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The Growth of Faith

6 So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. 7 These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold — though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. [i] (1 Peter 1:6-7, NLT) The Lord told Abram to leave his native country, relatives and his father ’ s family and go to a land that the Lord would show him. (Genesis 12:1) Abram demonstrated his faith by doing just as the Lord asked.  He left not knowing where he was going. (Hebrews 11:8) Abram arrived in the land and set up camp beside the oak of Moreh in Shechem. (Genesis 12:6) In this place the Lord appeared to him and said, “ I will give this land to your descendants. ” (Genesis 12:7, NLT) Abram demonstrated his faith by obedience and God rewarded that faith by appearing to Abram and confirming that Abram was in the right place. This was a spiritual high place, a mountain top experience. Imme

God Does Something New

The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your native country, your relatives, and your father’s family, and go to the land that I will show you. [i] (Genesis 12:1, NLT) Through Abram the Lord begins to reveal His plan of Salvation. People were multiplying on earth.  Henry Morris in his research states: It seems reasonable to assume, for this 400-year period of history, say, 10 generations and an average family size of 8, with an average life-span of 5 of the 40-year generations, or 200 years. . . . The world population at the time of Abraham (neglecting any possible gaps in the genealogies of Genesis 11) is then calculated as 2,800,000, a figure that more than adequately explains the Biblical and archaeological population inferences for this period of earth history. [ii] If we follow the Biblical chronology, Abram was born in the year 2161 BC or somewhere close to that. Or, if calculated in years after the flood Abraham was born in year 292 after the flood. Following a

Let's Make a Name for Ourselves

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At one time all the people of the world spoke the same language and used the same words. [i] (Genesis 11:1, NLT) After the flood, Noah’s family grew quickly. Genesis 10 says, “This is the account of the families of Shem, Ham, and Japheth, the three sons of Noah. Many children were born to them after the great flood.” (Genesis 10:1, NLT) They were all one family, and they all stayed together.  They had gone from a world with an immense population to being the only 8.  As the family grew, they moved together as a unit.  Genesis 11:2 says, “As the people migrated to the east, they found a plain in the land of Babylonia and settled there.” (NLT) Noah lived 350 years after the flood (Genesis 9:28). He was able to see a few generations of his family.  Two years after the flood Shem had Arphaxad (Genesis 11:10). When Arphaxad was 35 years old he had Shelah.  Thus, Shelah was born in year 37 after the flood.   When Shelah was 30 years old he had Eber.  So, we can put Ebe