Discipleship Minute: Captivity #2

Read Exodus 6:2-8; 12:2-7, 12-13, 29-32. After his encounter with the living God, Moses returned to Egypt to carry out his mission. The message was met with resistance by the Pharaoh and opposition by the Israelites themselves because their work had been made harder by the Egyptians. God was not surprised by this, so He … Continue reading Discipleship Minute: Captivity #2

Discipleship Minute: Captivity #1

Read Exodus 3:1-15, 19-22.In ancient times, names meant things. A person’s name could describe his character or a defining physical characteristic. God gave His name to Moses to identify His nature and character for the benefit of His people. The Israelites had entered Egypt as honored guests based on their relationship to Joseph. They had … Continue reading Discipleship Minute: Captivity #1

Discipleship Minute: Promise #4

Read Colossians 1:15-17, Psalm 103:15-19, Matthew 6:25-34As we have seen through our look at Genesis, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob tried “Plan B” many times instead of relying on God’s faithful promise and provision. But before we think we’ve done better, let’s remind ourselves that we have those same promises and provision and still attempt to … Continue reading Discipleship Minute: Promise #4

Discipleship Minute: Promise #4

Read Genesis 26:7-11, 29:31-35, 32:24-32The Biblical record is full of people who are faithful. The Biblical record is also full of people who are not always faithful. After Abraham’s death, his son and grandsons continued with his example, in both faithful and unfaithful ways. In today’s passage, three distinct examples illustrate this. Isaac had settled … Continue reading Discipleship Minute: Promise #4

Discipleship Minute: Chaos #4

Read Genesis 10:32-11:9, Isaiah 65:1-2.Pride comes before a fall, as the proverb writer said. There is a good version of pride that comes from doing a job well. However, our sinful nature makes us believe that the world revolves around us. The desire to worship one’s self and accomplishments brings consequences. After the Flood, humanity … Continue reading Discipleship Minute: Chaos #4

Discipleship Minute: Chaos #3

Read Genesis 6:5-9, 13-14, 17-22; 7:11-13; 8:15-16, 20-22.We use water for a great many things: drinking, washing, cleaning, and operating machinery. Water is necessary for human flourishing. But, God chose to use water for His righteous judgement over the sin of mankind. In the beginning of this week’s passage, sin was widespread. The inclination of … Continue reading Discipleship Minute: Chaos #3