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If God - Friday

Posted on Fri, May 27, 2016

When the trumpets sounded, the army shouted, and at the sound of the trumpet, when the men gave a loud shout, the wall collapsed; so everyone charged straight in, and they took the city. They devoted the city to the Lord… Joshua 6:20-21
 
Here’s why all of this matters. Even today. Watch how it has developed this week. 
 
Monday:
Something big is about to happen. Friends, we are in the denouement of human history. Do you feel it? Things are shaking and breaking loose all around us. Just as God said they would. We must lean forward and be ready to be used for Kingdom purposes. 
 
Tuesday: 
God has already declared our victory, through Jesus at the Cross. But there are things to do. There is yet work to be accomplished if our goal is to take as many to the Promised Land with us as we can. Be strong and do the work. 
 
Wednesday: 
We’re in the waiting period. You and I are being made ready to live in the Promised Land. Lean into it. Desire it. Love it. Then when we, “with unveiled faces” see Him, there is no surprise, no fear. Only great, great joy.   
 
Thursday:
The place God starts isn’t the place He will end up. After the walls come tumbling down, what will be rebuilt in its place? 
 
We have a crumbling culture, no doubt. One that desperately needs to know the truth and hope we carry as the light of our lives. What if we looked so much like Him that the world around us was drawn into His irresistible love, too? 
 
In a culture that calls for rugged individualism and uniqueness to the point of exhaustion, let us learn to do just the opposite: let us imitate. Let us look just like the only One worth looking like.  
  • What walls need to come tumbling down in your life? 
  • How would life look if there were no walls between you and God’s plan for your life?
What if you -- and all of God’s people -- decided to take Him at His Word? All I can say is, “Just watch what happens.” Now, be strong and do the work. God’s comin’ y’all. 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

If God - Thursday

Posted on Thu, May 26, 2016

But I said to you, “You will possess their land; I will give it to you as an inheritance, a land flowing with milk and honey.” I am the Lord your God, who has set you apart from the nations. Leviticus 20:24
 
In just about 100 days I’ll be going to my happy place. I will dip my toes in the Atlantic Ocean, and park myself by her shore for two solid weeks. And there will be tears when I have to depart. Happens every year. I was made for the salt-life, my milk-and-honey place. 
 
On that day, we will load the car with way too much stuff (according to Mr. Hatton), and we will leave pre-crack o’dawn (according to Mrs. Hatton). What will also happen is a stop or two along the way. They will be important and helpful, but those stops are just shy of where my heart longs to be. I won’t be fully satisfied until I can smell the sea air and see the sway of palm trees in the warm breeze. 
 
Jericho wasn’t where God was ultimately going. It was simply the first stop on the path to rooting out the evil in the Land of Canaan, His chosen homeland for His people. 
 
God’s plans are always precise. Jericho was situated at a very strategic location. It connected one of the few roads  -- the Via Maris (“the way of the sea”), a major trade route to the West -- to the King’s Highway, which ran to the East. 
 
You see, when God delivers us safely where He desires us to be, it will be a place that is so much better than we could have asked or imagined. We will not be stranded and alone, because we will have access to everything we could possibly need. We will not want for anything. 
 
God’s plan is always to take His holy people to His holy place. He will not rest until we are all safely in the place of His planning --  the people of God, living in the place of God, moving in the power of God. 
 
All I ask for is a beach, Lord. Pretty please? 
  • One thing today. Spend some time thinking about where God wants to take you on the journey toward Him. What would life be like if you simply followed? 
 
 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

If God - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, May 25, 2016

On the seventh day, march around the city seven times, with the priests blowing the trumpets. When you hear them sound a long blast on the trumpets, have the whole army give a loud shout; then the wall of the city will collapse and the army will go up, everyone straight in.” Joshua 6:4-5
 
The English language is filled with weird words. My friend intensely dislikes the word “moist.” Images of soggy things fill her head, I guess. On the other hand, there are words everybody likes, such as “snack.” Mmmm. Who doesn’t like a good snack? 
 
In the spiritual realm, there are words every single one of us struggle with. It is only submission to God’s authority that makes them possible to pursue. Words like “forgiveness,” “holiness,” and “obedience.” That last one is hard, right?
 
