Tag: Genesis


14
Oct 2019
Original Goodness

Genesis 1:26-31 Then God said, “Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness; and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the birds of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the wild animals of the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps upon the earth.” So God created humankind in his image,     in the image of God he created them;     male and female he created them. God blessed them, and God said to them, “Be fruitful and multiply, and fill the earth......

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24
Sep 2019
The Very First JYF Retreat

And God said, “This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come:  I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds, I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.  Whenever the rainbow appears in the clouds,......

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24
Jun 2019
There's Something More

Then Jacob woke from his sleep and said, “Surely the Lord is in this place—and I did not know it!” -Genesis 28:16 What do you want in life? Really deep down? What is your deepest longing? Your purest purpose? What is that inescapable drive within you? What is at the center of your heart and mind and soul? Read Genesis 28:10-17 again. This is a story about waking up. Waking up to purpose, and joy, and meaning and calling. Waking up to more, to the more that is all around us, all the time.......

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28
Jan 2019
We Make the Path by Walking

Take a moment and think of some of the people in Scripture and how they had to take a step of faith on their journey.  They had to make the first step on the path up some pretty significant mountains.  Think about the mountains these people climbed… Moses David Isaiah Jesus the disciples John, charged with documented visions and dreams in Revelation From Genesis to Revelation, God’s Word is full of stories of how people had to make the first step on the mountains in their life they must climb. Reflect:  Where......

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29
May 2018
Dirt, Spirit, and Being Human

You and I are dirt creatures. Scripture describes us as dirt sculptures made alive by the spirit of God. The Lord God formed the human from the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and the human became a living being. (Genesis 2:7) It’s not all that different from frosty the snowman. You know, you build a human form from snow, you give it facial features, and then something magical animates good old frosty! In the snowman’s case, it was an old silk hat. In our......

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14
May 2018
Mother God

A father and son are in a horrible car crash that kills the dad. The son is rushed to the hospital. just as he’s about to go under the knife, the surgeon says, “I can’t operate—that boy is my son!” Can you explain? . . . . . . If you haven’t yet figured it out, the surgeon is the boys MOTHER! If you didn’t get it at first (or if you end ahead before you really thought about it), then you are like most people who don’t get this right away......

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28
Jun 2017
Being Available

My family has a special call when a meal is ready and on the table. In a swooping, high-pitch voice, one of the ladies of the family will call out, “Whoop, whoop!” We all know that this is the signal that we are to stop whatever we are doing and make ourselves available to eat. A second call might be given if a family member does not show up promptly. Rarely is there a third call. Instead, either someone goes looking for the absent person or dinner just starts without that person.......

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09
Feb 2017
Choosing the Tree of Life

The Tree of Life is one of my favorite images in the entire Bible.  It bookends the story of God.  In Genesis, the Tree of Life is planted in the idyllic Garden of Eden.  And in Revelation, it is found in the center of the River of Life within the New Jerusalem. So, it must be an important image for understanding God’s story. There are trees throughout scripture which remind us of the Tree of Life at the beginning and end of our sacred story.  Just a few examples include, the tree by......

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