Genesis


27th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 37

The beginning of Joseph's story.

I am fascinated that at the heart of the sin on display in this chapter is the human heart's desire to self rule, rather than be ruled over. We see the human instinct when our self-rule is threatened - do away with that which wants to rule us. But, this story will play out over the next 14 chapters and by the end we will see that God is the one who rules. And what humans intended for evil, he turns and intends for good (Gen 50.20). It is a pattern that will repeat and repeat in the scriptures like a a building theme in a great piece of music. It will reach its crescendo at that cross of God's Son, our King.

a prayer for today

A prayer of confession

Father forgive us for striving to have all our longings met in this world, for building our foundations on things that do not last and for using your gifts to us for our own comfort and security and not for the expansion of your kingdom.

Help us to long for heaven, to prepare our minds for action and to set our hope fully ( not partially) on the grace that will be brought to us at the revelation of Jesus. (1 Peter 1:13)


20th Ocotber 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 30

a prayer for today

A prayer of confession

Father forgive us for being distracted by small and selfish purposes.

Forgive us for failing to recognise our true calling, to declare your praises, and for failing to live obediently in light of that calling.

Forgive us for our actions that arise from a sinful heart and create stumbling blocks to you instead of praise.

Help us to live as those called into your marvellous light.


19th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 29

a prayer for today

Pray for our building project - that the certification process may be thorough and completed soon so that we can again meet together in our building.


18th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 28

a prayer for today

Pray giving thanks for the freedom and peace we enjoy in Australia.

Pray for the government to protect religious liberty so that Christians can continue to live in all godliness and holiness

-for Christians in Australia to use the freedoms we currently have, not taking them for granted, but making the most of the time for the spread of the gospel


17th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 27

(with the final prep for opening up the building this Sunday, I won't have time to post a short reflection on the passages for this week, but I encourage you to keep reading along with me. If anything strikes you, please do send me a message.)

a prayer for today

 A prayer for growing disciples

Pray that as we enjoy our refurbished facilities

-we would be eager to gather to study and hear your word

-that you would help us to apply your word to our lives and by your grace, grow us to be more like the people you want us to be


16th Octrober 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 26

(with the final prep for opening up the building this Sunday, I won't have time to post a short reflection on the passages for this week, but I encourage you to keep reading along with me. If anything strikes you, please do send me a message.)

A prayer for today

A prayer for making disciples

Pray that as we enjoy our refurbished facilities

-that you would be pleased to draw family and friends from our neighbourhood to hear the good news of Jesus and be welcomed by Him.

- that as a church we would be declaring God’s praises by the way we live and the words we speak, keen to invite others to join us

-that the gospel will be faithfully proclaimed


15th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 25

(with the final prep for opening up the building this Sunday, I won't have time to post a short reflection on the passages for this week, but I encourage you to keep reading along with me. If anything strikes you, please do send me a message.)

a prayer for today

A prayer for return to school, HSC students and SRE at the bush school

Pray that students and teachers would come to fear God and realise the priority of this above all the knowledge that the world offers

-that Christian teachers will speak faithfully and courageously about Jesus as they have opportunity to do so

-for Prue and the SRE team that they will continue to find joy in service and will proclaim the news about Jesus clearly and thoughtfully

-that students preparing for the HSC exam period will hear the good news about the peace that only Jesus can give and would trust him with their future.


14th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 24

(with the final prep for opening up the building this Sunday, I won't have time to post a short reflection on the passages for this week, but I encourage you to keep reading along with me. If anything strikes you, please do send me a message.)

a prayer for today

A prayer of thanksgiving

Thank God for his gracein saving us and growing us until the day of Christ.

