SUNDAY, JANUARY 10, 2016
Johnnie Moore is a humanitarian and one of the foremost voices for Christian refugees in the Middle East. Formerly, he served as a vice president and campus pastor at Liberty University, and chief of staff for television producer Mark Burnett.
Johnnie lives with his wife, Andrea, and their two children in Santa Monica, California. He is the author of several books including Defying ISIS, Honestly, and Dirty God – the source of this week’s readings.
The great heroes of biblical history had plenty of issues. God has a track record of giving grace to [flawed] rookie leaders – an approach that seems absurd when you consider that most of the great figures I’ve encountered in the other religions of the world have become famous by their [perceived] perfection.
Yet Jesus taught us that his Father was the kind of God who picked regular people and then used them in powerful ways despite their imperfections. In fact, nearly all of the great stories of the Bible are stories of God using an imperfect person.
Elijah was a basket case. His emotions were up one minute, down the next, and his greatest achievement was followed by a colossal failure. He was sometimes doubtful and even angry with God. Elijah became so depressed at one point that he nearly killed himself. His relationship with God depended on the day. In the end, it is God who is the star of the show – and Elijah’s most famous triumph was no exception (see Key Study Passage).
Key Study Passage: 1 Kings 18:16-40
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