10/13/14 – A Romantic Drama  

Genesis 29: 1-35   Let’s try to enter this story as if it’s a movie (and this would be a very, very good movie) and compare this scene of Jacob meeting Rachel with the scene of the Servant of Abraham meeting Rebekah (Gen 24). It seems like, in those days, if you wanted to meet…

10/12/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon Notes- Creation Re-boot error Genesis 9:8-16 The continuing nemesis Creation Reboot The terror of Judgement God Remembers God’s Supposed Realization- the human heart is inclined to evil God’s Charge The Noah Covenant The Serpent Seed- Still present after Reboot Intergenerational Question God uses the Rainbow as a sign of the Covenant- what signs do…

10/10/14 – The Edge of the World

Genesis 28:1-22 There is a bridge known as The Causeway across Lake Pontchartrain near New Orleans, Louisiana nearly twenty-four miles long. According to locals, halfway between the two terminuses it is impossible to see land on either side. When I travelled to New Orleans in 2009, I’d hoped to make it onto The Causeway simply…

10/9/2014–Not the way of Isaac

Genesis 27:26-46 It started in Kindergarten (I think). It continued more or less throughout elementary school and into middle school. It’s a tradition I’ve carried on with my children. My parents prayed for me on my first day of school. When it comes right down to it. This was a prayer of blessing. It was…

10/06/14 – Three Questions To Keep In Mind  

  Genesis 25:1-35   Chapter 25 is a transition in the narrative, and when reading transitions in Old Testament narratives, it’s a good habit to stop and review some of the tools we have to better understand what’s going on and how we make sense of it.   What is the camera focusing on? Pretend…

10/5/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Sermon- Noah October Memory Verse Psalm 145:13 Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and your dominion endures throughout all generations. The Lord is faithful in all his words, and gracious in all his deeds. Psalm 145:13 Rooted Reading Plan DAY                                    …

10/2/2014–The Meet-Cute

Genesis 24:1-28 Romantic comedies have been around for many, many years. It was only in the late 80’s and early 90’s that they were perfected. Traditionally the movie romantic comedy takes place in four arcs: The meet-cute: This is where boy meets girl or girl meets boy. The couple should be an unlikely couple. Perhaps they…

10/01/2014 – The Life of Sarah Seen Through the Mourning Eyes of Abraham

Genesis 23: 1-20 Psalm 67 -69 There is so much written in this scripture, as Abraham mourns the death of his wife Sarah and buries her, in chapter 23 of Genesis. However, I’m most curious about what is not in this story.  The life of Abraham and Sarah after Isaac was born.  They must have…

09/29/14 – Riding In A Car In The Middle East

  Genesis 21:1-34   Disclaimer: I may be trying to do too much in a sub-1,000 word blog post.   Denise and I worked as missionaries in the Middle East several years ago, before we had kids. I love the food, the people, and the way their culture is oriented around a strong sense of…

9/28/14 Branching Out/ Sermon Notes/ Memory Verse/ Reading Plan

Branching Out When have you been jealous? How did that work for you? Read Genesis 4:1-16. What is Cain envious of? What does it result in? Can you understand the escalation? How does this brokenness impact our community? What can we do when faced with our own envy? Digging Deeper In Genesis 4:2 How is…