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The impossible promise from God (Genesis 15-18)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | December 31, 2010 | Genesis 15 - 17

A promise was made, a covenant – sealed. And yet there was still anxiety and disbelief in God, the maker of the covenant from both Abraham and Sarai. They were promised something that was seemingly impossible – descendants as numerous as the stars, and apparently the jokes on them, because they were 100 and 90 years old respectively with no kids.

I cannot even begin to imagine what was …

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I’m good enough. I’m smart enough. And doggone it, people like me!

Written by Will Johnston | December 29, 2010 | Genesis 9 - 11

Or maybe not…

Today we’ve explored the concept of imago Dei and learned that we still bear the image of God even in our fallen state.  But what does this mean for us?  What are the practical implications …

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(Still) Made in the Image of God

Written by Will Johnston | December 29, 2010 | Genesis 9 - 11

One of the amazing things about the statement, “…God made man in his own image,” is its placement in Genesis 9.  This is actually the second time we find this in Scripture.  We first read it in Genesis 1.

So God created man in his own image,
in the image of God he created him;
male and female he created them.

Here it makes perfect sense.  Humanity was …
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Glimpse of the Divine

Written by Will Johnston | December 29, 2010 | Genesis 9 - 11

…God made man in his own image.” -Genesis 9:6b

Theologians debate exactly what it means to be created in the image of God.  Some claim it is our intellect, our capacity for reasoning and self-reflection.  Others say it is in our role as rulers of creation (Gen 1:28).  Still others argue it is found in our relational nature.  While it may not be clear exactly how we reflect the image …

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The Thrill of Hope

Written by Maegan Stout | December 25, 2010 | Luke 19 - 21

O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of the dear Savior’s birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining.
Till He appeared and the Spirit felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! Oh, hear the angel voices!
O night divine, …

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I’m Third!

Written by Amanda Giobbi | December 22, 2010 | Luke 13 - 15

Things we already know about the book of Luke:
• He’s writing one of the books called the “gospels”
• He relied heavily on eyewitnesses to tell of the accounts he writes of
• He focuses on detail within the story
• He also focuses on joy
• He hung out with Paul on his missionary journeys
Fun facts about Luke 13-15
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Good Gifts (Luke 10-12)

Written by Nina Schmidgall | December 22, 2010 | Luke 10 - 12

There is so much goodness in these passages, it is hard to know where to begin.  But it is Christmas!  So, let’s talk about Christmas! 

Christmas has always been fun.  But, not since being kids ourselves has Christmas been as exciting as it is now that we have small children in our house.  Everything seems more magical through their eyes!  We are letting them eat cookies and treats.  Lights …

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The Cross at Christmas (Luke 7-9)

Written by Heather Zempel | December 22, 2010 | Luke 7 - 9

The most important question ever asked in Scripture is found in Luke 7:20: “But who do you say that I am?” In one of Peter’s better moments, he answers with confidence and clarity, “The Christ of God.” Jesus then begins to expound on what that means. The next seven verses contain cheery talk of crosses and death. First, Jesus announces that he will die. Second, he challenges his followers that …

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Luke Book Background

Written by Will Johnston | December 20, 2010 |

Luke is the first book in a two part series, the second being Acts.  It is named after it’s author, Luke, who was a physician from Antioch and a companion of the Apostle Paul.  He wrote during the first century AD, probably the early 60s, and was primarily addressing Gentile Christians.

The book of Luke presents several key themes:

God Possible

Written by Andy Pisciotti | December 16, 2010 | Isaiah 61 - 62

As a humble five year old, I believed that anything was possible.  My faith in God was absolute, and in turn, I knew that I could accomplish anything because my God was with me.  With age, I’ve learned to underestimate what is possible.  It’s a painful character flaw.  If my life were an ancient literary epic, you might even call it my tragic flaw.  Thankfully, Isaiah comes and proclaims redemption.  …

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