Faith, Family, and Fatherhood

How firm is your foundation?

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How firm is your foundation?

Matthew 7:21-27 "That one is like a man building a house, who dug deeply and laid the foundation on rock; when the flood came, the river burst against that house but could not shake it because it had been well built." - Luke 6:48 WHEN the flood came.  WHEN the river burst against the house.  Notice it's not "if" this happens but "when".   The floods of life will come.  Jesus doesn't dance around this issue.  The floods will come to each and every one of us.  The floods of cancer, accidents, financial loss; they will come.  The river of...

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The Stump of Jesse

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The Stump of Jesse

Isaiah 11:1-10 Luke 10:21-24 Years ago I dug up a Dogwood tree from one part of our property to transplant it close to the house. The tree did not last long. However, being busy with life and the transplanting season being long gone, I left it in the ground until I had a chance to replace it. While mowing one day I noticed something interesting about the tree. About two inches above the ground a few branches had sprung forth. After about a month I noticed that there were close to a dozen small branches growing from this area close...

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Only Say the Word!

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Only Say the Word!

Monday of the First Week of Advent - Matthew 8:5-11 "The prayer of the righteous man has great power in its effects." - James 5:16 This story, in the eighth chapter of Matthew's Gospel, is meant to show us both the authority of Jesus and the necessity of faith. Since Jesus' address in the synagogue in chapter 3 all the way through chapter 7, Jesus has been teaching. Chapter 7 ends with this verse, "And when Jesus finished these sayings, the crowds were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as their scribes."...

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Day 4 - 90 Day Adventure through the Bible

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Day 4 - 90 Day Adventure through the Bible

Read Genesis chapters 12-16 In today's chapters we begin to learn about Abram.  This descendant of Adam is called by God from somewhere near modern day Iraq or Assyria to travel to the promised land, the land of Canaan, modern day Israel.  He is there for a brief time before a famine forces him to move on to Egypt.  Before entering Egypt, he and his wife, Sarai, agree to act as brother and sister out of fear for Abram's life.  Pharaoh takes Sarai into his company because of her beauty.  When Pharaoh learns of what Abram has done he returns...

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Day 3 - 90 Day Adventure through the Bible

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Day 3 - 90 Day Adventure through the Bible

Read Genesis chapters 9-11 The family of Noah and all of the animals have disembarked from the ark.  Noah offered sacrifice in thanksgiving to God and God makes a covenant with Noah.  God promises to never again destroy the earth by water and sets up a reminder of this covenant with a rainbow. We would do well to understand that a covenant is not merely a deal or contract.  Rather, it is an exchange of people or exchange of self.  God promises to be with Noah and to bless his family.  Noah agrees to continue "walking with God."  We will...

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