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We don’t like to think about the hard times and situations the Lord allows in our lives. Even more, we don’t like to experience them when they happen. Maybe we think that He has abandoned us in those times. Maybe we doubt that He cares. But sometimes the Lord allows difficulties in our lives to crush us, humble us and rework us, molding us into something new. Just like grapes are crushed for wine — the crushing isn’t a pleasant experience, but it’s necessary. In the book of Micah, the prophet speaks to the nation of Israel, telling them they…

Focus Verse: “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found faithful.” (I Corinthians 4:2 ESV). In this 3-Part Bible study series, we will discover faithfulness as the foundation for courageous and contagious Christianity: 1. The Faithful Individual 2. The Faithful God 3. The Faithful Church The Faithful Individual “Help, Lord, because the godly are all gone; the faithful have completely disappeared from the human race!” (Psalm 12:1 CEB) Faithfulness is rare among sinful humanity, but it should not be so among the people of God! The Bible includes many examples of God’s people who are characterized by faithfulness:…

Isaiah 40:31 King James Version (KJV) But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint. It’s hard to wait – let alone be in a season of waiting.  Having to wait can stir up questions and emotions within us and we always seem to want to rush through the waiting as fast as we can.  It can feel so draining, and like such a waste of time when we have to wait. During times when I…