Wednesday, July 3, 2024


Today’s Reading: Genesis 14-15

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The view while descending to the lowest point on earth – The Dead Sea. On the far side of the Dead Sea is the Kingdom of Jordan with the mountains of Moab seen along the horizon. Abraham would’ve seen this view, minus the modern highway.

Key Verse: Genesis 15:6

And he believed in the Lord, and He accounted it to him for righteousness.


The Apostle Paul picks up this story (Romans 4:2-3): “For if Abraham was justified by works, he has something to boast about, but not before God. For what does the Scripture say? ‘Abraham believed God, and it was counted to him for righteousness.'” If you have the time, read the entirety of Romans 4. Our works will never gain us a place in Heaven, nor will they guarantee the presence of God here and now. However, our actions are noticed by God and can result in God’s action towards us (e.g. Cornelius Acts 10:4b, “Your prayers and your alms (donations) have come up for a memorial before God”). James 2:20 says, “Faith without works is dead.” Works provide an outward and tangible confirmation of the inward motivating force behind them, belief and trust in God.


Father God, thank You for Your unconditional love and for Your righteousness given to me as a result of my faith in You. Like Abram (His name was not yet changed), I believe in You. Thank You for Your friend, Abram, who is a great example for me. I pray this in the Name of Jesus, Who is the greatest Example. Amen!


I’m so impressed by Abram’s attitude toward God and people. Yes, he believed God! He also showed this by works. I hate to admit this, but I think that Abram may have had something in common with an Afghan Warlord (a righteous one). Abram had a private Army. He was definitely not your average farmer. In today’s reading he risked his own life to rescue his nephew Lot and the other Sodomites. He tried (unsuccessfully) to turn the King of Sodom and the Sodomites he had rescued to God by introducing them to the priest of the most high God, Melchizedek. He paid his tithe. Abram’s attitude, overall, was impressive.

When one of our 13 great-grandchildren, Autumn Neilson, was two years old, she would sing over and over a song about attitude based on Philippians 2:5, written by her grandfather, Bruce Stacey, husband of my daughter Elaine: “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus.” All but the newest of my great-grandchildren have memorized dozens of Bible verses because of these songs. Check out God Rocks Bibletoons Scripture songs online HERE.

Your friend and brother in Christ,


3 thoughts on “Wednesday, July 3, 2024

  1. Lord God, thank You for Your continuing grace. Give us the wisdom and courage we need to live as Your witnesses in this world. Thank You forever, Lord, in Jesus’s great name, amen

    • Amen Rob. Father, in Jesus Name, glorify Yourself in all the earth. May we walk closer and know You more. Amen.

  2. Amen to both prayers.If we have faith we should show it in our works,by the way we live so that others may want what we have.
    In Word Or Deed

    Though I grow older each time we meet,
    I thank You,Lord,for guiding each step
    And though my joints ache each time we greet,
    I thank You,Lord,for your promise kept.

    There is no promise for those astray
    But we are here to bring them light,
    In word or deed to show them the way
    For these show the path to heaven’s Might.

    Lord,You lifted me from down so low
    When a spark within began to grow
    And a thirst only You could bestow;
    To drink of your word:Your heart to know.

    So Lord,will you share with them this thirst
    That led me to You through words You gave,
    So that they too may avoid the worst‎,
    By meeting You,Lord,their souls to save.
    GW Marshall/ August ‎31, ‎2022

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