• The Gift of Time

    As we approach the end of the year, many of us take an inventory of the year we are leaving behind and begin to make plans for the year to come. With only three blog posts left for this year, it would seem to be the time to do this on this blog. But rather than a generic look back, I want to structure my focus on three gifts that God has given to each of us, with the focus being on how these gifts have impacted me this year. I will cover each of the three gifts in a little detail over each of the next three Fridays. (These…

  • Stepping Ahead of God

    This past Sunday, the Sunday School lesson was about Jacob receiving the blessing from Isaac (Genesis 27, LifeWay’s Explore the Bible curriculum). The blessing was intended for the firstborn (Esau) as was the custom of the day, but God told Rebekah (the mother) that the older would serve the younger (Gen 25.23). The story has many elements to it. We are reminded that Isaac was the younger brother of Ishmael (both born to Abraham whose wife was also barren – at least for a while). We see the challenge of when parents play favorites with their children (Gen 25.28). We see that Isaac followed in his father Abraham’s footsteps by…