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Julie Long

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The greatest obstacle preventing Israel from escaping from Egypt and seizing the Promised Land wasn’t Pharaoh and his massive army. It wasn’t the imposing Red Sea. It wasn’t even the walled Canaanite cities. The greatest obstacle to the fulfillment of God’s promise was the grumbling hearts of God’s people. The two words in Hebrew that are translated “grumble” are lun and ragan. Lun has the connotation of growling. Ragan has the connotation of whispered rebellion. When we grumble, we rebel against God’s authority. Our grumbling declares our distrust of God’s sovereign rule over our lives. God responds, “How long shall…

All of life is change – a journey to know Jesus and become like Him.  Even in the midst of a pandemic – especially in the midst of a pandemic, God wants to expand our capacity to function in His Kingdom.  The Bible says, “It is God who works in you both to will and to do for His good pleasure.” (Philippians 2:13 NKJV) He initiates the changes we experience to shape us into the vision He has for our life. We were made for more than one season.  This season will pass and God will make all things new…

We all have them.  Some more than others.  James tells us to count them all joy (1:2), but it’s easier said than done. The book of Job offers wisdom for trusting God in times of distress.  When Job emerged from his test of faith, he told God, “I had only heard about you before, but now I have seen you with my own eyes” (Job 42:5 NLT).  Job’s trouble transformed his knowledge of God from “crumbs of rumors” (42:5 MSG) to feasts of faith.  Here are three reminders to help us grow spiritually during trial seasons: 1. God’s plan is…