Encouragement

Joel Plantinga

Read: John 16:31-33 I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world. (v. 33) Faith that walks never keeps the benefits to oneself. People whose faith walks always find others to encourage and invest in along the way. Isn’t it …

Forgiveness

Joel Plantinga

Read: Genesis 45:1-15 And now do not be distressed or angry with yourselves because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. (v. 5) How would you feel if the man who murdered your only son moved next door to you? Ask Mary Johnson, a woman in Minneapolis whose son, Laramiun, was killed by Oshea …

Hope

Joel Plantinga

Read: Psalm 25 Indeed, none who wait for you shall be put to shame; they shall be ashamed who are wantonly treacherous. (v. 3) Think about a movie you’ve watched more than one time. Why do you do that? You already know how the movie is going to end, right? The hero is going to swoop in at the last …

Perseverance

Joel Plantinga

Read: Romans 5:1-11 We know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. (vv. 3-4 NIV) The national sports highlights always feature the “Top Ten” plays from the night before. In it, you always see incredible shots, great throws, amazing catches, and otherworldly feats of the human body. But remember that every incredible play is the culmination of thousands …

Suffering

Joel Plantinga

Read: James 1:1-4 Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds. (v. 2) A group of people called Storm Chasers take their equipment and, in the name of science, drive into violent storms as the rest of us seek shelter from them. They admire the beauty of the massive cumulonimbus clouds, the force and fury …