Greatest Story Ever Told “Promise and Covenant”

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Genesis 

15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. 

7 And he said to him, “I am the Lord who brought you out from Ur of the Chaldeans to give you this land to possess.” 8 But he said, “O Lord God, how am I to know that I shall possess it?” 9 He said to him, “Bring me a heifer three years old, a female goat three years old, a ram three years old, a turtledove, and a young pigeon.” 10 And he brought him all these, cut them in half, and laid each half over against the other. But he did not cut the birds in half. 11 And when birds of prey came down on the carcasses, Abram drove them away. 

12 As the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell on Abram. And behold, dreadful and great darkness fell upon him. 13 Then the Lord said to Abram, “Know for certain that your offspring will be sojourners in a land that is not theirs and will be servants there, and they will be afflicted for four hundred years. 14 But I will bring judgment on the nation that they serve, and afterward they shall come out with great possessions. 15 As for you, you shall go to your fathers in peace; you shall be buried in a good old age. 16 And they shall come back here in the fourth generation, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet complete.” 

17 When the sun had gone down and it was dark, behold, a smoking fire pot and a flaming torch passed between these pieces. 18 On that day the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, “To your offspring I give this land, from the river of Egypt to the great river, the river Euphrates, 19 the land of the Kenites, the Kenizzites, the Kadmonites, 20 the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Rephaim, 21 the Amorites, the Canaanites, the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”

This is the most significant passage for me in all of the Old Testament. – Tim Keller

Macbeth where Shakespeare says, “Each new morn new widows howl, new orphans cry, new sorrows strike heaven on the face …”

Genesis 

15:1 After these things the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: “Fear not, Abram, I am your shield; your reward shall be very great.” 2 But Abram said, “O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless, and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3 And Abram said, “Behold, you have given me no offspring, and a member of my household will be my heir.” 4 And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: “This man shall not be your heir; your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And he brought him outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness. 

Last week we began a series called the Greatest Story Ever Told 

And our hope really through this series is to explain a very real and robust Biblical Theology.  We want you to know how the whole Bible really fits together and how ultimately through the story of Scripture we see a manifestation of Christ and His Kingdom.

The story began as we said last week with God who is ultimate reality displaying himself through his creation.  You see there is nothing more real than God is real. In fact, everything is less real than God.  Everything else has at some point, has not existed. There was a time when I did not exist, and this church building did not exist, and even the rock that is under our feet did not exist.  God alone exists. And so God who is ultimate reality decided in his infinite wisdom to create.

We learned last week that as the days of creation go on God reveals more and more precious and sacred things about his essence or Character.

So much so that on the sixth day of creation God made man in his image to display dominion, keeping the order of God’s display, and the man Adam also displayed Trinitarian relationship in his one flesh union with Eve his wife. And when God considered all that he had made, this glorious display he declared it “Very Good.”

Now as we said last week, in order to display “Good” or the Hebrew word tob – the concept of Good, the knowledge of Good, there must be some knowledge of “Not Good”, or Evil – The Hebrew Rah – but this was a forbidden knowledge that God had planted in a forbidden tree. And Adam was warned to never eat of the fruit of this tree to never partake in this knowledge. God even warned Adam with the curse of Death to keep him away from the tree.

But, as we left off last week, the serpent was cunning and the fruit was enticing and so Adam ate.  Learning Evil partaking in the evil, in the Rah. This is where we pick up this week, because from this point forward this is a totally different story. 

[Text from 3:8 ff.]

One of the things that we touched on last week is  that God knew that if this Rah or Evil was released.  If Adam ate of the fruit, learning Evil releasing the Rah or what we call sin, that he would be fascinated by it that it would control him and that Adam would have a desire for the Rah and desire for the Evil rather than a desire for God.

You see, sin always separates. God has created us to display his own glory and he wants us to know him and to be close to him, that we might be like him in order that we would display him.

God is ultimate reality.  There is nothing more real than God in fact everything is less real than God.  So when we sin when we are fascinated by the Rah and going against what God desires we are choosing something that is less real, we are choosing the off brand.

