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The Genesis (Part 10): The prophecy
March 20, 2018 06:40 AM PDT
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The final sermon in this sermon from the first 9 chapters of Genesis. Really, the series would have done well to end last week, with the nice tie-in between chapter 1 and the beginning of chapter 9. But the account of Noah finishes off with this strange story about Noah getting drunk, passing out, and then cursing his son Ham. And we don't often know what to make of this account. But this story is the foundation of beginning (the genesis) of the rest of the ENTIRE OLD TESTAMENT. It sets the stage for God's salvation purpose in choosing the Israelites as "His Chosen People." And so it is important to finish where the Bible finishes the story, and not to finish the series where it would make a nice tidy sermon series ending. (Gen 9:18-29, Romans 11:13-24, John 15:1-8)

The Genesis (Part 9): The covenant
March 13, 2018 06:30 AM PDT
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This sermon considers the first half of chapter 9 of Genesis. We consider the universal covenant that God makes with all mankind and all living things on the earth. And the sign of this covenant is the rainbow, which is a reminder for God so that God will remember his covenant to never destroy all life on earth with a flood again.

The Genesis (Part 7): The salvation
February 26, 2018 12:13 PM PST
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In Chapter 7 of Genesis, God's wrath is poured out on the earth, and everything that had life is wiped out, except for those saved by God on the ark. Noah was not saving himself by building the ark, God was saving Noah because of his obedience and righteousness in the midst of the the corrupt generation of people. And interestingly, the application of this flood story to us as christians today, according to the Apostle Peter, is Baptism.

The Genesis (Part 6): The Warning
February 22, 2018 09:52 AM PST
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Part 6 of our sermon series from Genesis (We apologize that part 5 is missing, we experienced technical difficulty and the sermon wasn't recoded). In this sermon we consider chapter 6 of Genesis. Every inclination of the human heart was wicked all the time. And this great wickedness causes an intense grief and bitterness in God, at the abandonment of God by mankind. And so God responds by establishing a relief plan for Himself. Yet God sees Noah's faithfulness, and gives him a warning about the great calamity God was going to bring on the earth.

The Genesis (Part 4): The call
January 30, 2018 09:49 AM PST
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In Chapter 4, we encounter the first child, the first murder, the first "name it and claim it" moment, and the first time the people began to call on the name of the Lord. This chapter, really, is a chapter about worship. It is possible to worship God incorrectly. Are we to worship God according to the way we want, or according to the way that God wants?

The Genesis (Part 3): The consequence
January 25, 2018 08:06 AM PST
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The 3rd chapter of Genesis chronicles the fall of man and women into sin. Sometimes we get what we desire, but the result is a lot worse than what we expect. Eve desired the fruit, but when she ate it, and when she gave it to Adam, their eyes were opened and the result was so much more terrible than what they naively thought. And so Adam and Eve tried to cover it up, and when that didn't work, they tried to pass the blame onto someone else... but it didn't work. There was still punishment for sin. There is always punishment for sin. The consequence for sin is death.

The Genesis (Part 2): The man and the woman
January 16, 2018 11:32 AM PST
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In chapter 2 of the book of Genesis we consider the story of the creation of man and of woman, and the garden of Eden. The first problem presented to us in the Bible is not the temptation to eat the forbidden fruit. The first problem in the Bible is the fact that Adam was alone in the garden, and it was not good for him to be alone. The solution to this problem: woman! From this comes a very important teaching on marriage.

The Genesis (Part 1): The Goodness of God
January 11, 2018 10:41 AM PST
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The beginning of a new year, the beginning of a new sermon series, and it is about: beginnings! smiley The word "Genesis" means beginning, and for the next several weeks we will be going through the first 9 chapters of the book of Genesis. This week we look at chapter one, not with the eyes of creation scientists or apologists, but rather as those who already believe in God, and who want to deepen their faith. Genesis chapter 1 is really about introducing us, not to the creation, but to God the creator. He is powerful, good, and holy. Reading Genesis chapter 1 should instil in us an incredible awe of God.

Here is Your God! (2017 Advent of Love)
January 11, 2018 10:21 AM PST
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It is the advent of Love, and the reason I love Christmas is not primarily because of the presents (though I do really like those), but because God came down as a baby, that Jesus had come to eventually die for my sins. We are finishing up our study of Isaiah 40, and we see our God as a god of Love. We will shout it out from somewhere very high: Here is our God! A mighty King and a good shepherd!

Cry Out! (2017 Advent of Joy)
December 18, 2017 09:47 AM PST
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In a strange turn of events, this sermon on Joy follows Isaiah 40 into the content of what we should remind people about... This is what we ought to cry out: 1) Life is temporary. 2) Our faith is fickle. 3) God's word stands forever. Real joy comes from understanding these truths, and not from chasing after our own temporary desires that only leave us feeling empty in the end.

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