The Treadmill of Besetting Sin — Genesis 20

We have been tracking Abraham in his journey of faith.  We have seen him rise to great heights – such as when he manifested such a magnanimous spirit in Chap. 12 to give his nephew Lot the choice of where to live; or when the Lord used him in Chap. 14 to deliver Lot and the residents of Sodom from the confederacy of invading kings; or when he interceded on behalf of Lot and his family despite...
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Legacy of a Loser — Genesis 19:30-38

Today’s sordid text paints the last chapter in the life of worldly Lot and his dysfunctional family.  This is how Lot ended up.  This is the legacy of a loser.  All of the small compromises he made with worldliness have compounded and ended up in this ultimate end game of degradation and shame.  We know from the NT that Lot was actually a believer – in a covenantal relationship through faith in...
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Stench of Sodom — Genesis 19:1-29

Be in the World . . . But Don’t Let the World Be in You Illustration: W. H. Griffith Thomas: Like Lot, much of the American church has moved into downtown Sodom. We’re so surrounded by its stench that we don’t notice it any more. A ship in the water is perfectly right, but water in the ship would be perfectly wrong. The Christian in the world is right and necessary, but the world in the...
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Live Out Your Theology — Genesis 18

What is your concept of the person of God?  What do you know of His attributes?  How orthodox is your theology?  Satan has a pretty good understanding of who God is … but it doesn’t benefit him.   Sometimes our intellectual understanding of who God is doesn’t benefit us either. Helpful when God is the one teaching us theology and answering our questions. How do we interact with God’s...
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El Shaddai Makes It Happen — Genesis 17

Our faith in God’s ability to bless us and carry out His promises to us always needs strengthening.  We are no different than the disciples whom Jesus patiently trained – as Jesus lamented over and over again – “O Ye of little faith.  How long Have I been with you and you still struggle with completely trusting Me.” How easily we grow impatient when God’s timetable does not correspond to our...
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