God the Father

Our God Is…

Nehemiah 9:32 – “Now, therefore, our God, the great, the mighty, and the awesome God, who keeps covenant and steadfast love…” Throughout this prayer in Nehemiah 9, considered to be the longest prayer in the Old Testament, God’s character remains in constant sharp focus, quoting God’s self-explanation in Exodus 34:5-7. These verses are referenced more … Read more

God is Faithful to His Promises

Genesis 25:7-8 – These are the days of the years of Abraham’s life, 175 years. Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. In our day of blended families, we can easily forget that, in the Old Testament, the family dynamics … Read more

Zamzam Well

Genesis 21:19 – Then God opened her eyes, and she saw a well of water. And she went and filled the skin with water and gave the boy a drink.  At the behest of his wife, Sarah, Abraham sends his son, Ishmael, and his mistress, Hagar, out into the wilderness once the promised son, Isaac, … Read more

Vitamin K and Circumcision

Genesis 21:13 – “And I will make a nation of the son of the slave woman also, because he is your offspring.”  Near the turn of the 20th century, a new prize was first awarded called the Nobel Prizes in the area of physics, chemistry, physiology or medicine, literature, and peace, as requested by Alfred … Read more

God Saves Us from Ourselves

Genesis 20:17 – Then Abraham prayed to God, and God healed Abimelech, and also healed his wife and female slaves so that they bore children. In the last devo, we saw in Genesis 20 how Abraham made the same foolish mistake as earlier in the book by, once again, trying to give his wife Sarah away. … Read more

Bringing Blessing

In this Real Men talk based in Genesis 1:1-25, Pastor Mark preaches on the idea of God’s blessings woven throughout the book of Genesis, helping us to focus on our own blessings and how we can, in turn, bless others.

In God We Trust

James 5:5 – You have lived on the earth in luxury and in self-indulgence. You have fattened your hearts in a day of slaughter.  Exactly 160 years ago to the date I preached the sermon this past weekend, Nov. 13, 1861, a man named Rev. M.R. Watkinson wrote a letter that changed history. During the Civil War, … Read more

Dad’s Seat at the Table

James 4:4-5 – You adulterous people! Do you not know that friendship with the world is enmity with God? Therefore whoever wishes to be a friend of the world makes himself an enemy of God. Or do you suppose it is to no purpose that the Scripture says, “He yearns jealously over the spirit that he has made to … Read more