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Josh Moody

Prophet of Hope: Cursing and Blessing, Part 1

June 25, 2021

Zechariah's visions were striking; he struggled to be taken seriously. The same can sometimes be true for preachers today.

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We reason that the possibility of us making any real difference with our lives is so minimal. We despise what we see as the small things. But the faithfulness of integrity in every corner of your life has a huge impact over time.
June 24, 2021
We seem to have an appetite for movies that depict special powers and muscular brawn defeating evil. That makes this passage seem so counterintuitive: not by might, nor by power. Our access to God might be our super power!
June 23, 2021
Perhaps you're feeling that God has lost sight of you. Perhaps you're frustrated that others who you know aren't following Christ seem to have an easier time than you. God has a word of comfort for you. We need to live in the light of the future hope of the Messiah's return.
June 22, 2021
The Israelites are back in the Promised Land, but are they returning to their bad habits? God sends his prophet Zechariah to say there's hope beyond their current situation—and hope of another Promised Land far in the future with the Messiah.
June 21, 2021
The challenging of properly defining ourselves is universal. This issue of what it really means to be humble is so important, misconstrued, and difficult to get right. Pastor Josh discusses humility.
June 20, 2021
We get this totally the wrong way around. The greatest blessing we can have is God, not what God can do for us. It's a really common misunderstanding that the most important thing you can get out of God is cool stuff—whether that means material things or a perfect relationship. God himself is our highest blessing.
June 18, 2021
Zechariah is an important book that can speak into someone's situation when they're feeling a little down. It then gives the true hope that centers on Jesus Christ.
June 17, 2021
People have all sorts of funny ideas about prayer, like you can do it wrong—"be careful what you pray for!" We have a good Father and we need to come before him in fullness of conviction. Prayer is a powerful tool, and this is a call for us to be active in prayer.
June 16, 2021
The church in America was not ready when things went wrong. We've heard too much of a positivity message. The storm of this pandemic has revealed the foundation we have built on. The church is the hospital for the sick, not an entertainment factory.
June 15, 2021
It's a balancing act. On the one hand, as a Christian you have a reason for your faith that goes far beyond merely your personal experience. On the other hand, you do have a personal experience and you know Jesus personally and can testify to that.
June 14, 2021
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Free Resource | Does the Bible Promote Tolerance or Intolerance?
One group says the Bible is a book about love, mercy, and kindness. They think of the story of the Good Samaritan and of Jesus telling us to turn the other cheek. So how could anyone think the Bible prevents a tolerant society? But for another group, the Bible is far from tolerant. There’s the conquest of Canaan. There’s Elijah killing Baal’s prophets by his own hand. And in the New Testament, Jesus talks often about hell. That’s not tolerant. What then can we say in answer to this question? Get your free resource and learn more today!

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About Josh Moody

Josh Moody (Ph.D., University of Cambridge) is the senior pastor of College Church in Wheaton, IL., president and founder of God Centered Life Ministries, and author of several books including How the Bible Can Change Your Life. He was an associate fellow of Jonathan Edwards College, Yale University (2007-2011), and his Cambridge University doctorate in Theology was published in 2005. Pastor Josh grew up south of London, became a follower of Jesus in the Church of England, was an undergraduate at Cambridge University where he was president of the Cambridge Inter-Collegiate Christian Union. He is married to Rochelle, and they have four children.

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