For years, He’s been teaching me through His Word to obey, and as that word has shifted from my head to my heart, my actions, thoughts and attitudes have been slowly following suit. 
 
But what if… what if we not only obeyed, what if we loved to obey God? You see, friend, to obey is a condition of the will. To love to obey, a condition of the heart. 
 
This is why it will take eternity for us to fully know and understand Him. Just about the time we get the actions right, He calls us deeper. He challenges our desires, our hearts (kardia, Greek), and our guts (splagchna) on a matter. 
 
"You Are What You Love" author, James K.A. Smith, writes, “It’s not only our minds that God redeems, but the whole person: head, heart, hands. Christ takes captive our minds but also our kardia, even what Paul calls our splagchna, our ‘inner parts’ that are the seat of our ‘affections.’”
 
Such is the nature of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives. Here’s the thing. When I love to do what God calls me to do, the victory is complete. The journey less arduous. The reward, in a word: peace. 
  • Where is God calling you into deeper relationship with Him?
  • What victory could result in your life from a deeper understanding of Him? 
  • What do you do most: obey God, or love to obey God?
  • For a great read on this very subject, check this out. 
 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

If God - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, May 24, 2016

The Lord said to Joshua, “See I have delivered Jericho into your hands, along with its king and its fighting men. March around the city once with all the armed men. Do this for six days. Joshua 6:2-3
 
I am most like a kid around Christmas. I love everything about the season. Being slightly mall-abhorrent, I especially love clicking the “Submit” button on my screen and having packages magically appear at my doorstep within day or two. Thank you, Amazon Prime. However, if a package gets delayed at some upper Ohio warehouse, I begin to fret. I’m a good order-er. Not so much a good wait-er. I’m pretty sure I’m in good company. Right, all of you
 
The Israelites are at the banks of the Jordan River, Jericho in their sights. Swords in hand. Armor in place. These folks are leaning forward! Then God says, “Charge!” Correct? Nope. He says instead, “Now, here’s what I want you to do …”  
 
The armies of Israel are anxious to cross the river into God’s promise, their home. They have wandered for 40 y-e-a-r-s. It’s sooo close!
 
It’s like that show where the contestant’s weight is rolling, rolling, rolling. Just as you’re about to discover if they are, in fact, the Biggest Loser … commercial. “Aaaargh!” I say! You’re kidding! Ugh.
 
God will show up, friends. One thing is sure: it will be in His timing, not yours. He may instruct you to wait, even once you see Him move. He may say there are things to do before the walls come tumblin’ down, to quote John Mellencamp. Just a suggestion: do those things. Be strong and do the work
 
He may have a strange battle plan, but if He says those walls are comin’ down, friend, those walls are comin’ down. The battle is already won, says Joshua 6:2. How you wait on His perfect timing will determine the complete and total victory. 
 
It’s called obedience. And tomorrow, we’ll dive into that deep pool. Get your floaties on, friends. You’re gonna need ‘em. 
  • For what battle in your life are you waiting for God to move? 
  • Will you wait however long He requires? 
  • Ask Him to teach you and outrageously show you favor in the waiting. 
  • Repeat after me, and watch this: I Will Trust in You 

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

If God - Monday

Posted on Mon, May 23, 2016

Jericho was tightly shut up because of the Israelites. No one went out and no one came in.  Joshua 6:1
 
I love a good movie, don’t you? In most of them, there is a moment -- the calm before the storm. Known as the denouement (pronounced “day-new-mon” for those of us non-French types) something huge is about to happen. It’s going to resolve everything that has come before this moment. The approach of the denouement fills me with anticipation or, at times, trepidation.
 
Like the scene in “Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” when the people have gathered at the Helm’s Deep fortress. The battle for the survival of the “race of men” is imminent. The wide eyes of the frightened children is haunting. Denouement. 
 
Or in “The Little Mermaid” when the silent Ariel gets her voice back just as vows between Eric and the disguised sea witch Ursula are about to be exchanged. Still, a big battle is looming on the horizon. Denouement. 
 
