Sermons on Genesis

Sermons on Genesis

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Sent to Foreigners – Joseph’s Brothers

August 16, 2020 Sent to Foreigners: Joseph’s Brothers              11th Pentecost Genesis 5:1-15   August 16, 2020   Matthew 15:21-28 My letters went to Curlew by accident.  I had moved from Seattle to Spokane to study counseling at Whitworth.  The secretary at my former church made a typographical error when publishing my new address in the church newsletter, and the ZIP Code was that of Curlew, WA, rather than northern Spokane.  As a result, the first several letters I received from folks in Seattle…
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Sent to Foreigners – Joseph

Psalm 105:1-6, 16-22, 45b   Genesis 37:1-4, 12-28 Last week, I talked about our Family of Faith—a family that stretches back for thousands of years.  We have lots of characters in our family, some embarrassing events, and a number of miraculous events—but our Scriptures are full of this family history!  Today, I want to talk about an early event in the life of our family, one that shows how to put the FUN in dysFUNctional!  And I want to explore how God can use EVEN…

His Eye is on the Sparrow

His Eye Is on the Sparrow     Fathers’ Day Genesis 21:8-21  Matthew 10:29-39 Are any of you “birdwatchers”?  I guess all of us are, to one degree or another, because we notice birds.  But can you imagine anyone ever saying, “Oh, look!  There’s a sparrow!”?  It just doesn’t happen.  Sparrows are small and brown and common—almost beneath our notice.  After all, it’s the rare birds, the colorful birds that grab our attention and make us say, “Oh, look!  See that bird?!” In similar…

Our Three in One God

Our Three-in-One God              Trinity Sunday Genesis 1:1-5   Matthew 28:16-20 Have you ever been to a circus?  I like watching the tight-rope walkers.  They do amazing things while traversing a cable that has been strung between two posts—a cable that is under tremendous tension.  Both posts are trying to pull the cable in opposite directions, and that is what makes a tight-rope tight—makes it possible to walk on it.  Circuses don’t have “loose-rope” walkers—it just wouldn’t work.  The tension is what makes tight-rope walking possible.…

Passing Along the Blessing

February 9, 2020 Passing Along the Blessing             5th Epiphany Genesis 12:1-4a     February 9, 2020     John 3:1-17 Think for just a moment about all the times you have given someone some money, and they have said, “I’ll pay it back!” It’s the normal way things are done. Now I’d like you to hear a few lines from a letter written in 1784—from Benjamin Franklin to Benjamin Webb: “I do not pretend to give such a Sum; I only lend it to you. When you…meet…