‘As you come to him, a living stone rejected by men but in the sight of God chosen and precious, you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ’ (1Peter 2:4,5)


13th Ocotber 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 23

(with the final prep for opening up the building this Sunday, I won't have time to post a short reflection on the passages for this week, but I encourage you to keep reading along with me. If anything strikes you, please do send me a message.)

a prayer for today

A prayer of confession

Father forgive us when we seek to live independently of you. Forgive us for thinking we can make our own way through this life, on our own merits, without the need to change. Forgive us for living without reference to your life saving and life changing word. Forgive us for our short sightedness and arrogance.

Help us to crave pure spiritual milk that by it we may grow up into salvation. (1 Peter 2:2)


12th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 22

I am always struck afresh by this remarkable moment of testing as God calls Abraham to give up his one and only son, and yet then provides another way.


We are told in Hebrews 11.117,19 that the reason Abraham was willing to go through with it was this - he trusted God was faithful, he trusted God could raise the dead!


I am also struck that God, in his faithfulness was willing to give up his own son, because there was no other way. Yet, he remains the God who raises the dead!

a prayer for today


11th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 21

Further, wonderful testimony of God's faithfulness, gracious faithfulness.


Now the Lord was gracious to Sarah as he had said, and the Lord did for Sarah what he had promised. (21.1)


Sarah had laughed in the face of God's promise, but now her laughter is that of joy, in seeing God prove faithful!


Sarah said, “God has brought me laughter, and everyone who hears about this will laugh with me.” (21.6)

a prayer for today

A prayer for the justice system of our nation

Give thanks for the established justice system we have in Australia

- For lawmakers, the police force, courts, judges and juries which God has established for our good.

Pray for those working in this system that they will continue to be given perseverance and diligence as they deal with the many changes that COVID has brought to their daily work practises.

-pray also for prisoners that they will be treated with dignity and have opportunity to hear the news of forgiveness and transformation that is found in Jesus alone.


10th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 20

Having seen Lot compromise, we now watch Abraham do the same thing. It is remarkable how constant the threat of sin and unfaithfulness amongst God's people is and yet, what we intended for evil, he has turned for good. Still this chapter helps us be mindful that our old sinful nature remains in us, ready to derail us, if we do. not take it seriously.


I love this commentary on this chapter: Any dependence upon self always results in the kind of experience that Abraham had. After thirty years of walking with God and learning wonderful lessons in the spiritual life, the minute he steps out of a dependence upon God, he steps back into that same ugly nature he had in the beginning, and it is unchanged after thirty years. Old natures have to be kept under control by walking in the Spirit. Live by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature, Paul tells us (Galatians 5:16).

a prayer for today

A prayer for growing disciples- Vine youth group KYCK

Continuing to pray for the Vine youth group KYCK

Pray for the youth who are believers

-that they will be welcoming, kind and friendly to newcomers

-that they will grow in their understanding of God’s word and see it’s application to their lives.

-that they will be encouraged to continue faithfully as followers of Jesus


9th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 19

Sodom - a city utterly absorbed by sin and overrun with evil

Lot - a man on the edge of the city, compromised by it

God - a gracious rescuer and a faithful judge

a prayer for today

A prayer for making disciples- Vine youth group KYCK

Pray for the Vine youth group as they gather for KYCK this weekend

- that God will be at work in the hearts of our youth and their friends to bring them along to the camp

-that the gospel will be clearly explained

-that leaders and youth will be safe and well

-that many will come to know Jesus for the first time


8th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 18

When God comes to dinner!

A passage that follows on the back of God's massive promises to Abraham in the preceding chapters. Over the course of a meal the LORD reveals his faithfulness further and we are shown that faith in God calls for us to look beyond sometimes current contrary circumstances that laugh in the face of his promises, to see that we can still trust his promises because unlike our circumstances, his character does not change!

a prayer for today

A prayer for mission partners, Dave and Leoni Painter serving in Cambodia

Give thanks for

-ongoing opportunities to share the gospel despite COVID restrictions

-Hope School has reopened and Grace can return

-no deaths associated with the Pandemic thus far

Pray for

-the Church in Cambodia that it will remain faithful despite the discouraging impact that COVID restrictions have had on its ability to gather

-opportunities to open up for the recent graduates of Phnom Penh Bible School to use their training to strengthen the Church

-Cambodians who are struggling without work as garment factories close and tourism has ceased


7th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 17

I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. (Gen 17.7).

