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The Question That Everyone Asks and Answers

Boom! There it is! The central theme of the book of Job. All of the verbal sparring between Job and his frenemies, from chapter four until Bildad asks his question in chapter twenty-five, finally drives at least one of them to ask the right question,   "How can a man be righteous before God?" (Job 25:4).  Up until this point Job's frenemies, and even Job himself, attempt to answer the question, "Why... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Saturday, January 25, 2020
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Times of Waiting Reveal Our Faith

by Joel Strahan Waiting is difficult. Genesis 40:1-23 No one enjoys waiting. The last thing anyone wants to hear after completing a medical exam is, "We will have your results in a week." How often do we ask the Lord for direction about a major life decision, and His answer is to wait? Waiting is difficult. However, God is interested in us learning to wait. We see this in Joseph's story, and we experience it in our own stories.  God often makes His... Read More
Posted by Joel Strahan at Wednesday, January 15, 2020
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Genealogies Tell A Story

Genealogies track people and nations and tell a story. They include important details about people (both good and bad) who will show up later in the story. The genealogies of the Bible reveal a God keeps track of history (as should we—that we may marvel at God's righteousness assessment, redemption and judgment of humanity). Esau's genealogy (Genesis 36) demonstrates the reality of God's covenant that He made with Abraham (Genesis 12:1-3) and... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, January 13, 2020
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Moses Records No Random or Insignificant Details

When Moses records these events in Abraham's life, it is with deliberation—no insignificant or random detail is included. These stories would inform the theology and sociology of the newly-liberated Hebrews. Today's reading begins with Abraham's "haste" in chapter 18 when the three guest show up. He "ran" to meet them. (It has been years since God had spoken to him.) He hastened to inform Sarah to prepare a meal for them, "Make ready quickly …... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Monday, January 6, 2020
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Marking Time is a God-thing

One of the amazing realities of creation event is that the God Who is timeless created time . The ability to mark or k eep track of time was designed by God on day four of creation, “Then God said, ‘Let there be lights in the firmament of the heavens to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs and seasons, and for days and years’” (Gen 1:14). God placed His stamp of approval on the creation of time by declaring at the conclusion of that day,... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Wednesday, January 1, 2020
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Reading the Revelation Seen by John the Apostle

What if John had not recorded the Revelation of Jesus Christ that he received on the island of Patmos? What if the Bible had ended with Jude instead of Revelation ? Why does John's Revelation begin with a blessing, "Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time is near" (1:3)? What would we not know without the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ? These... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Tuesday, December 31, 2019
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Week Thirty-two Overview

A promise made is a promise kept.  God assures the first generation of Israelites His blessing for their obedience after liberating them from Egyptian captivity,  “If you walk in My statutes and keep My commandments, and perform them . . . I will set My tabernacle among you, and My soul shall not abhor you. I will walk among you and be your God and you shall be My people” (Leviticus 26:3,11).  God keeps His promise as He tabernacles (mobile Tent of Meeting)... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, August 4, 2019
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Week Thirty-one Overview

Back in the day when virginity was a virtue women who had sex outside of marriage were considered harlots; and no woman wanted to be called “a harlot”. Sadly, harlotry has been sanitized of its negativity and exalted as acceptable and the norm in our day.   When God calls Abraham and his descendants into covenant with Him, He shares with them His Name, His land, and obligates Himself to them as their protector and redeemer. Abraham’s descendants spend 400 years in... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, August 4, 2019
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Week Thirty Overview

Israel had been warned. For years, decades, and centuries. Moses, in his blessings and cursing message in Deuteronomy 28, promised blessings to those who obeyed the LORD, and warned of the consequences of continued disobedience. Those consequences increased with intensity over time until God finally raised up captors who removed His people from the land of promise and took them into captivity. Before that captivity, God raised up numerous prophets throughout Israel and Judah’s... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, July 21, 2019
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Week Twenty-eight Overview

What God does for Joseph He does for all those whom He grafts into His Story. Paul describes the value of looking back—looking back at God’s method of operation in the past—and the value it brings in producing hope in the present, “For whatever things were written before were written for our learning, that we through the patience and comfort of the Scriptures might have hope” (Romans 15:4).  Psalm 105, 106, and 107 are historical psalms—they chronicle... Read More
Posted by Iva May at Sunday, July 14, 2019
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