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Sin and Its Consequences

All human actions have consequences. We assume that we can predict and control what those will be. But any action outside of the will of God prodiuces effects beyond our control and our wishes. Sin reaps judgement and death.

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Suffering & Pain

Psalm 102 (ESV) contains a heading.  It says, “A Prayer of one afflicted, when he is faint and pours out his complaint before the Lord.”  Before the opening line, Psalm 102 already signals us that this will be a plaintiff cry.  This is the Psalm of one who is suffering.  Indeed, the suffering has been…

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The Slave Woman’s Son

We are to abandon any confidence in our presumed abilities. Each day we renew our commitment to trust in the promise and power of God. In the tension between Ishmael and Isaac, between what we can do and what God promises – trust the Words of God.

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Learning to Trust

Coming to God is an exchange of what we could never do, for what He has done. He did it all and we are invited to believe. And so we learn to surrender to Christ by faith, trusting in His power and His power alone.

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The God of Covenant

The most high God gives to Abram an image he will never forget. It is an emblem of assurance on which to found his faith. God signs a contract that He will keep His word.

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Can God Be Trusted?

Can God be trusted? If you are a Christian, you feel obligated to answer “Yes.” But don’t ask the question intellectually. Examine the practical, experiencial faith of the heart in your daily routine. Are we trusting God moment by moment? He is worthy of our faith.

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Submitting to our Great High Priest

It’s been suggested that we learn who we truly are by losing. But winning will also reveal our default nature. Dr. John teaches today about Abraham’s response after a victorius battle. He honours Melchizadek but refuses to honour the King of Sodom. Listen and understand the difference.

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Righteousness or Personal Advantage

Doing what is right is especially challenging when we think we might benefit by doing what is wrong. Today Dr. John teaches that when Lot was captured in battle, it wouldn’t be the worst thing for Abraham’s flocks and pastures. Pressed between what is right or what is beneficial, what would Abraham do?

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Lift Up Your Eyes and Look

Self defence is more than a physical response. We also defend our reputations, time, possessions and perceived rights. If any of these are infringed upon, we fight for our rights. Dr. John holds Abraham before us as a peacemaker. Abraham trusted in God’s protection and provision. What about you?

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