Remember in the 1990’s when Virtual Reality was all the rave. I remember being in Middle School and they had a Virtual Reality Device at Madison Square Mall in Huntsville. One time I saved my money and did that virtual reality.  And it was cool; it kind of felt like you were skiingBut it didn’t feel as much like skiing as a trip to Jackson Hole, when you put your skis on and get on the lift and have a conversation with the guy next to you on the ski slope, and then feel the speed of the down hill, and see the snow on the trees in the woods and on the top of the mountain look out and see for miles.  See ultimately virtual reality is just a knock off. It isn’t real. Because it isn’t as real, it isn’t as satisfying as the real thing.

See from the time that “Not Good”, Rah, Evil entered the world people began to choose things that are less real, less satisfyingBecause Sin always separates us from God who is the ultimate reality.

This is why a wedding between a man and a woman who have feared God and who aren’t living together, who aren’t sleeping with each other, who have saved themselves emotionally and sexually for this man or this woman that they are making vows with — that is beyond glorious. There is a longing, and an energy that is overwhelming; that wedding is so real, and everyone can feel it. there is a passion and a love and a reality to that, that hasn’t been cheapened by sin, that hasn’t been made less real by sin.

This is why the man that is honest in his labor and really seeks to serve others in his workplace sleeps really well at night, and when he succeeds, people are genuinely happy for him — everybody loves it. He deserves it.  That is real success, not fake, it is not a knock off…

This is why people that follow Christ and are connected to him and serving him and following him and that aren’t just faking it, but they understand you know my first priority is to be a disciple of Jesus before parenting, before husbandry, before my career, I am called to be a disciple. That is why those people have peace, that is why those people aren’t always trying to prove themselves, that is why those people aren’t afraid to die. They have real significance in their life.

God is the ultimate Reality, and when we are connected to him we are the most real and experience the most satisfaction in life. But sin only separates us from that. Sin, once it entered the world, has made this world less and less and less real, and therefore less and less and less satisfying.

CS Lewis once said in his book The Weight of Glory

“Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires, not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, We are like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by the offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased.”  

In other words: We are satisfied with the virtual reality when God desires that we have the real thing.

See, from the moment Adam sinned, there was a need to be reconnected to God.

So lets get to the text Genesis 3:8.

8 And they heard the sound of the Lord God walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and the man and his wife hid themselves from the presence of the Lord God among the trees of the garden. 9 But the Lord God called to the man and said to him, “Where are you?” 10 And he said, “I heard the sound of you in the garden, and I was afraid, because I was naked, and I hid myself.” 11 He said, “Who told you that you were naked? Have you eaten of the tree of which I commanded you not to eat?” 

So there is theme that we start to see in Genesis 3 of nakedness: they knew they were naked.

If you remember from verse 7 as soon as they ate the fruit: 7 Then the eyes of both were opened, and they knew that they were naked. And they sewed fig leaves together and made themselves loincloths.

So what is the deal here with nakedness?

You ever have a reoccurring dreamI have only had one reoccurring dream in my life and it only happened when I was in Middle SchoolI would be at school and all the kids would be kind of looking at me and laughing at me… as I walked through the hallway and then I would go to class and sit down and everyone would be kind of staringAnd Lisa Ensinger would lean over to me and say Jason, “you aren’t wearing any clothes”, and it wasn’t until that point but I would then realize it and I would be so embarrassed and feel so bad that I would get up and run home… I mean I had this dream 5 or 6 times… See there was a shame in my nakedness, when I was made aware of my nakedness it wasn’t good, it embarrassed me… I later read that if you have the recurring dream of nakedness, you are afraid of being exposed, I am not sure what I was hiding in Middle School but anyway…

See we don’t like to be naked around other people, especially not in Middle School.  And there are sometimes in life, like at the gym that you have to strip down in front of other people but I am always very aware of my own nakedness… But an interesting thing happened to me on May 23, 2009, my wedding day… From that day on I could be naked in front of Paige and feel no shame about it… This is an amazing phenomenon that marriage brings. See with my wife as I hope is the case with your wives, we can be naked in front of each other, and there is no fear, there is no shame, we aren’t hiding from each otherIt is as if we don’t even know we are naked…

Why?  Because we love each other, we totally trust each other, we don’t have it out for one another, we are committed to one another.

