Tag Archive: Abraham

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 …

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Sep 11

Can there be reconciliation after decades of deceit, separation and hated?

God called Abraham and promised to make a great nation from his descendants. In the first century after that call the line of promise grew very slowly from Abraham to Isaac to Jacob. Isaac and Ishmael We do not know many details of the relationship between Isaac and and his half-brother, Ishmael.  Ishmael and his …

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Jan 13

What does it mean when you call yourself a Christian?

Usually we get our names from our parents. Some of us are named after our parents. Some are named after relatives or famous people. Some are named after our parent’s favorite food, etc. Some of us like our names and some of us don’t. Some take a bold step and change their names. C. S. …

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Jan 08

Christians and the Gates of Hell…What did Jesus Promise?

Jesus’ Promise After Peter’s confession that Jesus was the Christ, Jesus promised that the Gates of Hell would not prevail against his Church. (Matthew 16:18) My Doubts As long as I can remember, at least 30 years, I have had doubts about the consensus interpretation of this well-known passage. What are the Gates of Hell? …

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Nov 15

The blessed father of the faithful failed to be a blessing

Abraham was to bring blessing God reached out to Abraham and his words brought hope for restoration to a fallen world. God called Abraham to leave his home and embark on a journey of faith. He promised him a land, descendants, and blessing… blessing for him and blessing though him to the rest of humanity. …

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Mar 05

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah and the Savior of the world.

Jesus is the Jewish Messiah In his Gospel, Matthew argued that Jesus was the expected Jewish Messiah: He was a son of Abraham (1:1) He was the Son of David and the Messianic King (1:1; 9:27; 12:23; 15:22; 20:30-31; 21:9; 22:41-45) Matthew also used the Jewish Scriptures to present the case that Jesus’ life and …

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Mar 03

God promised Abraham a great name.

The God of Abraham In the Scriptures, God is referred to as the God of Abraham over a dozen times. He was not ashamed of that name and used it Himself when He called Moses to free His enslaved people from Egypt. (Hebrews 11:16; Exodus 3:6, 15, 16; 4:5). When God called Abraham and told …

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Mar 01

Jesus Was the Perfect Messiah for Imperfect People

Matthew called Jesus the Son of Abraham and the Son of David (Matthew 1:1). God promised Abraham that all of the world would be blessed through him and his descendants (Genesis 12:3). The promised Messiah would descend from him. God promised David that his throne would last forever (2 Samuel 7:16). The promised Messianic king would …

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Feb 27

How do we live in an unbelieving world?

How do we live in an unbelieving world We come to faith in Christ. Then we try to live lives that count for something and say something to the world around us. How do we live in a world where we are the minority? Most people reject Jesus. He is at best irrelevant for them. …

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Jan 20

God is a generous God

Keeping our promises Most of us keep careful records about the money we owe. We also keep careful accounts about the money that is owed us. We meet our obligations and expect others to meet theirs as well. We probably think that God works the same way. God is more generous then we are We …

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