A big battle was just on the horizon for Jericho in Joshua 6. You can feel the tension. No one went out. No one came in. 
 
Over 1,000 feet below sea level, Jericho was the lowest city on Earth. It was also the oldest, dating back to 8,000BC. Positioned at the foothills of the Judean mountains, it is the place God chose to begin conquering the Promised Land. 
 
An uphill battle for the Israelites, to be sure. No one was moving. The silence was deafening. The tension of the onslaught of war, the first arrow to fly, the attack to begin -- palpable. Denouement. 
 
It’s possible, friend, that God wants to conquer the lowest and the oldest places in our lives before moving through the mountain and into the heart of the new land. 
  • What is your uphill battle? 
  • What is stifling your movement, paralyzing your momentum? 
  • If this is the denouement of your life, who will you call on to be by your side in the battle? 
Look up, friend, He is there. He has your back. It has been declared

Rebecca Hatton
Care Support Leader

Hot Potato: The Answer - Friday

Posted on Fri, May 20, 2016

For all of God’s promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding “Yes!” And through Christ, our “Amen” ascends to God for His glory. 2 Corinthians 1:20
 
Throughout this Hot Potato series, we’ve asked some pretty tough questions. Chances are, you have other questions of your own as well:
  • Is God egotistical for wanting us to worship Him?
  • What’s the deal with the Trinity?
  • Do all dogs go to heaven?
  • ...and many more.
Like it or not, the Bible is actually silent on some of your questions. What does resound throughout Scripture, however, is Jesus. The entire Old Testament foreshadows the coming of Jesus; the New Testament is all about the fact that Jesus came as our Savior; and Revelation is about the fact that Jesus will most definitely come back once and for all. 
 
At the center of it all is the cross.
 
The cross is the fulcrum on which all of eternity pivots. It is the decisive moment and place where all of our deepest questions and longings find their ultimate answer. At the cross, we see that God indeed loves us with a profound love; we see that He indeed is just and good and punishes sin; we see that life is indeed a gift given freely to all who receive it. Because of the cross, we can live with the tension of not knowing everything, thereby enabling us to worry less about being right, and more about being like Christ. 
 
Elevation Church wrote a song that begins with these lyrics:
 
Beneath the cross of Jesus Christ
No shadow remains for shame to hide
Redemption shone for all to see
Perfection bore our penalty
With a grace so glorious
  • Let’s end our week the way we started: with a call to humility and worship. Analytics suggest that most readers won’t bother to click on this link to listen to this song. Do yourself a favor and buck the trend. Let’s worship together today and thank God for his glorious grace. Yes and Amen!

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Hot Potato: The Answer - Thursday

Posted on Thu, May 19, 2016

For God called you to do good, even if it means suffering, just as Christ suffered for you. He is your example, and you must follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21
 
During his rookie season, Detroit Lions quarterback Matthew Stafford endeared himself to the city and made the team believe that they had a future. The team was coming off a winless 2008 season, and through ten weeks they had only a single victory in 2009. Then it happened. After fighting back from a 21 point deficit to the Cleveland Browns, Stafford was pummeled on a game-tying pass attempt. Despite having a dislocated shoulder, the QB evaded the team’s medical staff and ran onto the field for the final play of the game. Though he was in excruciating pain, the rookie knew he was the one who needed to lead his team to victory. The one-armed man threw a touchdown pass and lifted an entire city onto his shoulders, making Lions fans everywhere believe that he could be the one to turn the franchise around.
 
In life, as in football, we look to our leaders. The leader determines the direction and distance
of any organization, and the members of that organization will typically take on the traits of their leader in that pursuit.
 
Christianity looks to Jesus Christ. Humanity is hard-wired to long for eternity, and Jesus is both the source and the pathway to heaven. Christ endured a torturous beating and a horrific crucifixion, and in doing so gave us once and for all a confident hope that we can have true, full,  and everlasting life. This should be both a comfort and a call to us. It’s a call to follow in His footsteps, knowing that we endure suffering because it reveals God’s glory; it’s a comfort to know that Jesus went before us and goes with us in all that endure for His sake.
  • The cross represents the path of “becoming less” that all Christ-followers must embrace. Read and meditate on the Beatitudes today. Consider committing these verses to memory and allowing the perspective of the cross to lead out in your thoughts. 
 