And I can share with her the most intimate aspect of my physical nature with her, without fear or shame.

Now there is one exception to this… If ever I do something to hurt Paige… or we get into a disagreement…  My chances of being naked with her decrease exponentially.  See when there is discord the trust is gone, the unity is gone, the oneness gets messed up and there is a pulling away a covering upThere is an awareness of nakedness…

See when God created Adam and Eve, they were good before God and there was no shame before God, there was no fear before God, there was totally trust and unity before God, after all they were a good display of his glory.

But remember Sin always separates, and from that moment of sin, there was a shame, a pulling away, a covering up, an awareness of nakedness…

God says in verse 13 “What is this that you have done?” 

Shame came into the world, the curse of death entered Adam and Eve, something they had never seen, they would see as God killed one of his animals as a means by which to give Adam and Eve some clothing.

And beyond this there were curses from God upon them. 

The woman was given the charge to fill the earth in childbearing but because of their sin.  God made this a painful thing.  In having children in obeying this filing command you will have great pain.

The man who had been given the charge to tend the garden, would now do so by the sweat of his brow, God cursed the very earth that Adam was to work.  His work of tending, having dominion and even taking care of his family would come only through great toil… 

But even in the midst of this tragedy the story takes a good turn.  A promise was made to Adam and Eve, there would be hope for them and all of humanity because of their offspring… 

Because the serpent lead Adam and Eve into a sin a great curse came upon the serpent too.  He would crawl the ground and eat dust and in verse 15 God says to the serpent, to this dark force, this tempter, Satan embodied leading Adam and Eve to sin God says…

15I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and her offspring; he shall bruise your head, and you shall bruise his heel.”

The word bruise there in verse 15 comes from the Hebrew Shoof which the translation I like here is break or Overwhelm.  

So to say it again, You will bruise his heal, but He the offspring of Adam and Eve will break your Head…

So remember Sin always separates from God, it creates a wall of division between man and God

And This Evil or Rah embodied by the serpent, embodied by Satan entices the man so that he can’t see what is good.  Martin Luther called this The Bondage of the Will… 

So the man and woman who are receiving from God curses and the punishment of death, who have been separated by God by a wall of sin, who by this knowledge of Evil are trapped by The Bondage of the Will are Promised by God in Genesis 3:15 an offspring that will break the head of evil, breaking down the wall of separation, breaking loose the chains of bondage.  

So there is this great head breaking, sin breaking offspring that is to come… 

So remember we are trying to cover the whole scope of scripture in 5 weeks and while last week we covered 3 chapters.  This week we have to cover from Genesis 3 all the way through Esther… So 17 books of the Bible and obviously we aren’t going to be able to cover that in detail but we are going to see from Genesis 3:8 forward, we are going to see 3 themes really work themselves out through the Bible…

And I don’t know if you have ever noticed this before, but once you see this it will change the way that you read the Old Testament…

So the first theme you see is..

– This promise of the offspring – So the offspring is so important… And even though the Offspring of the woman will face many challenges… You will see that the offspring will go on

Secondly we will see

– The promise that evil will be crushed – And there is literally a lot of head crushing through the Old Testament as we will see today…

– And the promise of restoration… – When the offspring is obedient the relationship that was ruined by sin is restored…

So The Story Continues… 

Unfortunately, as we watch the story unfold, the offspring don’t seem to turn out so well.  Adam and Eve’s first son Cain, ended up being a murderer of his own brother… And their grandchildren and great grandchildren and great great grandchildren continued to show evidence of their bondage to Evil…

So much so that we read in Genesis 6-8 that God decides to destroy the whole world with a flood.  Every living thing on Earth would die.  And it looked like this promise of an offspring, this promise that the Evil would be broken, and this promise of restoration was over and that the serpent actually won

