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 experienced complete disillusionment when they found themselves in hostile surroundings.  …

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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 I am so prone to want earth to be my …

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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 shapes his identity.  He establishes parameters and boundaries.  He sets …

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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 didn’t take long for his descendants to be become polytheistic.  …

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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 concept of confusion, I had him play a game with …

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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 will do. And nothing that they propose to do will …

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