Genesis 42

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

“For once you were full of darkness, but now you have light from the Lord. So live as people of light! For this light within you produces only what is good and right and true.” Ephesians 5:8-9 NLT

We are finishing out our series on the book of Genesis.  We began with creation, the fall or first sin of man, Noah and the flood. We moved on to Abraham, Sodom and Gomorrah, and the almost sacrifice of Isaac.  Jacob and Esau and now we are talking about our buddy Joseph.
He has a coat and dreams that gets on his brother’s nerves. He then gets sold into slavery and has a run in with his new boss’ wife.  Later he is promoted to work under Pharaoh and now there is a famine. His brothers come to Egypt in search of food and through some very intense times they end up reconciling.
From here these 12 brothers have lots of kids.  They become a very powerful family in Egypt. The old Pharaoh passes and the new king has no idea of the story.  He gets intimidated and makes them slaves. Now Moses arrives on the scene and we have the book of Exodus. The book of Exodus is about the exit from Egypt.  We are covering chapters 42-50 today but I am just going to highlight a few things.


Let’s go back to the tremendous famine in the land.
Jacob has twelve sons with two wives.  Remember he worked 7 years for Rachel and woke up with Leah. So then he had to work another 7 years for Rachel.   Joseph and Benjamin are both sons of Rachel.  Rachel dies in childbirth with Benjamin.  Which makes Benjamin all that is left of Jacob’s first love. (Remember he thinks Joseph is dead). It has been 21 years since Joe has been sold into slavery.  He was 17 when his brothers sold him which makes him now 38.  Jacob hears there is food in Egypt so he sends his 10 boys to go and buy some, keeping Ben with him.  They arrive to purchase from Joseph and don’t recognize him.  But they bow before him, the fulfillment of a dream.  Joseph accuses them of being spies and sends them home with food and their money but demands they return with the brother.   In 43 they return and in 44 Joseph sends them back but sets them up with a cup (some think it was a test). Then in 45 Joseph reveals himself.  There is lots of crying and hugs and in 46 they all move to Egypt.
I want to take some time this morning to look at the reconciliation at the relationship between Joe and his bros.  There is a powerful story of forgiveness when there was a tremendous wrong done to him.  Nobody is denying that, but Joseph never played the victim card.  My grandma fuller was the sweetest little old lady you could ever meet.  She was a godly woman, filled with the spirit, a little frail spiritual powerhouse.  However, she also had 1 brother she hadn’t spoken to in over 20 years.   That woman could hold a grudge.  If anyone should hold a grudge it would be Joseph.   If anyone should harbor resentment, it’s Joseph.   If anyone should seek revenge, it’s Joseph.  His brothers are foreigners.  He is the second most powerful man in Egypt and they don’t recognize him. It’s the perfect set up. They beat you and sold you as a slave. What would you do?



Brothers Gotta Hug


1.   Hidden sin causes wrong thinking

a.   Punishment – 42:21 (If you think everything bad that happens is punishment from God, that is wrong thinking.  God does not punish sin.  There are consequences of sin and our actions but God is not punishing you. If I tweaked some numbers on my taxes and then I get audited, that is not punishment from God but a consequence of my actions.)

b.   Suspicion – 43:18 (You’re always looking over your shoulder and are always suspicious of motives.  Have you ever told an outright lie? You will constantly feel like you are being questioned)

c.   Makes excuses – 44:18 (The brothers ramble about their brother.  They are constantly making excuses.  Parable of the talent)


2.   The road to reconciliation ( 3x you see Joseph weeping.  Longing for the restoration of relationship.   The desire for reconciliation has to be greater than the desire for revenge)

a.   See GOD in the bad – 45:5 (What you intended for harm God, used for my good)

b.   Took the first step – 45:14 (The power of an embrace.  The brothers didn’t try to find him to make it right, they didn’t seek him out.  He was the one wronged, isn’t it on the brothers to make this right?  Joe was the better man and look where it got him.   Some of you have been waiting your whole life for someone to find you and make it right.  You were wronged, and you hurt. Where has that gotten you? Be the better man and hug it out. By the way Scripture never tells us if they admitted they were wrong and said sorry.

