Have you ever been frustrated with yourself or even God? It might be safe to say that all of us have been there, and we’re not alone. At some point in our faith walk we might find ourselves sort of spinning our tires, stuck somewhere, or just not getting the answers or discernment we feel that we need. In 2nd Corinthians Paul pleads with God three times to remove what He described as a “thorn in his side” – but God doesn’t respond in the way Paul asks. So how should we respond to frustration when we’re just not seeing what we want to see?
Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham. But for a good portion of His life that didn’t seem to be the case. God made a promise with Abraham and then seemingly took his sweet time to deliver. How do you respond when you become impatient with God? Despite Abraham’s short comings God was still faithful to him, and followed through on His promise. We might not be a person of the same magnitude as an Abraham, or any of these “big time” biblical people. But God’s character is the same for us as it was for them. Despite our shortcomings, impatience, and rebellion God is true to His word and true to us.
Joseph was the favorite son and His Father gave him one heck of a robe to show it. Joseph found himself in some pretty rough situations. From his brothers considering murdering him, eventually selling him into slavery, winding up in jail, and remarkably in the service of Pharaoh. Regardless of his situation Joseph trusted fully in God.
The Israelite’s have crossed into the promise land, but there is a problem. Someone else is already there. The first imposing task is attacking the fortified city of Jericho. There they would find help from an unlikely source, encounter a commander of God’s army (with whose alliances they are unsure about) and execute a very unconventional battle plan.
King David is arguably one of the most popular characters in the Old Testament, and therefore is covered pretty strongly in Sunday School. this story however isn’t exactly the best for little ears, but it’s a turning point in his life. David’s encounter with Bathsheba is the perfect picture of how sin works in our life. The more we dive into it, the number we become.
The little shepherd boy versus the Philistine giant. For many the story of David and Goliath is the quintessential Sunday school story. Today we’re taking a look at the life of young David, anointed by God to become King. David trusted God, and put him first in all things. A man after God’s own heart it was his faith that enabled him to slay the giant. But was it quite the underdog story that we we’ve come to know it as?
God uses broken people. That’s one of the amazing things about who he is. We don’t need to be perfect for him to use us. Samson is easily a very broken person, and yet God still uses him to complete his will. Today we’ll be looking at the story of the old testament strong man, in all of his weakness, and all of God’s glory
Exiled from his homeland as a teen, forced to serve a foreign king, living in a land of pagans and idols. Daniel stays true to his faith while faithfully serving and excelling in his vocation. Daniel in the lions den is a “classic” Sunday school bible lesson, we can still see the felt board story unfold. But beneath all that felt and smiling, happy lions is a rich and challenging story. How would you respond in Daniels situation?
A wee little man was he, climbed a sycamore tree to see what he could see. The story of Zacchaeus is one that tends to remain in the world of “sunday school story”. It’s got a cute song, and some comedic flair with the stature of the small chief tax collector. But the interaction between Zacchaeus and Jesus is profound and deep. It can challenges us not only to check our priorities, but to also reflect on our, and t he churches reaction to broken an lost people; like Zaccaeus in our lives.
We’re headed back to Sunday School! The book of Jonah is often taught in Sunday School class rooms with a lot of focus placed on the whale. But what are we missing? Though it’s a short book in the bible, Jonah is a very deep piece of scripture. We’ll dive into the themes, the mind of Jonah, and some history behind the story. Turns out its way more than a story about some dude that stays in a fish for three days…