Tag Archive: Abraham

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 29

Have you ever prayed for someone you did not trust? …. Like Abraham did

During one of our recent Sunday services our pastor and a missionary talked about God’s visit to Abraham recorded in Genesis 18. Their talk caused me to think about the relationship between passages that I have blogged about in the past. God’s visit to Abraham Abraham practiced hospitality toward three visitors and at some point …

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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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Jul 02

My Theological Problem From Fifth Grade

My Theological Problem From Fifth Grade From the first grade until halfway through sixth grade I attended Trinity Evangelical Lutheran School in the Bronx. I can still remember a theological problem that confounded me in the fifth grade. We were studying Hebrews, chapter 11, and I could not understand how “The Just Shall Live By …

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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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