Tag Archive: Isaac

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 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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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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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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Jan 11

Announcing the Birth of Messiah.

God does things differently than we do. He announced the birth of Messiah to two groups. God tells the shepherds First, He hid the unveiling of the Savior of the world in obscurity. Then He invited both the lowly and the important to see His miracle. God sent angels from heaven that very night to the …

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Jan 06

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

God Went With Abraham There are two ways I could give you a house. I could give you the address, the keys and the ownership  papers and wish you well in your new home. I could also tell you of the gift and say, “Let me come and show you your new home.” This way …

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