c.   Never mentioned it again – 50:20(Dad dies, now they think Joe is coming after them.   I have forgiven you)


3.   How do you extend the embrace?

a.   Pray for opportunity

b.   Self-inventory (Is your heart pure, is it healed?  Check your motives)

c.   Start a conversation.   ( I don’t want this between us anymore)

d.   Accept rejection(It may not be received it may denied.  You might be accused of over reacting.  You don’t need to over react or argue. Leave your forgiveness with them. It is what Jesus does for us.)

e.   Pray for blessing (How will you know if you are truly healed? Pray a blessing over them. By the way if they are not worthy of the blessing the blessing comes back to you.)


Pray for those hurt and know they need reconciliation.

Hurting Healing Helping

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Genesis 22

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

The Test – Genesis 22:1-18

“Some time later, God tested Abraham’s faith. “Abraham!” God called. Yes,” he replied. “Here I am.”  “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”  The next morning Abraham got up early. He saddled his donkey and took two of his servants with him, along with his son, Isaac. Then he chopped wood for a fire for a burnt offering and set out for the place God had told him about.  On the third day of their journey, Abraham looked up and saw the place in the distance.  “Stay here with the donkey,” Abraham told the servants. “The boy and I will travel a little farther. We will worship there, and then we will come right back.”  So Abraham placed the wood for the burnt offering on Isaac’s shoulders, while he himself carried the fire and the knife. As the two of them walked on together,  Isaac turned to Abraham and said, “Father?” “Yes, my son?” Abraham replied. “We have the fire and the wood,” the boy said, “but where is the sheep for the burnt offering?” “God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.  When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood.  And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice.  At that moment the angel of the LORD called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!” “Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”  “Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”  Then Abraham looked up and saw a ram caught by its horns in a thicket. So he took the ram and sacrificed it as a burnt offering in place of his son.  Abraham named the place Yahweh-Yireh (which means “the LORD will provide”). To this day, people still use that name as a proverb: “On the mountain of the LORD it will be provided.”  Then the angel of the LORD called again to Abraham from heaven.  “This is what the LORD says: Because you have obeyed me and have not withheld even your son, your only son, I swear by my own name that  I will certainly bless you. I will multiply your descendants beyond number, like the stars in the sky and the sand on the seashore. Your descendants will conquer the cities of their enemies.  And through your descendants all the nations of the earth will be blessed—all because you have obeyed me.”

There is so much rich stuff in this verse.  First there is the sacrifice like Christ. Abraham travels for 3 days.  He carried his own wood and asks where is the lamb. This whole thing is about passing a test.  The test, when you boil it down, is about obedience.
Are you willing to give God your best? God gives us a test to make us our best.  The only thing I want you to hear, to catch, is that God gives us a test to make us our best.


  1. The Test
    -Give God your best. Take your son your only son.
    (He has two?   Where is Ishmael.)  Whom you love and go sacrifice.
    Have you ever loved something that God has called you to sacrifice?
    -God does not tempt. James 1:13 “And remember, when you are being tempted, do not say, “God is tempting me.”
    God is never tempted to do wrong, and he never tempts anyone else.
    -Refiners Fire – to make you stronger. If you want to make metal stronger you have to heat it up.  Want to make gold purer?  You heat it up


  1. The Sacrifice (To Slaughter)
    -An offering – something lifted up, a sacrifice. TV show, a food, a behavior. A friendship.  (When I committed my life to Christ I knew I was not strong enough to keep my friendships and God.   I loved those guys,  but I had to sacrifice to move forward).
    -What you are willing to sacrifice is not lost. God provided. So even though he was willing,  God provided a substitute a way out.

