"God can, God does, use our hurts. God can, God will, use those difficult times and difficult experiences not only for your good but for the good of others and for the glory of God. Jonah was destined to go to Ninevah. What are you destined to do for God?"
"Do you struggle with who God shows grace to? In the dark recesses of your heart are there groups of people that you feel are not worthy of God's grace?"
"When we read the Old Testament, we must read it with eyes, looking for the pointers, for the signpost, for the mile markers, if you will, that point us to the coming of Christ."
"What qualified Gideon to be included in such a distinguished list of these great Old Testament saints? His faith. But what was the demonstration of his faith? It was his obedience, with this qualifier, his obedience in the face of his fears."
"So the story of Gideon is the example of God choosing the weak to shame the strong. And by the way, Gideon’s story could be, should be, your story."
"God gives Gideon everything that he asked for. Did Gideon deserve it? Frankly, no. But God was gracious. God was patient. There's a real lesson to be learned there. The lesson for you and me today is that if you are in Christ, God the Father acts towards you in patience."
"Do we have people living in fear today? Do we have people who have lost the ability to provide for and to feed their families? Do we have people today who are wondering what God is doing during a pandemic? Well, the obvious answer is, of course we do. And what God did for his people then, he is still doing for his people today. Our God is a gracious God, who is gracious to his children in all periods of time, and in all cultures."
"Listen, what is it that has you depressed and discouraged and fearful right now? Know this. Jesus has already conquered it."
"The question is, how can you and I maintain a biblical perspective on life during times of trouble? How can we regain, if we have lost it, a biblical perspective on life? In order for you and I to maintain a biblical perspective, you and I must take the time, and we must make the effort to think through our circumstances and to remember that God is a very present help in our time of trouble."
"Meditating on the scriptures should be the norm for the Christian, not the exception."