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The Old Testament Patriarchs

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Moses’ Greatest Fear

Despite God's amazing call to lead one of the greatest rescue missions ever, Moses says "no" to God five times. Like most people in Exodus, Moses wrestles with his own form of spiritual slavery -- a fear that is greater than his faith in God.

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The Faith of the Matriarch Tamar

Genesis 38 vividly portrays the power of sin among Jacob's descendants as Judah falls deep and deeper into sin. Tamar, by contrast, demonstrates her faith in God's promises to Abraham's seed through desperately clinging to her position as matriarch of Judah's heir, and she sees God's blessing through the unusual birth of her twin sons. 

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Sarah by Faith

Sarah displayed persevering faith in the God who made promises to her through her actions.

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Sojourning before Pagans

1 Peter 2 proclaims Christians the new people of God, and exhorts them to live accordingly as sojourners and exiles, with exemplary lives before unbelievers. Genesis 20 shows how the original sojourner, Abraham, failed to do this, yet also displays God’s common grace.

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Jacob’s Ladder and the Gospel

Like his grandfather Abraham, Jacob has nothing in his waking world to guarantee his role as promise-receiver and promise-bearer.  Yet God interrupts his scheming and shame to introduce him to his new world of the gospel.

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Genesis 22 - Abraham’s Faith

Dr. Estelle looks at Gen. 22 and explores the exact nature of Abraham’s faith as seen in this passage and Christ as the ultimate answer to his “problem.”

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