What do you love that God is calling you to sacrifice?


  1. Obedience
    -Ishmael : Result of disobedience. God gave him a promise.Multiple descendants, as many as the stars. Unfortunately, Abraham and Sarah are getting old.  His wife says, “Take the maid. We got to help God along here.”   Ishmael is the result of Abraham and Sarah trying to do Gods work for him.
    -Your flesh will not thwart Gods plan, nor will it fulfill it.
    -Your obedience to God’s test is worship. Let’s go and worship.   There is something absolutely beautiful about Gods people offering up something to God as worship.  Sometimes it’s as simple as raising your hands.
    Jesus said “Not my will but yours be done”.


  1. The Provision
    -God will provide – Jehovah Jira. (teaching our children to watch for God’s provision)
    -The provision is to take the place of our sacrifice.
    -God always provides a way out. (Ex. His Son the lamb of God. “Behold the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world” John 1:29)


  1. The Blessing
    -Came through obedience.
    -Proved his fear of God: there is an unhealthy fear and a healthy fear

Unhealthy fear-   If I sin, God hates me.
Healthy fear-I love him so I don’t want my actions to disappoint him.

God gave us rules so we won’t have any fun…..God gave us boundaries to keep us safe

I hope God doesn’t come soon.  There are still things here I want to experience.  Heaven is so absolutely amazing I can’t wait till he calls me home

I have plenty of time, I’ll share Jesus some day. …the kingdom is here I want to save as many people as I can.

 – The Blessing was legacy and lineage. (Remember: Blessed to be a Blessing)


  1. The Action
    -Seven Day Sacrifice (Bob Geoff. Every Thursday he gives something up. So one Thursday he sold all of his cars. Now he only travels through Uber.)

(What will you sacrifice for the next 7 days. God spells love TIME.

Social Media, TV, Sleep, Time with friends) This is also called fasting.

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Genesis 4

Posted: March 15, 2017 in Uncategorized

Sodom and Gomorrah

What I want you to catch from this sermon is, our prayer today changes tomorrow.


I.   The Conversation

  • Theophany = Jesus in the Old Testament ( three people meet with Abraham. The Lord and 2 angels) No one has ever seen God before. He accepts worship
  • “I have singled him out so that he will direct his sons and their families to keep the way of the Lord” vs 19
  • Kids will not be perfect but do you direct them? Families,  you never stop directing them in the ways of the Lord. What are some of the ways? (Forgiveness, giving, patience, righteousness, etc.)


II.   The Negotiation

  • To intercede = To plead or petition
  • 50-45-40-30-20-10


III.   The Confrontation

  • The citizens with the angels 19:1-11 (We see that the city is rampant with homosexuality.  It’s wicked thing in God’s sight. However that doesn’t mean we don’t love and don’t welcome,  but it is not God’s design)
  • The angels with Lot 19:12-13 ( The angels urge him to get out now .  He hesitates,   because he loves his family and loves his lifestyle).   Angels grab him and pull him out of the city.  God will pull you out of your mess, but it is up to you to walk away and keep walking
  • Lot with his family 19:14-15 – His family laughed at him.  Abraham was singled out because of how he led.


IV.    The Destruction

  • The city 19:16:25 – The entire city is gone. According to other scripture it is highly probable that it is under the Dead Sea.  When you go to the Dead Sea there is a strong stench of Sulphur.   And of course the salt content.
  • Lots wife 19:26 – she looked back.  The language is really she lagged behind. Still drawn to what the city offered not to what God offers


V.     The Revelation

  • Abraham – compassion for the city
  • Lot – Compromise destroys
  • God – Mercy Triumphs over judgement James 2:13
  • You – Your righteousness saves your city


VI.    The Action

  • Intercede for God’s blessing on your city
  • Vote, exercise your right to choose leadership ( Andy Stanley)
  • Serve, model God’s heart for the city