 

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Hot Potato: The Answer - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, May 18, 2016

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good, and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”  Jeremiah 29:11
 
My son’s soccer team was about to win for the first time all season. They were up by five, but two quick goals cut the lead to three points. When another goal went in, the young and inexperienced coach yelled from the sideline, “If you let them score another goal, you’re all going to be doing pushups after the game!”
 
I chuckled and shook my head. Threats of punishment for vaguely poor performance on the field were not likely to result in improved play. Sure enough, another goal went in just moments later.
 
I contrast that with my high school soccer team. After one game where our team consistently lost uncontested balls near the midfield, our coach spent an hour forcing us to fight for possession of loose balls in one-on-one drills. The losing partner had to run sprints before jumping back in for another possession. It was grueling… but it was not punishment. He was disciplining our lackluster performance, training us in specific ways so that we would not likely play like that again. 
 
Jeremiah 29:11 is an oft-quoted passage, but frequently taken out of context. Jeremiah 29:10 says that God’s people will be exiled to Babylon for 70 years! As a nation they had been unfaithful to God, and they were going to face some immense challenges as a result. But this was not necessarily a punishment for their sin as much as discipline designed to draw them back to God. 
 
Chances are, God is not punishing you for sinning. God already punished the sin of every believer on the cross. Depending on the circumstances in your life, however, He might be disciplining you in order to shape your life according to His will and purposes.
  • Confess where you have fallen short, ask God to bring restoration through His discipline, and trust that Christ’s work on the cross is sufficient to forgive. 
  • Are you struggling with the weight of things in your life? Reach out to our Care Team.

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Hot Potato: The Answer - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, May 17, 2016

You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book...How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. Psalm 139:16-17
 
“I hate you.”
“I wish I was never even born into this family.”
“You’re the worst dad in the world.”
 
At some point over the last few years, my children have uttered these statements and others like them. Every time a phrase like that escapes their mouths, it hurts. 
 
I am their father. I gave them life; I provide for them, protect them, guide them, pray for them, cry with them, laugh with them. I taught them how to not pee in their pants, and now they hate me!? It’s a betrayal of the highest order!
 
I know that these statements issued in anger and frustration aren’t truly representative of how my kids actually feel about me. Nevertheless, a piece of me is deeply saddened when I hear them because they reflect a little bit of the rebellion that lies inside their hearts.
 
On an infinitely greater scale, this scenario could be played out between God and myself. I don’t know that I have ever uttered the words, “I hate you,” to God, but I have most definitely ignored Him or turned my back on Him time and time again. God formed the universe from nothing and knit me together in my mother’s womb. He provides for me, speaks to me, weeps with me, laughs with me. He loves me deeply.
 
Each and every time I turn from Him or choose to elevate other things or people above Him, my heavenly Father is grieved. That kind of rebellion needs to be brought back into line. Miraculously, Father God didn’t take the payment for my sin out on my own hide; instead, Jesus took my sin upon Himself and put it to death on the cross. That kind of incredible love deserves my complete worship!

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Hot Potato: The Answer - Monday

Posted on Mon, May 16, 2016

Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. - Job 38:4
 
Kids say the darndest things, don’t they? Toddlers and preschoolers are notorious for asking questions that are totally random, yet often equally fascinating and profound. As parents, we find ourselves caught somewhere between a chuckle and a rational explanation. 
 
“Why do I have two eyes if I can only see one thing?”
“Where does the light go when you turn it off?”
“How do I know that I’m real and not just a dream of someone else?”
 
There are things a toddler simply can’t understand and that’s ok! Little kids have all the questions in the world, but they don’t yet have the words or experiences with which to frame a true and complete understanding of the things they see at work around them.
 
And so it is with us when we look at God. When it comes to matters of eternity and the absolute majesty and transcendence of God’s nature, we simply don’t have the words or framework to be able to fully grasp or comprehend things. We have questions aplenty, but our minds are limited in what we can possibly understand. As we ask questions, therefore, it is vital that we also acknowledge our limitations. 
 
