Humility, Unity and Confidence

The Lord God planted a garden in the east, in Eden, and there He placed the man whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God made to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight and good for food. The tree of life was also in the midst of the garden, …

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God Asks Questions

Genesis 16:7–8 (MEV): The angel of the Lord found her by a spring of water in the wilderness. It was the spring on the way to Shur. And he said, “Hagar, Sarai’s maid, where have you come from and where are you going?”And she said, “I am fleeing from the presence of my mistress Sarai.” …

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The Debt, and the Perfect Satisfaction

Way back at the beginning, we have the short account of Adam and Eve. God made both of them and placed them in His garden to tend it. They were welcome to eat of every tree in the garden save one, the Tree of the Knowledge of Good and Evil. As the account goes, the …

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Sarah Laughs to Herself

They said to him, “Where is Sarah your wife?”And he said, “There, in the tent.”One of them said, “I will certainly return to you about this time next year, and Sarah your wife will have a son.”And Sarah heard it in the tent door, which was behind him. Genesis 18:9–10 — Modern English Version (Thinline …

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The Covenant You Shall Keep

Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you shall keep My covenant, you and your descendants after you throughout their generations. This is My covenant, which you shall keep, between Me and you and your descendants after you; every male among you shall be circumcised. You shall circumcise the flesh of your foreskins, and …

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The Transitory Nature of the Old Covenant, Sin and an Angry God

We have such trust through Christ toward God, not that we are sufficient in ourselves to take credit for anything of ourselves, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us able ministers of the new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.2 …

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The Harvest of the Earth is not a Rapture

Revelation 1:7 (MEV): Look! He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen. This is John’s introduction to an event that is sometimes confused with the rapture. This idea of coming in the …

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Surely Goodness and Mercy

The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.He makes me lie down in green pastures;He leads me beside still waters.He restores my soul;He leads me in paths of righteousness for His name’s sake.Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil;for You are with me;Your rod …

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One Day is Day One

God called the light Day, and the darkness He called Night. So the evening and the morning were the first day.Genesis 1:5 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) It occurs to me that there are many foundational ideas present in Genesis, as there are even in this verse. I hate …

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Storm’s a’Comin’

The voice of the Lord is over the waters; the God of glory thunders; the Lord is over many waters.Psalm 29:3 — Modern English Version (Thinline Edition.; Lake Mary, FL: Passio, 2014) From our previous excursion, the mighty ones were giving praise and glory to God. Now, the mood of the psalm changes. Some of …

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