Whereas Isaac was entirely God’s doing, Ishmael was the result of Abraham’s doing. Where Isaac was a gift according to grace, Ishmael was a work of the flesh The contrast between self-reliance and God-dependence for our relational standing with Him These represent the 2 different ways of relating to God: law versus grace, flesh versus Spirit. Ishmael people see God as mere...
Speaker: Britt Merrick
Scripture: Galatians 4:21-31, Genesis 21:8-9, Genesis 17:18-18
Lot's selfishness, misplaced priorities and spiritual dullness cause disaster. He and his family barely escape certain death because of God's amazing acts of mercy and grace. The lesson for us is to be vigilant, to keep our hearts pure and to focus our lives on God's plan and purposes.
Speaker: Larry Osborne
Scripture: Genesis 13:5 - 19:38, 2 Peter 2:6-9, Matthew 20:25-28, Philippians 2:3-5, 1 Timothy 6:9-11
When we suffer, we are transformed. Job finds peace in the pain of his life, a pain that forces him beyond mere living to a unique peace. Faith must be tested before it can be trusted. Until we have experienced the sorrow of the Lord, we can't fully appreciate the joy of the Lord. Faith can also be personally costly, but our pain is nothing compared to the price Christ paid...
Speaker: Glenn Barteau
Scripture: Job 42:1-6, Job 13:15-16, Job 23:10, Hebrews 5:8, Genesis 17:7-19
Topic: Faith, Perseverance
God allows us to see flaws in Bible characters to help us identify with them and learn from their poor choices. Abram lied, Sarai was impatient . Their mistakes almost cost them their lives. We must learn how to recover from wrong turns by being teachable, patient and wise. Preached at Hope Fellowship Church. Used by permission.
Speaker: John McKinzie
Scripture: Genesis 12:10 - 20, Genesis 16:1-6, Genesis 20:1-10, Proverbs 26:11-11, Proverbs 16:32-32, James 5:16-16, James 3:17-17, Ephesians 6:10-13, Hebrews 12:10-13
Abraham’s faith is inspiring. Chasing the grasslands of Canaan as a nomadic shepherd Abraham was free to survey the Promised Land his family would one day possess. Catching each vista must have built his faith and his anticipation. How did others in his entourage experience the endless treks through Canaan’s hills and valleys? How did Sarah handle being uprooted at 65...
Author: Jan Shrader
Scripture: Genesis 16:1-6, Genesis 22:1-19, Hebrews 11:17-19, Genesis 10:12-20, Genesis 20:1-18, Genesis 17:15-21