The heart of God's promise to Abraham in this chapter is simple, but wonderful _ I will be your God!

It is a promise that is ours because of Abraham's descendant, Jesus.

Consider that as you start the day, consider God's promise to you - I have established an everlasting covenant with you. I will be your God.

Consider how God describes what that means in Jeremiah 32.38-41..."They shall be my people and I will be their God . . . I will not turn away from doing good to them . . . I will rejoice in doing good to them . . . with all my heart and with all my soul"

All that is ours by faith in Abraham's descendant, Jesus (Romans 4.13).

a prayer for today

A prayer of thanksgiving

Thank God for his great mercy in calling us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead.

(1 Peter 1: 3)

He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed.

(1 Peter 2:24)


6th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 16

A chapter that reminds us that despite God's good promises and purposes his people are still marred by sin. We see this in the abject mistreatment of the slave, Hagar.

But, I love that when she runs for her life, we see that God has not failed to see the mistreatment. The interaction between the LORD and Hagar is beautiful. I love the way she speaks of God. Is the a brilliant picture of God to have in mind if you are someone who wonders if God sees what is going on, if God sees you...

13 She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 14 That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi

a prayer for today

A prayer of confession

Forgive us Father when we forget your holiness and our unworthiness. Forgive us for thinking we don’t really need saving. Forgive us for failing to see our sin as seriously as you do. Forgive us for the specific ways we have failed to love you and our neighbour as we ought this week.

Help us to not be conformed to the passions of our former selves but to be holy in all our conduct. (1 Peter 1:14,15)


5th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 15

Hear these words from our God. They are spoken to Abarham. But they are for us too.

“Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield

your very great reward."

a prayer for today


4th October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 14

Abraham and Lot have seperated, but soon Lot finds himself under attack. Wonderfully Abraham is able to come to his aid.

But, on his return from the rescue Abraham is met by two Kings (one a kingdom marked by sin - Sodom) and one a kingdom mark by righteousness and peace - The KIng of Salem ,Melchizedek. He is one of the most unique figures in the whole bible, who is referred to in the book of Hebrews. Here is a short video that underlines his significance.

a prayer for today

A prayer for our nation

Pray for those particularly experiencing financial hardship as a result of coronavirus.

-pray that our government would have wisdom in enabling an environment for people to be able to work again

-pray for those dealing with the loss of a job and the adjustment required by them and their families

-pray for young people who may be feeling a sense of hopelessness about the future and stress associated with increasing isolation that they would be given hope

-pray for those suffering from anxiety and depression that they would receive the help and support they need

-pray that Christians working in these areas would be faithful witnesses to the life changing news of Jesus.


3rd October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 13

In Genesis 12 the promise given to Abraham and his family is one of blessing. By Genesis 13 the blessing (materially) is so immense that Abaraham and Lot (another leader in this family) need to seperate because their herds and possessions were so great they had to seperate to make room for it all! 

The blessing spreads as they spread. But, it also sets the scene for a remarkable rescue in the next chapter.

a prayer for today

 A prayer for growing disciples- during current restrictions

Pray that we will continue to grow as disciples of Christ, being faithful in bible reading and prayer and seeking to be obedient to God’s word so that even during the stress of this season, our lives will helpfully witness to the one we seek to proclaim.


2nd October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 12

What a chapter! In the face of a world inclined to sin and wickedness, in the face of a world committed to make much of its own name, a broken world under judgment.

In the face of all of that curse God responds wth a majestic and merciful plan to bring blessing where there is curse and not on the small scale either - to all nations, all time!

