Covenant Father 10: Abraham and Abimelech - Genesis 20:1-18

Genesis 20 tells the story of Abraham passing his wife Sarah off as his sister when traveling through the land of a pagan king, which repeats the same scenario from Genesis 12. In chapter 20, however, there are a few notable features that stand out: first, this later sojourn starts to fulfill the prophecy of Genesis 15, that Abraham and his family would spend four hundred years being afflicted in a land not their own. Second, God Himself appears to Abimelech in order to protect Abraham and Sarah. By doing this, God thwarts Satan’s efforts to corrupt the covenant promise ofBut…

Posted on Wednesday, June 14, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Pentecost 2017: Rivers of Living Water

The Bible begins and ends with rivers. In Genesis 2, a fourfold river flows out of Eden to water the world, and in Revelation 22, the river of the water of life sustains the trees whose leaves heal the nations. The theme of living water as a picture of spiritual life runs like a river throughout the whole Bible – Psalm 1, Isaiah 44, Ezekiel 47, John 4, and many more places. In Zechariah 14, the prophet said that on the day the Lord becomes king, living water will flow out of Jerusalem to the ends of the earth.And so…

Posted on Wednesday, June 07, 2017 by CJ Bowen

Ascension 2017: Prayer That Ascends

There are many prayers that only make it as far as the ceiling; they don’t make it to heaven, and so they have no effect on the world. But in Ephesians 1, the Apostle Paul is absolutely confident that his prayers are not like that. He believes that his prayers are heard in heaven, and he expects the world to be changed as his prayers are answered. So what gives him that confidence? Paul’s confidence in prayer is grounded on the truths about Jesus in vv.19-23, especially in v.20: since Jesus has ascended to heaven, your prayers are heard by GodAs…

Posted on Wednesday, May 31, 2017 by CJ Bowen