Apr 23, 2017
Faith-Walk Lessons
If only our walk of faith could be lived in a straight line. But it is not. It zigs and zags and mainly because we zig and zag. God leads us clearly as long as we continue to focus on him. But when we think we have a better idea, or we need to help God make life work, then we tend to stray. When we come back to what we know to be true we find an amazing reality. God is there waiting and willing to receive us and help us as we choose to follow him.
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  • Apr 23, 2017Faith-Walk Lessons
    Apr 23, 2017
    Faith-Walk Lessons
    If only our walk of faith could be lived in a straight line. But it is not. It zigs and zags and mainly because we zig and zag. God leads us clearly as long as we continue to focus on him. But when we think we have a better idea, or we need to help God make life work, then we tend to stray. When we come back to what we know to be true we find an amazing reality. God is there waiting and willing to receive us and help us as we choose to follow him.
  • Apr 16, 2017Jesus is Still Alive on Monday
    Apr 16, 2017
    Jesus is Still Alive on Monday
    In a technological age we are used to “defaults” and “factory resets.” After all the excitement had died down Peter led some of the disciples back to a “default setting.” They needed to make ends meet and they went back to fishing. But Jesus appeared and he was still alive and it changed everything. What does the risen, living Jesus want to change in your life?
  • Apr 9, 2017Word Pictures during the Last Week of Jesus’ Life
    Apr 9, 2017
    Word Pictures during the Last Week of Jesus’ Life
    When a person becomes fully aware that their life on this earth is quickly drawing to a close, that are able to discern more readily what the most important things of life really are. As Jesus has his last few days of teaching the crowds and the disciples we find several key themes that he emphasizes.
  • Apr 2, 2017When God Wants All of You (Gen. 11:27-12:4)
    Apr 2, 2017
    When God Wants All of You (Gen. 11:27-12:4)
    God does not negotiate. He doesn’t have to. He sets the terms and we either agree to them or we go our own way. God doesn’t negotiate but he waits. He is patient. He waits for us to discover that going our own way in life, is a mistake. He gives us just enough freedom to trip over our own foolishness. In this passage we discover that God wants all of us and it is then that He can use us far beyond what we could ever imagine.
  • Mar 26, 2017The Error or Reducing God (Genesis 11:1-9)
    Mar 26, 2017
    The Error or Reducing God (Genesis 11:1-9)
    It seems that humans are constantly trying to re-create God in their own image. It is a common theme among those who choose to not believe that God is the creator and source of all that exists. If God can be more like us, then we can have excuses for doing our own thing. We will see today, that not only were the ancients disobedient, but they tried to bring God down to their own level fallen humanity.
  • Mar 19, 2017And So It Begins Again (Gen. 9:18-10:32)
    Mar 19, 2017
    And So It Begins Again (Gen. 9:18-10:32)

    After the great flood the world is new, but the heart of humans has not changed.  In a mysterious incident we find Noah’s son committing a sin that brings a pronouncement of judgment from Noah.  While the flood cleansed the earth, the heart of humanity remains the same.  But God in his grace offers hope as he promises to dwell with the line of Shem.  His plan for redemption will not be denied.

     

  • Mar 12, 2017A Fresh Start with a New Purpose (Gen. 7:1-9:17)
    Mar 12, 2017
    A Fresh Start with a New Purpose (Gen. 7:1-9:17)
    With a freshly cleaned and dried world, came some old reminders, new privileges and responsibilities, and a visible promise. Noah and his family were expected to fulfill the original mandate, and be God’s new first family. Once again we are reminded of God’s judgment, mercy, provision, and protection.  He is a God who can be trusted because He keeps his promises.
  • Mar 5, 2017God Hits Reset (Genesis 6)
    Mar 5, 2017
    God Hits Reset (Genesis 6)
    There comes a time when we hit the reset button. Our phone seems sluggish so we do a soft reset. We don’t like how the video game is going so we hit reset and begin again. As kids we did a “do-over” when we could not agree during a back yard football game. In Genesis 6, things in the world have gotten so bad that God hits, as it were, reset. How bad does it have to get to make God restart his creation? What can we learn about God and us in this passage?
  • Feb 26, 2017Stuff we can learn from a genealogy (Gen. 5)
    Feb 26, 2017
    Stuff we can learn from a genealogy (Gen. 5)

    Why do we have these boring lists of one “begetting” another in the Bible?  Who really cares?  But if that were the only way to prove your citizenship, you would care.  If that were the way to prove your inheritance, you would care.  And the fact is most of us like to know who our ancestors were and from where we have come.  Genealogies remind us that God works through real people, just like us to bring about his plan. We can learn stuff from genealogies.

     

  • Feb 19, 2017When Sin Matured (Genesis 4)
    Feb 19, 2017
    When Sin Matured (Genesis 4)
    James reminds us that "...sin, when it is full grown, gives birth to death." (James 1:15). We see that reality between Cain and Abel in Genesis 4. And yet God reveals his grace as his creation, infected by sin, still develops many tools of culture. The only real solution to this dilemma is to call upon the name of the Lord (Genesis 4:26b).