GIVE US A KING!
Israel demands a king like the other nations, rather than being led by God. What can we learn from Israel about our own hearts?
GOD RETURNS TO HIS PEOPLE
After a long silence God returns to His people who are living in disobedience. We have to ask ourselves if we are not guilty of the same thing today.
GOD’S PATIENCE HAS A TIME LIMIT
God reveals how our world sinful and corrupt, and our complicity in it so that we can change. God is patient, but at some point that patience comes to an end.
THE RISE AND FALL GOD’S PEOPLE
The Bible takes us through the successes and failures of Israel, not as a Jewish history lesson, but for insight into our own tendencies as God’s people.
Jesus is divine peace. He entered into human flesh (became a man) to provide a way that sinful humanity could live in peace with the holy God who created us.
Joy is the deeper and more powerful version of happiness. Joy rooted and grounded in Christ is unshakeable joy. It is what we long for in hard times.
We can feel dark and alone when things are not going “our way”, however God’s love shines the brightest when we see His plans accomplished in us.
SALVATION: GOD’S LOVE FOR THE UNDESERVING
God, in spite of our sin, saves us. He forgives idolatry, overlooks failure, untangles our messes, and ultimately provides salvation… if we will just listen to Him and do what He says.
GRACE: FORGIVENESS WE DON’T DESERVE
God gives “unmerited favor” (grace) to us when we repent and seek Him. We never deserve it, but God gives it graciously through Christ.
MERCY: SPARED THE JUDGEMENT WE DESERVE
Just like the Israelites at the bottom of Mt. Sinai we all sin and deserve wrath. God spares us by pouring that wrath out on Jesus instead. Moses provides insight into how Jesus takes our penalty and gives us mercy.