But God was gracious and he spared one man and his family, Keeping the line of this promised offspring open, keeping alive the hope of restoration.  So God told a man named Noah to build a huge boat and Noah believed God and did what he said… So we begin to see this them in the Old Testament of Faith and Obedience.  God works out the restoration of man, the reversing of the curse, the breaking of the head of the evil one when his people have faith in him and obey him

So sure enough the Great Flood came and God destroyed so much Evil…

in fact the Bible says in Genesis 7 

22 Everything on the dry land in whose nostrils was the breath of life died. 23 He blotted out Or the Hebrew Machah could be translated destroyed, or broke away every living thing that was on the face of the ground, man and animals and creeping things and birds of the heavens. They were blotted Broken away or destroyed out from the earth. Only Noah was left, and those who were with him in the ark. 

So God here becomes the breaker of Evil destroying all the world except for the one who was faithful and obeyed him namely Noah and through him God spared the line of the offspring, sparing the promise of the head crusher, and sparing the hope of restoration

But sure enough… After the flood, after all of this Evil has been removed it still exists and Noah and his family even after seeing God crush all evil cant get away, and they continue to sin, they fall into this Rah trap, this EvilAnd they sin… And they choose something that is less real, and the bondage has a hold of them, and the wall of separation only continues to get taller…

But there was still hope of the Promise this coming head breaker, the one that could put an end to this evil, and Bring Restoration to the relationship between God and man

Well the promise really starts to develop in chapter 12 when God makes a Covenant with one of Adams offspring… A guy named Abram from Ur

Genesis 12 God tells Abram to move from his country to the land of Canaan and he says to him in 12:2 I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

And Abram believed the Lord and did what he said… And we really begin to see this theme of faith and obedience… 

But there is a problem Abram has no offspring he doesn’t have a son to carry on the line of the promise, or to grow into a great nation… So in Genesis 15 God promises Abram a son… The one who would crush the head of evil and restore the relationship between God and man…

In Genesis 15:4 God is talking with Abraham and he says… “Your very own son shall be your heir.” 5 And the Lord brought Abram outside and said, “Look toward heaven, and number the stars, if you are able to number them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspring be.” 6 And he believed the Lord, and he counted it to him as righteousness.

So again we see this theme of faith and obedience… Abraham believes God and what the result is righteousness, good, the opposite of Not God the defeat of Evil

And this great nation is promised, and we start to see God’s plan that from this Nation, God is going to tear down the wall of separation, and break the bondage of sin, and crush the head of the evil one… 

Then in Genesis 17 the covenant gets a little deeper.  Verse 1

When Abram was ninety-nine years old the Lord appeared to Abram and said to him, “I am God Almighty; walk before me, and be blameless, 2 that I may make my covenant between me and you, and may multiply you greatly.” 3 Then Abram fell on his face. And God said to him, 4 “Behold, my covenant is with you, and you shall be the father of a multitude of nations. 5 No longer shall your name be called Abram, but your name shall be Abraham, for I have made you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make you into nations, and kings shall come from you. 7 And I will establish my covenant between me and you and your offspring after you throughout their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be God to you and to your offspring after you.

So now this covenant between God and Abram but Abraham, not the father of one nation but many nations… 

And it is an everlasting Covenant a covenant of blessing that will not end.

So the promise of the offspring, that would crush the head of the evil one, and restore the relationship between God and man is manifested in this Covenant with Abraham and his offspring.

Well Abraham does finally have a son whose name was Isaac and he had a son named Jacob who God would change his name to Israel and he had twelve sons and finally this new people, this new nation is really starting to grow… and there is great promise in the covenant with Abraham… It is looking like this is it, surely now evil will be pushed back.

The beginning of anything always has a lot of promise… 

There is so much hope in the beginning… When couples get married they think, “We are going to do this right, all of these other couples out there like our parents they were idiots but us, no we are right here, we know marriage and we aren’t going to make mistakes like those people.”

“It’s the same thing when couples start to have kids, we are going to do this right, this kid is going to be awesome, I have seen all of those other kids out there and our kids are not going to be like them.”  

