God granted his promise to Abraham progressively over thirty-five or more years. When the blessing was fully unveiled, what was the complete picture?

As silver in a crucible and gold in a pan, so our lives are assayed by God. (Prov 17:3, The Message) The point of smelting precious metals is to refine them, not to reject them.

God’s promise is a matter of certainty. But it is not necessarily a matter of convenience. The effect can be very different depending on your point of view.

As indispensible as women are to the human race, the worth conveyed on women has been wildly variable across history. All too often it has been deplorable. Here, in the unlikely actions of Abraham’s neighbor, is a compelling statement.

The story of the destruction of Sodom holds an equally valuable case study for dealing with people around us who fail to heed warnings and wisdom – and spiral into difficulty, dysfunction and disaster. Want to know more?

There is the philosophical question “Why is there evil?” And then there is the practical question “How do I respond to the evil of others?” Abraham was enrolled in the course that answered the latter.

Most of us in the workplace have a job description so we know what is expected. In our series, Abram was recently promoted to the position of “Father of Nations”. What was he expected to do?

There can be little question that Abraham – who had a full-time job – was chosen by God to be a conscious and intelligent participant in the fulfillment of the promise. How was he to play his part?

What do you do when you know God has spoken to you about your future, but for a long time nothing happens?

What happens when we use our means to accomplish God’s ends? Life gets complicated.