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The Seal

God gave His promises to Abram, and brought him to his new identity as Abraham. The covenant, however, had two sides. Abraham, though ninety-nine, had a part to play. “You

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I Am, You Are

Abram is now ninety-nine. He has one son named Ishmael. God is on the cusp of deeper relationship with Abram. In the first eight verses of Genesis 17, we contemplate

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A Merciful Father

In Genesis 16, Abram and Sarai have been ten years in Canaan. God promised an heir. Ten years in a culture where a barren woman is degraded was a long

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Abram’s God

There are serious topics in Genesis 15. It creates a sense of awe in me. I feel I am encroaching on holy ground. God accepted Abram’s faith and declared him

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Back Home

Abram returned home after his victorious battle, and his encounters with royalty. Knowing what fears haunted him, God communicated with him, through a vision. “I am your shield.” He said,

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Royal Encounters

(Genesis 14:16-24) Abram returned from battle with Lot, his people, and all their possessions. On the way he encountered two kings. These two encounters had not only earthly ramifications, but

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Trouble in the Land

This battle was not Abram’s. There was history of oppression and revolt among the people dwelling in the area, causing trouble in the land. Abram, God’s man, fought because of

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The Blessings and Strife

Abram, one of the great fathers of our faith had too many blessings. As he made his way back to the land between Bethel and Ai, where he had built

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Abram’s Presumption

In the course of the journey, Abram and his entourage encountered severe famine. This situation forced them into Egypt where Abram, rather than consulting God, acted out of presumption. In

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Abram Follows

Abram not only heard, but acted on the words God spoke to him. His actions impacted others as well. It took faith, determination and persistence, and it began with one

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Abram

Seventy-five may seem rather old to start on a new adventure, but Abram was seventy-five when his life changed not only for himself, but for the history of mankind. His

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From Noah to Abram

There are only two chapters in Genesis between Noah’s story and Abram’s. Yet, in these two chapters, phenomenal changes occurred. After the flood, the earth continued to reel. Man multiplied

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Fruit

In Genesis 9:20-29, we discover a little story about Noah and his boys. Ham’s decision, like Noah’s vineyard, bore fruit which affected his history. It was an embarrassing situation. The

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After the Storm

It took time for the earth to dry out, but eventually, God told Noah to come out and bring every living thing with him. Perhaps it was the feel of

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Safe from the Storm

During a storm we look for shelter, a place of protection and warmth. We button down the hatches. In Noah’s day, a storm was coming. Because Noah walked with God,

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Noah and God

The relationship between Noah and God astounds us. God reveals His heart to Noah. He relays his disappointment with man and also, His plan to destroy all flesh, due to

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Noah

God’s anger and judgement are difficult topics. They are however, a constant theme in the scriptures. God has a personality and these are part of who He is. As we

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Cain’s Line vs. Seth’s

A quick look at Genesis 4 and 5 can be confusing. There are similar names, but as you dig deeper you realize, a contrast exists. In today’s reflection we contrast

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Cain and a Merciful God

Having previously examined Abel, we now turn our attention to Cain, Adam and Eve’s firstborn. In Genesis 4, we learn of Cain and a merciful God. We read about his

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Brothers

The story of Cain and Abel is recorded in Genesis 4:1-15. We understand it better as we look to the scripture for our interpretation. Paul writes to the Ephesians, “We

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A Light in the Darkness

In Genesis 3: 14-24, God pronounced judgement for eating of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. On that dark day, the light and beauty of creation were

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Caught

Everyone experiences getting caught. It goes back to the beginning with Adam and Eve. They show us the human response to disobeying God. Still the story shines a light and

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Temptation

Temptation comes to all. Even Jesus, the Son of God, endured temptation. James 1:12-18 describes what it is and how it works. Our first understanding, however, comes from Genesis chapter

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One of a Kind

When God looked at Adam, He saw an incomplete creature. Each of the animals God presented had a female component. Adam was one of a kind. Although in Genesis 1

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Rest

In Genesis 2:2, we read how God ended His work and rested. He blessed the seventh day and set it apart for rest. Jesus tells us the Sabbath was made

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