God's Great

William C. Brownson

READ : 2 Corinthians 1:15-20 We’ve been thinking together about God’s promises. We’ve noticed especially those he made to Abraham and to David. Maybe you’re wondering what all that has to do with you. They were great leaders, but most of us are ordinary folk. They were Hebrews; most of us are Gentiles. And they lived, so long ago, so far away! The apostle Paul had been branded by some in Corinth as double-minded, two-faced, saying “yes” and “no” at …

Counting on God

William C. Brownson

READ : Romans 4:16-22 How did the patriarch Abraham become such a man of faith? Someone says, “God gave him faith.” Yes, but how? The Lord called him, we remember, to go to a faraway land, and then made him a promise: “I will make you a great nation, and I will bless you, and make your name great” (Gen. 12:2). Abram believed that word, and he went. Later, when he was very old, God promised him a son and …

You Promised, Remember?

William C. Brownson

READ : 2 Samuel 7:18-29 King David had a good idea. God had blessed him richly. All his enemies had been defeated. He was living in a royal house of cedar. But it troubled him that the ark of God was still kept in a tent. Why not build a proper house for God? When he ran that idea by Nathan, the prophet, he got an immediate green light. But that night the Lord had a different word for Nathan. …

Well-tried Words

William C. Brownson

READ : Psalm 12:1-6 The psalmist laments the vanishing of truth from the land. “The faithful have disappeared… they utter lies to each other; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak.” So much for human truthfulness! Disappointed with our leaders and ourselves, we too cry with bitter cynicism: “Promises! Promises!” Vastly different are the words of the Lord. He has pledged himself to come to the aid of the deceived and despoiled. He will bring them the safety …