The Thrill of Hope - #5 - This hope.

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Of all the things that we struggle with in the race of faith, we struggle the most through the hard moments of life.  I think everybody does.  We struggle with the length of the race; we’re running for a lifetime.  We struggle with burnout and faith-fatigue because the race is so long.  We struggle with distraction, i.e. we struggle to keep our eyes focused in the right place and on the right thing.  We’re lured in all sorts of different directions after all sorts of the different things, some of them are even very good.  We struggle with temptation and deceit.  We struggle with all kinds of things in this race of faith, but perhaps, perhaps the hardest and most painful thing we face in the race of faith are the hardships and trials of following Jesus.  We all deeply during trials because those hard moments seem to go so contrary against the good that God has promised.  The hard moments and hard times of life lead us to question just about everything.  The hard moments and the hard times of life lead us to doubt just about everything that God has said.  Tonight as we unpack Genesis 22, we learn a lot about faith as he watch Abraham trust God no matter what he saw or felt.

The Ransom - #2 - Blood Brother

The family relationship is one of the tightest relationships that we know and understand.  We understand well the joys and the struggles of family relationships.  Many understand the pain of a broken relationship when one is unfaithful to another.  Those relationships are hard to repair.  In love, though we had often been unfaithful to God, Jesus bound himself to us by blood and so became our brother.  He had bonded himself to us and will stay faithful even when we are faithless. Mark 14:12-25.