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.
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  • 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).
  • Feb 12, 2017When It All Came Crashing Down (2) Genesis 3:10-24
    Feb 12, 2017
    When It All Came Crashing Down (2) Genesis 3:10-24
    God will not let sin go unpunished. The punishments meted out by God in Genesis 3 continue to plague our world and our lives. We wrestle against evil in so many forms. We find strife in relationships, pain in the natural processes of life and work is often more of a drudgery than a delight. And in the middle of it all we see glimmers of God’s grace.
  • Feb 5, 2017When it all came crashing down (Gen. 3:1-9)
    Feb 5, 2017
    When it all came crashing down (Gen. 3:1-9)
    One solitary act of disobedience brought death in all of its forms to all. Every relationship was damaged. Relationship with God, relationship with fellow humans, and relationship with nature was marred. Today will not be a feel good sermon but it will be one from which we can learn. Satan’s tactics have not changed much over the years, only the voices. How can we be alert and ready?
  • Jan 29, 2017Created for Relationship (Gen. 2:17-25)
    Jan 29, 2017
    Created for Relationship (Gen. 2:17-25)
    We were created for relationship. Relationship with God and relationship with one another. The foundational relationship in order to initially fulfill the command to be fruitful and increase is that of husband and wife. And yet in that fundamental relationship we learn much about who God has created us to be. We are dependent upon God and live interdependently with one another.
  • Jan 22, 2017Rest, Worship, and Obedience (Gen 2:1-17)
    Jan 22, 2017
    Rest, Worship, and Obedience (Gen 2:1-17)
    The Creation Account gives us a sense of order for living. Part of that order for living is to rest, to cease work. Part of that order has to do with our relationship with God which includes worship and obedience. When we have a rhythm of work, rest, worship, and obedience we find a completeness and a satisfaction in our life and relationship with our Creator.
  • Jan 15, 2017Created to Reign Responsibly
    Jan 15, 2017
    Created to Reign Responsibly
    Series: Advent 2016
    As human beings created in the imaged and likeness of God we each have a divine responsibility. We are tasked with developing a civilization and harnessing all the raw materials in this world in such a way that God is glorified. This has not happened in a good way due to sin. There have been abuses throughout history, and yet we still have a God-given responsibility to be people who manage what God has given us.
  • Jan 8, 2017It’s All About God (Genesis 1)
    Jan 8, 2017
    It’s All About God (Genesis 1)
    Series: Advent 2016
    worship-01-08-2017Ancestory.com has made millions from people who want to know their family tree. We want to know from where we have come. We long to know our source and family history. The most simplistic answer is also the most complex, we all come from God. He as the creator, originated the human race. Genesis is more than a book of beginnings, it is a book about God, our source and the foundation for our faith.
  • Jan 1, 2017Three Goals for 2017
    Jan 1, 2017
    Three Goals for 2017
    Series: Advent 2016
    horizons-1280x960Sometimes when we set goals for a new year we make them very elaborate and detailed. Today we will look at three goals for our church and our individual lives that are stated simply and yet will take all we have to live them out. In striving for these goals we will individually and collectively be living in obedience to our Lord. Simply stated the goals are Love God and others, Follow Jesus, Make. Disciples.