Wonderful Things

A Year in the Word from Pastor Jeff Fairchild

God’s Good Plan for You (1 Thess. 5:9-10)

God knew that there would be ups and downs. You mess up; others mess you up; and the world you walk around in is all messed up. But He has never doubted that it will all turn out well for you.

God’s Justice Will Prevail (2 Thess. 1:4-10)

Life may not be fair, but eternity is. You may love God with all your heart and serve Him with all your strength, suffering a little along the way, with full assurance that you’ve made the right choice. “For God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you demonstrated for his name” (Heb. 6:1).

You Are Called to Glory – Not Just Survival (2 Thess. 2:13-14)

I want people to see something in my life that could only be explained by the grace of God: peace in chaos; joy in hardship; faith without proof. I want them to see that Christ has made a difference.

Hold On a Little Longer (2 Thess. 3:5)

When the end of an arduous, uphill journey is still nowhere in sight, but the end of my strength is right before my face, it’s easy to feel hopeless and abandoned. I’ve found it helpful to remind myself of the answers I already know to two questions…

Knowledge and Faith (1 Tim. 1:13-15)

Our great need is not better understanding of creation, but fuller connection to the Creator in whom is all that is good and right and beautiful. Let’s decide not to allow ignorance or unbelief keep us from that.

God Is Listening—Tell Him What You Want (1 Tim. 2:1-3)

Much worry in our lives needs to be and can be replaced by prayer: “Don’t worry about anything, but in everything, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).

Written So That You Will Know (1 Tim. 3:14-15)

Opinions have at least three advantages over facts: [1] They are in endless supply.
[2] Everyone you know will give you theirs for free. [3] You can form your own with any combination of feelings, intuitions, rumors, or impressions.

Don’t Neglect Your Gift (1 Tim. 4:14-16)

God has placed particular portions of His richness in you … And He has carefully placed you in your family, among your friends, and in your world just where He wants your particular gifts to be used – just where they are needed … If you underestimate your capabilities or if you neglect them, much of the blessing God intends will be lost.

No Smiting Allowed (1 Tim. 5:1-2)

What do you do if a fellow Christian sins in a way that hurts you or others? The old word “smite” might come to mind, but it’s not allowed. There’s a much better way both to change them and to honor Christ…

An End to the Difficulty of Obedience (1 Tim. 6:14)

It’s hard to live a life of obedience to God in a disobedient world … But did you know that this time of difficult obedience will come to an end one day?