Obedience and Sacrifice

God promised Abraham that Abraham would have a son. Even though Sarah had been unable to have children and even though she and Abraham were too old, God kept his promise and Isaac was born (Genesis 21:1-2). When we arrive to Genesis 22, God instructs Abraham to do the impossible, to take his only son, the son he loves and sacrifice Isaac as a burnt offering. Genesis 22:3-5, tell us about Abraham’s response.


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Understanding Mercy

Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses.” (Acts 13:38–39, NASB95)

God leads us to eternal life not by our merits but according to his mercy. Augustine


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Opposition

Now it came about that when Sanballat heard that we were rebuilding the wall, he became furious and very angry and mocked the Jews. He spoke in the presence of his brothers and the wealthy men of Samaria and said, “What are these feeble Jews doing? Are they going to restore it for themselves? Can they offer sacrifices? Can they finish in a day? Can they revive the stones from the dusty rubble even the burned ones?” Now Tobiah the Ammonite was near him and he said, “Even what they are building—if a fox should jump on it, he would break their stone wall down!” Nehemiah 4:1-3


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Jesus Our Good Shepherd

As Christ-followers, we are well acquainted with Jesus as our Savior. When we confessed with our mouth “Jesus is Lord” and believed in our heart that God raised Jesus from the dead, we were saved (Romans 10:9). By God’s grace, through our faith in Jesus, we were saved (Ephesians 2:8). It was a glorious day when Jesus became our Savior. And what a wonderful Savior He is! Yet, He is so much more. Jesus is our Good Shepherd (see John 10:11, 14).

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Making Disciples

“And he left for Tarsus to look for Saul; and when he had found him, he brought him to Antioch. And for an entire year they met with the church and taught considerable numbers; and the disciples were first called Christians in Antioch.” (Acts 11:25–26, NASB95)


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