“God tested Abraham’s faith” Much like Abraham, when God calls me I say, Yes Lord, here I am.” But the next thing is the determinant as to whether or not I pass the test. I’m not always prepared for a test and the request seems too difficult. Can you imagine God asking Abraham to take his son, his only son and sacrifice him? The request has a lot of imagery to the redemptive work God did for us through Christ. I guess God never asks us to go places he has never been or is unwilling to go himself.
One night, Jenny and I were sitting out on the back porch, looking at the sky turn from blue to night. We talked about our dreams and hope for life and the future. We are so blessed. We talked about sacrifices we could make and some of them seemed really tough…like cutting out TV for 8 weeks! But something happens in sacrifice, something mysterious.
This blog was originally written by Pastor Doug Bartel of Hillcrest Church, starting in Spring 2009. Keep that in mind if you read anything that doesn't quite add up to the time of year.
Come journey with us as we read through the Bible in a year. It is our desire to hear what God wants from us and to know his promises as well as warnings. Each day we will read a text and together we will share what we are learning and encourage one another to finish the goal!