When someone abandons the faith, how do you respond? Do you sweat the hard stuff? Can ancient Israeli history really make a difference in 21st century life? Is discussing the Bible with others difficult for you? Then check out Paul’s ministry at 3,600 feet above sea level. You won’t regret it.
In Genesis 14 Abram is called the Hebrew. This term gives reference to someone from the opposite side or from beyond. It contains the idea of being semi-nomadic, a non-citizen and even that of being a warrior and/or rebel. As believers we do not belong to this world but our citizenship, as Paul wrote, is in heaven. Abram and Lot demonstrate the differences between believers, one who identifies himself as belonging to this world and one who belongs to the world beyond.
How would you characterize the leaders of your church? Are they prophets and teachers? And how do they lead? Do they lead in ministering to the Lord? Do they lead in prayer and fasting? Is your church vibrant and dynamic? Can that actually happen? It happened in the church at Antioch and they changed the world. Here’s the good news: it can happen at the church you attend as well.
Genesis 13 unveils the first instance of wealth in the Bible, and its mention is congruent with a serious problem that developed as the result of that wealth. Indeed, trouble is always attached to wealth and the greater the wealth the greater the trouble. Instead of being the end to trouble wealth almost always has trouble and problems clinging to it, especially when various family members lay claim to that same wealth. Does the Bible address family squabbles over money? Yet bet! Check out how madness over money can actually be transformed into majesty.
Abram not only became one of the wealthiest men of his day but also one of the most generous men in the history of recorded time. How did that happen for him, and how can it happen for me? Whatever you do, don’t miss this message. Your life just might be on the verge of becoming super-charged!
The Lord’s Supper is addressed on five occasions in the New Testament. The coming again of Jesus, however, is mentioned twenty-three times. As Paul brings together the Lord’s Supper and the second coming of Christ, he links the Lord’s Supper not merely to what Jesus did but also to what Jesus will do. There can’t be one without the other. Consequently, when we participate in this experience we celebrate three expectations that change our lives as followers of Christ.