The Word of the Lord came

Real faith is born of knowledge of the Word of God by Lalo Gutierrez In Genesis 1, the Triune God speaks the world into existence as His Spirit hovers over the surface of the waters. King David brings the Creation account into sharper focus, declaring, "by the word of the Lord the heavens were made, and by the breath of His …

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Valley of the Cluster

The spies sent to scout the land of Canaan return with a bunch of grapes so large it takes two men to carry it (Numbers 13: 23-27). Woodcut from the Cologne Bible, 1478-80. Thus says the Lord,“As the new wine is found in the cluster,And one says, ‘Do not destroy it, for there is benefit in it,’So …

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Faces in the Bible: The Assassination of Ben-hadad

Being in self-isolation has got me thinking about faces. And as I like to do, I will begin a short series studying faces in the Bible with an enigmatic story, about Elisha and Hazael in 2 Kings 8:7-15. Why this one? Because this short story not only involves faces but takes us right back to …

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Hagar: God’s Perfect Promise, not His imperfect people

An angel appearing to Hagar and Ishmael. Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (Il Guercino) c.1653 Few Bible stories test my commitment to reading the Bible as redemptive history like the story of Hagar and Ishmael in Genesis 16 and 21. Or, more accurately, Abram's rape of Hagar, which Sarai instigates. These are horrifying texts of terror. I …

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