The Tenacious Faith of Israel’s Patriarchs Part II

Jacob’s heel grabbing in the womb was a foreshadowing of future events. First, he conned his brother Esau into selling his birthright for a bowl of stew (Gen 25:29-34). Then, when their father Isaac was old and blind, Jacob conspired with their mother Rebekah to trick Isaac into giving Jacob the blessing of the firstborn …

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The Tenacious Faith of Israel’s Patriarchs Part I

We often hear about the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac and Israel. Today, I’d like to add Joseph to that illustrious list. Why? I believe he displayed the same type of tenacious faith which characterized the lives of his forefathers. Abraham waited until he was 100 years old before God’s great promise for his life …

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**Devotional – Hope Awakening**

Read: Ezekiel 37   “He asked me, ‘Son of man, can these bones live?’” (Ezekiel 37:3a) The question caught Ezekiel off guard. For a moment, his mind wandered back to his very first vision of God. Then, he had seen the heavens opened and had caught a glimpse of God and the awesome majesty of his …

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God of New Beginnings: “How Did We Get Here?”

Things started going downhill when Israel clamored for a king. “No,” they responded to Samuel’s pleas to reconsider. “but we will have a king over us, that we may also be like all the nations, and that our king may judge us and go out before us and fight our battles.” 1 Samuel 8:19b – …

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God of New Beginnings

Israel had fallen to the Assyrians years before.  Yet Judah, believing herself favored of God, did not amend her ways.  Before long, she too was in chains.  The temple was destroyed and the land abandoned as exiles were carried off to Babylon and those that were left fled to Egypt.  God had forsaken His people …

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