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Even though Habakkuk is faced with such dire circumstances, he is able to maintain his hope in the Lord. His hope does not stem from his circumstances changing, but his hope stems from the God who is unchanging. As he refocuses his heart on God's presence and God's power, Habakkuk experiences the fruit of that abiding hope - enduring patience and i…
 
Happy new year readers! After a slight delay due to Christmas and a couple of actual movies coming out, we're back to cap off our coverage of The Mandalorian Season 2. So what did we think of the fianle and where do we think the series will go from here? There's only one way to find out....저자 The Omcast Pod
 
As we saw with the problem of evil last week, we will see that God is actually the God of justice and judgment. He declares that he will bring judgment on the Chaldeans (Babylonians) after using them for his sovereign purpose and declares a series of "woes" upon them. But in this, we see that because God is a God of justice, the Israelites and ulti…
 
The prophet Habakkuk confronts God with the problem of evil: How can we make sense of a good God in an evil world? Through this dialogue, we see that God remains sovereign even over an evil world, without being complicit in the evil He sovereignly oversees. The paradox of His goodness is that He intentionally allows evil to accomplish His good purp…
 
We tend to live very busy lives in a very busy world. And oftentimes, we even wear busyness as a badge of honor - the busier we are, the more important we feel. But busyness is usually not a time management issue, as much as it is a heart issue - our neglect to rest reveals the issues in our hearts. Thankfully, we can better tackle the heart issues…
 
One of the inescapable realities of life is making decisions. And everyday, we are confronted with thousands and thousands of decisions to make. These decisions eventually shape the direction of our lives. As such, these decisions are actually invitations to grow in Christ-likeness as we learn to say with Jesus, "Not my will, but Your will be done.…
 
Solving relational conflict is a spiritual discipline that helps us to remember and rehearse the Gospel. As those who have been reconciled to Christ, we can and must practice reconciliation with one another. In this passage, we see that we can pursue reconciliation as we commence with adoration, check our attitudes, combat our anxiety, center our a…
 
As Christians, we readily recognize the importance of taking in God's Word, but very often, we find ourselves rushing through it or neglecting it altogether. But we are called to carry out the spiritual discipline of meditation, which is filling our minds with the truth of God's Word to impress upon our hearts the beauty of God's glory. We can dig …
 
Waiting and enduring well with full integrity of faith until the end is something that we are not to do alone. We need accountability and help in times of need. And the best way to provide both is in prayer. We need to actively pray for those who may not be well, and we need to persistently seek to turn back those who may be straying. In this way, …
 
We hate waiting and we're terrible at waiting. But far from being a passive activity, waiting requires active intentionality. And here, James points out that we can faithfully wait by looking forward to Christ's return, by looking towards one another with kindness, by looking back at God's faithfulness, and by looking to hold on to our integrity. I…
 
With prophetic fury, James condemns "the rich" (the wicked wealthy) because they have trusted in money and power to save them, they have used money and power to take advantage of others, and they have lived selfishly with their money and power. In the face of such injustice, God promises to bring final judgment. As Christians who live entirely by g…
 
We all seek to make plans for our lives, but there is a right approach and a wrong approach to planning our lives. Rather than having an attitude of arrogant self-sufficiency, Christians should place humble dependence on God’s sovereignty, which brings freedom from tomorrow’s worries and strength for today’s obedience.…
 
In the midst of life that is hard and full of trials, God gives us something better than life - namely, Himself. In our trials, we discover the goodness of God, as we engage in disciplined, dogged pursuit, as well as remembrance and repetition. And we can know that God is better than life because He satisfies us and He strengthens us. May we lean i…
 
Building off of last week's teaching, James continues to point out marks of an inconsistent life that are oppositions to a thriving community. In this passage, James is calling for repentance over the quarrels, conflicts, and slander plaguing their communities caused by double-mindedness and a divided heart. He then exhorts his readers to humble th…
 
We're always on the search for wisdom to make right decisions, but we have to make sure we're leaning into the right kind of wisdom. Here, James contrasts false wisdom with true wisdom. Unlike false wisdom which is self-seeking and results in a destructive life, true wisdom is godly character and results in a thriving life. Ultimately, for James, t…
 
As we have been learning, James is calling for consistency in our lives that shows evidence of genuine faith. He previously called for no partiality, care for the vulnerable, and a faith that works. And so another area where James calls for consistency is in our talk. He calls us to take care to control our tongue because it is so powerful. And in …
 
Rightly understanding the relationship between faith and works is crucial to a thriving life. Here, James outlines the important relationship between faith and works. First, faith apart from works is dead. Second, faith involves orthopraxy, not just mere orthodoxy. And third, works are the proof of genuine faith. A working faith will work. A faith …
 
In a heavy honor/shame culture (very similar to our Asian culture in a lot of ways), James teaches that we ought not to show partiality based on wealth and status because it violates the royal law of "loving your neighbor as yourself". Showing partiality shows a heart that stands in judgment over others rather than mercy. The challenge for us is to…
 
The Word of God is indispensable to a thriving life. And yet, we often treat God’s Word as either optional or a boring obligation. Rather than dismissing God's Word, how can we rightly engage with God’s Word? James calls us to rightly engage with God's Word by hearing God's Word and by doing God's Word.…
 
While everyone goes through trials in life, not everyone grows through those trials. Here in our passage, James shows how we can better navigate our trials so that they don't morph into destructive temptations. If we want to come out the other side better rather than bitter, we need to guard our hearts and we need to guide our eyes.…
 
The Christian life is a dynamic life that involves growth. As such, Christians are called to walk on the path to maturity. In our passage, James shows us what the path to maturity involves. It involves embracing trials as opportunities for growth, praying for wisdom in faith, and finding one's identity in the Gospel.…
 
God offers a final word of encouragement to His people by promising them hope. And the hope that God offers is the establishing of His Kingdom through the Messiah. Zerubbabel serves as a confirmation and a preview of the King who is to come - Jesus Christ. And through our passage, we see that what we need in order to thrive in seasons of uncertaint…
 
We are continuing our Haggai Series looking at Haggai 2:10-19. In the previous two weeks, we learned that thriving in "less than ideal" circumstances calls for right priorities (worshipping God) and obedience (obeying God). This week, we will learn the third aspect, which was purity (right heart towards God). Even when the Israelites were doing the…
 
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