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Peter: Following Through Failure, Leading to Restoration

It has often troubled me that when we speak of Peter we generally speak of what we perceive as his negative traits and experiences. We talk about him as brash, as zealous without wisdom, as the one that lacked faith and sank when he walked on water with Jesus, as the one that denied Jesus three...

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Caleb: Following Through Disappointment, Leading to Fulfillment

In Numbers 13-14 we are told the story of Joshua, Caleb and twelve other leaders being chosen to go out as spies into the “Promised Land”. They were given the task of finding out what the land and their enemies were like and to return with a report for Moses, Aaron and all of Israel....

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Abraham: Following Through the Unknown, Leading to Faith

Romans 4:3 quotes Genesis 15:6, “Abraham believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness . . .” There is something mysterious and magnificent about faith. It provides power and opportunity, strength and hope and ultimately it is our way of embracing the goodness, love and plan of God for our lives. Ultimately, faith...

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Ruth: Following Through Tragedy; Leading to Peace

This week we started to continue our series earlier this year in which we studied the lives of six Biblical characters and how they followed God through different circumstances of their lives. The continuation of the series looks at the same six people and how their willingness to follow God through circumstance gave them the...

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Love Never Fails

The first three words of I Corinthians 13:8 end our series on God’s character and our identity as a church. Paul writes, “Love never fails.” The words are exciting and comforting, but they should also bring us a joy that comes from realizing that God will accomplish His purpose in our lives. A more descriptive translation...

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Love . . . All Things

The Apostle Paul wrote that love “bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.” Many translations have changed “all things” to always. Always sounds good, but the truth is, I believe it changes the entire meaning of the statement. Always is a statement of time, a vague statement at that. Have...

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God is Glad!

I Corinthians 13:6 says Love “does not rejoice in iniquity, but rejoices in the truth.” The Greek word translated first as rejoice is chairo which means “to rejoice, be glad, thrive”. As I was studying this week I could not get away from two questions, what makes me glad and what makes God glad? What is...

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God Is Not Proud

In his detailed description of love in I Corinthians 13 Paul moves from telling us that love is patient and kind to telling us what love is not. “Love does not envy; love does not parade itself, is not puffed up; does not behave rudely, does not seek it’s own, is not provoked, thinks no...

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The Kindness of God

I Corinthians 13:4 says “Love suffers long and is kind.” There is a correlation between patience and kindness, they work with each other, almost for each other. It is nearly impossible to be patient out of obligation, out of fear or selfishness, guilt or ambition. Patience is one of those things that does not appear...

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“Love Suffers Long”

One of God’s greatest attributes is that He is longsuffering. He announced this to Moses in Exodus 34 and then simply proved it over and over through Scripture and His activity in each of our lives. Longsuffering is much more than being willing to wait, John Reisinger writes, “Longsuffering is the ability to endure everything...