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Garden Dwelling – Daughters of Promise – October 16

GARDEN DWELLINGBy: Christine WyrtzenThe tree of life was in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. Genesis 2:9There, in their midst, was the ultimate temptation and test of obedience. They could walk with God, the source of all knowledge, and hear things first hand, or eat of the... Read more

The Breathe of God – Daughters of Promise – October 15

THE BREATH OF GODBy: Christine WyrtzenThen the Lord God formed the man of dust from the ground and breathed into nostrils the breath of life, and the man became a living creature. Genesis 2:11God breathes. When He does, life erupts. Adam was just a physical man, made of the dust of the ground. He was not... Read more

The Ultimate Spiritual Rest – Daughters of Promise – October 14

THE ULTIMATE SPIRITUAL RESTBy: Christine WyrtzenSo God blessed the seventh day and made it holy, because on it God rested from all his work that he had done in creation. Genesis 2:3I plugged in the meanings from the Hebrew words and couldnt believe what I discovered. Here it is: So God praised and gave strength to... Read more

Everything God Starts, He Finishes – Daughters of Promise – October 13

EVERYTHING GOD STARTS ~ HE FINISHESBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd on the seventh day God finished his work that he had done, and he rested on the seventh day from all his work that he had done. Genesis 2:1God finished what he set out to do. No detail was left undone. No outcome was disappointing. He rested, not... Read more

Ruling My Garden – Daughters of Promise – October 12

RULING MY GARDENBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd God blessed them. And God said to them, Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it. Genesis 1:28Adam was told to subdue the earth. That was to rule and bring it under subjection. Subjection to what? The laws of the Creator. He was to take the principles of... Read more

What Were We Like When We Were Holy? – Daughters of Promise – October 9

WHAT WERE WE LIKE WHEN WE WERE HOLY?By: Christine WyrtzenThen God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. Genesis 1:26aMan is made in the image of God. He has full understanding of divine things. There are no flaws or mistakes in his thinking. He has intense desires to walk Gods path without... Read more

He Made it Home – Daughters of Promise – October 8

HE MADE IT HOMEBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd God said, Let the waters under the heavens be gather together into one place. Let the earth sprout vegetation. Let there be lights in the expanse of the heavens. And God made the two great lights the greater light to rule the day and the lesser light to rule... Read more

With Us In Mind – Daughters of Promise – October 7

WITH US IN MINDBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd God said, Let the earth sprout vegetation, plants yielding seed, and fruit trees bearing fruit in which is their seed, each according to its kind, on the earth. And it was so. Genesis 1:11My God didnt create a fruit-bearing tree just to make something interesting. It wasnt a science experiment.... Read more

Recovering an Overlooked Verse on Missions: The Promise of Philippians 1:6

Editors’ note:  Take part in TGCs Read the Bible initiative, where were encouraging Christians and churches to read together through Gods Word in a year. Philippians 1:6 is one of the most familiar verses in Scripture. You may know it well: He who began a good work in you will bring it to completion at... Read more

To Order as He Pleases – Daughters of Promise – October 6

TO ORDER AS HE PLEASESBy: Christine WyrtzenGod called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, the first day. Genesis 1:5God decides. He creates. He decrees the parameters of what He has created. In heaven, there will be light with no trace of darkness. In hell, there... Read more

Created, The Separated – Daughters of Promise – October 5

CREATED, THEN SEPARATEDBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd God saw that the light was good. And God separated the light from the darkness. Genesis 1:4God created. Then He divided light from darkness. This is how God works and develops His creation. He divides and starts new things. Throughout Genesis, in the physical, God will separate one thing from another... Read more

When God Says “Let There Be…” – Daughters of Promise – October 2

WHEN GOD SAYS LET THERE BEBy: Christine WyrtzenAnd God said, Let there be light, and there was light. Genesis 1:3For any human being to attempt to write about the power of God is, in some ways, absolutely useless. We cant comprehend Him or the power of His spoken word. But this morning, my soul is just... Read more

When the Spirit Touches Chaos – Daughters of Promise – October 1

WHEN THE SPIRIT TOUCHES CHAOSBy: Christine WyrtzenThe earth was without form and void, and darkness was over the face of the deep.  And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.  Genesis 1:2Our earth originally had no order.  The darkness that is described is not a darkness void of light.  Darkness... Read more

Not An Artisan But a Creator – Daughters of Promise – September 30

NOT AN ARTISAN BUT A CREATORBy: Christine WyrtzenIn the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.  Genesis 1:1When I make something, I begin with pre-existing pieces.  Make a cake and I have a list of ingredients that already exist.  Fashion a piece of pottery and there is clay to mold.  I dont make the... Read more

Ancestry.God – Daughters of Promise – September 29

ANCESTRY.GODBy: Christine WyrtzenIn the beginning God Genesis 1:1aKnowing where we come from has become of paramount interest in recent history. Ancestry.com has grown in popularity and I know many people who have spent years constructing their personal genealogy. I cant count how many meals Ive shared with people who love to talk about their discoveries.Their eyes... Read more

