The Prayer of Jabez
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by Tom Vander Well
15h ago
Jabez was more honorable than his brothers. His mother had named him Jabez, saying, “I gave birth to him in pain.” Jabez cried out to the God of Israel, “Oh, that you would bless me and enlarge my territory! Let your hand be with me, and keep me from harm so that I will be free from pain.” And God granted his request. 1 Chronicles 4:9-10 (NIV) Wendy and I are at the lake this week in preparation for our annual Memorial Day weekend with friends and the kick-off to summer. I just started one of the books on my summer reading list. The Way of a Pilgrim is a mystic work written anonymous ..read more
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“Everyone Has Their Shit”
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by Tom Vander Well
3d ago
https://anchor.fm/s/2742d354/podcast/rss All these were the sons of David, besides his sons by his concubines. And Tamar was their sister. 1 Chronicles 3:9 (NIV) Wendy and I created the lower level of our home with a British theme including a small bar that’s our homage to a British Pub. Add in all of the memorabilia from our years in theatre, and I’d like to imagine it would be at home in London’s West End. Next to the bar is a portrait of Scotland’s Robert the Bruce. In the adjoining guest room, you’ll find portraits of some of the more famous kings and queens of Britain. It’s something ..read more
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1 Chronicles (May-Jul 2024)
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by Tom Vander Well
3d ago
Each photo below corresponds to a chapter-a-day post for the book of 1 Chronicles published by Tom Vander Well between May and July 2024. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post. 1 Chronicles 1: A Fresh Revisiting of the Story 1 Chronicles 2: Genealogical Lessons You’re all caught up! Posts will be added here as they are published. Click on the image below for easy access to other recent posts indexed by book ..read more
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Genealogical Lessons
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by Tom Vander Well
3d ago
https://anchor.fm/s/2742d354/podcast/rss These were the sons of Israel: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Dan, Joseph, Benjamin, Naphtali, Gad and Asher. The sons of Judah: 1 Chronicles 2:1-3a (NIV) I have been the closest thing my family has to a genealogist. I’m not great at it because I don’t have the time and energy it takes to do it well, but I’ve learned a lot digging into my family history on both my mother’s and father’s sides of the family. Our daughter Taylor works for a software company that does really cool things recording family stories for subsequent generations s ..read more
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Galatians (May 2024)
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by Tom Vander Well
5d ago
Each photo below corresponds to a chapter-a-day post for the book of Galatians published by Tom Vander Well in May 2024. Click on the photo linked to each chapter to read the post. Galatians 1: Members Only (or Not) Galatians 2: Mom and the Ministry Galatians 3: The Difference Galatians 4: Grace and Merit Galatians 5: Silent and Deadly Galatians 6: Cults and Contrast You’re all caught up! Posts will be added here as they are published. Click on the image below for easy access to other recent posts indexed by book. Click on the image above for easy access to recent chapter-a-day posts indexed b ..read more
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A Fresh Revisiting of the Story
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by Tom Vander Well
5d ago
https://anchor.fm/s/2742d354/podcast/rss “Adam, Seth, Enosh…” 1 Chronicles 1:1 (NIV) I remember one of my first reports in school was to write about a President, and my report was on Ulysses S. Grant. Few people know that this was not his name. His given name was Hiram Ulysses Grant. When he was registered at West Point a clerical error listed him as Ulysses S. Grant. Rather than go to the trouble to have it corrected, he just went with the flow. My study of the famous Civil War general and 18th President back then portrayed Grant as arguably the worst President in history. I remember bei ..read more
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Cults and Contrast
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by Tom Vander Well
6d ago
Each one should test their own actions. Then they can take pride in themselves alone, without comparing themselves to someone else, for each one should carry their own load. Galatians 6:4-5 (NIV) I have been sick for the past several days with a nasty case of Step throat. So, I’ve been spending a lot of time on the couch in front of the television binging different things. Among them, I’ve been watching documentaries about various cults and cultish leaders. Some of these cultish systems spring from Christian belief systems. Some spring out of Mormon belief systems. Some spring up out of person ..read more
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Silent and Deadly
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by Tom Vander Well
1w ago
Let us not become conceited, provoking and envying each other. Galatians 5:26 (NIV) There are mornings on this chapter-a-day journey when I experience synchronicity. Something in the chapter dovetails perfectly with something else that I’ve read, seen, or considered in the recent past. It happened this morning with regard to a commencement address published in the Free Press by Robert Parham, an Assistant Professor at the University of Virginia’s McIntire School of Commerce. Entitled, “To the Class of 2024: You are All Diseased,” it is well worth the few minutes it will take to read it in ..read more
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Grace and Merit
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by Tom Vander Well
1w ago
But now that you know God—or rather are known by God—how is it that you are turning back to those weak and miserable forces? Do you wish to be enslaved by them all over again? Galatians 4:9 (NIV) One of the cornerstones of Jesus’ Message is that salvation is by grace through faith. Grace is unearned and unmerited favor. It’s not something one works for, achieves by effort, or earns by good behavior. It is through faith because the saving grace is activated by simply believing that Jesus is God’s Son who died for sin and rose from the dead. I have observed along my spiritual journey that t ..read more
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The Difference
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by Tom Vander Well
1w ago
https://anchor.fm/s/2742d354/podcast/rss I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Galatians 3:2 (NIV) I was a dormitory Resident Assistant (RA) through most of my college years. Being an RA came with the responsibility of checking on residents, making sure everyone was out for fire drills or fire alarms, doing room inspections, and making sure everyone was in by curfew. For these few responsibilities, I got my own room. During my first year as an RA, I remember some stark differences in how othe ..read more
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