• Lori Somerville

People will let us down

People will hurt us - even when they don't mean to........

I'm sure each one of us can come up with a list as long as our arms of people who have hurt us or disappointed us or been less than honest with us.

And if we are honest, probably an equally long list of the times that we have let other people down or been the source of someone else's disappointment.

God will not.

God is good - in every circumstance.

But we often confuse God with people

When things don’t happen when we think they should have

When things don’t happen how we think they should have.

When our prayers aren't answered the way we wanted them answered.

When we don’t see the promises of God coming true in our life.

When we see other people getting blessed while we are still struggling.

It becomes really easy to believe the lie that it must not have been God or that God is just like every other person I've ever met.

We are not called to be a people that listen to the lies. We are called to be a people that stand on the truth.

So let me ask you a question -

Do you believe that the Bible contains the word of God or not?

Because the Bible tells me at Hebrews 10:23

Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful.

God is faithful.

And if he who promised is faithful……………..

Then maybe the problem lies within me and not him.

We are fast approaching a time when we as believers are going to have to make a choice:

Either God is everything the Bible says HE is or he’s not.

God either is or He isn’t.

The Bible is either the Word of God or it isn't.

Either our hope is in HIM or it isn't.

And if it is, then we need to start living like we believe that.

What if it's not God who has waivered but us?

Ouch right?

But if we believe that God is and that the Bible is His Word and His Word tells us that He is faithful...........than what other explanation can there be?

It's time for all of us, as followers of the living God, to begin to live as though our God is alive and active in our lives. To live as though God means what he says. To live as though His Word truly has the power to transform our lives. To live as though His promises are for us. To live as though God is for us. To rise up and declare the goodness of God over our lives and over our circumstances. To declare that even the bad stuff will be turned into a blessing over us. We need to begin speaking the Word of God over ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, our towns, our states and our nation. Because that book we claim to believe in says that the Word of God will not return void. And if we believe that then we need to open our mouths and release that Word into the atmosphere all around us.

It's time to shake off the apathy of the American church and start to live like true disciples of Jesus Christ. To worry more about winning souls than lights and smoke machines and the perfect worship performance. It's time to love with abandon like Jesus did. To start living for Him - not just on Sundays - but every single day. To live our faith out loud. Just like Jesus did.

Let's start today.

  • Lori Somerville

Have you ever wondered how many promises there are in the Bible?

Some Bible scholars have stated that there are close to 8000 promises contained in the Bible; other opposing views state the number is closer to 3500. But no matter which number you believe, the fact is that this Book contains a lot of promises for us as believers.

Here are just a few:

  • I will protect you.

  • I will be your strength.

  • I will answer you.

  • I will provide for you.

  • I will give you peace.

  • I will always love you.

  • I will be with you always.

I think that we can all agree that we are living in turbulent times -

We’ve got a pandemic in our world, we’ve got groups of people being treated badly because of the color of their skin, and we live in a country that is more divided than it’s ever been.

As a matter of fact, it may feel like 2020 has been one giant storm.


Our HOPE is in this statement:

Jesus is our anchor - in every storm

We are not alone in our troubles. During the days of the early church Christians were facing great persecution. Followers of Jesus were persecuted just for following Him.

It must have been tempting to turn back.

To question whether it was worth it. To just go back to the way things were before Jesus arrived on the scene.

But they persevered………….even to the point of death.

Which tells me they found something in Jesus that they didn’t find in the “old way” - in empty religious practices.

How about you?

Have you found something better in Jesus or are struggling with the temptation to turn back?

To walk away?

Some of you have. Some of you aren’t in church. You’re not online. You’ve found other things to do. You aren’t engaged with a faith community.

I am not saying that in judgment. I’m just stating facts.

And I want you to know that if it ever gets too hard for you out there we at Cornerstone will welcome you here with arms wide open. We’re like planet fitness around here – a judgment free zone

But I want to bring you some HOPE today.

We don’t have to turn back

We can remain steadfast if our hope is in Jesus

Hebrews 10:19-25

A Call to Persevere in Faith

19 Therefore, brothers and sisters, since we have confidence to enter the Most Holy Place by the blood of Jesus, 20 by a new and living way opened for us through the curtain, that is, his body, 21 and since we have a great priest over the house of God, 22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water. 23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. 24 And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds, 25 not giving up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but encouraging one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.

These verses are full of HOPE.

Let us draw near

22 let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.

We have unhindered access to the grace of God

…to the throne of Grace

You don’t have to get cleaned up to go to God……….Jesus did it for us.

He wants you in the condition you are in. He loves you in the condition that you are in.

You don’t have to put on your fancy clothes or pretend to be anything.

That’s why the sign over the door of our church says “Come As You Are”.

Because that’s the condition Jesus wants you in. As You Are.

Verse 23

23 Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful

Without wavering is not easy.

Without Wavering…………..can be hard some times

That’s why we need to come together

Because we need to be reminded that God is for us…………..not against us

Even when the whole dang world goes crazy…………..God is for us.

We don’t have to waiver.

We can just stand on his promises, on his Word.

Father God, I choose you today. I choose your Son, Jesus Christ, as my source of hope and comfort today. I choose to stand on your Word. To stand with you and for you. Help me not to waiver. Remind me of the promises that you have for me and let them fill me with Hope for the future. You are good. You are faithful. You love me - even in my mess. I invite you into all my messy places and to submit to the process of having your love transform me. Have your way in me today Lord. And when the doubts come Lord give me ears to hear your voice reminding me that you are for me. Always. Amen.

  • Lori Somerville

Philippians 2:1-2 (New International Version)

Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind.

Doesn’t this verse sound wonderful? It paints such a beautiful picture of unity – being like-minded and having the same love for one another. It’s not just a pretty picture, it’s actually the plan that God has for us as his children. And Jesus even left us a helper in the Holy Spirit to help us accomplish it. It’s

We can’t do it alone. We need the Holy Spirit to renew our minds and perfect our love for those around us. If we haven’t been filled with the Holy Spirit lately, then this is where we need to start. Ask God to fill you afresh with His Spirit. Ask to have your mind renewed and your heart filled with his love so that it can pour of you to those around you. There are so many people in our community and in our world that need someone to care; someone to show just a little bit of love.

We have to choose. Unity is a choice. So is division. These two spirits are vying for your attention and affection. Which one will you choose to walk in today? We don’t have to agree with someone 100% of the time to be in unity with them. As a matter of fact, we can disagree and still love one another. If there’s anything our world needs right now, it’s people committed to show the world that just because I disagree with you doesn’t mean I have to turn my love for you off.

We have to seek unity. It doesn’t happen by accident. If we want unity with those around us, we must be purposeful in our words and actions. We are living now in a world where many of the people around us don’t know Jesus……..they don’t even know about Jesus. What if the words you are sharing on your Facebook page were the only evidence they had for what being a Christian is all about? Would they see a representation of the verses listed above or something else?

Unity or Division.

Which one are you speaking?

Which one are you spreading?