Jun 23

When God makes you a promise do you believe him? What we can learn about faith from Abraham and King David.

God has made specific promises to specific people and has kept them for centuries. We can still trust him today.

Very often our relationship with God has no past and no future. We are so focused on the moment that we forget about what God has promised in the past. He kept his word then and he will keep the promises to us.

When we continue to spiral in our self-focused present we lose God’s perspective in our lives.

God’s promise to Abraham

Genesis 12 recalls Abraham’s obedience when God told him to leave his homeland and go to a place that God would show him.  He left not knowing where he was going but confident that God would show him the way.  When he arrived in Canaan God told him that this was the land.

God made a promise to him.  His promise included the land, descendants, and blessing.  Abraham would be blessed and would be a source of blessing to others.

In Genesis 15 Abraham brings his doubts to God.  He was an old man and his wife was old and they had no children.  God performed a ritual in which he bound himself to his promise and assured Abraham that it would be kept.

Abraham believed God.

Five centuries later, he brought Abraham’s numerous descendants from slavery in Egypt to that Promised Land.  He blessed Abraham and the Jewish people in many ways.

Hebrews 11 is often referred to as the faith chapter. It reminds us that Abraham looked to the future and lived as a wandering pilgrim in the land promised to him.

He believed God

God’s promise to David

David was a young man when he was anointed king after King Saul had disobeyed God. Through a decade of running, fighting, and hiding David believed God’s promise.

After he was king over the entire nation and had captured Jerusalem he built himself a palace.  He told his advisor, the prophet Nathan, that he wanted to build a beautiful building to house the Ark of the Covenant. It would be the center of worship of the true God. (2 Samuel 7)

Nathan advised David to go forward with his plans.  That night Nathan received a dream from God that promised David and his descendants a grand future.  He would not build a temple to God. His son, Solomon, would.  David would not build a house for God but God build a house for him.  The house of David would rule over God’s people forever.

God’s promise proved true.  David’s family ruled God’s people for over 400 years.  Some of the kings were godly.  Some were as bad as the pagan kings around them but God never broke his promise to David.  After the Jews were conquered by the Babylonians, David’s family existed out of the limelight.

Then Jesus was born. He was a descendent of David, the Messiah, truly God and truly man. His death paid the penalty for sin.  He was raised and ascended to heaven and will reign forever.

God’s promise to David proved true.

We can trust him as well.

I have covered some of these issues in earlier posts:

God promised Abraham a great name.

Go…I will show you. Go … I will tell you.

What do you do when it’s hard to trust God?

Would God’s answer be acceptable to us?

Go and tell…come and see

Questions for consideration:

What are promises that you know God has made to those who follow him?

Do you really believe these promises?

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Jun 19

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Jesus is the consummation of the prophets, priests, and kings

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Jesus Must Be Everything — or Nothing

Pray Them Home. Three Prayers for Prodigal Children

Prozac Nation Is Now the United States of Xanax

Cambodians turning to Christianity

Why It’s an Advantage to Know Christianity Is True (Video)

10 Things You Should Know about Being Single

How Discipleship Is Transforming Nairobi, One Woman at a Time

The Cross Is Everything!

The Number One Reason Missionaries Go Home

The FAQs: What Christians Should Know About the Alt-Right

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week.

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

Jun 12

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

What if you knew the future when you were 26 years old?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Prioritize Your Church

Christ’s Exclusive Truth-Claims Make Believing “All Religions Are Basically the Same” Impossible

We’re Not in a Civil War, but We Are Drifting Toward Divorce

Real Life With Joni and Ken

Meet the Logos Hope, a Floating Bookshop and an Incredible International Ministry

What makes killing Christians appealing?

God’s Works of Art Point to Him

If You’re Too Busy For These 5 Things: Your Life Is More Off-Course Than You Think

Flying Solo in a Family-Centered Church

8 Ways to Measure Your Love for the Bible

When Should Doctrine Divide?

Bernie Sanders Shows How Religious Ignorance Breeds Progressive Intolerance

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Ben Sasse. The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming-of-Age Crisis–and How to Rebuild a Culture of Self-Reliance

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Jun 05

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

People don’t always act the way you’d predict

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Turn My Eyes from Worthless Things: Curbing Our Infinite Appetite for Distraction

A Response To Christians Who Are Done With Church

An Open Letter to Those Frustrated by Their Progress in Sanctification

An Open Letter to Those Apathetic about Their Sanctification

Let the Pregnant Grads Walk

Men We are Third

The V-Shaped Gospel

Laser technology uncovers 1,600-year-old Christian frescoes in Rome’s biggest catacomb

The Bible Translation That Rocked the World

Comfort When an Unbeliever Dies

Deny Yourself for More Delight

Ben Franklin and George Whitefield Debate the Purpose of Education

A Church That Was

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week.

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 29

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Sometimes children find out what their parents really believe

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

70 Prompts for Praising God

Face Your Doubt . . . and Then Fight It

The Many Quiet but Splendid Benefits of Marriage

Advice for Singles Who Feel Lonely

Survey: On Most Moral Issues Americans Are More Permissive Than Ever

Ben Sasse: Adolescence Is a Gift, but Extended Adolescence Is a Trap

6 Ways to Avoid Delayed Adulthood

Is Teaching Scripture To Females Just As Important As It Is to Men?

3 Reasons Why Pursuing Your Calling Won’t Be Easy

More Than Mere Equality: Identity Politics, White Privilege, and Gospel Peace

Signposts: Should You Make Your Children Go to Church?

