“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 Moment of Awe Matthew 17:1-8

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“The only command God gives to those three disciples on that mountain is to listen. Not to build. Not to make sense of it all. Not to create a religion or rules or buildings or lists of things to do. But just “Listen!” Pay attention. See what Jesus is doing in front of you.”

Stand Tall Matthew 5:38-48

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On that mountaintop, Jesus is telling us about ourselves. He is telling us that we don’t have to go along with whatever the world tells us. We don’t have to give in to either fear or hate. The world will not dictate who we will be and how we will act. We may be attacked. We may face injustice. We may live in a broken and fearful world. But we can stand tall. We can remember that we are children of God, made in God’s image, and that the Spirit of the Holy Ghost resides deep within us, giving us creativity, strength, and a vision for a better world.

Forgive & Forget Matthew18:21-35

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We have all been guilty of breaking trust, speaking cruel words, even speaking outright lies. If we do not forgive those who sin against us, we cannot be forgiven. If we do forgive those who have wronged us, God will forgive us. God will forget our sin altogether. God will clothe us in the sparkling white garments of his kingdom and welcome us into our eternal home.