Final Exam — The Tester Will Provide — Genesis 22

Growing up in school there was always a big distinction between surprise pop quizzes and the all-important Final Exam.  You never knew going into a class whether this was the day for a Pop Quiz.  But you always had time for prepare for the Final Exam that would make up such a heavy percent of your overall grade.  Here in Abraham’s school of faith, we find the Lord combining the two experiences...
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Beersheba — The Well and the Tree — Genesis 21:22-34

This short little paragraph speaks to the beauty of expositional preaching.  As a preacher who makes it his practice to systematically work through an entire book of Scripture, I found that my thought patterns in approaching today’s text track exactly along the same lines of those of a fellow expositor Brian Borgman.  I listened to his sermon and marveled at how our minds go down the same path. ...
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Child of Promise . . . Child of Flesh — Genesis 21:1-21

For those that find the doctrine of the sovereignty of God distasteful or offensive (due to their understanding of free will or what they think is fair), this passage will be unsettling.  To say that God determines the destiny of the elect is quite a theological mountain to climb.  But to add to that conviction, the understanding that God also determines the destiny of the non-elect is more than...
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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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