Month: May 2013

Making a Home in Hostile Places

MAKING A HOME IN HOSTILE PLACES Abram passed through the land to the place at Shechem, to the oak of Moreh. At that time the Canaanites were in the land.  Genesis 12:6          Many have prayed for the will of God, followed His voice, and … Continue reading Making a Home in Hostile Places

Prosperity and Dominion

PROSPERITY AND DOMINION And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.  Genesis 12:2          Nothing in our Christian language is misunderstood more than the word ‘blessing.’  Because … Continue reading Prosperity and Dominion

A Life of Pilgrimage

A LIFE OF PILGRIMAGE Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.  Genesis 12:1          A father is given divine rights to exert authority over his child.  He … Continue reading A Life of Pilgrimage

Does The Past Destroy My Future?

DOES THE PAST DESTROY MY FUTURE? Now these are the generations of Terah. Terah fathered Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran fathered Lot.  Genesis 11:27             Ten generations after Noah, through the blessed line of Shem, Terah was born.  Though Shem walked with God, it … Continue reading Does The Past Destroy My Future?

The Nature of Chaos

NATURE OF CHAOS [God said] “Come, let us go down and there confuse their language, so that they may not understand one another’s speech.”  Genesis 11:7             Just yesterday, my seven-year-old grandson asked me what the word ‘chaos’ meant.  To help him better understand the … Continue reading The Nature of Chaos

Unholy Ambition

UNHOLY AMBITION And the Lord came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of man had built. And the Lord said, “Behold, they are one people, and they have all one language, and this is only the beginning of what they … Continue reading Unholy Ambition

Making Ourselves a Name

MAKING OURSELVES A NAME Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves.  Genesis 11:4          How small God must have been.  Solidarity was created among the … Continue reading Making Ourselves a Name

Cursing Generations

CURSING GENERATIONS When Noah awoke from his wine and knew what his youngest son had done to him, he said, “Cursed be Canaan; a servant of servants shall he be to his brothers.”  Genesis 9:24-25          Noah is remembered for building the ark but perhaps … Continue reading Cursing Generations

How Do I Handle My Parent’s Sin?

HOW DO I HANDLE MY PARENT’S SIN? And Ham, the father of Canaan, saw the nakedness of his father and told his two brothers outside. Then Shem and Japheth took a garment, laid it on both their shoulders, and walked backward and covered the nakedness … Continue reading How Do I Handle My Parent’s Sin?