I don’t know if any of you have started a new business, or been a part of a new church plant, or a new school”  The beginning is such a hopeful time because we are going to do this right….

And with Abraham and his offspring the story turns again from God’s great display, to God’s judgment, to God’s cleansing, now turns to God’s restoration.  With this new nation Israel there is great hope of the promise in this new covenant.  And it looked like Abraham’s offspring were the blessed offspring the ones that would break the bondage of Evil and break the head of Satan, and break down the wall of separation restoring the relationship between God and man…

Turn with me to Exodus 14

We read at the end of Genesis that this new nation moved from the land of Canan to Egypt where scholars believe it grew from about 70 people to maybe around 2 million.  But eventually tragedy struck and the people of Israel fell into slavery, but God was gracious and he led them out of Egypt through his servant Moses to a place that they could have as their own.

But this was no easy task, If you know the story in the beginning of Exodus, Pharaoh or the King of Egypt was totally reluctant and it took great plagues upon his land and people to convince himFinally he let them leave but as they were leaving Egypt going across the desert to the land of the promise Pharaoh whose heart was made totally hard by evil changed his mind and he sent his army to Go and bring them back.  Well the scene is awesome Moses the leader of Israel stretches out his arms and the waters of the Red Sea opened like a curtain and the people of Israel walked across on dry land.  Well sure enough the Egyptian army, who had made themselves the enemy of God, when they got to that place followed the people of Israel into the water.  But the arm of God closed the water up, killing the entire army we pick up in Exodus 14:30

30 Thus the Lord saved Israel that day from the hand of the Egyptians, and Israel saw the Egyptians dead on the seashore. 31 Israel saw the great power that the Lord used against the Egyptians, so the people feared the Lord, and they believed in the Lord and in his servant Moses. 

15 Then Moses and the people of Israel sang this song to the Lord, saying,  “I will sing to the Lord, for he has triumphed gloriously; the horse and his rider he has thrown into the sea. 2The Lord is my strength and my song, and he has become my salvation; this is my God, and I will praise him, my father’s God, and I will exalt him. 3The Lord is a man of war; the Lord is his name. 4 “Pharaoh’s chariots and his host he cast into the sea, and his chosen officers were sunk in the Red Sea. 5The floods covered them; they went down into the depths like a stone. 6Your right hand, O Lord, glorious in power, your right hand, O Lord, shatters the enemy.  The word shatters comes from The Hebrew RAATS Shatters or crushes or breaks apart the enemy 

God breaks his enemy, and he establishes his people, Israel 

He gave them his gracious Law or instructions on how to live and follow him.  He gave them Land a place where they could dwell and live.

And when they were faithful to him and obedient to his law he would bless them and they as a nation would be a blessing to the whole world, breaking down the wall of separation, and breaking the chains of bondage, restoring the relationship between God and man, and crushing the head of the Evil one…

In fact you see some head crushing in Israel one of my favorite stories turn with me to Judges 4…

So these Canaanite people, enemies of God led by a general named Sisera came out against IsraelWell I am not going to get into the details of the battle but the LORD gives Israel such a victory that not one of their enemy is left standing at the end of the battle except for the general Sisera who flees on footWell in his escape he went into the tent of a woman who was a descendent of Moses’s father in Law… So pick up in Judges 4:17

17 But Sisera fled away on foot to the tent of Jael, the wife of Heber the Kenite, for there was peace between Jabin the king of Hazor and the house of Heber the Kenite. 18 And Jael came out to meet Sisera and said to him, “Turn aside, my lord; turn aside to me; do not be afraid.” So he turned aside to her into the tent, and she covered him with a rug. 19 And he said to her, “Please give me a little water to drink, for I am thirsty.” So she opened a skin of milk and gave him a drink and covered him. 20 And he said to her, “Stand at the opening of the tent, and if any man comes and asks you, ‘Is anyone here?’ say, ‘No.’ ” 21 But Jael the wife of Heber took a tent peg, and took a hammer in her hand. Then she went softly to him and drove the peg into his temple until it went down into the ground while he was lying fast asleep from weariness. So he died. This is really an unnecessary sentence don’t you think? If you get a tent peg driven through your head to where it goes all the way into the ground… You aren’t going to make it

22 And behold, as Barak was pursuing Sisera, Jael went out to meet him and said to him, “Come, and I will show you the man whom you are seeking.” So he went in to her tent, and there lay Sisera dead, with the tent peg in his temple. 

