The End of an Earthly Relationship

Steve Petroelje

READ: John 11:32-37 Jesus wept. (v. 35) We were designed by God to live in community with others. This community reflects the nature of a triune God. God said, “It is not good that the man should be alone” (Gen. 2:18). When God’s Son, the second person of the Trinity, came to earth as a man, Luke 2:52 reveals that …

The End of a Dream

Steve Petroelje

READ: Job 1:1-22 The LORD gave, and the LORD has taken away; blessed be the name of the LORD. (v. 21) The opening lines of Job 1 portray a righteous man blessed by God. Job’s reverence for God led him to occasionally sacrifice an offering to God on behalf of his children in case they had sinned against God in …

The End of Guilt and Shame

Steve Petroelje

READ: Romans 8:1-11, 28-39 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. (v. 1) We look forward to some endings. For example, we are relieved when we wake up from a bad dream and realize that it’s over and it wasn’t real! Likewise, we may celebrate the end of changing dirty diapers or weeks of …

The Beginning of Endings

Steve Petroelje

READ: Genesis 3:1-24 Therefore the LORD God sent him out from the garden of Eden. (v. 23) Sin turns beginnings into endings. Sin brought an end to the wonderful relationship Adam and Eve enjoyed with God, replacing it with shame and guilt. Sin and selfishness damage earthly relationships, cause people to lose their freedom for crimes they have committed, or …

In The Beginning

Steve Petroelje

READ: Genesis 1:1,31 In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth. (v. 1) Our earthly life begins with conception and ends with death. In between we experience beginnings and endings, gains and losses. Over the next couple of weeks we will examine various passages of Scripture to see how God offers us hope, help and healing in times …