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  • The Ishmael Idea Series

    Contributed by Jeff Strite on Jan 26, 2004
    based on 80 ratings
     | 7,028 views

    What happens when God’s people don’t stand up for what they know is right?

    OPEN: Henry Ward Beecher was a very famous preacher in his day. When he was a boy, it is said that the teacher in the school he attended asked a classmate a question The boy answered, but his teacher became visibly upset with his answer and cried testily: "Sit down!" This frightened the boy… ...read more

  • Creating An Ishmael

    Contributed by David Dailey on Jan 23, 2001
    based on 207 ratings
     | 6,288 views

    Don’t settle for a substitute.

    CREATING AN ISHMAEL In Gensis chapter 15 verses 16-17 we have the account of God dealing with Abraham about the promise of God to make him the father of nations. About the covenant that God made with him, and about some of the struggles that Abraham had with the promise. Abraham’s own body and ...read more

  • Isaac And Ishmael

    Contributed by Christopher Holdsworth on Dec 28, 2013
    based on 4 ratings
     | 1,945 views

    When faith fails, then flesh takes over.

    ISAAC AND ISHMAEL Galatians 4:21-31 1. The History The history of Ishmael and Isaac is the history of the struggle between flesh and spirit, between the carnal seed and the spiritual seed, between the world's way and God's way. In the first place, Abraham had faith. The LORD pointed ...read more

  • Are You An Ishmael Or An Isaac?

    Contributed by Melvin Shelton on Jan 2, 2005
    based on 19 ratings
     | 2,151 views

    The Apostle Paul spent a lot of his life trying to earn his own salvation.

    Are You an Ishmael or an Isaac? Galatians 4:21-31 01/02/05 Paul says to these Galatian believers who were in danger of going back into bondage, having been set free by Christ. Now false teachers have come and they are going back into bondage. The Apostle Paul spent a lot of his life trying ...read more

  • The Spiritual Saga Of Ishmael And Isaac

    Contributed by Owen Bourgaize on Mar 21, 2001
    based on 109 ratings
     | 3,777 views

    Paul uses the story of Ishmael and Isaac and their mothers to demonstrate that the Galatian believers were in danger of abandoning the Gospel of grace in Jesus, with fascinating contrasts historically and allegorically, ever relevant for today.

    THE SPIRITUAL SAGA OF ISHMAEL AND ISAAC The most casual reader of the Bible will notice that the Scriptures consist of 2 sections - the Old and New Testaments. But have you ever thought how are they related to each other? Someone made the interesting comment about the 2 Testaments that ...read more

  • Have You Birthed A Isaac Or An Ishmael?

    Contributed by Brian Mann on Nov 27, 2010
    based on 7 ratings
     | 6,754 views

    Most of the time, when God speaks a promise to us there is a period of time between when the Promise is Given and the time the promise is manifested. For example: There is a nine month period in Child birth from the time of conception to the time of del

    Have We Birthed An Ishmael or An Isaac? Gen16:1-16 Ge 16:1 Now Sarai Abram’s wife bare him no children: and she had an handmaid, an Egyptian, whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said unto Abram, Behold now, the LORD hath restrained me from bearing: I pray thee, go in unto my maid; it may be ...read more

  • Ishmael And Isaac: From Mistake To Mission

    Contributed by Joseph Smith on May 20, 2009
    based on 3 ratings
     | 5,131 views

    We live with dreams deferred, and act hastily, out of impatience. Either we then go into denial or we try to make do with a substitute. But Christ makes all dreams ever new.

    The playwright Lorraine Hansberry asks it: "What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up, like a raisin in the sun?" A dream deferred. A dream deferred is something you’ve put heart and soul into, for a long time, but it’s delayed. It hasn’t come. It’s incomplete. What happens to a dream ...read more

  • God's Solutions Are Better Series

    Contributed by Tim White on Mar 10, 2014
     | 1,921 views

    God rejects Abraham's plan and gives him a better one.

