Amidst a world of chaos, it's a fair question, "Who is in charge here?" Revelation 5 tells us that Jesus rose victorious, and he alone is worthy to give direction to human history, to reign in our all creation.
The old adage, "there are no atheists in foxholes" is a pithy reminder that we often turn to God in our darkest moments. Bryan Pummel, one of our elders, looks at the Old Testament prophet of Habakkuk whose prayer in the midst of great trials is a model for our own dark hours.
Zac Rybak continues our series on prayer by looking at Paul's prayers for the Christians of Thessalonica. Paul's example is that God should be glorified in our praying by praying with an eternal perspective and praying with a heart like God's.
Many of us learned the "Lord's Prayer" as children. Jesus intended it (at least) as an example of how his followers should pray. But do we heed his teaching? Do we let this example guide our own prayer lives? If we do, perhaps our prayer lives would be revitalized.
One of our members, Lou Bloss, takes a look at a sad episode in the life of Israel's patriarch, Jacob. From Jacob's tragedy, we learn that the journey is difficult, that fear is real, that despair is not an option, that we ought to do what needs to be done, that we ought to mark the significance, and that we ought to finish the journey.
Psalm 149, like the others in this short series, enjoin us to praise God. But the reasons for praise are striking: because God deeply loves his people and he will surely bring justice on those who are not his people.