Contributed on Sep 15, 2019
God made a special set of promises to Abraham. But do those promises apply to us?
OPEN: A mother was read a Bible story about Abraham to her 5-year-old daughter. when she finished, she started asking her a few questions about it. “What was Abraham's name before God changed it?” She looked puzzled for a moment… then smiled as she asked, “Lincoln?” (Annelle Maurer, Loma ...read more
Contributed on Sep 22, 2019
Melchizedek gets 3 verses in Genesis, but 3 chapters in Hebrews. It's like he disappeared from history until God decided it was time to explain his importance to our faith.
OPEN: During WWII, the Geneva Convention allowed Allied POWs to receive gifts from home. Some of the most popular gifts were board games and decks of playing cards, and one of the most popular board games was Monopoly… especially the Monopoly games sent to them by British government. The reason ...read more
Contributed on Sep 29, 2019
Circumcision was the "trade mark" of the Old Covenant. But what difference could that make to us? We're no longer commanded to be circumcised as they were back then.
Back in the 1990s, Reader’s Digest told the story of a soldier who was serving as a guard through the night. Early in the morning, he reported to his commanding officer who demanded, “Did you sleep well while on duty?” “What made you think that I fell asleep?” asked the surprised soldier. “Look ...read more
Contributed on Oct 6, 2019
Why did Sarah laugh? And what does her laughter tell us about our relationship with God?
OPEN: Dr. Short (one of the men who teaches Sunday School here) loves to share short puns in his classes… and I’m jealous so I decided to share a few of my own with memes. #1 - squirrel spreading his arms heavenward “I tried to come up with a squirrel pun, but everything I thought of was ...read more
Contributed on Oct 13, 2019
This prayer of Abraham seems to be the 1st recorded prayer in Scripture. Why did God preserve it for us, and what can we learn by how Abraham prayed?
OPEN: In Europe in the Middle Ages, people had a strong belief in the power of prayer. They also believed that the purer and simpler the life you led, the more God would listen to you. And since Monks were supposed to live purer and simpler lives than anyone else their prayers were seen as a ...read more
Contributed on Oct 20, 2019
There is no other religion on the face of the earth whose god/gods care enough for their worshipers to provide anything for them. Only our God PROVIDES for his followers. But why does God even care enough to do that?
A boy and his mother had gone to the corner drug store to buy a few items. And there on the counter was a candy jar. The little boy stood mesmerized looking up the jar filled with all that candy, and the owner smiled as he watched. He gently said the boy “you want some of this candy?” The boy ...read more
Contributed on Oct 27, 2019
Abraham's servant didn't pray to his god... he prayed to Abraham's God. Why did he do that, and what can that servant's appeal to God teach us about prayer?
OPEN: A woman was telling about her brother and wife were expecting another baby. Hoping to get her 4 year old niece to talk about it… she asked her "What do you want, a baby brother or a baby sister?” “Aunt Donna,” she chided, “sometimes you just gots to take what God gives ya.” (Donna ...read more