See when this nation was faithful and obedient God blessed them and the work of the promised offspring happened… The Wall of Separation between man and God was torn down, the bondage of the will was broken, and the head of the evil one was crushed… 

But Israel, even though God blessed them and gave them land, and gave them a King, and gave them law and instruction… Israel was not always faithful and obedient.  And eventually this Evil the Rah, the Sin overcame them.

They fell in Bondage to It

And the Wall of Separation grew between them and the Lord.

Until finally the Evil one Satan overcame them…

This nation was ripped apart and taken from their land

The nation of Israel forced into exile to a pagan land called Assyria

And the nation of Judah to a pagan land called Babylon.

We have to stop the story here this week, But next week we will pick up with a section of the story called The Hope.  Even in the midst of Exile and sin, the offspring head crusher was still going to come and bring salvation from the curse… So come back next week…

Super practical and then we will be done.  We have three more weeks in this series and we will eventually see the offspring that breaks the head of the evil one, and tears down the wall of separation, and breaks the chains of bondage.  And it is the King my savior Jesus, who empowers us his church his people to crush the evil one, and to break bondage (he says to his church what we loose will be loosed) and he calls us to break down the wall of separation, but this only happens, this is walked out, When we live as his disciples Obedient and Faithful to him… 

Men if you are in Christ and you have been set free from Sin, from Rah – Your first call in this life, before any other is to be a disciple, before you are called to be a father, even a husband, before you are called to be workerFirst call Disciple

How is that evidenced in the way you speak?

How is that evidenced in where you liveHave you ever even thought to ask God where he could you use me most?  Where do you want me to live?  We have some folks right now that you can be praying with also praying to go out on the Mission field… Because first they are called to be disciples and

But your first call is to be a disciple..

How is that evidenced in the way you treat your wife?

How is that evidenced in what you are teaching your children?

If I went to your child and asked them has your daddy taught you more about sports or Jesus? What would your child say?

You First Call is to be a Disciple…

Women your first call is to be a disciple 

How is that evidenced in the way you spend your time?

How is that evidenced in the way you talk to your friends?

How is that evidenced in your homes?

Young people you have been called by the head crusher to crush heads your first call is that of a disciple of Jesus?  

How is that evidenced at your School?  If I went to your school and said, “Hey what is Mike or Jane known for?  Would the kids say, “Oh Mike, he is a jock, oh Jane she is a cheerleader” or “would they say, You know Mike, he plays football, and he is good, and he is good at school too, but what I really know him for is that he doesn’t treat me like the rest of the football team does, he is so gracious, he is eager to lead, he really treats people with respect and I know he loves his church.”  You know what they would really be saying.  Mike is crushing the head of Evil before my very eyes, he is tearing down the wall of separation between man and God, he is breaking the chains of bondage, and restoring the relationship between God and man… 

Don’t you see church what a calling has been placed on us… We are the ones called to bring down evil and to restore the relationship between God and man…

And I think that it starts with us men…

Women outnumber men on the mission field… Four to One… Four to One, and in the really tough places like the Middle East, like Afganistan and the tough parts of Africa, in the really tough places, women outnumber men 7 to 1.  

In many of the households I know it is the women that really love the Bible and are pushing the family to serve, and discipling the children.  Men, man to man

We have been called by the great head crusher to crush the head of the Evil one, to tear down the wall of separation, and to restore the relationship between God and man… We are holding the Nail and the Hammer in our hands… And I feel like so many of us live lives that say, I don’t really believe, and I just don’t really care…   (Lets Pray Faithful and Obedient)

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