Hagar

Secure in God’s Care And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19 Few Old Testament narratives convey God’s love for the downtrodden quite as poignantly as Hagar’s story does. She was a foreign slave, probably a gift from Pharaoh during Abraham’s sojourn in Egypt (Genesis 12:16). Far from her birthplace …

Not-As-Famous Men and Women of the Bible

  If someone asked you to name the most well known people in the Bible, what would you say? Jesus, of course. But who else? Abraham, Moses, David, Mary, Paul? In this  series of devotions on not-as-famous men and women of the Bible, we explore the lives of people  who played pivotal roles in God’s great story of redemption, and …

Seth

Hope Restored Adam had relations with his wife again; and she gave birth to a son, and named him Seth, for she said, “God has appointed me another offspring in place of Abel, for Cain killed him.” Genesis 4:25 (NASB) The older son killed his younger brother. Can you imagine Adam and Eve’s grief as they processed Abel’s murder and …

Lydia: A Wise Businesswoman

Time to Shift Priorities? Paul wrote, “But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ.” Philippians 3:7 Lydia was a savvy businesswoman who’d established a relationship with many, if not most, of the wealthiest citizens in Philippi. Her specialty was purple cloth, a high-end fabric that symbolized status in first-century Europe because the dye …

A Canaanite Woman’s Faith

Persevering Prayers I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith.  Ephesians 3:16-17 We don’t know her name. She could be called many things—a Syro-Phoenician, a Canaanite, and a Gentile. Jews usually considered Gentiles unclean and wouldn’t have …

Woman with Chronic Bleeding

Come to Jesus [Jesus] said to her, “Daughter, your faith has healed you. Go in peace and be freed from your suffering.” Mark 5:34 Twelve years is a long time to wait for healing. The unnamed woman whose story is recorded in three gospels “had suffered a great deal under the care of many doctors and had spent all she …

Mary of Bethany

At the Feet of Her Teacher, Friend, and Lord When Mary reached the place where Jesus was and saw him, she fell at his feet and said, “Lord, if you had been here, my brother would not have died.” John 11:32 Three incidents reveal Mary of Bethany, the sister of Martha, to us, and in each one we find her …