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Genesis 3

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized

We are continuing our series on Genesis. Week 1 we talked about creation.  Last week we looked at the fall of man. God’s design was for us to only know good.  The tree was the knowledge of good and evil and when we partook we became exposed to evil. Genesis 5 covers some genealogies or beats. You will discover people lived a really long time, several hundred years.  I am almost 50 and my back hurts, my joints ache. Can you imagine how your body feels at 400, or at 800? The true story of Noah takes place over chapters 6, 7, 8, and 9. So let’s read them together. Just kidding, I just want to highlight a few in 6 and a few in 9. I will talk you through the other chapters.
Two things I want you to catch today; Noah found favor with God and God’s commitment to never again.

Chapter 6 starts with God starting to get frustrated with how mankind is developing and says the lifespan is now shortened to 120 years. The chapter also talks about Giants. Now most scholars don’t know how to explain the Giants, and I am one of them. But vs 8 you read this, “Noah found favor with God”. Noah found favor. There was something about Noah that got God’s attention. In verse 5 it says everything they thought or imagined was consistently and totally evil.  In verse 6 it says it broke God’s heart but Noah finds favor with God.  In verse 9 it tells us why.  Remember everyone else’s thoughts and actions are evil, but Noah was a righteous man. An easy way to remember this is with the word right. Noah did right, he was blameless. And he walked in close fellowship with God.

It is highly likely that Noah’s father and Adam lived at the same time.  The oldest man on record is Methuselah who lived to be 969 years old. He died the same year as the flood and it is believed he died in the flood.

The end of chapter 6 God tells Noah to build a boat. It is 450 feet long 1.5 football fields, 75 feet wide, and 45 feet high. The ceiling in our building is 28 feet. This is a big boat and it has three decks. There is lots of speculation as to whether it could hold all the animals.  How did they keep from eating each other? The boat was large enough to hold 522 cattle cars from a train.  So even something as large as a cow it could easily hold over 5,000.   Most animals are smaller than a cow.
The last thing in chapter 6 is this phrase, “Noah did exactly as God commanded”. Not partially, or close to.  I like to cruise.  Imagine getting on a cruise line that has multiple decks, a theatre, karaoke, dining halls, etc. Then to find out that the builder built it close to its design. You want exact obedience.

Chapter 7 the flood comes.  By this time Noah was 600 years old. It rains for 40 days and 40 nights. Noah has his three sons, Shem, Ham, and Japheth and their wives. They float in the ark for 150 days.

Chapter 8 water begins to recede; the boat comes to rest on Ararat which today is in Turkey.  Noah sends out a raven and it comes back with nothing. He then releases a dove and comes back with nothing. Seven days later dove returns with an olive branch in his mouth indicating dry land.

Scientist research over 200 different cultures and civilizations and all have a flood story in them; Mayans, Aztecs, Aborigines, Papua New Guinea, etc.

Finally, chapter 9 God confirms his covenant.  Never again will I destroy the earth with floodwaters.  The sign He gives is a rainbow.  When do you see a rainbow, right after a rain.  A reminder of never again.  Noah lives another 350 years and dies at the age of 950 years old.


1.   Noah found favor with GOD

a.   Righteous – Actions/Motives

b.   Blameless – Integrity/Reputation

c.   Walk in close fellowship with God

2.   GOD’s promise

a.   Way out – Salvation

b.   Never again – Rainbow

3.   How can I increase in favor – Luke 2:52 “Jesus grew in wisdom and in stature and in favor with God and all the people.”

a.   Complete obedience, do exactly as is asked

b.   Complete surrender, didn’t question.  We walk by faith not by sight

c.   Complete devotion three things God recognized about Noah righteous, blameless, walked in close relationship.  Can that be said of you?  Do right and you will have a good reputation.  Follow the plan to grow  and walk closely with God.

Write your definition of what that looks like for you   How would you walk closely with God?

