Category Archives: Difficulty

Lessons from the Life of Abram: Count on God (Genesis 12:10-20)

Lesson 3 – Count on God (Genesis 12:10-20) Introduction Abram is a man of faith. He does not have to have fine-grained details in order to do God’s will (Hebrews 11:8). By faith he is able to work with vague directions and set out from what is familiar for an unknown country. For what? For

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Called to Conflict – Part 2 of 3 (Acts 16:19-24)

Called to Conflict — Part 2 of 3 (Acts 16:19-24) Introduction The call to put our faith in Christ is many things. It is a call to forgiveness (Ephesians 4:32; Colossians 1:13-14; 2:13; 3:13; Romans 5:8). It is a call into the family of God (John 1:12-13). God the Father’s pleading to believe on Jesus

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Called to Conflict – Part 1 of 3 (Acts 16:16-18)

Called to Conflict — Part 1 of 3 (Acts 16:16-18) We want peace. And sometimes we will do almost anything to get or keep it. To keep peace we will avoid a conversation that promises to turn into an argument. To avoid conflict we will find ways around engaging with a group of people that

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A Gift for God (Matthew 2:1-15)

A Gift for God (Matthew 2:1-15) Introduction We are all familiar with the story and song of the kings that visit Jesus shortly after his birth. In the song there are three of them. In most depictions the three kings are from three different ethnic groups and come from the west to present their gifts

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The Best She Could With What She Had (Luke 2:1-7)

The Best She Could with What She Had (Luke 2:7,12) 7 And she brought forth her firstborn Son, and wrapped Him in swaddling cloths, and laid Him in a manger, because there was no room for them in the inn. …12 And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling

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Missions and Irreconcilable Differences (Acts 15:36-41)

Introduction Some days have passed (Μετὰ δέ τινας ἡμέρας) since the conflict concerning circumcision was resolved with a word from Jerusalem (Acts 15:30-31). The contention was settled with a letter from leadership delivered by four men: Barsabas, Silas, Barnabas, and Paul. The former two, Barsabas and Silas, are leading men from among the disciples of

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Disclosures in Difficulty

Disclosures in Difficulty (Romans 5:1-5) In our difficulties there is disclosure. Why? Any attempt to conceal or cover up our true nature is overcome by the effect of truly troubled waters. Tribulation is a type of light that reveals character, uncovers convictions, and makes manifest the virtues and vices of our inner man. Is your

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