Mothers in the Bible: Sarah, Didn’t Believe

When we first meet Sarah, she is known as Sarai and her husband is known as Abram. Sarai and Abram are living in the land of Canaan, when God tells them to leave.  We are told that Abram is 75, and it is believed Sarai is about ten years younger than her husband.  So, they are leaving to roam around […]

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Hall of Faith: Sarah, God Made her Laugh

For centuries, the entire purpose for women has been perceived as bearing children. Even today, not having children is difficult for some women. This is an area in which I’ve personally struggled greatly. However, imagine living during Biblical times when you don’t have a child. The taunts and jeers from those in your community. Then God tells your husband that […]

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Genealogy of Jesus: Sarah, Had to Wait for her Blessing

  Sarah was the wife of Abraham {as well as being his half-sister}.  We are told that she was beautiful and twice she and Abraham lied to powerful rulers about their relationship.  When God told Abraham to move Sarah traveled with him and knew the life of a nomad.                 Sarah was originally named Sarai and God changed her name […]

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Zacharias and Elisabeth: They Were Good

In our series eyewitness to Christmas, we viewed the events of Christ birth from the view point of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and his earthly father, Joseph. But, there were many others that witnessed and lived these events.  This group included an older, mature couple that was related to Mary.   This couple gave birth to the forerunner of Christ […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Elisabeth, Forebearer to Christ

The story of Elisabeth is very reminiscent of that of Sarah in the Old Testament. Elisabeth is married to Zacharias, a priest. Zacharias and Elisabeth are “ And they were both righteous before God, walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the Lord blameless.”  {Luke 1:6} The next verse says, “And they had no child, because that Elisabeth was barren, […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Hannah, Praised God

Hannah was another mother that longed for a child.  She was married to Elkanah.  Hannah is her husband’s first wife and his favorite, but when she did not provide children, he married Peninnah. One can imagine how Peninnah tormented Hannah over her inability to have children. Each year they travel to the temple to worship God.  We are told that […]

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Mothers of the Bible: Manoah’s wife, Listened to Instruction

We all know the story of Samson and Delilah, but there is much more to his story than we often remember. The story of his birth is a story of great trust and obedience. His father was known as Manoah and his mother’s name is not mentioned.   She is described as “barren and bare not.” But, an angel of Jehovah […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rachel, She Bargained

Jacob is fleeing from his brother, after he and his mother, Rebekah, deceive his father, Isaac.   Jacob is sent to his mother’s brother, Laban. So, as he arrives he probably thinks all of his troubles are over.   His troubles with his brother are for the time being, but a whole new set of issues is about to be stirred up. […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Rebekah, Her Husband Asked God

After Sarah dies, Abraham sends a servant to his home country to find a wife for Isaac. The servant comes upon a beautiful woman named Rebekah.   She brought back to Isaac and we are told “ And Isaac brought her into his mother Sarah’s tent, and took Rebekah, and she became his wife; and he loved her: and Isaac was comforted […]

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Mothers in the Bible: Hagar, A Mother who Endured Suffering

In studying our Mothers in the Bible series, Hagar is the first single mother mentioned. Hagar is the Egyptian handmaiden of Sarai.   By this point, Sarai is older and has remained barren throughout her marriage to Abram. When God promises Abram, he will be a father, Sarai becomes impatient.   So, Sarai takes matters into her own hands. “And Sarai, Abram’s […]

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Hall of Faith: Samson, Made the Ultimate Sacrifice

We all know the story of Samson and Delilah, but there is much more to Samson’s story than just the finale we are all familiar with. Samson was one of the last judge of the Israelites, before the kings or monarchy was instituted. His story is found in Judges 13-16. The name Samson means sun. The story of Samson starts […]

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Hall of Faith: Isaac, passed on the faith

When the angel told Sarah she was going to have a child in her old age, she laughed. However, God was true to His word and a year later Sarah gave birth to a son she named Isaac. So, it should come as no surprise that Isaac means “Laughter. He laughs.” Isaac, along with his father Abraham, and son Jacob, […]

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Hall of Faith: Abraham, was tested

Growing up in church, children learn at an early age that “Father Abraham had many sons, many sons had Father Abraham.” Yet, Abraham did not start out with many sons. Abraham did not even begin as Abraham. When we meet him in Genesis 12, he is known as Abram. Abram is the son of Terah and brother to Nahor and […]

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Genealogy of Jesus: Leah, the UnLoved

We’ve been studying the women in Jesus genealogy.  There are three additional women that we know by name, although they are not listed by name in the genealogy listed in Matthew.  However, they each play an integral part in the story of God’s people.  We know not only their names, but their stories from the book of Genesis. These three women […]

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Mary Visits with Elisabeth

Last week, we took a look at the angel appearing to Mary.  He told her that the Holy Spirit would come upon her and she would be with child. Mary asked how can this be.  After all, she’s only engaged and has never known a man. The angel explains that the Holy Spirit will come upon her.  This is followed […]

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Behind the Hymn: Nearer, My God, To Thee

Nearer, My God, To Thee is commonly believed to be the last song the Titanic played as the ship sank. The popular hymn was written by Sarah Flower Adams and is loosely based on Jacob’s dream in Genesis 28:11-19. This hymn is considered by hymnology students to be the finest hymn ever written by a woman composer. Sarah was born […]

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Book Review: Dear Mary

Having read Sarah Jakes Colliding with Destiny I was excited to read her next book, Dear Mary. Dear Mary are letters written to Mary, the Mother of Jesus, interspersing her life with examples of current day motherhood interspersed, primarily using examples from the authors life. The book was very well written and provided a great insight into the life, heart, […]

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Behind the Hymn Sunday: Have Thine Own Way, Lord

Have Thine Own Way, Lord was written by Adelaide A. Pollard. Born in 1862 Iowa, she had a gift for writing prose, poetry, hymns and even articles. Her birth name was Sarah, but she strongly disliked the name and changed it to Adelaide. She spent her life in ministry, teaching at schools, working with evangelist and serving in missions overseas. […]

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Book Review: Colliding with Destiny

I had not heard of Sarah Jakes when I received her book Colliding with Destiny, and had no idea what to expect.  If her surname sounds familiar, it is because she is the daughter of Pastor T. D. Jakes.  Colliding with Destiny follows the story of Ruth and Naomi in the Bible and their struggles from bitterness and loss to […]

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