Maybe time, relationship, knowledge, servant hood, etc.

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Genesis 2

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
We are continuing our series in Genesis. This morning we will be focusing on chapter 3.
Before we get there here are some highlights in Chapter 2
On the 7th day God rested. Now the question comes up often, is it Sunday or Saturday? My response to that is, does God follow our Calendar? A day of rest is important whether it is Sunday or Saturday. Vs 7 He breathed breath into man’s nostrils. Man is the only creation to receive the breath of God. We have the Garden of Eden. We have an idea of where that may be however later on there is a flood that destroyed and created new rivers. So the accuracy is not 100%. Next we have woman taken from man.
Now we will pick up in Genesis chapter 3:1-19 “The serpent was the shrewdest of all the wild animals the Lord God had made. One day he asked the woman, “Did God really say you must not eat the fruit from any of the trees in the garden?”“Of course we may eat fruit from the trees in the garden,” the woman replied.“It’s only the fruit from the tree in the middle of the garden that we are not allowed to eat. God said, ‘You must not eat it or even touch it; if you do, you will die.’”
“You won’t die!” the serpent replied to the woman. “God knows that your eyes will be opened as soon as you eat it, and you will be like God, knowing both good and evil.”
The woman was convinced. She saw that the tree was beautiful and its fruit looked delicious, and she wanted the wisdom it would give her. So she took some of the fruit and ate it. Then she gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it, too. At that moment their eyes were opened, and they suddenly felt shame at their nakedness. So they sewed fig leaves together to cover themselves.
When the cool evening breezes were blowing, the man and his wife heard the Lord God walking about in the garden. So they hid from the Lord God among the trees. Then the Lord God called to the man, “Where are you?”
He replied, “I heard you walking in the garden, so I hid. I was afraid because I was naked.”
“Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”
The man replied, “It was the woman you gave me who gave me the fruit, and I ate it.”
Then the Lord God asked the woman, “What have you done?”
The serpent deceived me,” she replied. “That’s why I ate it.”
Then the Lord God said to the serpent,
“Because you have done this, you are cursed
    more than all animals, domestic and wild.
You will crawl on your belly,
    groveling in the dust as long as you live.
And I will cause hostility between you and the woman,
    and between your offspring and her offspring.
He will strike your head,
    and you will strike his heel.”
hen he said to the woman,
“I will sharpen the pain of your pregnancy,
    and in pain you will give birth.
And you will desire to control your husband,
    but he will rule over you.”
And to the man he said,
“Since you listened to your wife and ate from the tree
    whose fruit I commanded you not to eat,
the ground is cursed because of you.
    All your life you will struggle to scratch a living from it.
 It will grow thorns and thistles for you,
    though you will eat of its grains.
By the sweat of your brow
    will you have food to eat
until you return to the ground
    from which you were made.
For you were made from dust,
    and to dust you will return.”
The Fall
1. What did we fall from?
a. God’s intended plan,  fell from an intended perfect life.  Fell from worship,  we no longer want to worship God but be like God  (Mankind performed lower than expected)
2. The sequence of temptation and sin
a. We question God’s word. Vs 1 – Did God really say?  We can manipulate any scripture to justify our lusts but it is like trying to hammer a nail with a saw, it just won’t work.  It is not what it is intended for.
b. We contradict God’s word. Vs 4 – You won’t die  (the enemy Satans is a liar) knowing both good and evil.  God’s design for you was to only know good.
c. Sin Entices our lusts  – 1 Jn 2:16.  (Apple) They looked beautiful “lust of the eye” looked delicious ‘Lust of the flesh”. She wanted the wisdom “Pride of life”.
Sin always makes thing look better than they really are
– Sin will take you farther than you wanted to go, keep you longer than you wanted to stay and cost you more than you wanted to pay.
Their eyes were opened.  Sin causes us to see things we were not meant to see.  “They were naked”. Pornography entered
 We try to cover it up or hide it  Vs. 7  (sewed fig leaves)
Sin Isolates Vs. 8.   Sin causes you to hide (shame and exposure)
Sin Blames vs 12
– The woman “you” gave me.  Like it is God’s fault (Eve took a lot of convincing.  Adam just did what his wife told him)
– Vs 13 Eve blames the serpent.  “Passed the buck”
Sin has Consequences
– Serpent “deception”
1. Cursed
2. Crawl on belly
3. Hostility between humans
4. Strike your head
– Woman “Disobedience”
1. Pain in child birth
2. Ruled by man
-Man “failure to lead home”
1. Struggle to make a living
2. Sweat for survival
3. Conquering the fall
God shed blood to cover mans sin
Hebrews 9:22.  Without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness
Hebrews 9:28 was sacrificed to take away the sins of many
The blood of Christ washes away our sin. Our reliance on Christ and our battle to overcome causes us to win over  our sin.
We are born again John 3:5, no longer born of Adam but born of God.
Jesus paid it all.
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Genesis: Back To The Beginning

