Can God redeem your past? What things in your family or your past do you wish weren’t part of your personal history? Can God really use it for good? Does it disqualify you from serving God or ever being used in a meaningful way? Check out today’s reading in Genesis, especially the story of Judah and Tamar.
Our New Testament reading talks about the heart. What kind of heart do you have? Is it hard, stony, full of thorns, or is it good ground? Continue reading →
Two questions that have been asked for over 2,000 years: What is the “unpardonable sin”? and “Could I have committed it?” Even those of us who have some familiarity with the Bible can be afraid of that possibility. We remember the things we said and did as unbelievers and we wonder! Continue reading →
Ladies, I wonder are we sometimes guilty of using biology as an excuse to disobey the second greatest commandment, to love our neighbor as we love ourselves?
Rachel had stolen from her father and when he came looking for his property, she used the fact that it was “that time of the month” to cover her sin! Is it possible we do much the same thing in various ways?
Also, what was Jacob’s wrestling with God all about? Did Jacob “win” that wrestling match, why did he go away with a permanent limp, and what does it all mean? Why does God allow us to wrestle with Him in prayer sometimes? Continue reading →
Isaac’s and Rebekah’s twins, Jacob and Esau, are grown now. Isaac’s favorite is Esau, a hunter and man’s man. Jacob, it seems, was a mama’s boy and a homebody. Their favoritism led to manipulation and deceit that would, eventually, split their family apart.
In today’s reading, the first cracks appear as Jacob manipulates his impatient, impulsive brother. In the process, Esau throws aside his birthright. His behavior has a great lesson for us as believers in Christ.
Also, read about “God Our Righteous Judge,” the blessings that come from “Honoring the Lord in Our Giving,” and about spiritual and physical healing in “Unless the Father Draws Him.” Continue reading →
What if, as a young woman, someone showed up and said, “God wants you to go to another country to marry a man you’ve never met—and by the way—he’s your long-lost cousin!”
In Biblical times, people didn’t just meet, date, fall in love, and decide to get married. Even if there was “love at first sight,” marriage still had to be arranged with parents or guardians.
In today’s reading, one young woman traveled hundreds of miles on camelback to meet her future husband. He must have been waiting expectantly to see her, but as they approached, she covered herself with a veil.
Today, if we wear veils at all, it’s part of a traditional wedding outfit or a fashion statement, but that doesn’t mean we aren’t still hiding who we really are. It may be in a dating relationship or a social situation or in the business world.
Also, read about how God can keep us “Safe in Persecution,” and how He wants us to “Depart from Evil,” and to “Walk in the Light.” Continue reading →
What’s your Isaac? Is there something you’ve been holding too closely, something God is asking you to put on the altar? A grudge, a relationship, a career, a lifestyle, even a child that you haven’t fully given to God? What blessings are you missing, as a result?
Also, read “From Tears to Trust” and “Lean Not on Your Own Understanding.” And in “Exposed Hearts” from Matthew 8, Jesus delivered two demon-possessed men from the power of Satan. But the people of the region were more concerned about their herd of pigs than what Jesus was doing.
Are there any “pigs” in your life that occupy more of your concern and attention than the work of God? Continue reading →
While we’re not of this world, we are to live in it. But there are times when we may need to remove ourselves and our families from certain environments, whether that is a workplace, a school system, a circle of friends, or a city. Let’s pray for God’s wisdom and grace to know how to stay strong enough in the Lord to be salt and light, yet discerning enough to know when it’s time to go. And what about in a marriage? Is there ever a time to go?
Also, read about God’s view of authority in “Respect for Authority = Great Faith,” His “Mercy in Our Weakness,” and the importance of allowing God’s Word to control our inner attitudes, as well as, our outward actions in “Mercy & Truth Inside & Out.” Continue reading →
What was going on during Jesus’ temptation in the wilderness that we can use every day in our lives? How does memorizing Scripture help protect us from the attacks of Satan and how does he use Scripture against us?
Also, did you know that every major civilization has a “flood story” as part of its oral or written history? What does the biblical account of the flood teach us about God, His character and His sovereign control of world events? Continue reading →
Life can get messy. Much of that messiness is the result of our own choices. Those messes, the consequences, are often what God uses to get our attention. As a result, we experience sorrow and regret. But not all our responses are what God requires.
What does God expect in the midst of our messes? God calls us to repentance, but what exactly is repentance? Is it a feeling of sorrow or something more? Continue reading →
It started in the garden. The serpent tempted Eve with a thought, “Did God really say …?” The first step in his deception was to get her to doubt God and he’s still whispering the same question today.
But God didn’t give up on man. In fact, in the next chapter of Genesis, He counseled a young man named Cain about the anger that was growing in his heart. He warned him that sin was crouching at the door like a hungry lion. What could be crouching at the door of your heart?
Also read about the danger of thinking we’re smarter than God, the importance of honoring parents and some examples of fulfilled prophecy. Continue reading →