Many Are Called

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 39-40 & Matthew 20
Old Testament: Genesis 39- Overcoming Obstacles

2015/01/img_1354.jpgGenesis 39:9
“…how then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?”

Joseph faced a temptation that many would have succumbed to, yet he resisted, even when it cost him his job, reputation and freedom. There were many factors that could have… Read More

 

Genesis 40- Eyes Wide Open

Genesis 40:6-7
“And Joseph came in to them in the morning and looked at them, and saw that they were sad. So he asked Pharaoh’s officers who were with him in the custody of his lord’s house, saying, ‘Why do you look so sad today?’”

We cannot be sure how much time Joseph spent in prison. We know it would… Read More

 

New Testament: Matthew 20- Many Are Called

2015/01/img_1355.jpgMatthew 20:16
“For many are called, but few chosen.”

This verse is the conclusion of a parable Jesus spoke regarding God’s reward system. All those who responded to the offer of the vineyard owner received the same wage, whether they worked for a few hours or for the entire day. What a beautiful picture… Read More

Thoughts On Marriage

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 37-38 & Matthew 19
Old Testament: Genesis 37- Such Comfort

2015/01/img_1348.jpgGenesis 37:35
“And all his sons and all his daughters arose to comfort him; but he refused to be comforted, and he said, ‘For I shall go down into the grave to my son in mourning.’  Thus his father wept for him.”

Dealing with the death of a  … Read More

 

Genesis 38- Busted

2015/01/img_1350.jpgGenesis 38:24
“And it came to pass, about three months after, that Judah was told, saying, ‘Tamar your daughter-in-law has played the harlot; furthermore she is with child by harlotry.’ So Judah said, ‘Bring her out and let her be burned!’”

Our sin always looks worse on someone … Read More


New Testament:
Matthew 19- Thoughts On Marriage

2015/01/img_1349.jpgMatthew 19:4-6
“He answered, ‘Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.’ … Read More

Let It Go

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 35-36 & Matthew 18
Old Testament: Genesis 35- Go Back

2015/01/img_1346.jpgGenesis 35:1, 2
“Then God said to Jacob, ‘Arise, go up to Bethel and dwell there; and make an altar there to God, who appeared to you when you fled from the face of Esau your brother.’ And Jacob said to his household and to all who were with him, ‘Put away the foreign gods that are among you, purify yourselves, and change your garments.’”Read More

New Testament: Matthew 18- Let It G0

2015/01/img_1347.jpgMatthew 18:21
“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’”

I think Peter had a little more insight into the mind of God than he gets credit for. In the passage leading up to this, Jesus spoke regarding confronting those who are in sin. He spoke of going to a sinning brother, bringing … Read More

Choose Wisely

Genesis 36:2
“Esau took his wives from the daughters of Canaan…”

Unknown.jpegEsau was the son of Isaac and the twin brother of Jacob. His life is a study of contrasts. He was an incredibly successful business man, the founder of a nation and upon the return of Jacob from Haran, Esau even serves as a beautiful picture of forgiveness. On the other hand we read that Esau was a secularist who gave little thought to how his decisions would affect eternity; when he was younger he sold his birthright for a bowl of soup and later lost his inheritance to a conniving brother. Perhaps the greatest illustration of his temporal mindedness was in his choice of a bride. Ignoring the warnings of his parents, he chose a wife from among the canaanites whose lives were diametrically opposed to the worldview of Abraham and Isaac.

Sadly, Esau is not alone in this decision. Many people have made very poor relationship decisions driven by loneliness, low self worth, fear of never being loved by another or in some cases simply settling for the first person who shows interest in them. None of these are wise ways to select a suitable marriage partner. Instead we must learn to wait upon the Lord, “fish in the right pond” and allow God to make us into a person who would be a suitable spouse.

Don’t let loneliness or hopelessness drive you to search in the wrong places for someone to spend your life with.

Pastor Jim

Face Of God

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 33-34 & Matthew 17
Old Testament: Genesis 33- Face Of God

2015/01/img_1341.jpgGenesis 33:10
“And Jacob said, ‘No, please, if I have now found favor in your sight, then receive my present from my hand, inasmuch as I have seen your face as though I had seen the face of God, and you were pleased with me.’ … Read More

Genesis 34- Double Standard

Genesis 34:14
“And they said to them, ‘We cannot do this thing, to give our sister to one who is uncircumcised, for that would be a reproach to us.’”

If this verse were standing alone in Scripture, it would warrant our unwavering obedience. One of the great pitfalls for Israel, and for us, is when we get involved in unhealthy and ungodly relationships. This has been the downfall of godly men and women throughout the ages, and we would do well to consider ourselves and make sure we … Read More

New Testament: Matthew 17- Glimpse Of Heaven

2015/01/img_1342.jpgMatthew 17:1
“Now after six days Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, led them up on a high mountain by themselves; . . .”

This event had a tremendous impact upon Peter. Years later, when writing his first… Read More

The Champion

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 31-32 & Matthew 16
Old Testament: Genesis 31- God In My Pocket

2015/01/img_1336.jpgGenesis 31:34
“Now Rachel had taken the household idols, put them in the camel’s saddle, and sat on them. And Laban searched all about the tent but did not find them.”

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Genesis 32- The Champion

2015/01/img_1338.jpgGenesis 32:28
“And He said, ‘Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel; for you have struggled with God and with men, and have prevailed.’”

The Bible is filled with fascinating stories and amazing promises. I think it is safe to say, the most amazing events ever recorded are written in the pages of our Bibles. Of all these stories, this one records perhaps the… Read More
New Testament: Matthew 16- Gates Of Hell

2015/01/img_1337.jpgMatthew 16:18-19
“And I also say to you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build My church, and the gates of Hades shall not prevail against it. And I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”Read More

Dysfunctional

TODAY’S DAILY READING: Genesis 29-30 & Matthew 15
Old Testament: Genesis 29- Dysfunctional

2015/01/img_1333.jpgGenesis 29:26
“And Laban said, ‘It must not be done so in our country, to give the younger before the firstborn.’”

All families have some level of dysfunction, but Jacob’s household was a mess. What started with a surprise unveiling the morning after the wedding, grew into a family with two wives competing for the love of one husband. As time moved on, things got worse rather than better. Children were born into the family out of wedlock, and his… Read More

Genesis 30- Plotting And Scheming 

2015/01/img_1334.jpgGenesis 30:32
“Let me pass through all your flock today, removing from there all the speckled and spotted sheep, and all the brown ones among the lambs, and the spotted and speckled among the goats; and these shall be my wages.”

After faithfully serving Laban for twenty years, Jacob decided it was time to return to Canaan. As he prepared to depart, Jacob and Laban met together to discuss his future wages. They determined that all the speckled and spotted sheep would belong to Jacob … Read More

New Testament: Matthew 15- Ministry Principles

2015/01/img_1335.jpgMatthew 15:36
“And He took the seven loaves and the fish and gave thanks, broke them and gave them to His disciples; and the disciples gave to the multitude.”

It is against the law to give away what you do not own. If it does not belong to you, it is not yours to give. That is one of the most basic principles that; … Read More