Rest and Rescue

For thus said the Lord GOD, the Holy One of Israel,
“In returning and rest you shall be saved;
in quietness and in trust shall be your strength.”
But you were unwilling,

Isaiah 30:15 ESV

The context of this verse is so important.

The intended audience is Israel during one of their (many) rebellions against God. God offers a warning that they can only be saved by returning to him. With this in mind, let’s look at the lesson here and what it’s application today might look like.

We cannot hope to be saved without

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A People of Grace

I give thanks to my God always for you because of the grace of God that was given you in Christ Jesus,

1 Corinthians 1:4 ESV

It is hard to imagine why Paul was telling the Church at Corinth that he was thankful for them.

…the church in Corinth had serious “issues.”

Among them, a man was sleeping with his father’s wife (1 Corinthians 5:1). Fellow believers were suing each other (1 Corinthians 6:1). People were getting drunk off of the communion wine (1 Corinthians 11:21). And the list went on.

What did he see in those people that made him thankful?

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The Toughest Love

“By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

John 13:35

Valentine’s Day, also known as the “day of love”, is one of the most widely celebrated holidays. It’s the day when we’re supposed to tell those near and dear to us how much we cherish them. Because everyone needs to feel loved.

Love is powerful. So powerful in fact, Jesus summarized the entire Ten Commandments using only love:

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