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 >>
If God promised you the world, how far would you go to get it? Most likely, too far!
In today's passage we get another peek into the patriarchal family. What we find there may not be anything all that different than what we might find in our own: sin & dysfunction...read >>
Ever said to yourself, "If God would just show up & tell me what to do, I would do it!" I hate to break it to you, but considering today's passage & humanity's history, you're wrong: you won't!
Part of what makes grace so amazing is that it calls us to the...read >>
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We do what we love. So what do you love?
Paul warns in Philippians 3.19 that many follow the "god of their belly." Yikes! But it's true: where our appetite is, their will our heart be also.
Today we peek...read >>
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 >>
Are you married? Why?
Ironically, it isn't a question we think to much about before or after our marriages. "I mean, isn't the answer obvious?"
In today's passage we can see God's divine perspective on marriage: why He instituted it, what its main function is. It...read >>
This is part two of three in Genesis 24. We pick up where we left off last week. Abraham's faithful & name-less servant begins by testifying of God's providence. The servant has witnessed first-hand God's love & leadership of Abraham since he was called from his...read >>
This is the first of three sermons on the search of Abraham's servant for Isaac's appointed wife.
We begin with aging Abraham's instruction to his eldest & wisest servant, who proves to be on a faith journey of his own & the right man for the job! Having followed...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 >>
In today's passage, God proves Himself faithful once again: Sarah gives birth to the promised seed, Isaac whose name means laughter.
There's a lot of laughter going on in today's passage, but Ishmael's smells a bit fishy. Momma Sarah spots it and calls for a...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 >>