This month, we have been asking some big questions together. As we close out the series this week, let’s acknowledge that all of us are like toddlers before the unlimited knowledge of God. We call this humility, and it is the best posture to have when approaching God. He knows you have questions, apprehensions and doubts… and He’s ok with that!
  • Let’s begin the week with this prayer: “God, you are God and I am not. You formed the Earth and I did not. You are greater than I can imagine and Your ways are higher than my ways. Give me the grace to see you more clearly today than I did yesterday. Amen.”

Dan Jackson
Campus Leader - Georgetown

Hot Potato: If God Is So Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell? - Friday

Posted on Fri, May 13, 2016

Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” Matthew 22:39-40 (nlt)
 
When we started this week, I told you I am grateful to be made of dirt. Remember Genesis 2:7? Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. I am grateful because He is the gardener and I am not.  Hopefully this week you have taken the time to allow God to plant some new truth in you. As dirt, we have a very specific role - to respond to the planting of the gardener. He has not asked us to be the judge. And for that I am grateful. Instead, inside of each of us He has planted the seed of love. This is the job He has given us here on Earth: to grow the seed of love. Jesus said the whole law is based on these two commands: to love the Lord and love your neighbor. Simple. How is this connected to the answer to our question “If God is loving, why does He send people to hell?” We must begin to realize that as dirt, our trust and confidence is not in completely understanding all of the facts about judgment and the afterlife, but instead in the truth that the gardener is loving and just. He will do His job and we will do ours. Since He chose to plant love inside of us, that is the very thing we must use to share the gospel and ultimately invite people into Heaven with us. If it is true that we have a choice about Heaven or Hell, shouldn’t we be doing everything we can to share the truth of Christ with those around us? 
  • How has God planted His love inside of you? How are you specially engineered to share the love of God with the world? If you are not sure, ask God and your community to help you answer these questions today.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Hot Potato: If God Is So Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell? - Thursday

Posted on Thu, May 12, 2016

I am the Lord, and there is no other; apart from me there is no God. Isaiah 45:5 (niv)
 
There are lots of things that the Bible is not clear about but it is pretty clear about the reality of Hell. So honestly, if we believe His Word is true, it is not up to us to decide whether or not we are okay with it. This can be a hard thing to swallow. If you cannot believe in the reality of Hell, I think you have to ask yourself if you truly follow the God of the Bible. Or rather, do you follow a god who supports whatever sounds best to you at the current moment? This is a real issue of our times. We live in a world that says, “Whatever you believe is true for you,” and, “There is no absolute truth.”  As Christians, we do believe in absolute truth. And this truth has an originator - God.
 
Part of living out our faith is wrestling with the hard truths about God. As humans, we are by nature imperfect. Flesh. There are things about us that are off… because we are not God. There are truths about His character that will rub us the wrong way or make us scratch our heads. Jesus said things like "If anyone comes to me and does not hate father and mother, wife and children, brothers and sisters—yes, even their own life—such a person cannot be my disciple.” Sounds harsh! He also said, “But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you!” These things don’t make sense right away. They are difficult to fully comprehend. See, life is a process of understanding God’s character more and more, but there isn’t always a tidy bow to tie. Ultimately, it comes down to trust. Trusting that God is good. If He loves us and made us, we have to shape to Him, rather than Him to us.
  • Hard truth is a good thing to process in community. Are you processing with people? If not, check out our Life Groups. They are a great place to process and grow.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Hot Potato: If God Is So Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell? - Wednesday

Posted on Wed, May 11, 2016

"Do you think that I like to see wicked people die? says the Sovereign LORD. Of course not! I want them to turn from their wicked ways and live. Ezekiel 18:23 (nlt) 
 
Have you ever read “The Great Divorce” by C.S. Lewis? This little 100ish page book really helped me wrap my mind around Heaven and Hell. One of my favorite quotes says, 
 
“There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, in the end, "Thy will be done." All that are in Hell, choose it. Without that self-choice there could be no Hell. No soul that seriously and constantly desires joy will ever miss it.” 
 
