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The Surprising Story of Jacob by bob

October 1st, 2017

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“If God could use Jacob, he can use anybody!”  (E. V. Hill)  Genesis 28:10-22 October 1, 2017 Alone, anxious, and afraid What happens when life turns out exactly like you dreamed, and it’s somewhere between disappointing and terrifying? That’s what happened to a man named Jacob and his mother Rebekah.  The two of them conspired […]

All the Way by Bob Thompson

September 25th, 2017

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We are not wise enough to choose on our own. Genesis 24:1-14   God guides When Linda and I traveled in Europe a decade ago, among our favorite places was Zurich, the home of Ulrich Zwingli, one of the “big three” sixteenth century Protestant reformers. Singing “A Mighty Fortress Is Our God” in Grossmunster (Zwingli’s […]

Let’s End This by Bob Thompson

September 17th, 2017

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Every temptation is an opportunity to pass a test.  Genesis 22:1-18   Beautiful and horrible Genesis 22 is both beautiful and horrible. For many, this is a narrative that points in the direction of total commitment to God – reverence, worship, obedience. For others, however, it is a repulsive story that creates a barrier to […]

I Believe, But… by Bob Thompson

September 10th, 2017

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Abram believed only because what God said was what GOD said.  Genesis 15:1-18   The first believer What firsts do you remember? Your first teacher? Your first car? Your first kiss? The first time you held your baby? The first time you dropped that baby off at college? Firsts are memorable, and Genesis is a […]

The God Who Calls by Bob Thompson

September 3rd, 2017

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God’s call is not about what you do. It’s about whose you are. Genesis 12:1-9   The story of God You’ve heard me say this often but probably not often enough: when we read the story of Noah or Abraham or David or Paul, it’s not about them. It’s about God. In Genesis, the book […]