This Mother’s Day we begin a two part series, learning from Mary’s relationship with God. In this first part, we’ll be looking at Mary’s acceptance of God’s call and the work God was doing inside of her. Her life is a pattern for the life we’re called to have with God. PPT

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John 12:12-19 “Palms”

On this Palm Sunday, Jesus makes a grand entrance as he comes riding into Jerusalem. His entrance is filled with meaning and understood properly, it is at odds with what the crowd wanted and expected. Even the disciples didn’t understand the implications until after Jesus’ resurrection. In the same way, our understanding and image of […]

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Genesis 25:19-34 “The Gift”

Esau was given a divine gift in being the firstborn of the family. Unfortunately, his lesser pursuits gained his total devotion. In this way, Esau despised his birthright. Jacob, on the other, desperately wanted this gift for himself. What he didn’t realize is that even his desire for it was because God has already called […]

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Genesis 22:1-14 “Giving Up, Holding On”

During lent people often choose to ‘give up’ something for time. In our passage this week, Abraham is asked to give up the ‘Son of Promise.’ It doesn’t make sense, since through Isaac Abraham was to have descendants as numerous as the stars. God never intended to sacrifice Isaac, but He did intend for Abraham […]

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Genesis 21 “Tears & Laughter”

In Genesis 21, the long-awaited Promise of a son is fulfilled, “at the very time God had promised him.” At the same time Sarah’s tears are being turned into laughter, Hagar’s laughter is turned into tears. But she too is given a Promise, though it too will take an extended time to come about. In […]

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Today’s passage challenges our assumptions. Abraham, a man of faith, lacks it, while a faithless man follows God’s lead. God is at work in the lives of unbelievers, while sometimes we might miss his work in our own lives. Today’s reading invites us to remember that we may not be as faith filled as we […]

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Genesis 18 & 19 “Don’t Look Back”

When the cries of the oppressed in Sodom and Gomorrah go unheard and unheeded, God steps in to deal with the injustice. The innocent are sought out to liberate, but some find it difficult to leave the old ways behind. This is a story about the justice of God and the self-destructiveness of sin. It […]

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