Posted: November 17, 2016 in Uncategorized
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As we begin our new journey in our new building I felt it was only fitting to start at the beginning of God’s Word. We will take a look at how it all began in the Bible with the first book Genesis. This book was written by Moses, handed down through oral stories, inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Genesis is a book of beginnings.  We find the start of the world, the start of mankind, start of sin, start of redemption.

Looking at the Bible, it is sometimes easiest to see it as a library of books. There are 66 books; poetic, prophetic, history, gospels and letters.


Genesis 1:1-28 “In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was formless and empty, and darkness covered the deep waters. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the surface of the waters.
hen God said, “Let there be light,” and there was light. And God saw that the light was good. Then he separated the light from the darkness. God called the light “day” and the darkness “night.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the first day.
Then God said, “Let there be a space between the waters, to separate the waters of the heavens from the waters of the earth.” And that is what happened. God made this space to separate the waters of the earth from the waters of the heavens. God called the space “sky.” And evening passed and morning came, marking the second day.
Then God said, “Let the waters beneath the sky flow together into one place, so dry ground may appear.” And that is what happened. God called the dry ground “land” and the waters “seas.” And God saw that it was good. Then God said, “Let the land sprout with vegetation—every sort of seed-bearing plant, and trees that grow seed-bearing fruit. These seeds will then produce the kinds of plants and trees from which they came.” And that is what happened. The land produced vegetation—all sorts of seed-bearing plants, and trees with seed-bearing fruit. Their seeds produced plants and trees of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the third day.Then God said, “Let lights appear in the sky to separate the day from the night. Let them be signs to mark the seasons, days, and years. Let these lights in the sky shine down on the earth.” And that is what happened. God made two great lights—the larger one to govern the day, and the smaller one to govern the night. He also made the stars. God set these lights in the sky to light the earth, to govern the day and night, and to separate the light from the darkness. And God saw that it was good.
And evening passed and morning came, marking the fourth day.Then God said, “Let the waters swarm with fish and other life. Let the skies be filled with birds of every kind.” So God created great sea creatures and every living thing that scurries and swarms in the water, and every sort of bird—each producing offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good. Then God blessed them, saying, “Be fruitful and multiply. Let the fish fill the seas, and let the birds multiply on the earth.”
And evening passed and morning came, marking the fifth day. Then God said, “Let the earth produce every sort of animal, each producing offspring of the same kind—livestock, small animals that scurry along the ground, and wild animals.” And that is what happened. God made all sorts of wild animals, livestock, and small animals, each able to produce offspring of the same kind. And God saw that it was good.
Then God said, “Let us make human beings in our image, to be like us. They will reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, the livestock, all the wild animals on the earth, and the small animals that scurry along the ground.”
So God created human beings in his own image.
In the image of God he created them;
male and female he created them.
Then God blessed them and said, “Be fruitful and multiply. Fill the earth and govern it. Reign over the fish in the sea, the birds in the sky, and all the animals that scurry along the ground.”


