Sunday Morning 1/2: Unit 4, Session 1: God Called Moses

Moses’ life was in danger from the moment he was born. He was an Israelite—a descendant of Israel (Jacob)—living in Egypt after Jacob’s family had moved there, seeking food during a famine.  Four hundred years later, this family had grown and multiplied. Moses’ parents, Amran and Jochebed, likely lived in fear of the pharaoh whoContinue reading “Sunday Morning 1/2: Unit 4, Session 1: God Called Moses”

Sunday Morning 12/26: Unit 3, Session 6: God Controls Everything

In research, there is a common practice used to measure data: the pre-test and post-test. The pre-test is a baseline, assessing the state of something prior to experimental factors being introduced. As is suggested by the name, this happens prior to the experiment.  The post-test is a comparison, designed to compare the outcome of theContinue reading “Sunday Morning 12/26: Unit 3, Session 6: God Controls Everything”

Sunday Morning 12/19: Unit 3, Session 5: God Had a Plan for Joseph

The story of Joseph is packed full of moments that resonate with us. Maybe you were the favorite child or the favorite child’s sibling. Some people resonate with being cast away from family or being undeservingly welcomed into a new family. Some resonate with finding favor with an enemy or showing favor to an enemy.Continue reading “Sunday Morning 12/19: Unit 3, Session 5: God Had a Plan for Joseph”

Sunday Morning 12/12: Unit 3, Session 4: God Changed Jacob

Jacob’s journey in Genesis is one of unexpected and undeserved blessing after blessing. With a name that literally means he cheats, Jacob was unlikely to receive the privilege and opportunity God gave him. Jacob was a cheater, a liar, and a deceiver. He was quiet and not strongly gifted. And he was gullible, too. We cannotContinue reading “Sunday Morning 12/12: Unit 3, Session 4: God Changed Jacob”

Sunday Morning 12/5: Unit 3, Session 3: God Provided Isaac

It’s been said that when a word or phrase is repeated in the Bible, we ought to pay close attention. In Genesis 22, Abraham repeated one phrase three times: “Here I am.” Abraham first used “Here I am” on his journey when God called his name. Abraham’s eager response to God shows that he wasContinue reading “Sunday Morning 12/5: Unit 3, Session 3: God Provided Isaac”

Sunday Morning 11/28: Unit 3, Session 2: Melchizedek Blessed Abraham

We marvel at stories with two characters who are total opposites of each other. This is why so many stories feature some form of a noble hero and an immoral villain. The contrast of character and conduct is what drives the tension of the story.  In Genesis 14, we find two completely opposite kings: theContinue reading “Sunday Morning 11/28: Unit 3, Session 2: Melchizedek Blessed Abraham”

Sunday Morning 11/21: Unit 3, Session 1: God Made a Covenant with Abraham

Think about all of the choices that we have each day. Just in the morning, we have dozens of different cereals to eat, perhaps that many varieties of milk to pour on top of the cereal, and nearly as many ways to make coffee to go with it. All of these are choices that weContinue reading “Sunday Morning 11/21: Unit 3, Session 1: God Made a Covenant with Abraham”

Sunday Morning 11/14: Unit 2, Session 4: People Rebel Against God

We love to measure the health, success, or sustainability of pretty much anything and everything. We measure our kids by their grades in school. We measure teams by their wins and losses. We measure people by their influence and following on social media. In a world obsessed with measuring “success,” we ought to be assessingContinue reading “Sunday Morning 11/14: Unit 2, Session 4: People Rebel Against God”

Sunday Morning 11/7: Unit 2, Session 3: God Spared Noah

The Bible is full of promises. As early as the first few chapters of Genesis, we begin to see God make, and even fulfill, His promises: promises for punishment and for blessing, for death and for life, for separation and for salvation. In Noah’s journey to build an ark, survive the flood, and begin toContinue reading “Sunday Morning 11/7: Unit 2, Session 3: God Spared Noah”

Sunday Morning 10/31: Unit 2, Session 2: Sin Spread to People

Siblings often fight and compete as children and even adults. It may be over something as innocent as who gets the last cookie or as serious as who inherits their parents’ prized heirloom.  The competition Cain felt toward Abel—the world’s first siblings—reminds us that these family tensions can cause great damage to our relationships withContinue reading “Sunday Morning 10/31: Unit 2, Session 2: Sin Spread to People”