A walk-through of Romans 9 shows details in the predestination debate with Pharaoh's hardened heart and God's election of Israel. Are you a vessel of destruction or a vessel of mercy? It's never a good choice for the clay to be upset with the potter.
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Very few Christians define precisely what faith is. Webster’s defines it as unquestioning belief, complete trust, confidence, or loyalty. Believers and unbelievers alike casually toss around the word faith as a vague and mysterious feeling that cannot be explained but somehow everyone “gets.” According to them, one can have faith to do anything. How does … Continue reading Active Faith
Attentive hearts waited in anticipation. They had waited hundreds of years for this day. Safe inside their rooms enthralled with each significant detail, it was a day that would be spoken of forever. The angel of the LORD was outside looking for blood. If it was found on the doorpost, He would pass over that … Continue reading A Most Important Week
Philemon is a short book. Paul wrote it with Timothy from house arrest in Rome after the change at Acts 28:28. It was written to Philemon, a Colossian Jew. He was a wealthy slave-owner who had believed a divinely heralded salvation-bringing message from Paul, God’s apostle to the nations (ethnos). Onesimus was Philemon's runaway slave … Continue reading Philemon
The fires of Molech burned deep in the hearts of the idolatrous Israelites. They were told not to take on the gods of the nations or to act like them, yet this wicked addiction corrupted the nation of Israel. The Lord said, Any man from the sons of Israel or from the aliens sojourning in … Continue reading What Did Josiah Create?
Genealogies would seem to be quite straightforward. Yet beneath the surface in the book of Ruth there is a puzzle in what seems to be a simple genealogy. We are told at the end of the book that “Salmon begot Boaz, and Boaz begot Obed, Obed begot Jesse, and Jesse begot David” (Ruth 4:21, 22). … Continue reading Cut Out and Forgotten