I Am 5: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life

I Am Day 5: I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life Thomas said to him, “Lord, we do not know where you are going. How can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (John 14:5-6, ESV) Then Pilate said to him, “So you are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say…

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I Am 4: I am the Resurrection and the Life

I Am Day 4: I am the Resurrection and the Life Jesus said to her, “Your brother will rise again.” Martha said to him, “I know that he will rise again in the resurrection on the last day.”  Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die. Do you believe this?” She said to him, “Yes, Lord; I believe…

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I Am 3: I am the Good Shepherd

I Am Day 3: I am the Good Shepherd I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep. He who is a hired hand and not a shepherd, who does not own the sheep, sees the wolf coming and leaves the sheep and flees, and the wolf snatches them and scatters them. He flees because he is a hired hand and cares nothing for the sheep. I am the good shepherd. I know my own and my…

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I Am 2: I am the Light of the World

I am Day 2: I am the Light of the World Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12, ESV) Have you ever experienced complete and utter darkness? I’m not talking about the darkness of your room with all the lights off or even the darkness of a night sky; I’m talking about…

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I Am 1: I Am the Bread of Life

I am Day 1: I Am the Bread of Life “Our fathers ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’” Jesus then said to them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but my Father gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is he who comes down from heaven and gives life…

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Sunday Selah:

Remember this, brothers and sisters, as we move forward into a new week with new challenges: So we are always of good courage. We know that while we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord, for we walk by faith, not by sight. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. So whether we…

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Courage When… 6: Review

Day 6 of Courage When - Lessons in Courage Review This week, we have taken a look at five different Old Testament figures who showed great courage. We have learned that courage is less about strength than it is about dependence on the Lord, and less about perfect planning than it is about perspective. From the lives of Daniel, Esther, Abraham, Joshua, and David, we see the enormous value of the following…

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Courage When… 5: David

Day 5 of Courage When - When Enemies Appear Enormous: David 1 Samuel 16:1-13; 17:1-53 Despite the fact that David is now the most widely-known example of heroic courage in the Old Testament, he was, by every account, an unlikely hero. When the Scripture first introduces us to David, he is a young shepherd out tending his father’s sheep. He is called in from the fields by the prophet Samuel who then…

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Courage When… 4: Joshua

Day 4 of Courage When - When Enemies Appear Everywhere: Joshua Joshua 1:1-9; 21:43-45; Deuteronomy 31:1-8; 32:1-47 Joshua was one of Israel’s greatest and most courageous leaders, but it is important for us to remember that he did not start out as a leader. True leaders never do. In the first part of Joshua’s story, he was a servant, a spy, and a soldier. However, in each of these roles, he relied…

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Courage When… 3: Abraham

Day 3 of Courage When - When God’s Directions Seem Confusing or Callous: Abraham Genesis 22:1-18; 14:10-20; 18:20-33; Hebrews 11:8-12,17-19 Abraham knew what it was like to do what God said, no matter how absurd it seemed to others.  Leave my home and family to follow an invisible God to an unknown land? Okay, God.  Wait for You to give me a son when I am 100 years old?  Okay, God.  Offer…

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