Restorer of Life (Ruth 4)

In Christ, your story will be one of death and division and resurrection and redemption and restoration—of fertility made barrenness to be made abundantly fruitful at last. It is a fruitfulness that will cost you absolutely everything, but when you do finally let go—step off the side of that cliff and desperately and hopefully pray “Geronimo. Amen.”—you can finally rest. Rest assured, that He is the Restorer of life, that your Redeemer has secured your inheritance, and God is King.

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Strategic Righteousness (Ruth 3)

It’s my hope that as we grow up in our knowledge of Christ, Christ Fellowship Church will come to trust and to feel the sovereign kindness of God in all things—sweet and bitter. That from a firm hope in God, we would be a zealous and strategically righteous people who are completely reliant upon the grace and mercy of our Father.

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Divine Conspiracy (Ruth 2)

Before, Naomi could only see the bitterness of God’s providence. But it is like putting a cake into the oven and about halfway through you finally start to smell the sweetness. Now it is so obvious, there is a sweet aroma in the air—a sweetness that is beginning to be realized. This is not a result of Naomi’s planning, this is truly a divine conspiracy.

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Hope In Our Bones (Ruth 1)

As believers in Christ, the pattern of death then resurrection—darkness then light—is a familiar one, but it needs to be familiar in the right way. Hope must have roots in our bones, in order that we would be a people who do not forget God’s promise in the valley of shadows.

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More Righteous Than I – Genesis 38

The Redeemer would come from Judah so God tells us the story of our father, Judah. And this story is anything but glamorous and dignified. In fact it is quite the opposite. It is the kind of thing we would try and stuff away and hope that one day everybody would forget about. This is the kind of family history that would bring shame on Judah’s descendants for generations.

But God does not tell this shameful story for the sake of shaming. He does not tell humiliating stories for the sake of humiliating, He tells us the stories of our father’s cowardice and unrighteousness for the sake of exalting Christ…

Christ came to strengthen the fearful and to make sinners righteous. This humiliating ancestry does noting but glorify the humility and sacrifice of Jesus. The ineffable love and grace shown by God in Jesus is magnified as we learn of kinds of people He saves and what we have been saved from.

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