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May 16, 2018

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May 16, 2018 

Read Genesis 9

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Scripture- Genesis 9:65-6- And I will require the blood of anyone who takes another person’s life. If a wild animal kills a person, it must die. And anyone who murders a fellow human must die. If anyone takes a human life, that person’s life will also be taken by human hands. For God made human beings in his own image. 

Observations- The point of this is the high value God places on human life. It is because each person is created in the very image of God that we are to honor one another by not taking the life of another person. The ancient Hebrews worshiped a God who declared not that human life was to be treated lightly, but that it was special, unique, and designed to honor God.

Application- Jesus took the value of human life as a gift from God so seriously that He moved to the next level with such teachings. For example, Jesus declared, "You have heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not murder. If you commit murder, you are subject to judgment.’ But I say, if you are even angry with someone, you are subject to judgment!" (Matthew 5:21-22a) Are we able to see the image of God in every person we meet? This is huge challenge and aspiration as we seek to follow Jesus. 

Prayer-Lord, thank for how fearfully and wonderfully each one of us is made! That I am created in Your image confronts me with all of the ways I fall short of honoring that reality and stand in constant need of Your grace and mercy. Today help me to see the people I come in contact with as special, unique, and created in Your very own image. Let this affect the choices I make and the way I treat the people You love so much. Amen.

"He came to this world and became a man in order to spread to other men the kind of life He has — by what I call "good infection." Every Christian is to become a little Christ. The whole purpose of becoming a Christian is simply nothing else.” (C. S. Lewis),

Pastor Jamie

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May 15, 2018

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May 15, 2018

Read: Genesis 8

 

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Scripture- Genesis 8:18-2218 So Noah, his wife, and his sons and their wives left the boat. 19And all of the large and small animals and birds came out of the boat, pair by pair. 20 Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and there he sacrificed as burnt offerings the animals and birds that had been approved for that purpose.[e] 21 And the Lord was pleased with the aroma of the sacrifice and said to himself, “I will never again curse the ground because of the human race, even though everything they think or imagine is bent toward evil from childhood. I will never again destroy all living things. 22 As long as the earth remains, there will be planting and harvest, cold and heat, summer and winter, day and night.”

Observations- After pushing the reset button, God determined it was time to restart the ecosystem He had created. He used Noah, his family and a couple of each animal species as a healthy sample and tasked them to reproduce and repopulate His earth. This particular portion we´ve selected, together with the next few chapters of the book of Genesis, explains how this process took place.

 

Application-Now, the interesting thing is that, even though the task was humongous, Noah said let´s get to WORSHIP before saying, let´s get to WORK. Our tendency to get the job done makes us forget, or in the best case relegate, the God of the job. If we really want to do God´s work and be fruitful in it, we should remember that worship is not a ritual but a relationship with Him, it´s not a luggage but a language, not a coercion but a connection. With God, worship is always a solid first step, the igniting spark of eternal new beginnings.

 

Prayer- Dear God, help us be in a constant and natural relationship with you through worship. Help us speak your language and stay connected with you. Help us worship you in spirit and in truth. In the Name of Jesus, we pray, AMEN!

 

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