Aug 20, 2017
“The Big Reveal” (Genesis 42-45)
The day finally came. The dreams he had as a teenager were fulfilled for Joseph. It is in his response to the fulfilled dreams that we learn a bit more as to why God chose this man to be his instrument to save the family of Israel (Jacob). We also learn about how God sometimes works in situations that are less than comfortable.  We learn the godly character qualities that make Joseph stand out as an example to us all.
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  • Aug 20, 2017“The Big Reveal” (Genesis 42-45)
    Aug 20, 2017
    “The Big Reveal” (Genesis 42-45)
    The day finally came. The dreams he had as a teenager were fulfilled for Joseph. It is in his response to the fulfilled dreams that we learn a bit more as to why God chose this man to be his instrument to save the family of Israel (Jacob). We also learn about how God sometimes works in situations that are less than comfortable.  We learn the godly character qualities that make Joseph stand out as an example to us all.
  • Aug 13, 2017Waiting is hard, but worth it (Gen. 40-41)
    Aug 13, 2017
    Waiting is hard, but worth it (Gen. 40-41)
    Sometimes the hardest thing God asks us to do is to wait. As we learn from the life of Joseph, God always has his plan and it is up to us to wait until He brings it to fruition.
  • Aug 6, 2017More Than a Test of Character (Gen. 39)
    Aug 6, 2017
    More Than a Test of Character (Gen. 39)
    Passing a test of character for one who trusts in God is more than human resolve. When we understand and take to heart, that everything we do, say, or think, is done in the presence of God, we have a unique motivation to act in ways that we know please God. In this unique passage we not only see God’s presence, but also God’s fulfilled promise of blessing to the descendants of Abraham. 
  • Jul 30, 2017Desperate Choices…God’s Grace (Genesis 38)
    Jul 30, 2017
    Desperate Choices…God’s Grace (Genesis 38)
    God is aware of the fact that some people, by no fault of their own, are put in impossible situations. We meet a young lady named Tamar today. She is in an impossible situation and makes a desperate decision. Little does she know that God will use her, a Canaanite woman, to be his human instrument to preserve the covenant. The God of grace can also work through our desperate choices.
  • Jul 23, 2017Transitions (Genesis 35:11-37)
    Jul 23, 2017
    Transitions (Genesis 35:11-37)
    Change happens, to us as humans. As much as we try we cannot avoid the reality of change. It happens as our children grow. It happens as we grow. But God does not change. God is steady, and constant, and true. When we face times of change we need to learn how to stay focused on our Lord who is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.
  • Jul 16, 2017God’s Faithfulness v. My Obstacles
    Jul 16, 2017
    God’s Faithfulness v. My Obstacles
    Some obstacles are unavoidable like natural disasters. Other obstacles are self-imposed by poor decisions we sometimes make. Today we see the fallout from a rash decision in contrast to God calling Jacob and his family to return to serving only Him. God proves himself faithful time and time again in spite of the poor choices I tend to make.
  • Jun 18, 2017A Father’s Blessing (Genesis 27:26-29)
    Jun 18, 2017
    A Father’s Blessing (Genesis 27:26-29)
    We often use the term blessed or blessing, but do we understand it in its biblical context? Is it possible for us to pass on a blessing to others?  We will discover some important life lessons as we consider Isaac's blessing of Jacob.
  • Jun 11, 2017Lessons from the Early Life of Jacob
    Jun 11, 2017
    Lessons from the Early Life of Jacob
    What kind of person does God use? Do they have to be perfect? Are they the kind of people who always get good grades and never get into trouble? Our subject today helps us answer those questions with a resounding “No!” God carries out his plan often in spite of us who work hard to mess it up. We will learn some very important lessons from the early life of Jacob today.
  • Jun 4, 2017The Son of Promise (Gen. 21-22)
    Jun 4, 2017
    The Son of Promise (Gen. 21-22)
    Celebration. Sorrow. Risk. Provision. Faith. All words that describe the scenes in Genesis 21-22. In all of those events and the emotions they extract there is one consistent reality. God. God is the reason, the source, the goal, and the focus in the story of Abraham. What about God are you celebrating? Where are you trusting Him? How are you doing in following Him?
  • May 28, 2017Justice and Mercy (Gen 18:16-19:29)
    May 28, 2017
    Justice and Mercy (Gen 18:16-19:29)
    God is just. God is merciful. These two qualities exist in amazing balance. You and I should thank God for his mercy and we should live in respectful obedience in light of his justice. We will see this balance in our passage today. We also should remember that the ultimate display of justice and mercy was shown by the death of Jesus on the cross of Calvary. On this Memorial Day weekend it is good to remember the fallen and focus on justice and mercy.