B. Nathaniel Sullivan

B. Nathaniel Sullivan on The Sunday School Zone Blog

B. Nathaniel “Bev” Sullivan watches cultural trends with keen interest and writes about them and other critical, worldview issues from a biblical perspective at his own web site, wordfoundations.com. Bev also is a freelance writer and editor with a strong commitment to the accuracy and authority of the Bible. A native of North Carolina, he now…

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Eve

Repeatedly during the six days of creation, God stated that what He had created “was good” or “was very good” (See Gen. 1:4, 10, 12, 18, 21, 25, 31). Yet after He had created Adam and “placed him in the garden of Eden” (2:15), He said, “It is not good for the man to be…

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Seven Subtle Insights From the Life of Joseph

Lessons abound in the story of Joseph from Genesis 37; 39–50, and many of these are obvious. Numerous insights, however, are fairly subtle and can be easily overlooked. Here are seven often overlooked principles from Joseph’s life that will benefit both kids and adults. 1. It’s important to speak up and to challenge others—even family…

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God Is in Control: Part 2

Unlocking the Mystery of God’s Sovereignty What Joseph’s Life Teaches Us About an All-Powerful God Part 2: Principles We Can Apply In Part 1, we noted seven principles evident in Joseph’s life that relate to the teaching that God is sovereign over, or in control of, all things. Now we will consider how these principles…

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God Is in Control: Part 1

Unlocking the Mystery of God’s Sovereignty What Joseph’s Life Teaches Us About an All-Powerful God Part 1: Principles We Can Observe When Joseph revealed his identity to his brothers, he spoke with sincerity and eloquence about God’s role in bringing him to the position where he now served. He “said to his brothers, ‘Please, come…

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Preserving Life (Gen. 45:5)

When he revealed to his brothers who he was, Joseph said, “And now don’t be worried or angry with yourselves for selling me here, because God sent me ahead of you to preserve life” (Gen. 45:5). One can marvel at Joseph’s perspective, yet here the ordinary-Hebrew-turned-second-in-command-in-Egypt models even for New Testament believers how they should…

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Dreams in Genesis

Divine Communication Through Dreams in Genesis In the Bible, God occasionally used dreams to communicate the messages He had for one or more persons. The following examples took place in Genesis. As early as Genesis 20:3, we read that “God came to Abimelech in a dream by night and said to him, ‘You are about…

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Justify

After Jesus affirmed to an expert in the law that loving God supremely and loving one’s neighbors selflessly were keys to eternal life (not to earn salvation, but reflecting salvation that already had been given to repentant people), the legal expert asked “And who is my neighbor?” He did this, Luke wrote, because he wanted…

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Worry: An Enemy of Faith in God

In Luke 12:22-34, Jesus commanded His followers not to worry but to place their faith in God. A Greek word translated worry or worrying appears three times in the passage.   In verse 22 Jesus declared, “Therefore I tell you, don’t worry about your life, what you will eat; or about the body, what you…

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