The Wilderness Temptation (Part 2 of 2)

 We are looking at Matthew 4:1-11 which informs us of Satan’s effort to tempt the Lord Jesus Christ.   Mark 1:13 tells us that wild animals were present, likely adding to the danger and tension of the situation.  In part 1, we considered The Personal Needs Test. The toxic one tempted Jesus Christ to meet … Continue reading The Wilderness Temptation (Part 2 of 2)

The Wilderness Temptation

Our Lord opens His diary to inform us in Matthew 4:1-11 of being tempted by Satan.  We have this passage because He wanted us to have it.  “Then (vs. 1).” When? Apparently right after the baptism of chapter 3.  One translation of Mark 1:12 says Jesus was “driven by the Spirit into the wilderness.”  This … Continue reading The Wilderness Temptation

Out of Control (Part 4 of 4)

Remember how Jacob went into his father’s tent and began to lie. In answer to his father’s question, he said, “I am Esau, your firstborn. I have done what you told me…” In answer to Isaac’s next question as to how he hunted and dressed the animal so quickly, Jacob again lied. “The Lord your … Continue reading Out of Control (Part 4 of 4)

Out of Control (Part 3 of 4)

Isaac became a troublesome problem for Rebekah, an obstacle in her way. She may have thought "He loves that Esau so! Didn't he remember that God had told her that Jacob would be blessed, and that Esau would serve Jacob?" If he didn't fully realize that, she would make sure that he did! Instead of asking … Continue reading Out of Control (Part 3 of 4)

Out of Control (Part 2 of 4)

 Genesis 25:19-34 tells us Rebekah was expecting twins! And God told her that the older son would serve the younger son. This was very unusual for that day. The older son almost always received the double portion of the father's inheritance and would be the patriarchal head of the family upon the death of his … Continue reading Out of Control (Part 2 of 4)

Out of Control (Part 1 of 4)

Rebekah is one of my favorite characters in the Bible (I have a lot of favorites!) She was the wife of the patriarch, Isaac, son of Abraham. We find her story in the book of Genesis, chapters 24-27. You remember the great love story of chapter 24? How Abraham, thinking it was time for his … Continue reading Out of Control (Part 1 of 4)

Connecting Two Ten-Year-Olds

Natalie Ishioka (10 years of age) of Corner-stone Baptist Church, Roseville, Michigan,  became concerned about Cuba when an offering was received for Bikes for Cuban Pastors at our annual (July, 2014) Vacation Bible School.  The kids came up with $2400  (with a little help from a few well-heeled adults).  Natalie had saved the money for … Continue reading Connecting Two Ten-Year-Olds

Get It All

 My mother occasionally served us pork chops for dinner. After having enjoyed the majority of the meat on his chop, my dad said, “Son, it is okay to pick up the bone—it costs too much to not get it all.” “Get it all” echoed in my mind as the years have gone by. And the … Continue reading Get It All