5 verses used to justify abortion

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Chad Hall. The Coaching Mindset

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 22

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Sometimes disagreements are real, deep and personal

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Why Don’t Muslims Sing Like Christians?

How Should Parents Respond to their Children’s Sexual Sin?

7 Ways Parents Unfairly Provoke Their Children

How To Decode an Ancient Roman’s Handwriting

Five Rational Arguments Why God (Very Probably) Exists

Historian George Marsden revisits C.S. Lewis’s remarkable case for ‘Mere Christianity’

Who is to Blame for the Greatest Myth in the History of Science and Religion? These Two Guys

Are Your Christian Students Ready for College?

Francis Schaeffer’s ‘How Should We Then Live?’—40 Years Later

From Word to image: Christian colleges expand visual art programs

How the Book of Psalms Is Like No Other Biblical Book

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 15

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

How did you come to Jesus?

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

Embrace the Life You Have

A Monument to Jesus in the City of Mao

Pew: Here’s How Badly Soviet Atheism Failed in Europe: In 18 nations across Central and Eastern Europe, religion is now essential to national identity.

The Horror of Human Embryo Jewelry

David Gushee: Our “differences are unbridgeable”

Pro-Lifers: Get Out of Medicine

Ten Questions Christians Should Ask of Their Entertainment

The Problem With Linking Abortion and Economics

Sex Scandal: The Drive to Abolish Male and Female—and Childbearing

One-Path Evangelism: The Scandalizing Exclusivity of Jesus

You Can Debate Franklin Graham on Martyrs, But Not the World’s Persecution Problem

Politics and the Professional Mindset

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 08

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

Followers of Jesus must be fruitful

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

The Tempted One

6 Very Good Reasons to Consider Your Short Little Life

Remembering Them Every May 4

It Matters Whom You Marry

Why Read the Bible? To Know and Enjoy Jesus

It is not “character assassination” for the church to be the church.

8 Things Your Daughter-in-Law Wants You to Know

The Forgotten American Missionaries of Pyongyang In the decades before World War II, U.S. Christians created a “Jerusalem of the East.”

The psychological importance of wasting time

How Can You Live Without Sex?

Some thoughts on intersectionality and “activist science”

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

Erik Raymond. Chasing Contentment: Trusting God in a Discontented Age

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

May 05

When you try to buy something that God wants to give you it usually doesn’t work out well: The king of Moab, Balaam, Abraham, and God’s blessing

I heard something I hadn’t noticed before

As part of my goal to listen to the Bible each year I was recently listening to the book of Numbers.  I noticed for the first time that a verse in Numbers is very similar to a verse in Genesis.  That didn’t seem right.

Genesis

In Genesis 12:1-3 God promised to bless those who bless Abraham and to curse those who curse Abraham.

Numbers

In Numbers 22:6 Balak the king of Moab said that Balaam, a famous pagan diviner, had the same power to bless and curse people. I had not noticed this attribution of this power to Balaam before.

Balak was afraid of the Jews as they were nearing the end of their journey from Egypt to the Promised Land.  In response to this threat he brought Balaam to curse the Jews and protect his land. He spent a lot of time and money in a failed effort to get this curse.  God did not permit Balaam to curse the Jews.  He blessed them instead.

What the king did not know is that God had already protected his land.  As Moses reminded the Jews in one of his last speeches, the Jews were forbidden to harm the Moabites. (Deuteronomy 2:9)

The Moabites descended from Lot, Abraham’s nephew.  As part of his blessing of Abraham God provided an inheritance for those who were related to Abraham but not his heirs.  The Moabites, the Ammonites, and the descendants of Esau were all given land. The Jews were told that they would not receive this land as part of their divine gift.

What this means for us

We may be guilty of the same mistake as the king of Moab when we seek to achieve with our own power what God would freely give us.

Others posts where I have look at these issues

God is a generous God

I’ve decided to continue a discipline I started last year

Questions for consideration:

Have you ever been torn between patience and getting it done yourself now?

Have you ever been fearful or concerned about something in the future and then it never happened?

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May 01

Links to begin the week

Link to a previous post on my blog

The Church and the Poor- Dignity and Charity in the Story of Ruth.

Links to things I’ve read recently

You should not assume that I agree with everything said in these articles but I did find them thought provoking.

How to Be a Miserable Comforter: Two Ways We Fail the Hurting

Will the high-tech cities of the future be utterly lonely?

The Movie Date That Solidified J.R.R. Tolkien’s Dislike of Walt Disney

Americans Are Fond of the Bible, Don’t Actually Read It

5 Things Your Wife Wishes You Knew (But Might Never Tell You)

The Worst Consequence of Skipping Church

God Can Overcome Any Abuse: Building a Family from the Ashes

Sorry Weber, Durkheim, and Marx: Educated Evangelicals Are More Religious: Pew finds that Christians actually don’t lose their faith in college.

53 People in the Bible Confirmed Archaeologically

Whatever Is Pure: Cedarville Requires Professors to Apply Philippians 4:8

Archaeologists Uncover Ancient Entrance to Caesarea in Israel

Links to books I’ve recently started

I usually have about 15 books going at once. These are ones that I have started in the last week. I often reread books that I find enlightening. I obviously don’t agree with every statement in these books. Often, I find books written by those without any Christian faith to be very stimulating as they are addressing issues that are faced by all people.

I did not start any new books this week

You may give me feedback, suggest blog topics, or make any other comment to Bob@robertkrupp.com

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