many bad things happening?” We don’t have the answers to the question why. This month there was a drunk driving collision where a student lost his life, and another situation in a local school of another suicide, a mom died of cancer and loss is rearing it’s ugly head.
A counselor told me once that we all want to know answers to the question why, but maybe the important question at this time is “what can we do now”?
How does our faith shine through when the world seems dark? Where do we gather strength for tomorrow when we need to face our pain and go back to school, back to work and back into the pulpit?
After dinner tonight, I sat with the Bible, longing for Jesus to speak to me and give me another sense of His sure foundation and faith for my life. I searched the Psalms and the Lord spoke through Psalms 94.
16 Who will rise up for me against the wicked?
Who will take a stand for me against evildoers?
17 Unless the Lord had given me help,
I would soon have dwelt in the silence of death.
18 When I said, “My foot is slipping,”
your unfailing love, Lord, supported me.
19 When anxiety was great within me,
your consolation brought me joy.
When anxiety was great within me, your consolation (oh Lord) brought me joy. The Lord longs to bring you consolation dear one. The Lord is the consolation for our grief and pain and sorrow.
I don’t know the journey you are walking this season. I do know the pain my family is suffering with all this loss around us. The one who knows pain more than we do, is our Lord God. He knows first hand what it is like to lose his son. He knows grief and loss and sorrow. Come to the Heavenly Father in your time of great need and he will console you today.
Please pray for our little community of Windsor, CO tonight. We are grieving and hurting and low. Somehow we will walk through this to see another day, but for now, our hearts are heavy and sad. There have been too many funerals for high school kids to attend.