Abraham: The Ultimate Test

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Genesis 22:1-14 It is the glory and substance of faith to go on trusting and obeying God, not because of what happens to us, but in spite of it. One of the most distressing stories in the Bible is about the day God told Abraham to sacrifice his son Isaac. Here is what happened: Some time later God tested Abraham. He said to him, “Abraham!” “Here I am,” he replied. Then God said, “Take your son, your only …

Abraham: Surprised by Joy

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Genesis 18:1-15 Genesis 21:1-7 In the end, pain and bitter tears and unfulfilled expectations will all be wiped away and laughter will come. Even the tragedies that scar us so deeply will dissolve into joy. Which is there more of in your life: laughter, or tears? Has the world for you taken on the gray overcast of grief, or is it sunny and bright with good cheer? For most of us, life is a mixture of happiness and …

Abraham: The God Who Sees

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Genesis 16:1-16 God cares about us all. He pays attention to where we are; he understands what we feel. He knows who we are and what we need. No detail is too small for the Lord to notice; no person is so unimportant that he will overlook them. The Bible speaks often of the importance of waiting on or waiting for the Lord. Some wonderful promises are made to those who are willing to wait like this. Here …

Abraham: The Sign of a Covenant

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Genesis 15:1-21 Genesis 17:1-16 Romans 4:3-8 So Abraham shows us the very way of salvation. God’s covenant relationship with us is based on his grace, to which we respond with faith, or trust, and that is what puts us in a right relationship with God. One of the most important concepts in the Bible is the relationship or agreement known as a covenant. This idea runs through Scripture from beginning to end; in fact, the Old Testament and …

Abraham: A Stumbling Pilgrim

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Genesis 12:10-20 1 Corinthians 10:11-12 Here’s the warning: even the greatest men of faith can and do make huge mistakes. And if it could happen to Abraham it could happen to anyone. I love the Bible’s realism. It never attempts to suppress unpleasant stories or gloss over its heroes’ weaknesses and failures. The examples go on and on, from David’s adultery with Bathsheba to Peter’s denial of the Lord. Even Abraham, the father of the faithful, does not …

Abraham: Blessed to Be a Blessing

Rev. David Bast Uncategorized

READ : Genesis 12:1-3, Isaiah 42:1, 6-7 The blessings God gives us are intended to be shared with all, beginning with the inestimable blessing of salvation from sin and including all the other good things the Lord has given to us. I know that I have been greatly blessed. Perhaps you have too. So many of us have been given so much: material goods, adequate incomes, families, friends, jobs, homes. And that’s just for starters. If you’re a Christian, then …