Hearing the stories of people in history who have exhibited courage is inspiring. One story that has recently surfaced is about the courageous hero and World War II POW Louie Zamperini. A new movie, Unbroken, that details his extreme experiences is to be released this month. Then there is the story of Nobel Peace Prize winner Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani activist who was the victim of a vicious murder attempt. She subsequently recovered and is speaking out boldly, inspiring a whole generation of young women.
Dramatic stories like these encourage us, especially in a world bewildered with bad news. Courage is a character quality that we need in generous supply these days—in the workplace, in our schools, and in our neighborhoods. We all face ample temptations that blur our values and lure us to compromise what we know to be right. Back in the 8th century BC, an unflinching hero by the name of Elijah stood up to an overwhelming crowd. He faced grueling pressure to compromise, but he didn’t cave in. He was remarkably courageous. As a result, he made a major impact for good in the lives of a lot of people.
Please join us as we take a close look at Elijah’s story from the Old Testament book of I Kings, starting January 3–4 in our weekend worship hours (Saturdays at 5:30pm, Sundays at 8:30am or 11am.) It’s a powerful hero story packed with timely truths from the Bible that are worth applying.