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Learning Faithfulness When It’s Not Ideal

Faithfulness is not a single step. It is a journey of many steps, one after the other in the same direction. Before David would be king of Israel, there were countless faithful steps he had to take. His path would face opposition, treachery and temptation. Listen as Dr. John points to the faithfulness of David despite great struggle. We can take courage in our own journey and trust the power of God for each step.

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God of the Impossible

Faith in God does not reach just to the probable or possible. We do that when exercising trust in one another: but with God, our faith reaches to the impossible. Today Dr. John teaches on the impossible wonder God performed for Abraham. Abraham believed that God would do what He promised. So when we trust God for more than the possible in our lives, we exercise faith like Abraham.

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The Mark of the Covenant

Very early in church history, believers had to recognize what the mark of Christianity was. As the gospel spread beyond the country and culture of israel, the church debated what the identification of God promise was. Dr. John teaches that the mark of the gospel was faith. Faith was and is the sign of God’s covenant.

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God’s Name

Bestowing a name upon an infant is an act of promise. It becomes their identity we trust they will grow in to. We want “Faith” to become faithful or “Hunter” to explore the fullness of life. Dr. John teaches today on the names of God revealed to Abraham. The names are promises, not of what God will become, but of who God is.

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The Mystery of Redemption

We rarely have trouble with God’s grace. In fact, it is our hope and prayer. God’s grace only becomes a problem when it extends to people we think don’t deserve it. Today Dr. John teaches on the favour of God towards Hagar and Ishmael. We expect the blessing of God upon Sarah and Isaac, but God’s favour flows beyond our expectations.

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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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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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