The Power of Forgiveness

Photo by Alex Shute. As for you, what you intended against me for evil, God intended for good, in order to accomplish a day like this- to preserve the lives of many people. So do not fear; I will provide for you and your little ones.” Genesis 50:20-21 The back story… Joseph is having a … Continue reading The Power of Forgiveness

When Unforgiveness Turns Into Malice

Photo by Eyasu Etsub And Absalom spoke to Amnon neither good nor bad; For Absalom hated Amnon because he had humbled his sister Tamar. 2 Samuel 13:22 Amnon had fallen in love with his half-sister Tamar and through evil advice, he made a plan to rape her. 2 Samuel 13: 1-19 When he did, Absalom, … Continue reading When Unforgiveness Turns Into Malice

Possessing Our Inheritance

Photo by Amol Tyagi The people of Joseph said, “The hill country is not enough for us. Yet all the Canaanites who dwell in the plain have chariots of iron, both those in Beth-Shean and its village and those in the valley of Jezreel.” Joshua 17:16 The Josephites had received their inheritance but hadn't fully … Continue reading Possessing Our Inheritance

The Test of Faith

Photo by Kelly Sikkema It was by faith that Abraham offered Isaac as a sacrifice when God was testing him. Abraham, who had received God’s promises, was ready to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. Hebrews 11:17 NLT In Genesis 22:1 It says After these things God tested Abraham and said to him, “Abraham!” And he … Continue reading The Test of Faith

Unbound In the Fire

Photo by Aida L He answered and said, “ But I see four men unbound, walking in the midst of the fire, and they are not hurt; and the appearance of the fourth is like a son of the gods,” Daniel 3:25 You’ve probably heard the story of the three Hebrew boys. But if not, … Continue reading Unbound In the Fire

The Place of Preparation

Photo by Scott Goodwill Joseph found favor in his eyes and became his attendant. Potiphar put him in charge of his household and entrusted to his care everything he owned. Genesis 39:4 NIV The back story here is that Joseph is sold by his brothers (because they were envious of him), to the Ishmaelites who … Continue reading The Place of Preparation

When God Becomes Enough

Photo by Mae Mu When the Lord saw that Leah was unloved, he opened her womb; but Rachel was barren. Genesis 29:31 NKJV Leah is a woman who finds herself in an unpleasant life situation. Her father had given her for marriage to a man who didn’t want her. Leah became Jacob's bride through trickery. … Continue reading When God Becomes Enough

Appointed Times and Seasons

Photo by Anne Nygard The Lord said, “I will surely return to you about this time next year, Sarah your wife shall have a son.” Genesis 18:10 Something is revealed in this passage. Even though Abraham and Sarah had been waiting for the promise a long time, God still let them know that the appointed … Continue reading Appointed Times and Seasons

A Covering of Fig Leaves

Photo by Autumn Mott Rodeheaver Then the eyes of both of them were opened, and they realized they were naked; so they sewed fig leaves together and made coverings for themselves. Genesis 3:7 Adam and Eve had disobeyed God’s command and eaten from the tree of knowledge of good and evil. When they did, something … Continue reading A Covering of Fig Leaves

The Praises of Men

Photo by Shelagh Murphy. And the women sang to one another as they celebrated, “Saul has killed his thousands, and David his ten thousands.” 1 Samuel 18:7 Both Saul and David are mentioned in the song but their reaction to the song was very different. Saul’s reaction was…and Saul was very angry, and this saying displeased … Continue reading The Praises of Men