Pastor’s Letter – July 3, 2020 – Giving Gifts

And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.

Genesis 25:5

Dear Church and Friends,

An inheritance can be a continuous issue. Books, stories, movies, and plays have been created around the tension caused by what a parent passes down to their children. The reason is obvious. It is a human drama that is repeated over and over. We’ve all seen it or been a part of one of these tragedies.

Abraham’s inheritance is front and center in Genesis 25. The chapter opens with the story of his second marriage. Nothing is told about Keturah except that she is a good judge of character. (She did marry Abraham.) They have six boys together. Midian and Jokshan stand out as men who founded great families. Their children make their way back into the record of scripture.

So beside Isaac, Abraham fathered seven others. The thing that is notable in this passage is that Abraham is guided by his covenant with God. He didn’t give up on the promise just because he was old, or because Sarah was dead, or because Isaac was grown and married, or because he had a new family. He ordered all things to advance the covenant God made with him.

Notice his love for Isaac in verse 5, “And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac.” This is the child of promise, so Abraham makes sure he is set for a successful life. However, his love for his other sons is evident. He gives them gifts. They too are blessed by their father, but he sends them away from Isaac. To Isaac belongs the promise of Canaan.

Abraham so believes in this covenant that the text tells us, “Abraham gave gifts, and sent them away from Isaac his son, while he yet lived.” He oversaw the distribution of his goods to his other sons. He didn’t leave this to someone else to handle. So that when he died there was no question about who got what.

Let’s be so guided by our covenant with the Father that even in our old age we order all things to glorify Him, just like Abraham. Let us give freely and love those who are not in covenant with our God, but give so that they too can hear the message of the gospel.

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Music: The Goodness of Jesus by CityALight.


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Prayer Request: South Asian Muslim Media Outreach.

  • Brother Jamshed* is a Muslim-background believer in Jesus who serves in an outreach effort to South Asian Muslims via the internet. This brother is in desperate need of surgery on his back, but it has been delayed multiple times because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Please pray that his surgery can happen this month, and intercede for its success and for a speedy recovery for him so that he can continue to serve the Lord in this way. Please pray for his family, as well, as they care for him in the waiting and recovery time. (*name changed)

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

Question 96: What are we taught in the second part?

Answer: The right knowledge of God the Son.

Question 97: What are we taught in the third part?

Answer: The right knowledge of God the Holy Spirit.

Question 98: What are we taught in the fourth part?

Answer: The right knowledge of the Church, and the gifts given to it.

All my best.

Then again Abraham took a wife, and her name was Keturah. And she bare him Zimran, and Jokshan, and Medan, and Midian, and Ishbak, and Shuah.

Genesis 25:1-2

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The Bible Bistro University – Genesis 2:1-25 – Session 2

Welcome to the Bible Bistro University! Today’s screen cast, session 2, will cover Genesis 2:1-25. You will find the outline that we create during the lesson linked below. I hope you enjoy this study as we walk through the Garden.

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Pastor’s Letter – June 30, 2020 – Simply Reading

Forasmuch as many have taken in hand to set forth in order a declaration of those things which are most surely believed among us

Luke 1:1

Dear Church and Friends,

Recently I was musing on the state of the church at-large. This was prompted by a shocking comment made by a pastor. “Why is it,” I wondered, “that Christian fathers and mothers are so ignorant of the Bible? What will happen to the next generation if this level of ignorance continues?”

Luke gives his friend, the most excellent Theophilus, an aid to ground him in what he was taught. That aid was the gospel he wrote. How was Theophilus to engage the truth of Luke’s gospel? He was to read it.

It would not produce the result that Luke intended if it sat quietly on the shelf. The Gospel writer added his voice to the voice of the other witnesses to tell the wonderful story of Jesus. But if the words are not heard in the heart, in the home, or in the church they will not have the desired effect.

We must not think that we can go without regular reading of God’s word. That one single simple practice is so important for Christian health and growth. Whatever you are doing today take five minutes and read a passage from any portion of God’s word. Do it again tomorrow and begin to build a habit of regular reading. You will find that the Holy Spirit will make certain those things you have believed and learned.

Music: I’ll Live Again in Glory by the Easter Brothers.

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Prayer Request: Please remember the following.

  • Pray for the Paul family as they prepare for the funeral of Hannah’s mom, Stella Edward.
  • Sunil Prasad, Cincinnati, Ohio. “We are praying for more families to join Relationships Indian Community Church. We currently have seven to 10 families, and we are asking God for about 15 more families to join us this year. By the grace of God, we have had 42 conversions in two years. We are asking God for 100 in 2020. Please pray for my wife as she works full time and for me as a bivocational pastor. Also please pray for our 8-year-old son. We pray that God will bring us out of this coronavirus pandemic and give us a new vigor and zeal for lost people.”

Catechism: Craig’s Catechism (1581) [4. The First Part of God’s Honor.]

Question 96: What are we taught in the second part?

Answer: The right knowledge of God the Son.

Question 97: What are we taught in the third part?

Answer: The right knowledge of God the Holy Spirit.

All my best.

That thou mightest know the certainty of those things, wherein thou hast been instructed.

Luke 1:4

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Sunday Morning Worship (6/28/20) – On Being Offended – Mark 9:42-48

And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire:

Mark 9:47

Dear Church and Friends,

Creek Road Baptist Church is launching out into the deep with a video recording of Sunday morning worship. Enjoy today’s service!

All my best

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