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Sarah: Faith’s Conclusion| For Week of July 24th

by Pastor DeSpain

There are moments in life when we feel the ways of God seem nearly impossible to endure. The wife of Abraham, Sarah, had her own struggles with seeing God’s plan unfold too. However, she demonstrated pleasing faith, in that she “…judged him [God] faithful who had promised” (Heb. 11:11b). Although she laughed within herself at […]

Abraham: Faith’s Offering| For Week of July 17th

by Pastor DeSpain

The call of Abraham led him to a better country that was prepared by God. Nevertheless, his journey to Promised Land was filled with trials that required faith. We learned last week, “It is obedience that is the test of faith.”[1] Abraham offered up the dearest thing to his heart; his only begotten son. Isaac […]

Abraham: Faith’s Obedience | For Week of July 10th

by Pastor DeSpain

Abraham is referred to as the Father of Faith and the forefather of the Hebrew nation. His obedience set a pattern of faith for both Jews and Gentiles throughout all ages. “Abraham was called to a life of dependence on God; a reunification of family ties, social, and among his own people, he was called […]

Noah: Faith’s Witness for God | For Week of July 3rd

by Pastor DeSpain

The order of faith in Hebrews eleven teaches us a valuable lesson. Bullinger notes the significant connection of faith that exists between the first three persons of faith: Noah follows Enoch, not merely Historically and Chronologically, but because the special aspect of his faith follows, Experimentally, the aspects of faith exhibited by Abel and Enoch. […]

Enoch: Faith’s Walk with God | For Week of June 26th

by Pastor DeSpain

Enoch was a prophet who walked with God in the epicenter of apostasy and ungodliness. Bullinger highlights, “The very fact that he walked with God implies that others did not.”[1] Thus, his testimony was “that he pleased God.” It is significant to point out that he was the seventh from Adam. His life exemplifies a […]

Abel: Two Ways of Access | For Week of June 19th

by Pastor DeSpain

The first individual to be commended for his great faith among the witnesses is Abel. Indirectly, we know that Cain and Abel knew what kind of offering was acceptable. Abel would not have acted in faith unless he heard what God said (Rom. 10:17). “Otherwise it would have been by fancy, and not by faith; […]

“Faith and Sight” | For Week of June 12th

by Pastor DeSpain

Faith is the opposite of sight. It does not see how God’s promises will be fulfilled, but trusts that they will through hope. “For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man seeth, why doth he yet hope for? But if we hope for that we […]

“Great Cloud of Witnesses” | For Week of June 5th

by Pastor DeSpain

Our new LifeGroup series will focus on faith. The lessons will be anchored in Hebrews chapter eleven and loosely based on the commentary, Great Cloud of Witnesses in Hebrews Eleven, by E.W. Bullinger[1]. This chapter is referred to by many believers as the “Hall of Faith”. The author of Hebrews gives us insight into the […]

“What Must I Do…”| For Week of May 29th

by Pastor DeSpain

Have you ever sought Christian counseling and felt like you’ve reached a dead end? Our main objective is to recall the Three-Point Misbelief Therapy Outline to help us replace lies and to tell yourself the truth. This chapter talks about using the truth with wisdom and compassion. Sometimes we can do harm by causing those […]

“More Misbeliefs…” | For Week of May 22nd

by Pastor DeSpain

We are nearing the end of our study with Backus and Chapian. Hopefully, you have developed a good habit of discerning the lies that often infiltrate your mind. “The first step, remember, is always identifying the misbelief. Second, you argue against it, and third, you replace it with TRUTH.”[1] There are a number of attitudes […]

“Misbelief in Being Indispensable” | For Week of May 15th

by Pastor DeSpain

As individual Christians, we must recognize the importance of maintaining balance in our service to others. We cannot neglect the priority of our family, meanwhile fulfilling the needs of those outside our family. This reason leads to a sense of indispensability. You cannot do everything all the time. You are valuable to God, but indispensable […]

“Misbelief in Our Relationship with Others” | For Week of May 8th

by Pastor DeSpain

God is not pleased with how many obligations we can meet or the number of expectations we require. Rather, the Lord desires us to be realistic in our personal expectations of others and experience true liberty. Failed expectations leave people disappointed. Love in our relationships should motivate action not obligation. “God’s love is a love […]

“Misbelief in Never Taking a Chance” | For Week of May 1st

by Pastor DeSpain

Risk management is a critical part of life. However, some people never want to take a risk. They fear loss, pain, and even making the wrong decision. Therefore, they avoid taking a chance to improve in a number of areas. Misbeliefs flood their mind, such as: “If I take chances in life, I could lose […]

“Misbelief in Fear of Change” | For Week of April 24th

by Pastor DeSpain

Misbeliefs anchor down our negative attitude towards change. Backus and Chapian bluntly reminds us, “Nobody else makes you experience these attitudes. Nobody forces you to feel, think, and behave as you do… Stop blaming people for your problems and your sins. Nobody makes you do anything. Nobody makes you sin. You do it by yourself.”[1] […]

“Misbelief in Self-Hate” | For Week of April 17th

by Pastor DeSpain

Seeking the approval of others is not a Biblical method of discovering our self-worth. “Sometimes it is easier and more comfortable to degrade yourself and believe that others’ opinions of you are more important than your own.”[1] Although we are called to love our neighbor, it is also critical to recognize how much we are […]