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Gen 12-15: A Pattern for God's Relationship with Man Print E-mail

If you would, take your bulletins out once again.  I want to point out a couple of things as we begin this morning.  If you look on the front you notice the lovely picture of the Bible and the candles with the passage from John 1.  You also see at the bottom the Church’s name and the Church staff.  If you open the bulletin you see our order of service for this morning.  It is similar to most mornings with the appropriate changes of songs, sermon title, and scripture.  Then if you look on the next page you see our announcements (with the added text of Genesis 12:2-3).  On the outer flap you find our prayer requests and information about our meeting times.  On the very back you find the place for sermon notes (which you should be filling in vigorously in the next few moments).  All this makes up our bulletin.  And for the most part, from week to week, it is very similar.  Now the particular information changes, but the pattern remains the same.  We have a cover, an order of service, a page for announcements, and a page for sermon notes.  Although the details will vary from week to week, the overall pattern remains the same.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2006 )
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Gen 10-11: The Plans of Man and the Plan of God Print E-mail

Derek Webb writes in one of my favorite songs, “I know the plans that You have for me, and You can’t plan the ends and not plan the means.” 1  In the song, Webb is dealing with his personal struggle of wanting a wife, a struggle I knew well before my relationship with Glenna.  This line is taken from the end of the song where he is coming to the conclusion that he should trust in God.  Why?  Because God has a plan, which He has revealed in Scripture.  And not only does He have a plan, but Scripture also teaches us that God is intimately involved in carrying out that very plan.  Thus, as Webb says, God has planned the end and the means by which the end will be accomplished.  The means refer to everything that happens, which God uses to bring about His planned purposes.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2006 )
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Gen 6:9-9:29: God's Response to Evil: Judgment and Salvation Print E-mail

How does God respond to the wickedness of men?  As believers, this is an important question to answer.  Rebellion and evil run rampant in our world today.  Man continues to behave wickedly before God.  So, then, we must answer the question, How will God respond to such evil?

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2006 )
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Gen 4:1-6:8: The Spread of Sin and the Grace of God Print E-mail

We learn from the book of Genesis that sin spreads rapidly.  In fact, after the judgment following the Fall and Adam and Eve being removed from the garden of Eden, sin immediately begins to impact the first family.  We talked last week about the devastation of the Fall and how all of humanity was plunged into sin because of Adam and Eve’s decision, in our passage this week we see the reality of such teaching.  It does not take us long to realize that sin is wreaking havoc in humanity and that rebellion against God is running rampant.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2006 )
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Gen 3: Lessons from the Fall Print E-mail

The greatest need of man goes largely unmentioned.  We talk about hunger and we talk about shelter.  We talk about peace between nations and neighbors.  We talk about love and acceptance.  We talk about better education, better societies, better cultures, better environments.  We talk about all of this and more without really ever mentioning the greatest need of man.  We so often fail to realize that these are just symptoms, great as they are, of a much greater problem.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2006 )
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Gen 1-2 (Part 2): What Does Creation Teach Us About Man? Print E-mail

Have you ever asked the question: who am I? or what is my identity, what makes me, me?  These are questions that for the most part we all ask at some time or another.  When we are growing up and in school we often ask it to try and figure out what group we belong to or what friends we should have.  When going to college and deciding on a career, we often reflect on who we are and what we want to be when we grow up.  When considering marriage, we often try to answer the question of our identity in order to answer the question of ‘our’ identity together.  I am learning that even as an adult we often make decisions based on how we answer the question of who we are.  Thus, ‘who am I’ is an important question for us and one we want to answer correctly.

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 21 February 2006 )
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