Are you honest about your past? Jesus is. He knows it all: past, present & future.
Matthew is on a similar mission of exposing the reality of your sinful past, present & future. Well, not just yours, but mine, and even his own, and lots of other people's too!
The first couple of sections of this chapter read like Abraham's obituary. God's plan to continue His covenant faithfulness is shifting from Abraham to his son, Isaac.
Various other details about Abraham's life are introduced here, including the addition of another...read >>
Ever had God's plans not line up with your own? Perhaps it was a life-altering event, like the loss of a family member as happens to Abraham in today's passage. It certainly isn't without its tension. God made promises, but now the patriarch's family members are...read >>
Today we'll wrap up one of the most memorable passages in all of Scripture, beginning with the ram God provided for sacrifice, caught by his horns in a nearby thicket.
Not only did Abraham get his son-sacrifice back untouched & unharmed, he also received a...read >>
"First You take great pains to build my faith in Your promise. Then You provide him. And now You want me to sacrifice him?"
Though we'd expect these words of Abraham, we don't read them anywhere in our passage today. Surely he thought them at some point during the...read >>
Abraham meets with Abimelech for the second time in this passage. This time, his reputation preceded him. Abimelech remembered two things 1) God was with him, and 2) he wasn't very trustworthy. Wow! What a first impression.
Well, fortunately for Abraham, indeed the...read >>
Where is your hope? Perhaps it's in technology? or maybe in bio-chemistry & medicine? Or maybe you've got your religion to provide the peace you need? So how's that going?
In today's passage we're presented with a bunch of different options, but only one delivers...read >>
Has the Lord ever faithfully yanked back on your chain? Perhaps He sovereignly let it out just far enough to remind you of your great need of Him, of your sin, bringing you to repentance again.
If that sounds familiar, you're in good company with father...read >>
We cannot help but live by what we know & understand. Therefore, how important it is to know God! We base our entire lives upon what we believe. In today's passage, Abraham is drawn closer to God through intercession, but stands to gain the most by learning of God's...read >>
A 100 year old dad, maturing in the faith has his spine strengthened in the covenant promise that Sarah will carry a son. No joke!
Having been instructed by God to be cut or risk being cut off from His promise earlier in the chapter, Abraham takes action. A shaky...read >>
We all want to make a difference and leave a legacy that lasts. When God calls Abraham in Genesis, Abraham responds with trusting faith. God blesses Abraham so that he will be a blessing. God calls him into His mission of redemption and restoration. God promises him...read >>
As far as we know, Abram was minding his own business when God called him from pagan idolatry to faithful obedience. God commanded, Abe obeyed. It's that simple!
Simple? Yes. But not without struggle & difficulty. Abram would meet opposition almost immediately, but...read >>
This genealogy is different. Chapter 10's is a segmented-genealogy: to tell of all the different families were connected (or not). Chapter 5's is a linear-genealogy, like the one in this passage. But there is still one emphatic difference between those two. Genesis...read >>
Brace yourself: Jesus is speaking again!
If you thought He may have been beating around the bush before, He leaves no doubt this morning. In today's passage, after a couple of warnings, Jesus states very clearly who He is.
So how do you think the populace...read >>
Ever wonder if all "Christians" are true Christians?
Today we meet up with a pack of "believers", but Jesus is quick to distinguish them from the truly faithful. How?
Join us this week as we peer into the Truth that can set captives free!read >>
What's so marvelous about Jesus?
In a day of political loop holes and self-justification, Jesus speaks truth... straight truth: no spin, no trickery, no doubt... just Truth. Using their own legacy and laws, Jesus reveals His heart of God that His enemies are...read >>