Father of many nations; Abraham and God

The great Old Testament patriarch Abraham is known as the father of many nations. This is what his name literally means. But Abraham did not start out that way. He started out as Abram, which means exalted father. He lived in the land of Ur of the Chaldeans. There was nothing special about him. But…

Jonah, It’s Not All About the Fish

Jonah 3:1–5, 10 “Then the word of the LORD came to Jonah the second time, saying, [2] “Arise, go to Nineveh, that great city, and call out against it the message that I tell you.” [3] So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the LORD. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly…

2020 Spiritual Vision

Peter said, “This Jesus God raised up, and of that we all are witnesses.” (Acts 2:32, ESV) The theme for the mid-week Lenten services at my church this year was Lent 2020. Since 2020 is the designation that eye doctors use to define perfect vision, our series focused on people who had perfect 2020 spiritual…

One Word, Two Meanings

The word temptation is used in two completely different ways in the Bible. The word is used to describe the times when the devil tempts us to abandon our faith. And the same word is used to describe the times when the Lord tests our faith to make it stronger. In Genesis 3 we read about…