Brave People

“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deuteronomy 31:6 Today I want to talk about an unusual revelation I had last week as I was working through the scriptures. For brave people, fear is actually a gift. You’ll hear many sermons about how fear corrupts, and it does, or how fear can paralyze us and yes, it can. But if you’re brave, and I think you are, there’s also a gift in it. When you’re courageous and receive a dream in your heart from God, that dream may cause you to feel overwhelmed and unsure of yourself. But take note that God’s plan for you may seem massive, but it’s good.  At times, insecurity may keep even a brave person up at night. You may be afraid

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The Desire to See God

“Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way.” – Luke 19:1-4 How desperately do we want to see God? That is the question the story of Zacchaeus prompts us to ask. The Bible says this man from Jericho was a chief tax collector and that he was rich. Since we learned previously that Jewish tax collectors were thieves and crooks working for the Roman Empire, he was an unlikely subject to be chasing after the Lord…but something about Jesus intrigued him. His quest, however, was made challenging by the fact that he was short. Since the

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