The promises made to 1 man in the opening verses of this chapter are the reason you have received the blessing of forgiveness and fellowship with God and the hope eternity with him.  

Thank God that he makes promises we don't deserve and never fails to fulfil them!

a prayer for today

A prayer for making disciples-during current restrictions

Pray for friends and family that do not yet know Jesus that God will help us to connect with them during this season and create opportunities for us to share the good news of Jesus and introduce them to life as a member of His family.


1st October 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 11

The Westminister Catechism states this - The chief end of man is the glorify God .

That's it, that's the point of life - glorifying God, making much of his name.

I reckon our world (and we with them) baulk at that. What Dort of God would live for his own glory? And I understand the question, but here's a question to ask in response - who else would you have him glorify? Who's name should be made much of? yours? mine? ours together?

What a skewed view of reality to think that you or I are at the centre of God's universe.

That's the reality we see play out in Genesis 11. A world united - in making much of our own name.

It is a reality that plays out in ten thousand ways in our world. And perhaps ten thousand ways in our own lives too!

But, Genesis 11 reveals that God will not allow it. He will not allow it because it is not true. He will not allow it because it is not what we are made for.

It should not surprise us that worldy glory often destroys those who gain much of it.

Instead, see Jesus. See how God deals with our grasping at glory. He shows us what glory looks like - Philippians 2.5-11. He shows us one who does not grasp at it, but gives it up. The one who is given the name above all names.

And it is through this one alone, that we can be saved from our own addiction to our glory (Acts 4.12).

Thank you Jesus.

'O for a thousand tongues to sing my great redeemer's praise'

a prayer for today

A prayer for our government

Thank God for his provision of good government, at all levels, in our country.

-especially for efforts to protect the vulnerable, care for the sick and keep order during the pandemic.

-pray for our Prime Minister, State Premier and all those in Public Health postions that they would be given endurance, patience, wisdom and support during this difficult period.


30th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 10

A chapter sometimes called the table of nations... Genesis 9 described events that happened between God, Noah, and his three sons after the flood. Genesis 11 will tell the story of the Tower of Babel and the dispersal of the nations. Between them, Genesis 10 is a table of the nations that come from Japheth, Ham, and Shem after God divides and disperses humanity

a prayer for today

 A prayer of thanksgiving - Open my lips, Lord, and my mouth will declare your praise. You do not delight in sacrifice, or I would bring it; you do not take pleasure in burnt offerings. My sacrifice, O God, is a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart, you O God, will not despise. Amen.


29th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 9

12 And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come: 13 I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. 14 Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, 15 I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.16 Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will see it and remember the everlasting covenantbetween God and all living creatures of every kind on the earth.”

17 So God said to Noah, “This is the sign of the covenant I have established between me and all life on the earth.”

a prayer for today

A prayer of repentance - Our Father in heaven, we acknowledge that we have too often sought refuge and strength in other things. Help us to know that you are our only fortress. Enable us to meditate on your unfailing love. Amen.


28th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 8

20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord and, taking some of all the clean animals and clean birds, he sacrificed burnt offerings on it. 21 The Lord smelled the pleasing aroma and said in his heart: “Never again will I curse the ground because of humans, even though every inclination of the human heart is evil from childhood. And never again will I destroy all living creatures, as I have done.

22 “As long as the earth endures,

seedtime and harvest,

cold and heat,

summer and winter,

day and night

will never cease.”


As the flood subsides, we see that sin has not. But, God will not bring final judgment straight away. Season will come and go, day night, will roll on. This is because God is kind and because he is patient. But, we must not make the mistake of assuming that this pattern of sin and pattern of God's kind provision will all continue unchecked. We must not make the mistake that God's patience is a sign that he will not judge.


5 But they deliberately forget that long ago by God’s word the heavens came into being and the earth was formed out of water and by water.6 By these waters also the world of that time was deluged and destroyed. 7 By the same word the present heavens and earth are reserved for fire, being kept for the day of judgment and destruction of the ungodly.

