July 20, 2014
The Writer of Hebrews warns us not to let bitterness get rooted in us. Bitterness threatens our relationships with God as well as other people, and it threatens our very capacity to receive God's grace, even his saving grace.
July 06, 2014
The patriarchs of Israel have something to teach us about godly patriotism. God promised Abraham that he would be the father of a nation, a great nation, one through which the other nations would be blessed (Genesis 12:2-3; cf. Romans 4:17-18). Although Abraham clung to that promise, he longed to belong to something more than a great nation.
June 22, 2014
Are you a child of Abraham? Is he your father too? In Romans 4, Paul takes us back to Abraham to illustrate what true righteousness really is. In telling us how Abraham was made righteous, he tells is the only way that we can be made righteous before God. In his discussion, he points our what it really means to be the children of Abraham.
June 15, 2014
Besides God himself, the most famous father in Scripture is Abraham. We often refer to him as father Abraham. So what kid of father was he, this father of the faith,this father of a nation? What kind of father was he to his own family?
Abraham had qualities that helped the blessings of God be passed on to others, both within his own family and household and to the nations of the world. In fact those qualities were the very reason that God chose Abraham (Genesis 18:19 NIV)
May 18, 2014
Jehoshaphat, one of the good kings of Judah, entered into an alliance with Ahab, the worst king in the history of Israel. Ahab asked Jehoshaphat to join him in a war to reclaim Ramoth Gilead from Syria. Jehoshaphat agreed to join Ahab, but asked that they first seek the counsel of the Lord before going to battle (1 Kings 22:1-5; 2 Chronicles 18:1-4)