Fathers, Parenting, and Remembering the Faithfulness of God

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Isaiah 37-39 tells of the Lord’s salvation for Judah, the southern kingdom in one of its darkest hours. Jerusalem, the capital city, is surrounded by Assyrian (Modern day Iraq) forces. Weakened by siege, famine, and lacking troops, the city of God seems destined to become another trophy of Assyrian might. But a defeat of Jerusalem would not only be a trophy for the king of Assyria, Sennacherib, but the Lord of Israel would be seen as a weaker deity in comparison to the gods powering the war machine of the armies of the global Assyrian empire.

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Another Hope: The Lasting Legacy of R.C. Sproul

By: Cade Campbell

Sproul2Two things happened this week.

The pastor, author, and founder of Ligonier Ministries, R.C. Sproul, died on December 14, 2017. And Stars Wars Episode VIII: The Last Jedi opened in theaters the next day.

As is true for so many pastors, Sproul’s ministry was significant for my own Christian discipleship, calling to ministry, and theological convictions. To this day, reading Sproul’s purple-blue paperback Chosen by God is one of the most formative events of my life. His clarity of teaching combined with his uncompromising stand on theological truths like biblical inerrancy, justification by faith alone, and the holiness of God have been used by God to solidify the ministries of bible-believing Protestants of all types – reformed and non-reformed alike. He was a giant.
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When Our Savior Snarled: Living in the Death of Death

By Cade Campbell

Snarling King (African Lion, Masai Mara, Kenya)

On Sunday morning, November 5, the Holcombe family in Sutherland Springs, Texas did what they always did on a Sunday morning; they went to church. As they made their way to the morning service, everything about that Sunday seemed like all the other ordinary Sunday mornings that had come before.

But it wasn’t an ordinary Sunday. The Holcombe family was going to church for the last time. During the Sunday morning service, nine members of their Continue reading “When Our Savior Snarled: Living in the Death of Death”

Bible Reading Resolution?

By Billy Doolittle

At the beginning of this year, like many other Christian, you resolved to read the entire Bible. According to Business Insider, 80 percent of people fail their new years resolutions by February. I want to challenge you to continue your pursuit to read the entire Bible if you have slumped, but in an order that may be new to you. Now that you fell off your reading rainbow so to speak, consider reading the Bible in its original order. Continue reading “Bible Reading Resolution?”

Craftiness of the Serpent and the Sovereign God: Joseph

By Evan Knies

In the later part of the book of Genesis readers are confronted with the story of Joseph. His jealous brothers sell Joseph into slavery and he is brought to Egypt. Joseph is put in places by God to carry out His Will. Before Joseph was second in command in Egypt, he did not give into temptation by laying with Pharaoh’s wife. Joseph is punished by not giving into sin.

By this action of Joseph being imprisoned, Pharaoh at a later date realizes that there is one who can interpret a dream that he has received. Pharaoh calls Joseph up to interpret a dream and throughout Joseph’s life he has remained faithful. Joseph tells of the famine that is coming and by doing this Egypt is allowed to prepare. God has taken this evil act of his brothers sending him into slavery; the tempting of Pharaoh’s wife and God is bringing all of this about for His glory. Joseph’s struggle brought life to his family and to Egypt. He saves the entire kingdom. (Victor Hamilton also compares Joseph and his brother’s evil intentions to those who conspired against Noah).[1]

When Joseph is sees his brothers again after all that has taken place, Joseph is able to say that God had brought this about. His brothers meant evil and harm against him, but God used it to save them (Genesis 50:19). Joseph uses the verb “sent” to show that it was God who brought him to Egypt, not his brothers.[3] Even though Joseph’s own flesh and blood are the ones who sold him into slavery, God providentially brought about their evil deed against Joseph to save the kingdom. The Lord placed Joseph as a leader in Egypt to keep a remnant that would continue to exist and Scripture bears this out in Exodus 1.

[1] Hamilton, Genesis, 706.

[2] Hamilton, Genesis, 577.