Mamre…

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Mamre was considered a good place, The place where Abraham & Sarah settled.
Mamre means “strength or fatness” could this be significant to Abrahams maturity with The Lord?
The mistake Abraham made in the early stages of his journey was about him moving on before the time, from the location The Lord showed him.

Mamre was a significant place in abraham’s journey after an encounter with God confirmed by covenant the result of his new found stability & friendship with God.

However being settled, not just in a geographical sense but in relationship with God is a great place to be.

Every place Abraham stop at was a reflection of his relational intervals with The Lord.

•Shechem the plain of Moreh = teacher

•Bethel = house of God

•Hebron = association

•Mamre = strength, fatness

This story in Gen 18 about the visitation and the fact that Abraham was more than willing to be of service to the three man show how receptive Abraham was as he received the knowledge about his offspring yet to be born this time next year.

Being settled in our heart knowing what we believe & value is the a great basis to be of service to others

The blessings of God doesn’t remain internally rather should reflect the goodness of God all around us as we engage in very facet of life.

Apart from Abrahams willingness to serve what else do you think stand out here?
Abraham discernment toward The Lord
wasn’t vague as he respond to his arrival saying “My Lord” After Abraham & Sarah his wife was informed about their son to be born one year from this time.
As the men departed only two had left but Abraham remain before The Lord as Abraham ponded carefully knowing his wife laughed being cynical.
Gen 18:22 Sarah’s response was a reflection how she considered herself in her old age while Abraham counted him faithfully who promised

In conclusion

What I want to take away from this story is the connection between faith & a servant heart. Serving shouldn’t be about recognition onto importance rather what we resonate out a life giving relationship with The Lord.

“Freely have you received so freely give”

“Fellowship is life”

The abc’s of the christian faith

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A, Acceptance, we live in union with Christ and through him we express his values

B, Belonging, our identity is in him through salvation.

C, Conversation & confession with God is the mark of a real relationship, the foundation of our common-union with God in Christ.


What more do you need to know…
John 13:34

“Fellowship is life”
& a great weekend to you

The righteousness of faith

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What do we understand about the righteousness of faith?
Sounds like The bye product of something, well I believe that’s right.
Righteousness doesn’t stand alone, it’s very much accompanied by the rest of the family faith, hope and love the substance of righteousness in Christ.

The example or patten to follow is through Abraham the man who experience the imputation of righteousness through faith. The apostle Paul used this example as a major reference in the book of Romans & Galatians to make very clear the righteousness of faith within the context of the New Testament believers
:Rom 10:4

Rom 4:1 What then shall we say that Abraham, our forefather, discovered in this matter?

Rom 4:2 If, in fact, Abraham was justified by works, he had something to boast about but not before God.

Rom 4:3 What does the Scripture say? “Abraham believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”

Now check out the contrast…

Rom 4:4 Now when a man works, his wages are not credited to him as a gift, but as an obligation.

Rom 4:5 However, to the man who does not work but trusts God who justifies the wicked, his faith is credited as righteousness.

Rom 4:6 David says the same thing when he speaks of the blessedness of the man to whom God credits righteousness apart from works:

I guess the whole confusion is based on the righteousness of the law of Moses ~ against the righteousness of faith in Jesus Christ.

So which one do we live by?

The righteousness that lead to works must be the fruit of our faith not the means of acceptance or justification before God neither in the sight of man. This form of righteousness can be classified as self righteousness.

The loving God who called Abraham, lead him to believe then impute his own righteousness in him, fully justified and in good standing with God.

These words like righteousness , justification ~ faith are relational term to separate them by works of human effort undermine the purpose of the faith which the father gives freely

In conclusion

We are told & instructed in scripture to pursue righteousness also to hunger & thirst for it 1Tim 6:11
So what are actually pursuing ~ relationship and intimacy with God or works of righteousness fuelled by a slight misunderstanding .

“Fellowship is life”

I’ll look closer…

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Jam 2:14 What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?


Faith is one the most predominate subjects of spirituality & the outward working of what one believes can be considered as the real evidence faith.

However I appreciate different schools of thought about this important subject of faith.
I understand the context of this verse within the over all chapter in James 2:14 onwards.

Faith first is demonstrated vertical then expressed horizontal.
The fruit of our faith should provoke “Action” which is classified as works.

I would like to share something from my journal I wrote about the virtues of the Christian faith

Faith can develop into a virtue recognisable in character from the point of believing God to engaging with people. The greatest challenge of faith comes when one is dealing with internal or personal issues especially when the desire to live right becomes fragile.

So, is faith about application or the partnership between God & mankind?

My mindset has gone beyond faith just being a requirement…

So what is the virtues of faith?
Believing • Trusting • Hoping
Job is a great character who displayed these virtues ~ job 14:14

The bible says : Abraham believed God and it was accounted to him as righteousness Rom 4:3

Sounds like a currency exchange to me.
Did Abraham believe in what God said or did he believe in the person who engaged him?

A great point to consider…

For me its about the person christ who lived demonstrating exceptional qualities through the power of God
Acts 10:38

So faith isn’t just standing on the word but growing to know the dependable character of him who consistently remains the same. heb 13:8

If you meet some one for the first time would you believe every word they say?
I guess not.

So the scriptures are true, faith comes by hearing not just once or twice but continuously hearing Rom 10:17

The currency of faith is accounted to whosoever believe to receive the virtues of Christ.

So then, virtue remains transferable into currency in term of spiritual or human relationships.


For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ…
2Peter 1:5-8

from my journal ~ 2013
“Fellowship is life”

We both have the same need’s

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What does a believer and an unbeliever have in common?

They both need God

One is on a journey to discover…

The other is on a journey realising how much they need God…

So what’s the difference?

We live in a world where everything is separated

not knowing everything is connected the only thing is we haven’t realised it yet.

Matt 5:3

“Fellowship is life”

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