The Lord Our Shield and Reward, Part 1

When Abram could not see the way forward for the fulfilment of the plans and purposes of God, the Lord reaffirmed the covenant and taught Abraham that he—the Lord—was his shield of protection and the substance and source of his reward. The promise-making and promise-keeping God is faithful and all-sufficient for his people.

Battle & Blessing, Part 2

The covenant blessing of God does not spare God’s people the experience of battling enemy forces, but it does guarantee their ultimate victory. Added to this, in a remarkable event (the encounter with Melchizedek) God adds renewed blessing, while pointing forward to the One who will fulfil the covenant promises in a day to come.

Battle & Blessing, Part 1

The covenant blessing of God does not spare God’s people the experience of battling enemy forces, but it does guarantee their ultimate victory. Added to this, in a remarkable event (the encounter with Melchizedek) God adds renewed blessing, while pointing forward to the One who will fulfil the covenant promises in a day to come.

The Open Hand of Faith, Part 2

As Abraham begins to enter into the blessings of God in terms of land and goods and people, we see a godly spirit of generosity come through (and perhaps we see the start of a contrast with Lot). The blessing of God is meant to make his people a blessing to others.

The Open Hand of Faith, Part 1

As Abraham begins to enter into the blessings of God in terms of land and goods and people, we see a godly spirit of generosity come through (and perhaps we see the start of a contrast with Lot). The blessing of God is meant to make his people a blessing to others.

Blessed to Be a Blessing, Part 2

Here is the foundational promise of God, fulfilled in Jesus and the gospel. It all comes from God and his initiative. Abraham is the recipient, as we are recipients in Christ. This blessing is meant to go to the world—and so our missionary mandate is found here. The folly of Abraham here reminds us that the blessing rests on grace and not merit.

Blessed to Be a Blessing, Part 1

Here is the foundational promise of God, fulfilled in Jesus and the gospel. It all comes from God and his initiative. Abraham is the recipient, as we are recipients in Christ. This blessing is meant to go to the world—and so our missionary mandate is found here. The folly of Abraham here reminds us that the blessing rests on grace and not merit.

How to Wait Well for the Lord's Return, Part 2

What does Jesus expect from us in terms of our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure? Perhaps to our surprise, he does not simply want us to guard the resources he has entrusted to us—he wants us to put them to use with energy and zeal. He wants us not to be risk averse, but rather to show a godly ambition for his work to move forward. He wants to see growth and dividends from what he has left in our care.

How to Wait Well for the Lord's Return, Part 1

What does Jesus expect from us in terms of our stewardship of time, talent, and treasure? Perhaps to our surprise, he does not simply want us to guard the resources he has entrusted to us—he wants us to put them to use with energy and zeal. He wants us not to be risk averse, but rather to show a godly ambition for his work to move forward. He wants to see growth and dividends from what he has left in our care.

When Wealth Becomes a Problem, Part 2

Jesus wants us to know how hard it is for the rich to be saved—not because riches are evil, but because they matter far too much to those who have them. When faced with the choice between keeping his riches and following Jesus, the rich ruler in Jesus’ story chose his riches—and so his story is a powerful warning to us. But Jesus also wants us to know that any disciple who makes sacrifices for him does not lose out in the end.

When Wealth Becomes a Problem, Part 1

Jesus wants us to know how hard it is for the rich to be saved—not because riches are evil, but because they matter far too much to those who have them. When faced with the choice between keeping his riches and following Jesus, the rich ruler in Jesus’ story chose his riches—and so his story is a powerful warning to us. But Jesus also wants us to know that any disciple who makes sacrifices for him does not lose out in the end.

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