Steven Long
Broken and healed; sinful and forgiven. His mercies are new every morning!
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The gracious benefits we receive from the Father through the Son should cause us to praise Him with much laude!
1 Peter 1:3-5
Grace and peace come to God's people because it was His will that His Son give Himself for us. Any other peace is non-lasting and cannot end
Galatians 1:1-5
Justification before God is clearly grounded in Christ's atoning work on the cross. When this is clearly portrayed, there is no confusion on
Galatians 3:1-9
Even in the prophets, we see the gospel clearly proclaimed. Take heart and know that even long ago God planned to save a people unto Himself
Hosea 2:16-20
Idolatry is an act of unfaithfulness to Yahweh. His purpose of His people is that they know Him in an intimate way, forsaking all others.
Hosea 2:16-20
God's promise to keep you secure lies not in your ability to perform or not perform, but in His good word
Genesis 28:10-15
Jesus' incarnation was not simply to come as God in the flesh. It was to fulfill the atonement for His people and be crushed by God.
Isaiah 53:1-6
Worry & Anxiousness are the beginning signs of idolatry, even worry over our basic needs. Do you worry?
Matthew 6:25-34
Even our basic needs are no cause for anxiety. Jesus assures us that the Father will provide for His children from day to day
Matthew 6:25-34
What does believing and doubting have to do with prayer and receiving from God? EVERYTHING!
James 1:2-8
The believer's certainty is so sure that John stated it twice. God's love for His people is remarkable!
John 3:9-18
Humility is submitting to God, both in trials and in the Church
1 Peter 5:6-9
Paul's success in the gospel was due largely to the people's help. Do you stand behind those who minister to you?
Philippians 1:3-11
The resurrection gives a believer hope because he will be kept by a power greater than himself–God's own power.
1Peter 1:3-5
We receive everything of God "according to His great mercy." Everything hinges on this
1Peter 1:3-5
How do we fear God and love Him at the same time? The Psalmist has the answer
Psalms 147:10-11
Our salvation is the most precious thing we have. The prophets, apostles, and Holy Spirit all testify to it
1 Peter 1:10-12
The Incarnation of Christ is about more than just a manger. He is manifested for the joy of the world
1 John 1:1-5
Chaos is not always bad. God commands that we fully lean on Him. Israel's wanderings are a great example of good chaos.
Deuteronomy 8:1-5
A person who fancies their self religious but has no outward manifestation is one who is most deceived indeed.
James 1:26-27
Trials are only here for a little while; and then we are with Jesus. What a great comfort this should be to Christians!
1 Peter 1:1-9
God's holiness is fearful; His mercy is greater
Isaiah 6:1-7
Forget your checklist. Stop looking inside to find your justification and look to the cross for a clean conscience.
Galatians 3:1-7
God is the ultimate Blesser. We should focus less on our blessings and focus more on the Blesser Himself.
Ephesians 1:1-14
The goodness of God leads us to great philanthropic acts (good works) because He saved us from a life of sinful desires and attitudes.
Titus 3:1-8
Do you like stirring up trouble? Are you a person who likes to argue just for argument's sake? If so you may be in danger!
Titus 3:9-11
If you believe good works has nothing to do with Christianity, think again. Good works doesn't sanctify us but it proves our fruit.
Titus 3:12-15
Titus 3:1-8
Main point summary. Arc.
Ephesians 1:1-14
Galatians 1:1-5
1 Corinthians 2:6-9
It appears that the two main themes that flow out of this passage are: To His glorious praise.
Ephesians 1:3-9
Ephesians 1:3-10
Inheritors of the Crown   Again, the glory of God and Christ are the central theme in this pass...
Ephesians 1:11-14
Context This section of Hebrews 11 deals specifically with the faith of Abraham.
Hebrews 11:8-19
  Note on 1c - One may ask why I consider 1c a concessive statement.
1 Peter 1:1-5
A Brief Synopsis 7a seems to be the ground for these four verses.
1 Peter 1:6-9
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You Are Not Forsaken!
Genesis 28:10-15
Do not be discouraged when you sin. God's promise to be with His people is not hindered by your sin, as we learn from Jacob
Published June 16th, 2018
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Wisdom, Works, & Worship
Genesis 28:10-15
Jacob left Beersheba and went toward Haran.
And he came to a certain place and stayed there that night,
because the sun had set.
Taking one of the stones of the place, he put it under his head
and lay down in that place to sleep.
And he dreamed,
and behold, there was a ladder set up on the earth,
and the top of it reached to heaven.
And behold, the angels of God were ascending and descending on it!
And behold, the Lord stood above it and said,
“I am the Lord, the God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac.
The land on which you lie I will give to you and to your offspring.
Your offspring shall be like the dust of the earth,
and you shall spread abroad to the west
and to the east
and to the north
and to the south,
and in you and your offspring shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
(The promise consists of a series of personal promises of care , buttressed by a Ground relationship)
Behold, I am with you (promise of presence)
and will keep you wherever you go, (promise of protecton)
and will bring you back to this land. (promise of guidance)
For I will not leave you
until I have done what I have promised you.” (promise of fulfillment)
This is the Ground that buttresses the entire promise. The Hebrew word 'for,' according to CHALOT can be,
‘emphatic,’ corroborative, strengthening: a) oft. = yes, indeed ... introducing positive clauses in an oath.
The certain place was Bethel, the House of God. It is the place of the sacred covenant to Jacob, his offspring, and "all the families of the earth (i.e. those who are children of Abraham by faith).
This word is used only one time in the entire Bible. Most believe this is akin to a flight of steps rather than our modern version of a ladder.
Moses makes it a point to use the covenant Name of God. Yahweh Himself would give this promise to Jacob and his descendants!
The covenant is not for Jacob only, but for all those who would be/are part of Israel.
This was the circumstance that God caused in order to give the covenant to Jacob.
Jacob's deception was no surprise to God. We Know from Gen 25:23 that God had already chosen Jacob to be the recipient of His promise. Jacob didn't need to deceive his father or brother in order to get it, yet in God's providence he did. The result was that of Jacob leaving and coming to Bethel in order to give this promise to Jacob. The most amazing part of this account is that the promise did NOT depend on Jacob's actions (his sin, or otherwise). And even though he sinned God was still determined to give him the promise.
This is the core of the entire passage. Jacob's dream plays the supporting role in the giving of the covenant.
Wisdom, Works, & Worship
We are great sinners. This statement is true. Yet God is a great and merciful God. He does not withhold His mercy from those who ask for it and He does not take away the covenant, the promise by which He swore by His own Name from us when we do falter and sin. Jacob is living proof of this. He was a deceiver and even though God had already chosen him to receive the inheritance, even though his mother had been told by God that her favorite son would rule over his brother. Do not grow weary or tired when you sin. Do not think that God has forsaken you or taken His promise away from you. Rather, let us cry out, "Lord, be merciful to me, a sinner!" (Lk 18:13)
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