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Summer in the Sand > Sand Storm

Chuck Roberts

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August 2, 2015

When his ship ran ashore, the apostle Paul learned anew how life is often beyond our control. Yet even in storms that bring damage, God remains faithful and supplies both provision and joy.

Summer in the Sand

Is there a more definitive symbol of summer fun than sand? Images of sand evoke dreamy thoughts of lazy afternoons, languid walks, and sounds of children laughing. But sand isn't just for escaping. It is also the environment for some of God’s deepest wisdom and understanding. What can the many characteristics of sand teach us about how to follow Jesus?

Acts 27:27-44

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Building Sand Castles

Matthew 7:24-28

In spite of its reputation for castle-building, sand is not a good manufacturing material. Jesus points out what is obvious to a five year old with a bucket on a beach: It’s not easy to make a good foundation out of sand. It is unstable.

Mark Crumpler, Miriam Ryan
Buried in the Sand

Exodus 2:11-15

Like a desert sand dune that overtakes a landscape, sin can bury our best intentions.

Marnie Crumpler, Vicki Franch
Story in the Sand

Mark 4

When forged under heat and pressure, sand transforms from impermeable earth to translucent glass. Similarly, the Holy Spirit has transforming power for our lives.

Mark Crumpler, Joe Skillen
More Than Sand

Psalm 139

Sand-formed shorelines are a beautiful image of the greatness of God’s creation, marrying land and sea. Such is the beauty of the thoughts of God.

Joe Ryan, Jay Madden
Encounter in the Sand

Mark 5:1-20

We go to the beach to get away from our hectic lives and recover a right pace. But it is only Jesus who is capable of washing away our worst afflictions and forming our hearts and lives.

Marnie Crumpler, Joe Skillen
Parenting That Prospers

Genesis 22:17

You could spend a lifetime counting the grains in a single cubic foot of sand and still fail to grasp its greatness. Likewise, God loves us so much that He wants to bless us, and our families, beyond our ability to understand.

Chuck Roberts, Joe Skillen
Father's Day
Jesus on Sex: Pure Passion

Matthew 5:27-30

When it comes to sex, Jesus raises the bar. Every other commandment stops at our actions, but in matters of the heart, it’s what is in our hearts that matters. Jesus calls us to radical faithfulness. 

Vic Pentz, Mark Crumpler
Obey Your Thirst

John 4:4-19

When we’re dehydrated, we grab a can from the fridge or fill a water bottle. But the cure is temporary; soon we’re thirsty again. What if our thirst isn’t just physical, but a sign of a deeper need? Jesus teaches a woman getting some water that there is a source that never runs dry, if we will only obey our thirst.

Vic Pentz, Joe Skillen