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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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The Spoken Blessing (Genesis 27-29)

Written by Jenilee LeFors | January 4, 2011 | Genesis 27 - 29

What a scandal!!! In Genesis 25 Esau sells his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. Not two chapters later (who knows how long it was between chapters…) there is an internal family scandal where dad - Isaac is about to give the blessing to the oldest son – Esau. Mom – Rebekah overhears the intention of Isaac and sends the younger son – Jacob to disguise himself like …

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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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