Matthew continues his mission in our passage today of revealing that Jesus really is Israel's long-awaited Messiah.
But try to imagine how hard that message may have been to receive for Jesus' original audience of onlookers & listeners. They'd grown up hearing...read >>
So far in His sermon, Jesus had declared the character & resulting conduct of His disciples: those who follow Him. Having their character so transformed (the Beatitudes), though their conduct in the world would result in persecution, as the Light of the World...read >>
If we have learned anything of God's character through our study of Genesis it is that He has authority over all things! And secondly, He has been proclaiming the Good News of His Son from before the beginning of time.
Now that we have reached the end of our study...read >>
It's a bitter sweet day. We've arrived at the end of our study in Genesis. Today we bury a couple of patriarchs. These men were tools in the hands of God to work His will, bless His people, and glorify His name. It is the end of Genesis, the end of The...read >>
Are you a parent? How well do you know your children?
If you're not a parent, how well do you know yourself?
Consider your character. Now multiply the impact of these traits out over the course of a few thousand years. What do you think? Scary or hopeful?
Many, many are the amazing moments of Jacob's life: wrestled in the womb, cheated his brother out of blessing & birthright, ran off from his home, beheld the angel of God & His heavenly ladder, was cheated by his father-in-law for Leah & Rachel, for little to no...read >>
What a difference wise counsel makes in our lives!
Today God grants us another look into the life of Joseph. Once again, the wisdom of this young Prince of Egypt is on display. Note the great respect he shows to both his family & his employer. Can your family...read >>
Are you faithful saint who loves the Lord? What a marvel! Perhaps for some, God grants faith apart from great pain, but for the majority, He forges it! And, so often, it hurts. But it is so good, for He is so good!
This week we meet up with eleven home-bound...read >>
It's a familiar request, one recited quite often by Christians around the world. But do we know what it means? Have we considered what we're asking of God:
"Forgive us as our sins AS we forgive others."
"Forgive us, Lord, the way that we forgive others."...read >>
We have beheld such wisdom, patience & love in these last chapters of Genesis. But one final test would prove necessary in determining whether or not Joseph's brothers were fit to faithfully lead the 12 tribes of Israel.
Jacob had granted permission to take...read >>
How long have you lingered under the crushing weight of guilt?
Does there remain any unconfessed failures or grievances against others that our enemy clouds out Christ with?
If God loves you—and you know He does—He will lovingly, but often painfully, surface...read >>
There are so many pointers to Jesus in today's passage on the life of Joseph.
Joseph proves to be an amazing man of faith & godliness, one we should most certainly "follow as I follow Christ." The Lord exalts him to a position of authority in Egypt, and all nations...read >>
As a young man, Joseph dreamed God would put him in a place of authority over and above his siblings, and even his parents. And this would be for their good, no matter how much the news irritated his family when he told them.
At 17, his brothers had had enough of...read >>
Sometimes it's the situations we detest the most that test our faith and prove God's grace.
This week we'll meet up with Joseph at his "lowest" point, both literally & figuratively. So far he's has been hated by his brothers, tossed down a well, sold into Egyptian...read >>
How's your fight for faith? Are you enjoying the pleasures of some conquered sin? Or perhaps you're feeling a little battered in the battle? Take your pick... but in Christ: both!
A couple of weeks ago, Joseph's brothers sold their little dreamer. From there he...read >>
Have you ever caught yourself saying something that you just couldn't believe came out of your mouth... out loud! Oops. But, consider the words of Jesus: "Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks." In other words, is it any wonder we say & do things when...read >>
Don't you love getting overlooked for an overdue promotion at work?
Or how about that really peaceful, soothing feeling of failing to make the team though the far-less-talented coach's son wins your spot on the roster.
Are you in God's family of faith? Then tell...read >>
Why is the grass always greener on the other side of the fence?
"If I were a real Christian, wouldn't waters part for me like they do for everyone else?"
"Wait a minute, that guy's not even a Christian, yet look at how well his life is going?"
So much comes to completion through this thirty-fifth chapter of Genesis.
Two weeks ago we learned to bury idols of our PAST. Then last week, in verses 9-15, God gave Jacob a PRESENT new identity. And with his new position & new power, we learn this week to trust...read >>
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so does a fool to his folly." -Pv26.11
Any idea what that means? Of course you do! How many times have we buried the hatchet, only to leave that handle sticking so we can grab it back again when we "need" it? O how often we return to...read >>
Sometimes the ugliness of sin is nearly unbearable. But the reality of its presence in any one of us is so persistent, so real, ever lurking and knocking at our doors that we had better pay close attention.
It is amazing how quickly we can turn from saints to...read >>