What would you say to someone who reads about a man like Abraham in the Bible and understands that Abraham was a person of faith, but dismisses what the Bible says by saying, "I don't have faith like that"?
When you hear the word courage, what comes to mind? The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines courage as “mental or moral strength to persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty.” Sometimes the call to faith is one that takes tenacity.
Ever feel as though the tests of your faith just keep coming? Just as soon as you leap over one hurdle, there’s another one . . . and another one. Having trouble seeing the finish line?
Maybe your family portrait isn’t what you thought it would be. And even when we try to touch up the picture of our home life, the flaws still show through. We’re talking about “The Beauty of Broken.”
Dealing with painful circumstances tends to draw us inward. Sometimes we even forget there are others around us struggling with brokenness and sorrow as well! We’re learning how to share “The Beauty of Broken.”
Imagine that day, when out of the blue, a young girl in a small town in Israel is visited by none other than the angel Gabriel, and he proclaims to her: "You will conceive in your womb and bear a son . . . and He will be called Son of the Most High." What can we learn from Mary's response?