When God Honors the Underdog – Daughters of Promise – September 28

WHEN GOD HONORS THE UNDERDOGAnd the angel of the Lord said to her, Behold, you are pregnant and shall bear a son. You shall call his name Ishmael, because theLord has listened to your affliction. He shall be a wild donkey of a man, his hand against everyone and everyones hand against him, and he... Read more

Stoicism – Daughters of Promise – September 25

STOICISMJaime WyrtzenLauzeAnd he said, Abba, Father, all things are possible for you. Remove this cup from me. Yet not what I will, but what you will. Mark 14:36Have you ever been shamed by another Christian for being upset? Do you ever feel like you are expected to act like a robot? Scripture has a lot... Read more

Watch for the Little Things – Daughters of Promise – September 24

WATCH FOR THE LITTLE THINGSThen the servant ran to meet her and said, Please give me a little water to drink from your jar. She said, Drink, my lord. And she quickly let down her jar upon her hand and gave him a drink. When she had finished giving him a drink, she said, I... Read more

I Can See it From Afar – Daughters of Promise – September 23

I CAN SEE IT FROM AFARThese are the days of the years of Abrahams life, 175 years. Abraham breathed his last and died in a good old age, an old man and full of years, and was gathered to his people. Genesis 25:7-8How many parents die before seeing their child become secure financially, or come... Read more

The Power of a Confirmation – Daughters of Promise – September 22

THE POWER OF A CONFIRMATIONAnd they blessed Rebekah and said to her, Our sister, may you become thousands of ten thousands, and may your offspring possess the gate of those who hate him! Genesis 24:60Eleazar enters the family dwelling of Rebekah. He introduces himself, speaks on behalf of Abraham to recount the story of why... Read more

The Opposite of Self-Centered – Daughters of Promise – September 21

THE OPPOSITE OF SELF-CENTEREDPlease tell me whose daughter you are. Is there room in your fathers house for us to spend the night? She said to him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah. We have plenty of both straw and fodder, and room to spend the night. The man bowed his... Read more

Choosing to be the Wrong King – Daughters of Promise – September 18

CHOOSING TO BE THE WRONG KINGJaime Wyrtzen LauzeNow Adonijah the son of Haggith exalted himself, saying, I will be king. And he prepared for himself chariots and horsemen, and fifty men to run before him. 1 Kings 1:5One theme we see constantly throughout the Bible is that of the wrong person trying to be a... Read more

How to Handle The What If’s – Daughters of Promise – September 17

HOW TO HANDLE THE WHAT IFSThe servant said to him, Perhaps the woman may not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I then take your son back to the land from which you came? Abraham said to him, See to it that you do not take my son back there. The Lord,... Read more

A Sign or a Demand? – Daughters of Promise – September 16

A SIGN OR A DEMAND?Let the young woman to whom I shall say, Please let down your jar that I may drink, and who shall say, Drink, and I will water your camels let her be the one whom you have appointed for your servant Isaac. By this I shall know that you have shown... Read more

An Ally for Your Family – Daughters of Promise – September 15

AN ALLY FOR YOUR FAMILYNow Abraham was old, well advanced in years. And the Lord had blessed Abraham in all things. And Abraham said to his servant, the oldest of his household, who had charge of all that he had, Put your hand under my thigh, that I may make you swear by the Lord,... Read more

Promise and Peril: The Decline of Religion in America

The following is an uncorrected transcript generated by a transcription service. Before quoting in print, please check the corresponding audio for accuracy. Collin Hansen: Before the coronavirus pandemic, American religiosity had been in steady decline. When American religiosity peaked in 1960, one in two adults in the United States attended any religious service in a... Read more

Teaching Situations – Daughters of Promise – September 14

TEACHING SITUATIONSJaime Wyrtzen LauzeOne Sabbath he was going through the grainfields, and as they made their way, his disciples began to pluck heads of grain. And the Pharisees were saying to him, Look, why are they doing what is not lawful on the Sabbath? Mark 2:23 and 24We are surrounded every day with opportunities to... Read more

Mark it and Call it Holy – Daughters of Promise – September 11

MARK IT AND CALL IT HOLYAnd Abraham lifted up his eyes and looked, and behold, behind him was a ram, caught in a thicket by his horns. So Abraham called the name of that place, The LORD will provide. Genesis 22:13-14 I can be an ungrateful person. I can cry out to the Lord when in... Read more

The Moment that Hangs in the Balance – Daughters of Promise – September 10

THE MOMENT THAT HANGS IN THE BALANCEAnd Isaac said to his father Abraham, My father! And he said, Here I am, my son. He said, Behold, the fire and the wood, but where is the lamb for a burnt offering? Genesis 22:7Perhaps youve gotten a phone call, or several, that started with Im sorry but... Read more

Justified by Faith and Works – Daughters of Promise – September 9

JUSTIFIED BY FAITH AND WORKSThen Abraham reached out his hand and took the knife to slaughter his son. But the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven and said, Abraham, Abraham! And he said, Here I am. He said, Do not lay your hand on the boy or do anything to him, for... Read more