Faith and Trials

“Abraham answered (Isaac), “God himself will provide the lamb for the burnt offering.” – Gen 22:8  Meditation Why did God ask Abraham to perform a human sacrifice.  God condemned the practice of human sacrifice when pagans performed it (Lev 20:1-5).  Asking whether God condones human sacrifice is the wrong question. He does not. It is …

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Faith in Steps

Heb 11:9-10  “By faith Abram lived as a foreigner in the promised land as though it were a foreign country, living in tents with Isaac and Jacob, who were fellow heirs of the same promise.  For he was looking forward to the city with firm foundations, whose architect and builder is God.”  Meditation Genesis records …

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Faith and Patience

Gen 21:5 “Abraham was a hundred years old when his son Isaac was born to him.” Meditation Twenty-five years is a long time to rest in a promise and have faith tested.  Recall when Abram was 75yrs old, God promised Abram that he would father a son and a nation.  When Abram was 100yrs old, the first part of …

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Faith and Blessing

Gen 12:1-2  “The Lord had said to Abram…I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you.  I will make your name great and you will be a blessing.” Meditation The Genesis record tells us that God promised Abram 1) land, 2) family, 3) blessings (to him) and 4) blessings (from him).  …

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Faith and Fairness

God said, “Abram, I am your shield and your exceeding great reward.” (Gen 15:1) Meditation In Genesis, we see twelve challenges that honed Abram’s faith. In dealing with Lot, we see Abram’s faith refined through Lot’s “unfairness”. Abram trusted God when he departed Ur and Haran. Abram trusted God to provide food and shelter through …

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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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The Role of Prayer

It was very early in the morning and still dark. Jesus got up and left the house. He went to a place where he could be alone. There he prayed.  (Mk 1:35, NIRV) Jesus life and teaching underscores the importance prayer.  See Mt 6:9-13, Mt 7:7-11, Mt 14:23, Mt 26:41, Mt 21:13, Mk 1:35, Lk …

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This is a Football

Men have different gifts, but it is the same Spirit who gives them. There are different ways of serving God, but it is the same Lord who is served. God works through different men in different ways, but it is the same God who achieves his purposes through them all. Each man is given his …

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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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From Absurdity to Obedience

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. “So do not worry about tomorrow; for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Matt 6:33-34, …

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Don’t Walk Alone – The 5th Spiritual Law (Part 3)

Don’t Walk Alone (Part #1): People need coaching. “It is not good for man to be alone” Gen 2:18, NIV Don’t Walk Alone (Part #2): Paul gives Timothy “tools” for coaching, ”All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every …

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Don’t Walk Alone – The 5th Spiritual Law (Part 2)

Don’t Walk Alone (Part #1): People need coaches. “It is not good for man to be alone.” Gen 2:18, NIV Don’t Walk Alone (Part #2):  Paul gives Timothy “tools” for coaching. “All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every …

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Manly Leadership

These words that I am commanding you today must always be on your minds. Recite them to your children. Talk about them when you are sitting around your house and when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are getting up. (Deut 6:6-7, CEB) Meditation God expects me to …

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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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The Peace of Christ

“Let the peace of Christ [the inner calm of one who walks daily with Him] be the controlling factor in your hearts [deciding and settling questions that arise]. To this peace indeed you were called as members in one body [of believers]. And be thankful [to God always].”  (Col 3:15, AMP) Meditation Churches that I attended growing-up …

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What’s Your Goal?

Jn 10:10 “… I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly. Meditation In business, we ask, “What is your goal?” What do you hope to accomplish in your endeavor. Is your goal to be the biggest? Is your goal to create newness? Are we trying to set new standards …

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Covid Reflections

For [even the whole] creation (all nature) waits expectantly and longs earnestly for God’s sons to be made known [waits for the revealing, the disclosing of their sonship].  – Rom 8:19, AMPC Meditation During this season, God is using the Covid isolation, paranoia and weariness plus spiritual disciplines to shore-up my gratitude for how He intervenes for …

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Courage in Trials

Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all generously …

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Lectio Divina – The Sabbath Journey

Lectio Divina is spiritual discipline that has been practiced since the 3rd century.  Scott Quesinberry writes, “It is a Sabbath practice that breaks my weekly routine.  I find it deeply meaningful.” Together with Scott, we’ll make this a 7th Day Sabbath Journey.  Lectio Divina steps are simple. Read a Bible passage.  Meditate on the passages practical meaning for your …

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