May 22, 2018
Read Genesis 15
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Scripture- Genesis 15:6- And Abram believed the Lord, and the Lord counted him as righteous because of his faith.
Observations- It had to be difficult for Abram to believe the Lord would make good on His promises when he and his wife were so old. When would they have a child? How long would they have to wait? But Abram chose to hold onto his trust in God, even though all outside indicators would lead him to a different conclusion.
Application- In Hebrews 11- known as the Hall of Faith- many heroes of the faith including Abraham and Sarah are lifted up. It says of them, "All these people earned a good reputation because of their faith, yet none of them received all that God had promised." We live each day trusting in the promises of God, even when it's hard to see them being fulfilled. We live proleptically; that is, in anticipation and with trust that God is with us and will bring in His kingdom in fullness one day.
Prayer- Lord, some days it's hard to have faith that Your promises in Scripture will all one day come true. In one breath You told childless Abram to look at the stars to have a picture of how many descendants he would have, and then You told him his ancestors would be enslaved for 400 years. Help us live with that kind of anticipation and trust that in Your perfect timing all will be made complete and whole. Help me live today in a way that I begin to do things on earth the way You do them in heaven. Amen.
"Faith shows the reality of what we hope for; it is the evidence of things we cannot see." (Hebrews 11:1),
P. S. - This Sunday, May 27, at 4pm in Logan Hall we will have Town Hall Meeting to have specific and detailed questions and concerns addressed about our proposed new Social Hall. We’ll be able to go over the plans extensively, discuss anticipated costs, the construction process, the kitchen details, and anything else you would like to know. One thing that would be helpful to us in preparing for both the Town Hall and the Church Conference (June 3 at 4pm in the Sanctuary) is for you to share your questions or concerns in advance with Joe Kuebler, Building Committee Chairperson ( ).
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