    • Ill. Todd Coget could feel the pressure. He was beginning to believe he had bit off more than he could chew and his wife was expecting way too much out of him. • He had to finish painting the kitchen to the house they were building, pick up the kids, and somehow select the things to ...read more

  • Don’t Settle For Ishmael When You Can Have Isaac

    Contributed by John Gaston on Nov 13, 2017
    based on 1 rating
     | 6,115 views

    Abraham failed to contend for a supernatural offspring, opting to settle for less than God's best. Many Christians do likewise. God commands, "Get rid of the slave woman and her son!" i.e - "Stop accepting only natural solutions!"

    DON’T SETTLE FOR ISHMAEL WHEN YOU CAN HAVE ISAAC GENESIS 15:1-16:5 INTRODUCTION A. HUMOR 1. A college professor was giving a final exam to his students. He distributed the tests to the class and waited for his students to finish. When the students handed in their completed tests, one of ...read more

  • Genesis 21:8-21 (The God Of Ishmael)

    Contributed by David Smith on Nov 28, 2007
    based on 14 ratings
     | 10,949 views

    The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob turns out the be the God of Ishmael too!! ...

    We continue our sojourn with Abraham today – Abraham, the ‘father of faith’. We’ve been working our way through the story of Abraham for some time now – stories about Abraham & Sarah, Abraham & his family, Abraham & his descendents, Abraham and the promises God made to him - Abraham the ‘father ...read more

  • The Life Of Abraham, Part 7: The Ishmael Project Series

    Contributed by Mark A. Barber on Feb 10, 2014
     | 1,862 views

    Do we need to help God out in the fulfillment of His promises to us by taking matters into our own hand?

    The Life of Abram, Part 7: The Ishmael Project Genesis 16:1-15 Introduction In the last lesson, Abram asked the LORD for a pledge of his promise of the land. The answer he had gotten seems discouraging, especially for one whose worldview does not extend past this life. For someone with a ...read more

  • Ishmael, Jesus, Ecumenicity, Persecution, Conversions To Islam Series

    Contributed by Bob Faulkner on Aug 13, 2015
     | 1,346 views

    A series of important considerations regarding Islam and Muhammad before we get into the actual text of Koran.

    Lesson 4, Isaac and Ishmael, in the Bible and the Koran The book of Genesis records a delightful story of one who is the father of all the faithful ones of all time. This man, Abraham, is promised a son who will carry on his line and be a blessing to all humanity. Trying to help God out, Abraham ...read more

  • Genesis 16:1-16 Series

    Contributed by John Shearhart on Dec 2, 2010
     | 1,955 views

    The birth of Ishmael

    Genesis 16:1-16 John Shearhart December 5, 2010 Genesis is a book about God and His dealings with His creation. In the beginning He created the heavens and the earth. He put a man named Adam in the garden and commanded him not to eat of the tree of knowledge. When Adam disobeyed, sin was ...read more

  • The Life Of Abraham, Part 14: Isaac Shall Be The Heir Series

    Contributed by Mark A. Barber on Feb 18, 2014
     | 2,112 views

    God chose that through Isaac and not Ishmael that Christ would be born.

    The Life of Abraham, Part 14: Isaac Shall Be Heir Genesis 21:8-21 Introduction The birth of Isaac was a time of great joy. But the birth of Isaac also would have important implications. I would suppose that Hagar and Ishmael rejoiced in the birth as well, at least outwardly. But is would not ...read more

  • The God Who Sees Series

    Contributed by Tim White on Mar 10, 2014
     | 3,522 views

    God's Plans for you are seen in His plans for a mother and child.

    • It was the 1956 Rose Bowl. I remember it well. I was one year old. Michigan State was playing UCLA in football, the score was tied at 14-14 with only seconds to play. Duffy Daugherty, Michigan State's coach, sent in placekicker Dave Kaiser who booted a field goal that won the game. When the ...read more