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The Unloved Life

 Now Laban had two daughters; the name of the older was Leah, and the name of the younger was Rachel.  Leah had weak eyes, but Rachel had a lovely figure and was beautiful. Genesis 29:16-17  When the Lord saw that Leah was not loved, he enabled her to conceive, but Rachel remained childless.  Leah became pregnant and gave birth to a son. She named him Reuben, for … Continue reading

Sacrificing Your Isaac

Then God said, “Take your son, your only son, whom you love—Isaac—and go to the region of Moriah. Sacrifice him there as a burnt offering on a mountain I will show you.” – Genesis 22:2 The story of Abraham’s testing makes nauseous when I read it. His agony can be felt, even thousands of years later. This … Continue reading

Trophies of Grace

But when the kindness and love of God our Savior appeared, He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy. He saved us through the washing of rebirth and renewal by the Holy Spirit, whom He poured out on us generously through Jesus Christ our Savior, so that, having been justified by His grace, we might become heirs having the … Continue reading

Making God Look Good

The whole crowd of disciples began joyfully to praise God in loud voices for all the miracles they had seen: “Blessed is the king who comes in the name of the Lord!” “Peace in heaven and glory in the highest!” Some of the Pharisees in the crowd said to Jesus, “Teacher, rebuke your disciples!” “I tell … Continue reading

Even the Demons

You believe that there is one God. You do well. Even the demons believe – and tremble! – James 2:19 I love a little ancient sarcasm. James is on a rip in this passage. His incredulous tone and sarcasm almost jumps off the page to slap you in the face. “Oh, you believe in God? … Continue reading

You Can’t Come to Jesus

But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” Immediately Jesus reached out His hand and caught him. –Matthew 14:30-31a My baby has a seemingly constant need for me to hold him. If I have to do something that requires both hands, I have to distract him … Continue reading

The Inheritance of Suffering

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory. I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the … Continue reading