Initiated into Excellence and Failure

“I also know how to be humbled and I know how to excel. In anything and in everything I have been initiated. Either food or hunger, excellence or failure, I can do all things in the one who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:12-13) I expect that it is a fair statement to say that Philippians 4:13… Read More

Remembering You

“I give thanks to my God for every remembrance of you.” (Philippians 1:3) Our experience, C.S. Lewis wrote, does not end with the event that causes the experience, but the experience works on us, matures within us, and grows into something beautiful as we reflect on and remember the original event. Biblically, remembrance of the… Read More

A Time to Keep Silence and a Time to Speak

“But Peter followed him from a distance up to the court of the High Priest and going in he sat with the subordinates to witness the end.” (Matthew 26:58)   “And Peter, from a distance, followed him as far as the courtyard of the High Priest and he was sitting with the subordinates and warming… Read More

Eber…

“It came to pass that Shelach had lived for thirty years, and he begat Eber. And after he began Eber, Shelach lived another four-hundred and three years and he begat sons and daughters.” (Genesis 11:14-15)   And here the pattern continues. At times this may seem to get redundant, but the presence of these genealogies… Read More

Driving out the Nations; Crushing the Strongholds

“He drove out peoples under us; Nations under our feet.” (Psalm 47:4 {verse 3 in English Translations})   “The God of Peace will quickly crush Satan under your feet — the grace of our Lord Jesus be with you.” (Romans 16:20)   The Biblical testimony is consistently that if you remember the things that God… Read More

‘I Will Go’

“And they said, ‘Let us call to the young girl and hear it from her mouth.’ And they called to Rebekah and they said to her, ‘Will you go with this man?’ And she said, ‘I will go.’ Thus, they sent out Rebekah, their sister, and her nurse as well as the servant of Abraham… Read More

WIll You be Faithful to My Lord?

“Now, if it is in you to show steadfast love and truth to my lord, declare it to me; if not, declare it to me so that I may turn to the right or to the left.” (Genesis 24:49)   It is interesting to me how Eliezer couches his request for Rebekah to return with… Read More

Tell Me the Story of Jesus…Again and Again!

“Even before I had finished speaking in my heart, behold, Rebekah came out with her jar on her neck! She went down to the spring and began to draw water. So I said to her, ‘Please provide for me a drink.’ She quickly let down her jar and said, ‘Drink and I will also provide… Read More

Rehearsing the Commands of God

“And I said to my lord, ‘What if the woman will not follow after me?’ And he said to me, ‘Yahweh, before whose presence I have been made to walk, shall send his angel with you and he will cause your way to succeed and you shall take a wife for my son from my… Read More

Fidelity to God’s Word

“And my lord made me swear, saying ‘You must not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites in whose land I dwell. Instead, to the house of my father you should go and to my family. From them take a wife for my son.” (Genesis 24:38)   We have already… Read More

Swearing

“So the servant put his hand under the thigh of Abraham his lord and he swore to him on these matters.” (Genesis 24:9)   Isn’t it interesting how there seems to be such a different emphasis in the Old and the New Testaments when it comes to swearing an oath. Here we find Abraham requesting… Read More