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God may unexpectedly show up in your life, just like He did with Jacob.
Broken dreams can be more easily accepted when we know God.
“And as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him, and he halted upon his thigh.”—Genesis 32:31 The topic this morning is Untraveled Tracks, and here is one in this 31st verse before us, a path that Jacob had never trod before,—trodden by a man who had never lived before; for he was a new man with a new name as he started out upon his journey; and it says “as he passed over Penuel the sun rose upon him.” As he entered into this new path after his struggle and after the victory, the sun rose upon him. … Read More >
God used circumstances in Jacob’s life to force him on a journey back home to reconcile with his estranged brother. He could no longer hide from his wrongdoings. On the way, he wrestles with God and is left in a dependent state. For the first time in Jacob’s life, he cannot rely on his own devices or schemes—and despite his fear, he has to reconcile with Esau God’s way. God has reconciled us to Himself, and He is the author of our reconciliation with each other. Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 … Read More >
Jacob met God in the wasteland. What wasteland are you experiencing today? No matter what it is, you can rest assured that God will meet you there. Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Play On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to Five Minutes With Pastor Lutzer. I’m so glad that you’ve joined us today as we have the study of the invisible world. The invisible world is a world of demons and angels and God, and eventually we’re actually going to be looking into heaven … Read More >
Jacob wanted a blessing, but God wanted a confession first.
God can use people whose lives aren’t as upright as they should be.
God sometimes shatters dreams in order that we might find a brand new dream in Him.
Today we continue the series, “When You’ve Been Wronged.” We’re looking at the life of Jacob—a biblical figure who, in many ways, made a mess of his life. God meets him, reaffirms his covenant with him and renames him Israel. Sometimes God needs to humble us and bring us to a point of great need in order to reconcile us to Himself—and to others. Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google Podcasts On our Facebook page On our YouTube channel Transcript: Welcome to 5 minutes … Read More >
Jacob lied and manipulated to get the things he wanted out of life, even the very thing God had already promised to him from the beginning when he said, “the older will serve the younger.” Jacob’s hastiness and deception left him fractured from his family and filled with fear. In the midst of his risky return journey to face his brother, he had an encounter with the God of his fathers who had not forgotten him. Here are all of the ways that you can follow along with 5 Minutes With Pastor Lutzer: On our Podcast via iTunes and Google … Read More >