The Plan of God Unfolds

READ : Genesis 12-16 Here we have a very important turning point. Out of sinful humanity, God chooses Abraham to begin to build a special people. Abraham is called to leave the comforts of home and move out into an unknown future as God leads him. Although Abraham is a man of faith, he too falls short. To protect himself he commanded his wife to tell a half-truth, lest the Egyptians slay him to obtain her. A characteristic of the …

More Results of Sin

READ : Genesis 8-11 One can imagine that life aboard the ark became less and less pleasant as the weeks rolled on. Yet how much better than the only alternative—drowning. The ark is sometimes used as a symbol of the church. Sometimes life in the church is far from ideal, but again, how much better to fellowship with God’s people than to be living in a doomed world. Note that the first thing Noah does when he emerges from the …

Tragic Results of Sin

READ : Genesis 4-7 These chapters describe the consequences of the rebellion of our first parents. The very first person born into the human race became a murderer—of his own brother! He was motivated by jealousy concerning a religious question. Yet God was gracious even to Cain, marking him in some way so people would not kill him. There follows a listing of the descendants of a third son of Adam and Eve named Seth. People in those days lived …

Creation and Fall

READ : Genesis 1-3 Scripture begins with God. “In the beginning God.” This should be our starting point—in all the endeavors of life. Life today is in trouble because it is human-centered, but we can determine, by God’s grace, to live God-centered lives in such a world. God created the whole world out of nothing. With one word of power he brought it into being. And he created us. Therefore we belong to him. He made us for his good …

The Grand Finale

READ : Revelation 20-22 Many people talk a great deal about the millennium. The only place where a thousand year millennium is mentioned in the Bible is in Revelation 20. Sincere Christians have held three different views, the premillennial view which says Christ will come to earth before the millennium, the postmillennial view which says Christ will come after the world gets better and better, and the amilennial view which says there is no literal millennium because Revelation is a …