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Abram, the Great-Hearted

Genesis 14:1-4, 10-17, 21-24

Airs: August 28 - September 1

Countless small-hearted people keep score, hold grudges, and look down on others with critical, envious eyes. They manipulate and control people. Sadly, in our fallen world, small-hearted people are the norm, making the few genuinely great-hearted people stand out all the more. They look beyond the past, sacrifice for others, and overflow with humility. All the while, they shun the limelight and give God alone the glory. Among their thin ranks stands Abram, who not only gave his short-sighted nephew the choicest land but also rescued him when his choice got him into trouble! We can learn a lot from Abram, the great-hearted.

August 28, 2014
Abram, the Great-Hearted
Abraham: One Nomad's Amazing Journey of Faith
http://www.iflcfileserver.com/broadcast/in20140828.mp3

UPCOMING MESSAGES

  • September 2 - September 4 Can We Talk?

    Unprecedented in all of Scripture, Abram was called “the friend of God” (James 2:23). Abram learned to talk with Him, listen to Him, and trust Him. In heart-to-heart conversations, Abram shared with transparency his fears, his worries, and his doubts. One of these dialogues between God and Abram is found in Genesis 15. Not only is the truth of this conversation significant but so is its tone and timing.

  • September 5 - September 9 Running ahead of God

    Impatience allows the enthusiasm of the flesh to eclipse the work of the Spirit. God often says, “Wait,” but our flesh always says, “Now!” This tension creates the perfect condition for believers to run ahead of God. God has a plan, but we struggle with His timing. Instead of waiting on Him, we take matters into our own hands. Genesis 16 records a classic example of running ahead of God. Abram and Sarai devised a scheme to “help” God fulfil His promises.

  • September 10 - September 12 Deepening Our Roots with God

    After 13 years of silence, during which Abram had to learn to wait on God’s timing, the Lord finally appeared with changes and challenges. God changed Abram’s and Sarai’s names to Abraham and Sarah, instituted the mark of circumcision, and extended promises that would make any level-headed person laugh in disbelief. Yet Abraham’s faith and obedience reflected a man who had cultivated deep roots in his relationship with God. The Patriarch’s time in silence wasn’t wasted.

  • September 15 - September 17 One of Those Upper-Downer Days

    “Upper” days lift our spirits and send them soaring. “Downer” days leave us sad and discouraged. On a few occasions, we get both extremes on the same day! We start the day elated, but as the day wears on, everything turns upside down. The events recorded in Genesis 18 represent one of those “upper-downer” days for Abraham. By the end of it, Abraham must have felt mentally, emotionally, and spiritually exhausted! As we face our own upper-downer days, we can learn from Abraham’s experience how to put things in proper perspective and find our balance.

  • September 18 - September 22 What Happens When We Pray?

    We’ve all heard it said that we never stand taller than when we kneel before God. But what happens when we offer our prayers and petitions to God? Does He change His mind? Can we alter His plan or reverse His course? If not, then why pray? In this message, we analyze Abraham’s passionate intercession on behalf of Lot and his family in the face of the imminent destruction of Sodom. We can understand the struggle that occurs between petition (what we ask for) and desire (why we ask) and gain insight into the important role prayer plays in our lives.

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