Restoration in the Resurrected Jesus

Read John 20:1-9 “They still did not understand from Scripture that Jesus had to rise from the dead.” (John 20:9) After Jesus was crucified most people believed that death was the end of Him. In that belief, the disciples come upon a scene that startles them: the tomb where Jesus’ body had been laid after […]

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Humble Restoration

Read Job 42 “My ears had heard of you but now my eyes have seen you.”  (Job 42:5) Everyone wants a story to have a happy ending. Deep down our longing for everything to be put right in the end is woven into the fabric of our being. The problem is that most of us […]

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Facing Monsters

Read Job 41 “Can you pull in Leviathan with a fishhook or tie down its tongue with a rope?”  (Job 41:1) God reaches the pinnacle of His response to Job with one of the most unique portions of the book. Here, God confronts Job with the fierce form of a great sea monster known as […]

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Why I Love Confession

Read Job 40 “Then Job answered the Lord: ‘I am unworthy—how can I reply to you? I put my hand over my mouth.’” (Job 40:3-4) In my Senior High School English Class, I was the token Christian. In that class we read the book of Job as a fantastic piece of literature. On one quiz […]

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A Humbling God

Read Job 39 “Does the hawk take flight by your understanding and spread its wings to the south?” (Job 39:26) Have you ever been so confident that you were right about something that you invested every part of yourself to prove you were right? Everything seems to be going so well, and you feel as […]

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Look Up

Read Job 38 “Then the LORD answered Job out of the storm.” (Job 38:1) Simply and profoundly, we round a new corner in Job’s journey. We have listened to three cycles of dialogue between Job and his friends, and a four-part speech from the young bystander, Elihu. It’s as though all human wisdom is finally […]

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Hope Beyond Circumstance

Read Job 37 “He brings the clouds to punish people, or to water his earth and show his love.” (Job 37:13) Are these dark clouds meant to punish me, or to instead lovingly refine me? When will this pain finally end? Why is this happening to me? Like Job, when life takes a turn for […]

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Is God There?

Read Psalm 69 All of us have times when we feel like God isn’t speaking even though we are trying to listen. We’re not alone in this. We can see it in the life of David, who wrote these words of prayer: “Answer me, Lord, out of the goodness of your love;   in your […]

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God’s Mysterious Way

Read Job 36 “He delivers the afflicted by their afflictions, he reveals himself to them by their suffering.”  (Job 36:15 NET) Eddy spoke softly to us with a slight smile in a room filled with 30 homeless men,  “2015 was the lowest point in my life. Alcohol got me homeless but my addiction to alcohol […]

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Hope in the Shadows

Read Job 35 “But it is wrong to say God doesn’t listen, to say the Almighty isn’t concerned. You say you can’t see him, but he will bring justice if you only wait.” (Job 35:13-14 NLT) Have you ever been trapped by circumstances beyond your control, or locked in a situation that seemed unfair and […]

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