Jun 5, 2016
Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
We live in a world that seems dominated by those with the biggest stick or the most wealth. Truly, in many cases power and wealth do win the day. However, the Bible reminds us that things are not always as they seem, and God is the real King of everyone and everything. In Genesis 14 we encounter a story that seems familiar in many respects. Powerful and ruthless kings take advantage of lesser rulers, and people are caught in crossfire. However, the victor in this exchange is ultimately the one upon whom God’s blessing resides. This is a reminder to us all: God is King, and those who love and trust Him enjoy His providential blessings.
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  • Jun 5, 2016Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
    Jun 5, 2016
    Genesis | Gratitude For God’s Gracious Provision
    We live in a world that seems dominated by those with the biggest stick or the most wealth. Truly, in many cases power and wealth do win the day. However, the Bible reminds us that things are not always as they seem, and God is the real King of everyone and everything. In Genesis 14 we encounter a story that seems familiar in many respects. Powerful and ruthless kings take advantage of lesser rulers, and people are caught in crossfire. However, the victor in this exchange is ultimately the one upon whom God’s blessing resides. This is a reminder to us all: God is King, and those who love and trust Him enjoy His providential blessings.
  • May 22, 2016Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
    May 22, 2016
    Genesis | Beware: Freedom Can Lead To Ruin
    Abraham is known as the Father of the Faithful because he is a good example of trust and obedience. God promised and commanded, and Abram trusted and obeyed. Though Abram did not perfectly obey, his trust is exemplified again and again. Abram’s nephew, Lot, on the other hand exemplifies a trust in himself and a love for this world. In Genesis 13 we are given a picture that acts much like a mirror, and we are wise to look intently upon what we see here. If we are to be sober- minded followers of Christ, we will do well to learn from mistakes and seek God’s power to avoid them. In this message, we see how freedom can actually lead to ruin. 
  • May 1, 2016Genesis | A Shamed Patriarch and God’s Sovereign Blessing
    May 1, 2016
    Genesis | A Shamed Patriarch and God’s Sovereign Blessing
    Sinful thoughts, words, and deeds are prevalent in our world today, so we should not be surprised to find them throughout the pages of Scripture. We are, however, often surprised to find these sinful things in the lives of those who we perceive to be among the heroes of the story. We have tendencies both to gaze upon forbidden sin and to pretend it is not as pervasive as it truly is. This account in Genesis forces us to acknowledge the depth of human depravity, to understand the need for humility, and to remember the sovereign and glorious blessing of God. 
  • Apr 3, 2016Genesis | Awful Depths of Sin
    Apr 3, 2016
    Genesis | Awful Depths of Sin
    In Genesis 4 we are confronted by the painful and heartbreaking reality of human nature. While our first parents (Adam and Eve) were created without sin, their children were born into a world that had been scarred by their actions. That first sin’s fallout was more awful than they could have imagined, and humans have continued to see those effects through the ages. In the depths of sin’s nastiness, we may still see the bright light of God’s promise to save those who trust in Him. It may be difficult to admit that we are no better than our sinful ancestors, but we may find great hope in the same promise they heard from the Word of God – there is a Savior!
  • Mar 20, 2016Genesis | Teams and Their Captains
    Mar 20, 2016
    Genesis | Teams and Their Captains
    Are there really only 2 kinds of people in the world? Well, you may be surprised that the Bible actually says there are. It might not be what you would think, but the Bible divides everyone into two categories, and it does so right from the beginning. The hard truth is that there is no middle ground or third way, but the gracious reality is that God does not pick teams based on a person’s ability, intelligence, or even goodness. So, what are the teams, and who are the captains? This is the stuff of Genesis.
  • Mar 13, 2016Genesis | The Trajectory of Sin
    Mar 13, 2016
    Genesis | The Trajectory of Sin
    When we observe the world around us and consider the actions of humanity, there emerges a pattern. The same kinds of things occur, and the same kinds of reactions ensue. Humans fail, err, and disappoint. Then humans try to cover up their failures, run from their errors, and blame someone or something else for the disappointment they have caused. This trajectory is common because it is the established sinful pattern from the very beginning. When we look to Adam and Eve in the Garden, we may understand this trajectory and how God initiates a new course. Let us find both humility and hope in this groundbreaking event of human history
  • Mar 6, 2016Genesis | An Autopsy of Sin
    Mar 6, 2016
    Genesis | An Autopsy of Sin
    Sin is part of the human experience in our world today. This is beyond rational dispute. However, it is wise to ask some questions regarding the “Why” and “How” we arrived at such a miserable state. The primary question in an Autopsy is “What is the cause of death?” In this message, we will seek to understand the underlying causes of the first human sin in an attempt to understand “How” and “Why” humans continue to sin. Of course, the Gospel of Jesus Christ also has much to say about a fantastic solution as well.
  • Feb 28, 2016Culture and Christianity | The Anchor Holds
    Feb 28, 2016
    Culture and Christianity | The Anchor Holds
    The promises of God are trustworthy and sure. The Bible is clear on the matter, and Christians know it to be true, but life in this world has a way of blurring and confusing everything. “Has God actually said?” or an equally important question, “Will God actually deliver?” If we are honest about what goes on between our ears, then we are likely to admit our own practical doubt about questions like these. Doubt is no virtue, and the consistent admonition in the Bible is to trust God at His word. Indeed, trust is the antidote for fear, worry, and doubt.
  • Feb 21, 2016Genesis | Naked and Unashamed
    Feb 21, 2016
    Genesis | Naked and Unashamed
    Nakedness is a term associated with exposure, and rightfully so. The Bible uses the term to describe physical as well as moral exposure. To be morally uncovered is to have one’s goodness (or lack thereof) on display. In the Garden of Eden, we are told, Adam and Eve were utterly exposed and without shame. Conversely, the universal experience of their posterity has been far different. In fact, it seems the more we are exposed the more shame we feel. This feeling of shame may actually be a gift of grace, however, and the Gospel offers guilty sinners a marvelous covering indeed. From where does our shame come? And, What hope does the Gospel bring to shameful sinners?
  • Feb 14, 2016Genesis | The First Wedding Ceremony
    Feb 14, 2016
    Genesis | The First Wedding Ceremony
    Marriage is a matter of incredible importance, but it has become politicized in America to such a degree that the institution has lost any objective definition. The cultural climate of our day is marked by a decline of personal responsibility and fidelity, and these are certainly having a dramatic impact on the institution of marriage. As Christians strive towards living in light of biblical standards they will inevitably appear more and more peculiar. This definite departure from worldly patterns is quite distinguishable on the matter of marriage, but all is as Christ told us it would be. May God help us to live by His design and for His glory.