Sunday Service Sneak Peek for – August 9, 2020

Sunday Service Sneak Peek for – August 9, 2020

It can be helpful now and then to be reminded just how little we know.  Some say, “We don’t even know what we don’t know.”  God reminds Job just how little Job knows in the first lesson for today.  It’s humbling but necessary to acknowledge that we know little and God knows all. Find out more this Sunday, August 9 at 9 a.m. in person Worship or online at Facebook Live.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Job 38

“Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand.”

Job 38:4 NIV

This question is addressed to Job, from God.  Why would God ask such a thing?  Job had suffered greatly and God had clearly allowed it to happen.  Job was frustrated with God and implied that God had acted wrongly.  God wanted to show that Job wasn’t really as knowledgeable as he thought he was.  Job wasn’t there at creation.  Job had no knowledge of how God formed the universe and made the earth habitable for His creatures.  The whole point of this question was to remind Job how limited he was in his knowledge.  The whole point of this question is also to remind us how limited we are in our knowledge.  God is trying to squash arrogance and presumptuousness in us.  God is NOT trying to discourage our quest for knowledge or hinder our journey to understand the amazing creation He has given us.  There are times when God will act in ways that perplex us.  That doesn’t mean God is wrong.  God knows all things, we only know some things.  God sees how all things work together, most of the time we only see the individual events.  Don’t accuse God of wrongdoing, just re-read the question above and understand your limited knowledge of His ways.  Oddly, though we are at times arrogant toward God, God humbled Himself for us to the point of dying on a cross to pay the price for our sins.  So while you may not understand everything God does, you can know that God is love.  Jesus proved that by His death and resurrection.

Victory Vitamin Blog – Psalm 23:6

“Surely goodness and mercy will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever.”

-Psalm 23:6 NIV

What comforting words!  God promises goodness and mercy during our earthly lives and an eternity with Him in heaven.  It may sound good to you, but another of one of the common objections to Christianity is that it’s just a psychological crutch invented long ago to offer consolation to life’s losers.  Is Christianity a crutch?  I don’t have a problem calling it that, but then let’s be honest, it’s not just Christians who have a crutch.  Other people use money, possessions, food, tobacco, sex, porn, drugs and alcohol. (hopefully not all at the same time!)  People rely on all kinds of things for comfort, soothing, or numbness.  I’d argue that among potential crutches, Christianity is a pretty good option.  No physical harm, no hangover, no legal consequences, no STD’s.  We believe that God loves us and has removed our sin by Jesus’ death and resurrection.  Because of that we will live eternally through faith in Jesus.  And because God loves all people, we aspire to all people.  Where’s the harm in that?  If you’re confronted with this objection perhaps gently and respectfully ask the person, “If you know any Christians, why do you think they embraced Christianity?”  Perhaps ask, “If Christianity is beneficial to those who practice it, would you still recommend that they renounce their faith?”  and finally ask, “How can you be sure that God is not real?” And encourage them to look at all the evidence for themselves.  Invite them to read the Gospel of Mark to get to know who Jesus is; how He lived, what He did, who He hung out with.  The truth is that God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him will not perish, but have eternal life.  What comforting words!