8 But do not forget this one thing, dear friends: With the Lord a day is like a thousand years, and a thousand years are like a day. 9 The Lord is not slow in keeping his promise, as some understand slowness. Instead he is patient with you, not wanting anyone to perish, but everyone to come to repentance. (2 Peter 3.5-9)

a prayer for today

Dear Father,

Thanks that you’re the king of everything - you are above ever kingdom, every ruler, every person, and even life and death. Thanks for all that you’ve taught us in the book of Daniel.

Thanks that you give us certain hope for deliverance - deliverance from death and shame.

Help us, whatever our circumstances, however we feel, to trust in that hope we have through Jesus.

Amen.


27th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 7

The devastation described in this chapter is unimaginable. God exercised His authority as Creator, Judge, and Lord to end sin on the earth and to destroy so much of what He had made. Just as God transformed the newly-created earth from water to dry land (Genesis 1:9–10), He now seems to be "resetting" His creation by returning it to water.

We can't help but ask: If that is God's response to unchecked human sin in the world, what hope is there for any of us? How can any sinful, mortal human be loved by God and find peace with Him? That's the question the rest of the Bible is written to answer.

a prayer for today

Pray for the nations where Christians face persecution. Help our brothers and sisters to hold fast to the hope God gives, to know the death of God’s love for them and to experience the strengthening and emboldening of the Holy Spirit as they seek to proclaim Christ faithfully.


26th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 6

5 The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. 6 And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.


Here is our God's heart revealed. He looks at the brokenness of our world. He looks at our sin and he calls it what it is - wicked, evil. And it breaks his heart. He grieves.  


We see the same heart revealed in Jesus' earthly ministry. I am struck by how often Jesus grieves. He grieves at hard hearts. He grieves at people's unwillingness to come to him. He grieves evil and our sin. He grieves it's consequence - death. He is heart-broken for our world. That's the truth, if ever anyone asks you does God not care about this world?


And here's the truth as well. Such is his grief, that it moves him to come, to live amongst us, to experience that grief himself and to carry our wickedness, our sin and its horrific consequences on himself - as his body is broken for us.

In this, he breaks the power of sin. And in his resurrection he opens up the hope of a day when sin will be no more. And on that day, grief will be no more!


Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

a prayer for today

Pray that St Andrew’s will increasingly develop a culture of training - where we are each trained as disciples of Jesus who make disciples of Jesus, for his glory.


25th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 5

A long family line. All part of the brokenness of sin. And then in the midst of it, we glimpse the way out of the cycle of sin leading to death - faith! Walking in faith with God.

There are only 2 men in the bible who escape death and go straight to be with God. Enoch (Genesis 5.24) is one one of them. How does he escape death? Answer - walking in faith with God.

It remains so... 13 It is written: “I believed; therefore I have spoken.” Since we have that same spirit of faith, we also believe and therefore speak, 14 because we know that the one who raised the Lord Jesus from the dead will also raise us with Jesus and present us with you to himself. (2 Corinthians 4.13-14)

a prayer for today

Pray for the Building for the Future project - that it may completed soon, that the finances to fully fund the project may be provided, that the gospel of Jesus Christ may bear fruit and multiply in these new spaces.


24th September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 4

Sin soaks into the fabric of God’s good creation and ruins everything, good things, things that matter, really matter - like life!

We witness the tragic shedding of Abel’s blood, at the hands of his brother Cain. At this tragic scene and given the tragic scene of our own world we are left to ask, ‘what hope is there for sinners like us?’

The answer gloriously proclaimed in Hebrews 12.24 is this - Jesus, whose blood speaks a better word than the blood of Abel…

What better word? This is how 19th century Hymn composer Horatius Bonar puts it (apologies for the length, but this is glorious):

It speaks of a brother’s love not of a brother’s hatred (1 John 4:10).

