Archive for April, 2016

When You Want More of Jesus. Or, Is Confession Good for the Soul?

April 28, 2016

Welcome to the first devotion in the series “Getting to Know Jesus”! There’s a saying that confession is good for the soul. It comes from an old Scottish proverb, which said in full, “Open confession is good for the soul.” There is biblical truth in that! In fact, when John the Baptist was preparing people to meet… read more »

Will God Provide?

April 25, 2016

This is the last devotion in our series on Abraham, and it is a difficult account to read. Abraham’s life was not filled with ease. How many times in this passage must he have wrestled with God! “How will God provide?” Abraham must have wondered. Genesis 22:1-14 After these things God tested Abraham and said… read more »

Will God Take Care of Us?

April 21, 2016

Sometimes our perspective becomes clouded, and it is hard for us to see that God is taking care of us. Does God feel distant to you at this time? Do you wonder what He is up to? Today’s devotion challenges us to step out of our earthly point of view and see God’s perspective. Genesis 21:8-21 8 And… read more »

Will God Listen to Your Prayer?

April 18, 2016

Even if God hears your prayer, will He answer it? If you have time, read all of Genesis chapters 18 and 19. It is a riveting account. Select verses are printed here for today’s devotion. God had become aware of the evilness of the people of Sodom and Gomorrah, and He sought to destroy the… read more »

What to Do When You Mess Up

April 14, 2016

To set the context, at the end of chapter 16, Hagar, Sarai’s maidservant, gave birth to Ishmael. Between chapters 16 and 17, Ishmael grew into a young man of thirteen years. Abram loved him, yet the promise from God had not yet been fulfilled. Genesis 17:1-8, 15-21 and Genesis 21:1-7 (ESV) From chapter 17: 1 When… read more »

When We Take Matters into Our Own Hands

April 11, 2016

If you are able, read all of Genesis 16 on your own. Select verses are included here. From Genesis 16 (ESV) 1 Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. She had a female Egyptian servant whose name was Hagar. 2 And Sarai said to Abram, “Behold now, the LORD has prevented me from… read more »

When You’ve Been Waiting a Long Time

April 7, 2016

If you have time, read all of Genesis chapter 15; portions are printed for you here. Identify the promises God made to Abram. Genesis 15:1-6 and 13-19 (ESV) 1 After these things the word of the LORD came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very… read more »

What Do You Let Influence You? Abram Blessed by Melchizedek

April 4, 2016

Inside: What do you let influence you? Do you find yourself influenced in ways you don’t intend? We can learn a lot from how Abram responded to Melchizedek and the king of Sodom. As you read this passage, note the difference in how Abram responded to Melchizedek, priest of God Most High, and the king of Sodom. Genesis… read more »

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