• The LORD Has Listened

    Genesis 16:11–12

    Terrorism and Islamic jihad can make it hard for Western Christians to look upon the children of Ishmael with love. Yet as the Lord will redeem people from every tribe and tongue (Rev. 7:9–10), it is incumbent upon the church ...Read More

  • The Angel of the LORD

    Genesis 16:7–10

    John Calvin comments, “We are here taught with what clemency the Lord acts towards his own people, although they have deserved severe punishment.” Hagar was proud, and she suffered the consequences, yet God did not forget her. Likewise, we too ...Read More

  • In Your Power

    Genesis 16:4–6

    Pride, blame shifting, and passivity are generally some of the first responses a sinner wants to make when dealing with the consequences of transgression. Yet as we have seen, none of these helps; in fact, they only aggravate the situation ...Read More

  • Sarai Took Hagar

    Genesis 16:2–3

    Our enemy is cunning and will often try and deceive us through those closest to us. Therefore, as John Calvin comments, “We must be on our guard against his wiles; lest by any means he should undermine us.” Consider whether ...Read More

  • A Female Servant

    Genesis 16:1

    Once again in the story of Abraham, Moses records the historical details in such a way as to emphasize the importance of trusting the Lord even in the face of personal difficulty. Real faith does not only believe God when ...Read More

  • By the Word

    Romans 10:17

    If you fear your attempts to share the Gospel are without power, remember that God will indeed send His Spirit to empower His Word, no matter how feeble the preacher. As you study Scripture, ask Him to illumine their meaning, ...Read More

  • A Gift From God

    Ephesians 2:1-10

    Our experience also demonstrates the reality of the grace of faith. Imagine two people with the same background hear the Gospel. Yet only one of them believes, thus showing that it is not merely our surrounding environment that leads us ...Read More

  • Examples of Faith, Part II

    Hebrews 11:24–12:2

    Around the world, many worship in fear of the government killing them for their faith. If that is your situation, continue holding fast to God’s promises. In other places, standing for Jesus may mean befriending the social pariah, disciplining your ...Read More

  • Examples of Faith, Part I

    Hebrews 11:8–23

    Faith entails believing God will fulfill His promises despite the world’s opinion. The world tells us to store up treasures for ourselves, but Jesus says we must hold our blessings loosely so we can share them with others (Matt. 6:19–21). ...Read More

  • Faith and Evidence

    Hebrews 11:3–7

    Christian faith is manifest in the lives of those who seek to please the Lord. Only those who by their words and deeds show love to the one, true God and their neighbor can rightly expect a place in the ...Read More

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