Invited to Leave

Some time ago, I was talking with a godly missionary who was being told to leave the area in which she was serving. She had contributed to her critic’s success, and now he was turning on her.  The following thoughts could apply to any Christian being rejected and pushed out.  She had been diligent and … Continue reading Invited to Leave

Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 2 of 2)

What is less well known is that Jacob was 77 years of age when he left home. It was about time for him to get out on his own.  After serving his uncle for Leah and Rachel for twenty years, Jacob was 97 when God told him to return to his home country.  Sending messengers … Continue reading Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 2 of 2)

Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 1 of 2)

Twenty years before the time of our text, Esau had sworn to kill Jacob.  And Jacob had fled, ashamed about stealing Esau’s blessing. What changed?  Why did the older, alienated brother, embrace his brother (33:4)?  What changes people?  How does softening and forgiveness arise in our minds?  Let’s set the stage with what is commonly … Continue reading Esau Embraced Jacob (Genesis 27-33; Part 1 of 2)

Getting Your Vitamin G

We all need Vitamin G.  Genesis 24 has a nice dose of Vitamin G (God) for us, as we see Abraham’s unnamed servant find a wife for Abraham’s son, Isaac.  Let’s look for factors which will help us get more Vitamin G.  Students of How to Know God’s Will have received Vitamin G from this … Continue reading Getting Your Vitamin G

Overwhelmed, But With a Purpose

Sand – How many grains of sand would there be in just one cubic foot of beach sand?  Think of all the grains of sand on all the beaches of the world. How many grains of sand would that be?   I find it difficult to wrap my mind around that.  Overwhelmed? We’re Supposed to … Continue reading Overwhelmed, But With a Purpose

No Sight No Sound

Imagine yourself as a CEO of a company. You are extremely good at what you do.  No one is like You. No one is even close to Your skill, brilliance or capacities.  You have known success like no one who has ever existed.   You decided that You will maintaining Your world-wide enterprises without being … Continue reading No Sight No Sound

The Name No One Knows

Revelation 2:17 is an encouragement.  To him who overcomes, I (Jesus Christ) I will give some of the hidden manna. I will also give him a white stone with a new name on it, known only to him who receives it.   I believe people long to be sympathetically understood.  I do.  A frequent attitude … Continue reading The Name No One Knows

Three Laughs

There’s laughter and there’s laughter. Not all laughter is the same.  Consider the three laughs of Genesis 17:17,  18:10-15 and 21:6 & 7. Abraham’s Laugh of Unbelief (Genesis 17:17) When God told Abraham he would have a son, he laughed.  It was a laughter of disbelief. Abraham asked two rhetorical questions:  “Will a son be … Continue reading Three Laughs

Protective Walls and Turning the Other Cheek (Feeling Unappreciated, Part 4 of 4)

Previous articles in this series have been a contrast between General Benedict Arnold and Moses.  God is sensitizing us to one another;  making us aware of others and their situations so we can put God’s character on display to them.  We continue this series of articleswith an example of an airline executive sensitizing his employees … Continue reading Protective Walls and Turning the Other Cheek (Feeling Unappreciated, Part 4 of 4)

The Choice Made by Moses (Feeling Unappreciated, Part 3 of 4)

In previously posted articles one and two, we were considering two different responses to difficult circumstances by two men,  General Benedict Arnold, the swashbuckling Revolutionary War general and Moses, the liberator of Israel.   To test Moses, God proposed that he annihilate the Israelites and start over with Moses as the progenitor of a new … Continue reading The Choice Made by Moses (Feeling Unappreciated, Part 3 of 4)