January 22, 2021
Genesis 26:24-25
That night the Lord appeared to him and said, “I am the God of your father Abraham. Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bless you and will increase the number of your descendants for the sake of my servant Abraham.”  Isaac built an altar there and called on the name of the Lord. There he pitched his tent, and there his servants dug a well.
New International Version (NIV)
Please pass the faith!  How do we transmit the truth we believe to the next generation in our families?  Like a relay race, the handoff is really important.  Last night we kept our granddaughter Josie because her parents were meeting with small group and church nursery worker friends. 

Abraham had such a beautiful trusting relationship with God.  Surely, Isaac saw his dad build altars to the Lord and pray.  God left nothing to chance.  He spoke to Isaac personally, identifying himself as the God of Abraham.   God promised to be with Isaac and bless him.  How did Isaac respond?   Like his father before him, he built an altar and called upon the name of the Lord. 

God does not have grandchildren.  Each generation must believe in him for themselves.  Thankfully our God is reliably relentless.  He makes himself known again and again.  But we must decide to believe.  
Pray with me:         
Father, we ask on behalf of the generations that follow us.  Please help us pass the faith to them.  Father, make yourself known to them.  In the name of your perfect son we pray.  Amen!
Scripture memorization for this week:    
Romans 4:20-22
Yet he did not waver through unbelief regarding the promise of God, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to God, being fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised.  This is why “it was credited to him as righteousness.”
Hebrews 11:17-19
By faith Abraham, when God tested him, offered Isaac as a sacrifice. He who had embraced the promises was about to sacrifice his one and only son, even though God had said to him, “It is through Isaac that your offspring will be reckoned.”  Abraham reasoned that God could even raise the dead, and so in a manner of speaking he did receive Isaac back from death.
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Our 2021 Every Day with Jesus readings will follow the Foundations Bible reading plan.  Copies of the reading plan are available at Tallowood Baptist Church, or download your copy here:
https://www.tallowood.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Read-Through-Bible-Download.pdf
We would love for you to join us as we read through the Bible in one year, while still having the flexibility of reading 5 days per week.  In addition, I will continue my long-standing practice of reading one Psalm a day through the year.  We will also memorize 2 scriptures each week.  As we journal together this year,  Robby Gallaty’s H.E.A.R. plan is a good resource: Highlight a verse that stands out to you, Explain what it means, Apply that truth to your life and Respond to what you’ve read with an action or prayer.
Joyfully, 
Duane 

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