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If those frogs didn’t change your mind…

Written by Heather Corsi | January 14, 2011 | Exodus 10 - 12

Growing up in the church, I have heard countless sermons and teachings on “the plagues.”  I find that I often get very distracted by the craziness happening in this story.  Am I only the one to get a bit distracted by imagining thousands of frogs covering everything or realizing how creepy that many locusts would be?  Or contemplating the great sadness that must have surrounded all of those people affected …

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Magic Tricks

Written by Andy Pisciotti | January 13, 2011 | Exodus 7 - 9

In today’s reading I find something interesting. Pharaoh’s magicians go toe to toe with Moses and Aaron over the first few plagues. They’re able to duplicate what the Lord is doing. Aaron throws down his staff and it becomes a snake, next think you know, Pharaoh’s magicians are doing the same thing. Then the Lord tells Moses and Aaron to strike the Nile so that the water turns to blood, …

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Be a BUTTON not a COOKIE!

Written by Amanda Giobbi | January 11, 2011 | Exodus 4 - 6

What do we already know about Exodus?

o Exodus means departure
o Exodus recounts the story of Moses
o At the beginning of the book hundreds of thousands of Israelites are enslaved in Egypt
o Moses was raised by Pharaoh’s daughter
o Moses fled Egypt as a murderer and 50 years later returned to help free his people
o At this point the Israelites …

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Pain with the Promise

Written by Kurtis Parks | January 11, 2011 | Exodus 1 - 3

Every time I read from Exodus, the story of Moses, I’m taken back to being a little 7 year old boy, right before bedtime, and my dad reading stories of the Bible, accompanied by really cool drawings, of course. The story of Moses is a special one.

First, to set the scene, let’s go back to the famous promise that God made to Abraham, the one where God said …

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Joseph’s Obituary

Written by Will Johnston | January 10, 2011 | Genesis 47 - 50

Much of Genesis traces the story of Joseph, the second youngest son of Jacob (of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob fame), and Chapter 50 records his final days.  It is an amazing story, one full of infighting, deception, and heartache, but perhaps what is most amazing about it is the man Joseph himself.  While not a perfect man, his insight, wisdom, and integrity are almost without parallel.  There is much we …

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Forgotten (Genesis 40-42)

Written by Heather Zempel | January 9, 2011 | Genesis 40 - 42

“The chief cupbearer, however, did not remember Joseph; he forgot him.” (Genesis 40:23)

Poor Joseph. First, his brothers sold him into slavery. But then he caught a lucky break with his assignment in Potiphar’s mansion. Until the lady of the house couldn’t control her crush on him and then blamed him for inappropriate behavior. And into the dungeon he was flung again. The first time you could argue he deserved …

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Forgive the crazy!

Written by Reagan Chaney | January 8, 2011 |

Not that the story of Joseph and his brother’s was not dramatic enough, it hits another level in chapters 43-46. This story is kind of a roller coaster and whirlwind. There is a severe famine, family pressure to provide what is needed and lots of dramatic irony occurring. From my view there is a lot of emotion in this story. The brothers are dealing with guilt, Israel the father is …

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Mythbusters: Joseph

Written by Jeremy Sexton | January 7, 2011 | Genesis 37 - 39

One of the things I’m most passionate about is the Bible. Specifically whether or not we are treating it properly and getting it right. Today we’re going to play Mythbusters with one of the most popular, and perhaps most misunderstood, stories in Genesis: Joseph.

Now, whenever you hear the story of Joseph presented, it usually includes emphasis on how Joseph was virtuous and because of this, God blessed him. There …

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The Roots: Genesis 33-36

Written by Sarah Magallanes | January 6, 2011 | Genesis 33 - 36

Lately, a few friends and I have talked quite a bit about origin stories. Whether it’s fascination with how a musical group came together or what a music artist taps into for inspiration. Whether it’s a leading graphic designer in the industry and how they got their start. Whether it is a founder of a nonprofit and identifying that singular experience of authenticity that distinctly pulsed in their soul and …

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For A Bowl Of Stew

Written by Maegan Stout | January 5, 2011 | Genesis 24 - 26

Every year NCC staff gets the wonderful opportunity to go to Catalyst. It’s a huge privilege that I get down right giddy for. This past year, Catalyst opened with a message from the story of Jacob and Esau.


Right before we the conference, I read the book of Ecclesiastes in the G2C plan. I was struck the insatiable and unquenchable human appetite. The book is filled with …

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