Order in the Midst of Chaos–Genesis 30 Part 1

The family building competition was clearly getting out of hand.  Jacob now had 4 wives and more kids than he could count.  Sisters were trading servants and mandrakes for an opportunity to build a bigger set of kids–Why…well, their identity was wrapped into their family and home.  Jacob loved Rachel, but, this madness was probablyContinue reading “Order in the Midst of Chaos–Genesis 30 Part 1”

I am Who I Am–Exodus 3 Continued

Credentials are important for any leader to be successful. Resume, experience and presence–all frame the leader in the sight of those he leads and those he must oppose. God had spent 80 years preparing Moses for his mission; now as he is charging him with the details, Moses wants clarity about his credentials. In the nextContinue reading “I am Who I Am–Exodus 3 Continued”

Table for 5000 Please–John 6 Part 1

Can you imagine the staggering impact Jesus’ question must have had on the disciples…How are we going to feed these folks. The buzz among his men must have been a mixture of shock and awe.  Clearly, there was no way either economically or logistically for the disciples to feed this crowd.  Yet, they have seen Jesus doContinue reading “Table for 5000 Please–John 6 Part 1”

Enough is Enough–Genesis 18 Part 3

It is never really all that close! God is a patient Father.  His desire is that none should perish.  So on the warm Canaan evening, when God told Abraham Sodom and Gomorrah’s sin was so flagrant that he was going to wipe it out, God did not make the decision easily or lightly.  God knewContinue reading “Enough is Enough–Genesis 18 Part 3”

Meeting with the God of the Universe–Genesis 18 part 2

When was the last time you became giddy about spending time with God? I had to ask myself that today. Make no mistake, I love the Lord and look forward to spending time with him, but, Abraham was downright excited. He prepared a feast and washed feet.  There was no obligatory “Lord’s Prayer” or chestContinue reading “Meeting with the God of the Universe–Genesis 18 part 2”

Wow You Are Not Kidding!–Genesis 15 Final

There Abram stood looking at the Stars and listening to God promise him the Land of Canaan and many descendants…and he asked the most transparent question imaginable–So how do I know what you promise will really happen…?  God says, “Son go get a Heifer, a goat and a lamb!”  Covenants, in those days, were notContinue reading “Wow You Are Not Kidding!–Genesis 15 Final”

Almost, But Not Quite–Genesis 11 Final

What do we know about Terah?  Oh, he was Abram’s Dad…The sad news is that he was the first man called to Canaan! He scooped up his little family and left Ur–on his way to Canaan.  But somewhere along the journey, he decided to stop in Harran.  Don’t get me wrong–Harran was a nice place,Continue reading “Almost, But Not Quite–Genesis 11 Final”

Don’t Love the World–1 John 2 part 2

The things that the world offers are not real.  Oh, they seem real–they seem to really fill the bill for meeting our hopes and desires.  But, because he is the master deceiver, the enemy has set the world up to come close but never quite satisfy.  John tells us not to dwell on the fleshlyContinue reading “Don’t Love the World–1 John 2 part 2”

An Eye Witness’s Joy–1 John 1 Part 1

We sometimes forget that the New Testament was written by the guys that hung out with Jesus.  Their accounts were given and their encouragement shared because they were there and saw God on earth.  It had to be amazing to walk with Jesus every day.  To see the miracles, to hear the messages and toContinue reading “An Eye Witness’s Joy–1 John 1 Part 1”

Live Like Christ–But Do it in His Power 1 Peter 4

There is a sense of urgency–We should be living as though Christ is returning…Because he is! It is so easy to become complacent in these current circumstances.  No matter how comfortable things seem, we are living for eternity.  That means we seek God, we love others and we act as he would act.  The greatContinue reading “Live Like Christ–But Do it in His Power 1 Peter 4”