Kind and Charitable

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Today's reading: Genesis 18:1-8

Abraham was intent on living his life in a way that honored and pleased God, and this mindset permeated and hence motivated everything he did. As we come to Genesis 18, we find Abraham at the entrance of his tent looking out over his land, eager for any opportunity to serve that God would put before him that day. When Abraham sees three men have come to his home, he immediately takes action, running (at the ripe old age of 99) to greet them and offer food, rest and accommodations.

Both he and Sarah willingly and joyfully opened their home, extended kindness and shared what they had with these men. I love this example and the reminder it provides that God is pleased when we are kind, generous and offer help to those around us.

Who do you know that has a kind and charitable heart for people, and what sorts of things do they do? When was the last time you invited someone into your home—for a meal, for coffee or even just to get to know them better? Do you look for opportunities to be hospitable and to extend God's love to others? Tami

Nothing Impossible

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Today's reading: Genesis 17:15-27

God's thoughts, His timing and His way of doing things are different than ours. I clearly know this, yet somehow I continue to be "surprised" when what I'm thinking doesn't quite match up with God's plan. Although the Bible doesn't expressly say it, I wonder if Abraham struggled with this as well.

When Abram is already an old man with no children, God tells him that he will have offspring as numerous as the stars (Genesis 15). Years pass before God appears to Abram again, when he's now 99 years old. This time God delivers the message that he will be the father of nations through a son by his 90-year-old wife, Sarai. What?! This certainly isn't the succession plan we would have come up with in our human thinking. But as Abraham's and Sarah's story drives home—nothing is impossible with God!

Do you have a God-given dream or desire that seems impossible to you? What encouragement does God's interaction with Abraham provide? How does this account resemble the interaction between Mary and the angel in Luke 1:37 ("For nothing will be impossible with God.")? Tami

13 Years

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Today's reading: Genesis 17:1-27

Thirteen years pass between the end of Genesis 16 (and the birth of Ishmael) and the first verse of Genesis 17. During this time, Abram pushes faithfully onward. Chapter 17 begins with God appearing to Abram to institute a second covenant and to put into action the covenant made with Abram in Genesis 15. This time when God speaks, however, He's more specific about the blessing being bestowed. He tells Abram that he will be the father of many nations through a son from Sarai, changes Abram's name to Abraham and Sarai's name to Sarah, and puts in place the covenant of circumcision. Abraham doesn't fully understand the "whats, whys, hows or whens" of what God is telling him (similar to Genesis 15). Yet he listens to God, accepts everything he is told and obediently acts on God's instructions.

What's the most meaningful lesson you learned from Abraham's example? When you don't fully understand how God is moving, what helps you keep your eyes on God and take Him at His word? Tami

Today's reading: Psalm 57:1-11

David is on the run from Saul, and in this dangerous situation he fully relies upon God and His protection. He literally surrenders his life and its circumstances to God. This psalm depicts such a beautiful picture of complete reliance and trust. David is so confident in God and grateful for His provision that he proclaims his thankfulness to God with exuberant and boisterous praise—all in the middle of a time of great distress and hurting. I love it!

How has choosing to thank and praise God when you're in the middle of a life storm strengthened and helped you through the situation? How did it impact your relationship with God? For what (and how) will you thank and praise God this weekend? Tami

Stormy Refuge

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Today's reading: Psalm 57:1-11

Even though David is being hunted by Saul and his men, his trust in God remains strong. As he begins Psalm 57, David's tone is confident. I love how he declares to God that he is claiming Him as his refuge until the terrible circumstances around him subside.

"Be merciful to me, O God, be merciful to me, for in you my soul takes refuge; in the shadow of your wings I will take refuge, till the storms of destruction pass by." (vs. 1)

When and how has God been your "refuge till the storms of destruction have passed you by"? When you tell God that you will sing and give thanks to Him regardless of your circumstances, how does it reinforce your thinking and, in turn, bolster your attitude and actions? Tami

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Hi, my name is Tami Weissert, the P4 facilitator and the "voice" behind the blogs. I'm passionate about helping people grow spiritually and actively encourage Bible engagement through conference speaking and writing. I also served as co-host of the Back to the Bible radio program for over 8 years. A little about me. I'm married to Jeff, and we love scuba diving, playing with our 3 dachshunds and going to Husker football games. I also love growing orchids, singing and Diet Pepsi. I hope you'll join in the conversation as we read the Bible and grow together.

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