Life comes with an unwritten guarantee that at some point you will be hurt, crossed, burned, fought or otherwise messed with. Sometimes this is of no fault of your own. When this happens personally, I feel mad and an inner desire to strike back for quick retribution, throwing a punch of justice into the face of the person who hurt me, or hurt someone I love. This is normal. Wanting to take revenge is normal. This week, we see that it doesn’t have to be. In this message, we explore the heart of Jacob’s son Joseph – a person who somehow, when he could have exacted his own justice, didn’t.

May 20, 2018
Pat Linnell


In the Old Testament we see a guy who looks pretty normal, going about life the way most of us do – figuring it out ourselves. He grew to have a reputation of doing whatever it took to get ahead, and was even known for burning bridges when relationships didn’t end well. His name was Jacob, and he could have written a book on self-reliance. This all changed when he found himself between a rock and a hard place – it was there he wrestled with God. If you find yourself white knuckling life, depending on yourself to survive, it might be time to stop wrestling with God and let Him fight for you.

May 13, 2018
Pat Linnell