Old Testament

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“Never Forgotten” Judges 19:22-30

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Jesus came into this world knowing the horrors of it, knowing its pain and trouble. Jesus did this, not because it was comfortable or easy, but because Jesus wanted to redeem it and make it whole again. Because Jesus loves you that much. Because no one is left out of God’s story.

The God Who Sees Genesis 16:1-14

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In our world, it can be so tempting to rush on by people, to look past our neighbor, or even worse, to look down upon them. It comes out of our busyness. It comes out of our fear. It comes out of our own wondering whether anyone actually sees us. But in our lives where we are constantly rushing, these words from Hagar should give us pause. For God came to the wilderness. God saw the person, and not just the slave. God called her by name. The God we serve is El-Roi, the God who sees.

Exiled, But Not Abandoned Genesis 3

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Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Whatever your story is, whatever wrong you may have done, whatever pain you know, whatever mess and brokenness surrounds you, you aren’t alone. The one who made you, the one who sees you, the one who knows you better than you know yourself, will be by your side.

Hope in a Hopeless Place Jonah 3:1-10

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The story of Jonah invites us to have hope. It invites us to have hope in ourselves. It reminds us even when we sin, even when we hurt others and hurt our relationship with God, even when we wonder what value do I have, God still says back to us, “You are made in my image. You are made for good. That goodness is still there in you.”

A Brush Instead of a Shovel Isaiah 7:10-16

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While all of Israel, while the entire world, was waiting for the Messiah who looked like a king, who came with a shovel, God sent Jesus, who spent his days with a brush, giving sight to the blind, good news to the poor, and love to each person he met. God sent one who spent his time slowly and carefully with each face he saw, each story he heard, each hand he held, because that is how much God loves us. Jesus came not to solve everything for us immediately, but to show that we are loved dearly by God.

Life Finds a Way Isaiah 35:1-10

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“Isaiah’s message to the Israelites is to keep looking out for new life. God is not finished yet. Not here in Babylon. Not in any wilderness or desert. Not in any moments of our lives. God’s joy will still burst forth. God’s hope is braking into our world.”

The Gift of God’s Word 2 Kings 22 and 23

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“…the Bible is a conversation that started over 3000 years ago and is still going on today. It is a conversation of God speaking through prophets and song writers, through leaders and slaves. It is a conversation of our pleas and prayers and human troubles being lifted up and heard by God. It is a conversation told not just through laws and decrees, but through stories and faces and names of people who reached out in faith and saw God’s presence in our world. It is a conversation that offers us wisdom and guidance and tells us that we are made for something greater than we can even imagine.”

The Story Behind the Person 2 Kings 8:1-6

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“In our scripture reading for this week, we are invited to go deeper. We are invited to see people not as labels, but as individuals with stories to tell. We are invited to ask questions, offer listening ears, and walk beside others.”