Nov 21, 2018
Two Dreamers
Series: Genesis
After being thrown into a cistern, Joseph eventually winds up in prison in Egypt. But even in prison, Joseph seeks to serve God by helping others. During our worst times, do we seek to help others, or are we only focused on ourselves? Can we be thankful, despite our circumstances? 
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  • Nov 21, 2018Two Dreamers
    Nov 21, 2018
    Two Dreamers
    Series: Genesis
    After being thrown into a cistern, Joseph eventually winds up in prison in Egypt. But even in prison, Joseph seeks to serve God by helping others. During our worst times, do we seek to help others, or are we only focused on ourselves? Can we be thankful, despite our circumstances? 
  • Nov 18, 2018Joseph
    Nov 18, 2018
    Joseph
    Series: Genesis
    Every family has brokenness. Just ask Joseph. His brothers hate him so much that they throw him into a cistern and almost leave him for dead. When our families experience brokenness and bitterness, we must love in selfless ways.  How thankful we are that our Lord has shown us selfless love!
  • Nov 11, 2018Wrestling with God
    Nov 11, 2018
    Wrestling with God
    Series: Genesis
    As Jacob is running from his brother, he wrestles with God in the middle of the night. Have you ever felt like you were wrestling with God? Counterintuitively, our greatest struggles with God can lead to great growth in our strength and in our faith. God uses even our weaknesses to His glory, if we humble ourselves and cling to His strength. 
  • Nov 4, 2018Leah and Rachel
    Nov 4, 2018
    Leah and Rachel
    Series: Genesis
    When Jacob falls in love with his uncle’s daughter, Rachel, he is willing to do anything to get her. Love drives us to do many things. This is why we can be thankful that God’s love for us drove Him to do the ultimate thing – to sacrifice His Son for our salvation. Because of this, we live loved.
  • Oct 28, 2018Jacob and Esau
    Oct 28, 2018
    Jacob and Esau
    Series: Genesis
    From the womb, two brothers, Jacob and Esau, feud with each other. When we feud with others, how are we to handle these feuds? Our desire to love others must always be stronger than our desire to triumph over others. Thankfully God’s love for us triumphed over our sin. It is this good news that allows us to love even our enemies.
  • Oct 21, 2018Isaac
    Oct 21, 2018
    Isaac
    Series: Genesis
    God makes an unthinkable request of Abraham – to sacrifice his only son, Isaac. But a human sacrifice can never atone for human sins. God Himself must provide the perfect sacrifice for the sins of the world.
  • Oct 14, 2018Sodom and Gomorrah
    Oct 14, 2018
    Sodom and Gomorrah
    Series: Genesis
    Sodom and Gomorrah were the epitome of wickedness in the ancient world. Yet, in spite of their wickedness, Abraham argues for God’s grace. When we see wickedness, how do we argue? Do you we argue for judgment or grace? Thankfully, we have a God who argues on our behalf and who loves at all costs. 
  • Oct 7, 2018Abraham
    Oct 7, 2018
    Abraham
    Series: Genesis
    God continues to seek new beginnings in a world filled with old sin. He makes a promise to Abraham that from him He would bring forth a new nation that will be a beacon of righteousness in a world darkened by sin. He also shows us how righteousness is ultimately obtained – through faith.
  • Sep 30, 2018Babel
    Sep 30, 2018
    Babel
    Series: Genesis
    Noah brings a new beginning, but humanity quickly falls back into its old ways as it seeks to usurp God’s position by building a tall tower. This tower demonstrates both the folly and the danger of human ambition. Human ambition is filled with folly because, of course, no one can build a tower to the heavens. But human ambition is also filled with danger because it cannot compete with God’s perfect commands.
  • Sep 23, 2018Noah
    Sep 23, 2018
    Noah
    Series: Genesis
    As man’s wickedness increases, God’s justice against sin is finally rendered in the form of a flood. But out of disaster emerges a man chosen by God to bring forth a new beginning – Noah. As “new creations” (2 Corinthians 5:17), we too are called to bring forth new beginnings in a world that is filled with sin. .
  • Sep 16, 2018Cain and Abel
    Sep 16, 2018
    Cain and Abel
    Series: Genesis
    The effects of Adam and Eve’s fall into sin quickly become apparent in the story of Cain and Abel. Hatred and death quickly have their way. But in the face of evil, God both exacts justice and gives grace. He forces Cain to wander the earth, but he also protects Cain’s life even though he has taken his brother’s life.
  • Sep 9, 2018Fall
    Sep 9, 2018
    Fall
    Series: Genesis
    God’s good creation was quickly corrupted by a bad decision. If Genesis 1 describes the best of times, Genesis 3 ushers in the worst of times and sets up a tension for the rest of the book, for the rest of the Bible, and for all of history. We live in this tension, however, with hope, for God has promised to swallow up the worst of times in His Son.
  • Sep 2, 2018Creation
    Sep 2, 2018
    Creation
    Series: Genesis
    How did all that we see get here? This is the question that Genesis 1 answers. The great promise of this chapter, however, lies not in how everything got here, but in what everything that God created is: it is good.
  • Jun 24, 2018Daring to Wait on God
    Jun 24, 2018
    Daring to Wait on God
    Series: Daring Faith
    Few things make us more irritable than having to wait. And yet waiting is an important part of life. It will come. There will be times of waiting. When you find yourself waiting on God, ask these questions: What do I need to remember when I’m in the waiting room of life? And what do I need to do when I’m in the waiting room of life? There are things we need to remember while we wait, and things we can do while we wait. Today we will learn of the incredibly patient nature of our God. His patience of us demonstrates His great love for us. And His waiting on us demonstrates the great work He is doing in us. If God is willing to wait on us, how much more ought we be willing to wait on Him? As we learn to wait, we learn what it means to be more trusting of God. It takes daring faith to wait on God.
     
  • Jun 17, 2018Daring to Plant in Faith
    Jun 17, 2018
    Daring to Plant in Faith
    Series: Daring Faith
    On this Fathers' Day we remember how our Dads "planted" in our lives. They sowed lessons of life and wisdom - not perfectly - but lovingly. By God's grace, those seeds are growing in us and continue to produce fruit in many ways. Today we will look at God’s laws of planting and harvesting. As we do, we learn that planting is an act of faith. We must trust the seed to do its work and trust in the power of God that gave that seed to us in the first place. This law of planting and harvesting extends into multiple areas of life - our relationships, our health, our finances, and our careers - but it has the greatest impact when we sow the seed of God's Word. God has promised us that His Word will not return to Him without accomplishing the purpose for which He has given it. May we demonstrate daring faith as we liberally and generously sow the seeds of God's Word near and far!