  1. There was a beginning and God was there (Genesis means “the beginning”)
  2. The creation sequence:
    a. “Bara” creation(something out of nothing) or “Asa” creation (use materials to create) In this passage the word used is “Bara”
    b. Day 1 – Day and Night
    c.Day 2 – Earth and Sky
    d. Day 3 – Land, Sea and Plants
    e. Day 4 – Sun and Moon (Time)
    f. Day 5 – Fish and Birds
    g. Day 6 – Animals, Man and Woman

3.  The Creation Discussion

a. Intelligent Design or Evolution – Throw car parts in a backyard over millions of years will gather and become a car.  ( NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory has 63 of the worlds 100 smartest human beings. When I led a funeral service for them I was informed that almost everyone in that laboratory believed in God because of intelligent design). Earth is the right distances from the sun, not to hot, not to cold (Venus, which is closer to the sun, is over 800 degrees and Mars, which is further from the sun, is -55). We have the right gravitational pull to keep us here and the right mixture of oxygen in the air. The ozone protecting us from rays and other elements.  Take time to study the human body and its complexities. Yes, it all works together; the skeletal, the nervous system, the muscular, the reproductive, etc.

b. Time and Carbon Dating – Old earth or young earth.  Carbon Dating is only accurate up to 50,000 years.  Is God’s time the same as our time? Not necessarily. God created time on day 4.

c. Theory vs Fact – Much of evolution is based on theory that over the years has been accepted as fact. The Bible is a book of love and redemption not science or history.


Now I am not here to debate with anyone.  In fact some of you know way more than I on this topic. But the questions do have answers. There is more proof that points to a creation and flood than an evolving.


4. Created in the Image of God.  “Imago Dei”

a. Do we look like God?  He looks just like his father.   I look nothing like my father.     But it’s not always looks, there are mannerisms, values, passions, etc. There are things passed on through genetics and heritage that show I am not him, but I am of him.  (Not God, but of God.  God is Spirit)

b. We are an image of His creative, spiritual, intelligent, communicative, relational and moral capacities.  We sees these attributes in 1:2.

 We were created in His image pre-fall.  The fall marred the Image of God in us and the spirit longs to be in the image again.  It is the constant battle between flesh and spirit.  Is the longing to be in the image.


“Since you have heard about Jesus and have learned the truth that comes from him, throw off your old sinful nature and your former way of life, which is corrupted by lust and deception. Instead, let the Spirit renew your thoughts and attitudes. Put on your new nature, created to be like God—truly righteous and holy.”        Ephesians 4:21-24 NLT

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Engage the Promise (every promise in the book is mine)

  1. Abraham Gen. 12:1 Promise Father of nations (he is 75 with no kids)
  2. I enlisted, I went all in ( TJ TLT)
    “look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth. When I called him he was only one man, and I blessed him and made him many.”  Is 51

I was lost and frustrated with the planning and the waiting. I wanted it now and had no idea where to even start
I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth. These are the things I will do; I will not forsake them.” Is 42

2016 promise (Expectant)
“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Is 43:19


WHY-Every story changes at the cross

  1.  Enjoy the Journey (Gen 15:2 How, I have no kids – look at the stars. Too many to count)
    1. Bumpy roads
    2. Wrong roads/long roads
    3. Beautiful roads
    4. WHY-Our stories intersect and inspire others


2. Embrace your destiny (Gen 17:16, laughed 99, 18:11 Sarah laughs, How could a worn-out woman like me have a baby, 18:13 why laugh is anything too hard for the Lord)
WHY – We are the church and the church is still the HOPE of the world


3. Establish a Home, Growing a community

  1. People need Jesus and a place to belong
  2. People will always have a place to call home
  3. People will be drawn to the light
  4. Fulfill our God-given vision without a huge financial burden


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