Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 4

Part four of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story How do we courageously obey God when obedience is risky? I find help in Jacob’s seven courageous steps as he returned home despite his brother’s vow to kill him. In earlier posts, I mentioned that Jacob in faith immediately started on his way when […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 3

Part three of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story Years ago I decided that any time I said something negative about someone to a person who didn’t need to know, I would go to the person I’d talked to and say, “When I told you about so-and-so, I was gossiping and that […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 2

Part two of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story Peter Paul Rubens, “The Reconciliation of Jacob and Esau,” 1624 Sometimes doing what’s right brings hardship. An addict who finally seeks help must face all those things he was running from that got him hooked in the first place. Obeying Jesus’ command to […]

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Courage: Jacob’s Example Part 1

Part one of a five-part message accompanying chapter 2 of The Story When I was about 21 and working at a megachurch, a co-worker more than twice my age to whom I didn’t report moved two brown filing cabinets into my cubicle and dropped on my desk a foot-high stack of invoices to be filed […]

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Work Out Your Salvation?

Paul said, “Work out your salvation with fear and  trembling,” a statement which causes some Christians to fear and tremble. So let’s take a look at it. Doing works does not save us, but true salvation shows itself in works (Eph. 2:8-9). Paul is writing to believers about the outworking of their salvation in their everyday […]

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