We all want the blessed life. But, how do we get it? Well, look at the life of Joseph. The story runs from Genesis 37 to 50. It is a story of providence, temptation, adversity, purpose, sin, forgiveness, reconciliation, and grace. Joseph's story is like our story -...read >>
Notice our songs, poems, marketing, stories, books, and art ... we all have a longing for love. We are in love with love. In the life of Jacob, we see the longing for love, disillusionment with love, and our hope realized for true love. Jacob ferociously loves...read >>
It's a bitter sweet day. We've arrived at the end of our study in Genesis. Today we bury a couple of patriarchs. These men were tools in the hands of God to work His will, bless His people, and glorify His name. It is the end of Genesis, the end of The...read >>
Are you faithful saint who loves the Lord? What a marvel! Perhaps for some, God grants faith apart from great pain, but for the majority, He forges it! And, so often, it hurts. But it is so good, for He is so good!
This week we meet up with eleven home-bound...read >>
So much comes to completion through this thirty-fifth chapter of Genesis.
Two weeks ago we learned to bury idols of our PAST. Then last week, in verses 9-15, God gave Jacob a PRESENT new identity. And with his new position & new power, we learn this week to trust...read >>
"As a dog returns to its vomit, so does a fool to his folly." -Pv26.11
Any idea what that means? Of course you do! How many times have we buried the hatchet, only to leave that handle sticking so we can grab it back again when we "need" it? O how often we return to...read >>
Some people seem to have a harder time with guilt than others.
It amazes me how some of us can simply let our wrongdoings roll off our minds like water on a duck's back, never thinking about it again, seemingly little if any consideration for collateral casualties...read >>
In this week's passage we'll cover the entirety of Genesis 31. Wise Jacob assessed the situation, his growing wealth against the shrinking flocks of his father-in-law. Needless to say, his brothers-in-law are starting to resent the "blessing" of his presence. After...read >>
Ever heard the expression "power corrupts"? It's not that power corrupts, rather power reveals our corruption. Power in the hands of a sin-bent self is dangerous. But that same power in the hands of a righteous man is a blessing to all.
Last week we saw the...read >>
FaceBook, Instagram, Twitter... social media is off the charts in global growth and popularity. But why? They appeal to the very center of our fallen, broken soul, attesting to our desperate need to be liked, loved and accepted. Kids, teens, adults are all alike,...read >>
When things are going our way it's pretty easy to keep the "God is good" perspective. But what when things don't? Isn't God just as good? Hasn't He promised to cause all things for our good, for those that love Him?
Today, Jacob gets a taste of his own medicine. He...read >>
If you're a follower of Jesus Christ, one thing you surely know by now is how gracious His call was & is upon your life. We are saved by God's grace: undeserved favor. Today's passage in Genesis depicts this perfectly.
En route from his death-threatening brother,...read >>
If God promised you the world, how far would you go to get it? Most likely, too far!
In today's passage we get another peek into the patriarchal family. What we find there may not be anything all that different than what we might find in our own: sin & dysfunction...read >>
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We do what we love. So what do you love?
Paul warns in Philippians 3.19 that many follow the "god of their belly." Yikes! But it's true: where our appetite is, their will our heart be also.
Today we peek...read >>
For 24+ chapters now, we have seen God do things in most unexpected ways. In today's passage, that comes to such a head that we've got to take some time to ensure we see what God has been pointing out in His Word.
Two sons from an empty womb are called and created...read >>
Ever just needed to know that God really is there? really involved in your life? that He really is aware of what you're going through, of what your needs are? that He is near and not hiding from you?
In today's sermon from John 1.35-51 we see a very interesting...read >>