Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 50:15-21

Our very last sermon in Genesis. I always hate ending a series as I have really gotten into the book and found it a joy and privilege to preach. But upward and onward, in a few weeks we start a new series in the New Testament! Come and join us as we wrap up Genesis and celebrate Reformation Sunday.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Lausanne Conference 2010 Cape Town

So if you have not been paying attention, a major major event in the world is taking place in South Africa.

The Lausanne Conference is that largest gathering of Christian World Leaders who are concerned about missions and the gospel.

I have read some great papers submitted at the conference. One that has gotten me thinking is written by a theologian in Germany dealing with secularism, very insightful.

The biggest disappointment is that the Chinese Delegation was barred from leaving China.

Reading the email updates as well as the facebook posts have been very very encouraging.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 49:28-33, 50:22-26

As we close Genesis, we get into some themes that are future thinking. Very interesting stuff. We will be looking at the requests of Jacob and Joseph to be returned to the Promised Land. Join us this coming Sunday.

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 48

Gen. 48:8 When Israel saw Joseph’s sons, he said, “Who are these?”
Gen. 48:9 Joseph said to his father, “They are my sons, whom God has given me here.” And he said, “Bring them to me, please, that I may bless them.”
Gen. 48:10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. So Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them.
Gen. 48:11 And Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face; and behold, God has let me see your offspring also.”
Gen. 48:12 Then Joseph removed them from his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth.
Gen. 48:13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him.
Gen. 48:14 And Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on the head of Ephraim, who was the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands (for Manasseh was the firstborn).
Gen. 48:15 And he blessed Joseph and said,
“The God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
the God who has been my shepherd all my life long to this day,
Gen. 48:16 the angel who has redeemed me from all evil, bless the boys;
and in them let my name be carried on, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
and let them grow into a multitude* in the midst of the earth.”
Gen. 48:17 When Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him, and he took his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
Gen. 48:18 And Joseph said to his father, “Not this way, my father; since this one is the firstborn, put your right hand on his head.”
Gen. 48:19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great. Nevertheless, his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall become a multitude of nations.”
Gen. 48:20 So he blessed them that day, saying,
“By you Israel will pronounce blessings, saying,
t‘God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’ ”
Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh.

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

My favorite Comic Strip of All Time

Can't believe it has been 60 years. Remember reading them as a kid over and over again. Even bought some for my kids, although not as into it as I was when I was their age.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Sermon Text: Genesis 46-47

Now that the brothers have reconciled, it is time for the family to move to Egypt. Join us this Sunday as we wrap up Genesis over the next few Sundays.