Returning to Bethel and Remembering Your God

(1)  And God said unto Jacob, Arise, go up to Bethel, and dwell there: and make there an altar unto God, that appeared unto thee when thou fleddest from the face of Esau thy brother.(2)  Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are … Continue reading Returning to Bethel and Remembering Your God

Know That God is There

And Isaac spake unto Abraham his father, and said, My father: and he said, Here am I, my son. And he said, Behold the fire and the wood: but where is the lamb for a burnt offering?  (Genesis 22:7)And Abraham said, My son, God will provide himself a lamb for a burnt offering: so they … Continue reading Know That God is There

Learning Contentment

The righteous eateth to the satisfying of his soul: but the belly of the wicked shall want.  Proverbs 13:25 The reason the contented believer is able to eat to the satisfying of his soul is because he, like Paul, has learned to be content. “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have … Continue reading Learning Contentment

Priorities

(15)  This thou knowest, that all they which are in Asia be turned away from me; of whom are Phygellus and Hermogenes.(16)  The Lord give mercy unto the house of Onesiphorus; for he oft refreshed me, and was not ashamed of my chain:(17)  But, when he was in Rome, he sought me out very diligently, … Continue reading Priorities

Keep the Fire Fed

There’s nothing like a warm fire If you’ve ever owned a wood stove or a wood-burning fireplace – and I mean the real kind, not the gas log kind – you know how rewarding it is to get a good fire going in one of them. There’s the sound of the roaring fire, the aroma … Continue reading Keep the Fire Fed

Stubborn Faith

In Genesis 24 we read the account of Abraham’s commission to his eldest servant. We’re told in an earlier passage that Abraham had three hundred eighteen “trained servants, born in his own house” (Genesis 14:14). If his eldest servant is any indication, it’s perhaps better to understand Abraham’s training as “raising,” or “nurturing” because we … Continue reading Stubborn Faith

Kindred Spirits

As a blessing to the Philippians, Paul sends to them two men whom he considers kindred spirits: Timothy and Epaphroditus. Timothy’s trip is short term. Paul sends him as a liaison to comfort the Philippians on Paul’s status and to report back to Paul on the Philippians’ status: But I trust in the Lord Jesus … Continue reading Kindred Spirits