The question of “If God is loving, why would He send people to hell?” is answered for me in this. A loving God will never force Himself on us. In order for God to be truly loving, He has to give us choice - the choice to follow Him or the choice to turn away. If there was only Heaven and no Hell, God would not be loving; He would be a forceful dictator. We have to see that Hell is not a place that God wants to send us, but rather a place that we choose. Later in the book, Lewis says, 
 
“Hell begins with a grumbling mood, always complaining, always blaming others...but you are still distinct from it. You may even criticize it in yourself and wish you could stop it. But there may come a day when you can no longer. Then there will be no you left to criticize the mood, but just the grumble itself… It is not a question of God "sending us" to hell. In each of us there is something growing, which will BE hell unless it is nipped in the bud.” 
 
If we choose to give ourselves to our sin instead of our God, there can only be one result - separation from Him. 
  • If you spend a lifetime choosing sin, do you think it’s possible to desire Heaven in the end? Grab a copy of “The Great Divorce” today. I’d love to hear your thoughts!

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Hot Potato: If God Is So Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell? - Tuesday

Posted on Tue, May 10, 2016

This is real love—not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as a sacrifice to take away our sins. 1 John 4:10 (nlt)
 
Do you believe that God is loving? If so, what does that mean? Merriam Webster has 9 different definitions for the word love, some involving warm feelings, romance, even the score of a tennis match. So what is it? What is it about God that makes Him so loving? I think the most compelling thing about real love is sacrifice. When you truly love someone, you are willing to give up yourself, your wants, your desires in service to the one you love. It’s like when I was in the 2nd grade and my friend Molly gave me her favorite ring from her collection. For the next few weeks, every time I went over to her house I asked Molly for another ring and discovered she was willing to give them to me. Finally, when I had more of her rings than she did, my parents noticed. I ended up having to give them all back, but I understood one thing - Molly was my friend. She loved me and cared more about my friendship than her favorite things. (Let’s ignore the fact that I was a greedy little ring thief.) God obviously took this 157 steps further than Molly. He sacrificed Himself. Sent us Jesus, His favorite one, to pay the debt we owed for our sin. While we were still sinning, God loved us so much that He gave up His son. That’s sacrifice. Real love--for all of us greedy little ring thieves! To begin to understand God, we have to start with love. Only out of this truth will everything else begin to make sense.
  • Are you wrestling with the truth that God loves you? Try to press pause on your questions, hang-ups, and objections and ask God to show you how much He loves you today.

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director

Hot Potato: If God Is So Loving, Why Does He Send People To Hell? - Monday

Posted on Mon, May 09, 2016

Then the Lord God formed the man from the dust of the ground. Genesis 2:7a (nlt)
 
This week we’re asking the question, “If God is loving, why does He send people to Hell?” Yikes! Definitely one of those hard questions to answer. As humans, we don’t like the idea of eternal punishment. It is hard to wrap our minds around a loving being who could do something so harsh. And honestly, if you begin to read the word of God, you will probably find lots of things about Him that make you say, “Huh?” or, “Really?” We will talk about that later this week. But to start things off, I just want to say, I am glad that He is God and I am not. I recently heard someone say that their least favorite passage in the Bible is Genesis 2:7. The guy didn’t like the fact that of all the things God could have made us out of, He chose dirt. The streets of Heaven are paved with gold, its gates made of pearls, and yet when He chose to make us, He picked dirt. Seems kind of lame. But honestly, I take comfort in this passage. Especially when it comes to asking tough questions. There are questions that boggle my mind, thoughts I can’t comprehend, things to ponder that don’t always have bowtied answers. And that’s ok, because at the end of the day, God made me out of dirt. His word also says “For he knows how weak we are; he remembers we are only dust.” God is not expecting us to have all of the answers and to get everything perfectly right. So this week, let’s be patient if we don’t have all the answers. The good thing about being made of dirt is that we are made of the only substance conducive to growing a seed. We can expect God to plant truth in us, and we can expect it to grow. 
  • Will you ask the tough questions with me this week? And ask God to grow the truth in you as we learn together?

Hanna Wahlbrink
Creative Director


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