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

The Reason for Our Hope [Bible study]

Always be prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you, yet do it with gentleness and respect. 1 Peter 3:15 What is hope? Hope can be defined as trusting in, waiting for, desiring, or expecting something beneficial in the future. ( Baker’s Evangelical … Continue reading The Reason for Our Hope [Bible study]

Patient Endurance [Bible Study]

What is endurance? Endurance is defined as the ability to withstand hardship or adversity; especially the ability to sustain a prolonged stressful effort or activity. (Miriam Webster) We can therefore say, patient endurance is the ability to withstand adversity for a long period of time with a good attitude. You can endure without being patient. … Continue reading Patient Endurance [Bible Study]

A Sacrifice That Cost Nothing

Photo by Jefferson Santos But the King replied to Araunah, ‘ No, I insist on paying you for it. I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” 2 Samuel 24:24 There was a plague in Israel. God had brought judgment on them. Scripture doesn’t say what Israel had … Continue reading A Sacrifice That Cost Nothing

Recovering Our Plunder

Photo by Tima Miroshnichenko: Then David sent messengers to Ish-Bosheth son of Saul, demanding, “ Give me my wife Michal, whom I betrothed to myself for the price of a hundred Philistine foreskins.” 2 Samuel 3:14 Here is the back story… When David fought Goliath, Saul had attached the price of his firstborn daughter, Merab … Continue reading Recovering Our Plunder

A setup for Transformation

  Photo by Hakon Grimstad Then he said, “Your name shall no longer be called Jacob, but Israel, for you have striven with God and with men, and have prevailed.” Genesis 32:28 Jacob was a man who had lived true to his name. His name means ‘deceiver or supplanter’. From the minute he came out … Continue reading A setup for Transformation

The Mouth [Bible study]

Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruits. Proverbs 18:21 This scripture reveals to us the power of what is coming out of our mouths. We are warned to pay attention because every time we open our mouths we either speak life or death … Continue reading The Mouth [Bible study]

The Mark of Excellence

Photo by Diego PH Then this Daniel became distinguished above all the other high officials and satraps because an excellent spirit was in him. Daniel 6:3 A little back story… Daniel is a captive in Babylon, he and other people from Judah had been carried off by King Nebuchadnezzar when he invaded Jerusalem. The king’s … Continue reading The Mark of Excellence

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