It speaks of peace returned, not of peace fled away. It speaks of reconciliation between God and the sinner – reconciliation upon securest grounds – the reconciliation of a covenant ‘ordered in all things and sure’ (2 Sam. 23:5; cf. Col 1:20).

It speaks of grace, not wrath. Free love to the unlovable and the unloving is the very essence of the message which it brings.

It speaks of forgiveness, not condemnation (Heb. 8:12).

It speaks of blessing, not of the curse. It has borne the curse; it has absorbed it; it has trasmuted it into a blessing – a blessing which it is pouring freely out on all who will but receive it (Is. 1:18).

It speaks of life not of death. It is this blood which says, ‘I am the resurrection and the life, he that believes in Me, though he were dead, yet he shall live” (John 11:25-26).

It speaks not to alarm but to soothe the conscience. It purges the conscience and lays its alarms to rest (cf. Heb. 9:14). It heals, it restores, it gladdens.

It speaks not of man the fugitive and vagabond, but of man restored to Eden. It transforms him into a fellow citizen with the saints and an heir of the incorruptible inheritance, the new heavens and the new earth wherein dwelleth righteousness (2 Pet. 3:13).

Hallelujah! What a Saviour!

a prayer for today

Pray for our Mission Partners Gus and Sarah Cameron at St Barnabas Fairfield. Give thanks that Gus was ordained as a Presbyter, for new people joining them at church, for SRE starting to open up at some schools, and for rest as they have had many funerals.


23rd September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 3

Genesis 3 tells the true story of how a very good world ended up very broken. But it also tells true story of God's relentless plan to restore that which we broke - Genesis 3.15

he will crush your head,

 and you will strike his heel.”

Here at ground zero of our brokenness the hope and the longing for a redeemer is given.

Here at ground zero of our sin we are told that forgiveness will come at cost to the redeemer

Here at ground zero of evil in our world we are shown that there is a cruel liar at play, still in our world. Satan.

Here in a place of tragic failure, the scene is set for glorious victory...

I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matt 16.18)

a prayer for today

A prayer of thanksgiving - Lord - we thank you that we have so much to learn, see and say of your beauty. Help us to know, love and serve you more. In Jesus name. Amen.


22nd September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 2

I am struck by the link between the presence of water and life in this chapter.

Notice that the water only flows because God causes it to flow.

Notice how life comes when the water flows.

It reminds me of the promise of new life that comes to God’s people in exile in the book of Ezekiel 47 - wherever the water will flow from God’s temple, life will come.

And wonderfully it is fulfilled in the promise Jesus in John 4…

Jesus answered her, “If you knew the gift of God and who it is that asks you for a drink, you would have asked him and he would have given you living water.”

11 “Sir,” the woman said, “you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep. Where can you get this living water? 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob, who gave us the well and drank from it himself, as did also his sons and his livestock?”

13 Jesus answered, “Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again, 14 but whoever drinks the water I give them will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give them will become in them a spring of water welling up to eternal life.”

a prayer for today

A prayer of repentance - Lord, how quick we are to speak of ourselves, and slow to speak of you. How quick we are to write in selfishness and anger, not selflessness and peace. Forgive us and change us we pray. Amen.


21st September 2020 - Bible Reading - Genesis 1

Yesterday we reached the end of the Bible (having started our daily bible reading, together, back in March in the book of Acts. So, today we move to the start of the Old Testament. Genesis 1 and a reminder that what God has made is very good.

God saw all that he had made, and it was very good.

That'd God's take on our world...

very good! It should not surprise us then the lengths he has gone to to redeem it.

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son...

a prayer for today

Father, thanks that you are in charge of this whole world - of all that we see, and all that we can’t see as well. Thank you that Jesus came into our world, and that he defeated Satan and the powers of evil by his death and resurrection. Lord, deepen our trust for you when we doubt you in times of being overwhelmed and under pressure, but also when we forget you when things seem comfortable. Amen.