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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Courage When… 2: Esther

Day 2 of Courage When - When Your Unexpected Role Requires Unexpected Risk: Esther Esther 4:1-17; 5:1-3; 7:1-6 In many ways, Esther’s life runs parallel to Daniel’s life, which we looked at yesterday. As a young adult, Esther is removed from the home of her Jewish family and sent into the palace of the ruling heathen king. While in the palace, she is honored for her virtue, her beauty, and her honor.…

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Courage When… 1: Daniel

(Day 1 of Courage When…)When Faithfulness Makes You Fair Game: Daniel Daniel 6:1-28 While praying in his upper room that day, I wonder if Daniel knew his enemies in the Persian administration were lying in wait nearby. I wonder, too, if that would have made any difference to him.  When it was announced that King Darius now forbade the worship of any god other than himself, even when the people around Daniel…

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