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C'mon... Again?

   “ And Abraham said of Sarah his wife, “She is my sister.”... ” ( Genesis 20:2 , ESV) The more I've read this story, the more indignant I get. For the second time (Gen 12:13 being the first), Abraham tells everyone that his wife, Sarah, is merely his sister in order to protect himself from the local powers. Then (for the second time!), Sarah gets handed off as a wife to the local ruler. The first reaction I have: "What kind of man are you?!" The second reaction: "C'mon! Are you seriously doing this again?" (The third? "Oh Sarah, the things you put up with...") But then I have a more productive reaction: Our God is so gracious with us. If anyone was outraged by this, it was God (thus the plagues and death threats accompanying Sarah's additional marriages, tell me that's not a fatherly reaction.). Yet what does God do? He doesn't strike Abraham down and move on to a better follower. He blesses him and makes him the father o

Better than we realize

   “ Jesus said, “Truly, I say to you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or lands, for my sake and for the gospel, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this time, houses and brothers and sisters and mothers and children and lands, with persecutions, and in the age to come eternal life. ” ( Mark 10:29–30 , ESV) Jesus doesn't mince words, there's no doubt about it. He promises that suffering and persecution will accompany, even characterize, a life lived in his footsteps. But do we realize there's more to it than that? Jesus promises more than stoic suffering. He unabashedly promises that the sacrifice will be worth it. Indisputably worth it. Worth the tears, the doubts, the betrayals, the heart ache and everything this world can scourge us with. Not a single person welcomed into the kingdom will wonder about whether it was worth it. But even though we're promised so much more, we don't seem to get

Everyday Devotionals

Everyday Devotionals is my effort to more purposefully translate my time in the Scriptures into personal and corporate blessing. I find that the more I attempt to communicate what I read, the more deeply I appreciate it. The choice of passages generally just relates to my daily readings. I hope these are a blessing to others as well! God bless, Jason