From Darkness to Delight


God Sees, He Knows


The Cataclysm That Is Conversion


Finding God in my Loneliness


Take Delight in Growing Up


Where You Go I Will Go


Small Towns Need Missionaries


Use Your Affluence for Influence


Blessed Are the Persecuted?


Dreams of Another World


Understanding the Father Heart of God


The Gospel Domino Effect


Is the Bible Good for Women?


Listen Up: A Much Needed Skill


Why You’re Not Being Transformed


Existing for Our Mission Fields


Become Idolaters by Forgetting the Gospel


Someone More Important Than Your BFF


The Liberating Grace of Generosity


3 Ways Jesus’s Priestly Work Destroys Soul-Fatigue


Technology and Lost Art of Livedness


3 Ways Sin Attacks


An Invitation to Swim in a Different Current


Curing the Taste for a Shiny Death


Four Anchors in the Crucible of Pain


A Better Way to Find Leaders in the Church


Point, Shoot, Forget


The Problem of Unity in the Church


Making Disciples at Home


Creative Father, Creative Children







Jacob And Laban (Continued)

Rachel sees that she is unable to bear children for Jacob. She grows jealous of her sister. She threatens Jacob. She wants Jacob to give her children or she will die. This angers Jacob. He tells her that he is not God who prevented her from motherhood.

She then gives her slave-girl to Jacob. She wants the girl to give birth on her knees. This way, she too will have children.

Jacob then sleeps with Bilhah. She conceives and gives birth to a son.

Rachel now feels that God has done justice to her. He has heard her prayers and has given her a son. She names him Dan.

Bilhah conceives a second time and gives birth to a son. Rachel names him Naphtale. She feels that she fought a battle with her sister and won.

Leah too sees that she stopped having children. She gives Jacob her slave-girl Zilpah. He sleeps with her. She too conceives and gives birth to a son. Lea is excited with the good fortune and names him Gad. Zilpah conceives again and gives birth to a son. Leah now feels that everyone will call her blessed. So she names him Asher.




Gospel Glories from A to Z


Why Plan B Must No Longer Be An Option


God’s Eclectic, Intriguing, and Quirky Construction Crew


A Great Idea, A Better Mission


10 Family Worship Ideas for Busy Families


An Unredeemed Sense of Guilt


Women’s Ministry Needs the Gospel


A Playlist for Anxious and Hurting Disciples


Recapturing the Wonder


The Art of Asking Questions


Ask Him for Joy


Everything in It’s Place


From Latter-Day Saint to Sola Scriptura


Why You Don’t Read Your Bible (and How to Start)


Humanity’s Oldest Ache


Odd, but Good, News


Welcoming Singles In Your Church


Something Greater Than Disney


4 Weighty Attributes of Scripture


Beating the Prayer Bluff


The Gospel in the Daily Grind


4 Questions and Answers to Understand God’s Calling




On Fire, But Not Consumed


From One Young Gun to Another


What Does Hollywood Have to Do with Calvary?


The Inaugurated Kingdom Empowers Missional Living


We Can Suffer Because Christ


5 Ways to Pray For A Sermon


5 Tune-Ups for Stuck Small Groups



Jacob And Laban (Continued)

Jacob works seven more years for Laban.

God sees that Jacob loved Rachel more. He then opens up Leah’s womb and makes Rachel barren for some time.

Leah conceives and gives birth to a son. She names him Ruben. She feels that God has seen her misery. Now her husband will love her because she has given him a son.

Leah conceives again and gives birth to a son. She names him Simeon. She is now sure that God has seen that she is not loved and gave her a son.

Leah has a third son. She names him Levi. Leah is now confident that her husband will attach himself to her.

Leah conceives a fourth time and bears him a son. This time, she praises God and names her son Judah. With this, she stops having children.



Lead with Your Ears


When the Words of My Mouth are Pleasing Mostly to Me


Featured Book | A Guide for Advent: The Arrival of King Jesus


Finding Thankfulness Amidst a Trial by Fire


What Does Mission Look Like in the Suburbs?


The Wastefulness of God


A Tale of Talents


Gospel-Centered or Pharisaical? Five Evaluation Questions


How to Turn Down the Volume of Your Anxiety


Let Abundant Life Start Now


Do You Take the Great Commission Personally?


The Word for the World


New Book Release | That Word Above All Earthly Powers


Dressing Up as Jesus for Halloween (and Every Other Day)


The Spiritual Angst of Martin Luther


Glorifying God in Our Ends and Means


Confessions of a Connoisseur


Uncomfortable Holiness, and Why It’s Essential for Christian Community


God’s Sovereignty Prepares Us to Proclaim Hope


How Thrill Seeking Relates to Disciple-Making


The Baffling Call of God


How Foster Care and Adoption Shine the Light of the Gospel


Be Like Me: Discipleship’s Roots in the Rabbinic Tradition


Four Critical Values for Pastoral Accountability


What Coaching Soccer Taught Me About Leading Small Groups


Let’s Get Real About Women’s Discipleship


Taste and See that the Bible is True


The Freedom to Slow Down


A Long Obedience in an Instagram Age


Polishing an Eternal Treasure













Jacob And Laban (Continued)

Jacob then works for Laban for seven years to get Rachel. The time just flies by because of his intense love for her.

After seven years, Jacob asks for his wife. He wants to go to her.

Laban gathers the people of the land and gives them a banquet. But at night, he gives him Leah in the place of Rachel. Jacob sleeps with her. He also gives Leah his slave girl Zilpah as her servant.

In the morning, he sees that it is Leah. Jacob questions Laban. He worked for Rachel and Laban deceived him.

Laban replies that it is not their custom to get the younger married before the elder. He wants Jacob to finish his week with her. He will get Rachel if he works for seven more years for him.

Jacob obliges. When the time is up, Laban gives Rachel to Jacob. He also gives his slave girl Bilhah as a slave for his daughter.

Jacob works for seven more years for Laban.



Trade Your Cinderblock for The Rock of Ages


Hear God’s Voice and Encounter His Presence in Your Bible Reading


‘Spiritual Poverty’ is a Prerequisite to Discipleship


The Gospel Implications of The Golden Rule


The Gospel of Jesus Christ and Sex


The Surprising Antidote to Your Doubt


What it Means to Invest in Eternity


The Importance of Enough


The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible: A One-Stop Shop for All Things Discipleship


The Bored Believer


Even in Your Pain, the Church Needs You


Start Planning Your Own Funeral


The Outlandish Joy of Obeying Jesus


What Do You Do When God Seems Dull?


Never Lose One Moment of Time


Speak No Evil—Unless It’s the Right Thing To Do


Don’t Let the Fire Go Out


The Power of Gospel-Formed Resolutions


Endure Today for the Joy of Tomorrow


The Marvelous Condescension of Christmas


God Says to the Daisies, ‘Do It Again’: An Interview with Erik Guzman


Do You Love Your Friends Enough to Hurt Them?


Is it Possible to Be Content with My Calling?


Rhythms of Life-Giving Groups: Word and Prayer


Your Tongue Needs Open Heart Surgery


Practice What He Preached: Imitating the Goodness of Jesus


That Awkward Moment When Shame Entered the World


Just Say ‘Thanks’


Biblical Authority as Relationship, Not Rulebook


Male or Female: Fidelity to Your Sexuality