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May 10, 2018

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May 10, 2018 

Read Genesis 3

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Scripture- Genesis 3:11- “Who told you that you were naked?” the Lord God asked. “Have you eaten from the tree whose fruit I commanded you not to eat?”

Observations- I love that God asked questions of both Adam and Eve for which He already knew the answer, but God was drawing them out. In other words, even in their disobedience and sin, God was inviting them to stay in the relationship and conversation with Him. Both Adam and Eve attempted to deflect their sin, blame someone else for their behavior, and decline to take responsibility for their actions. While there would be consequences for their disobedience, God wasn't giving up on them. 

Application- We all have a propensity for deflection and blaming others when we mess up, but it's important to learn how to take personal responsibility for our own shortcomings, failures, and sins. It's easy for me to imagine God asking me the question, "Jamie, what have you done now?" to both challenge me and stay in the relationship with me when I fall short of His glory, which happens all too often. 

Prayer- (by St. Anselm- 1033-1109) O my God, teach my heart where and how to seek You, where and how to find You. You are my God and You are my all and I have never seen You. You have made me and remade me, You have bestowed on me all the good things I possess, Still I do not know You. I have not yet done that for which I was made. Teach me to seek You. I cannot seek You unless You teach me or find You unless You show Yourself to me. Let me seek You in my desire, let me desire You in my seeking. Let me find You by loving You, let me love You when I find You. Amen. 

"For everyone has sinned; we all fall short of God’s glorious standard. Yet God, in his grace, freely makes us right in his sight. He did this through Christ Jesus when he freed us from the penalty for our sins." (Romans 3:23-24), 

Pastor Jamie

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May 9, 2018

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May 9, 2018 

Read Genesis 2

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Scripture- Genesis 2:24-25- This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. Now the man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.

Observations- In Genesis 1 it didn't go into this kind of detail about the creation of human beings, and this story was designed to point to how central and vital God intended the union between a man and a woman to be- as a fulfillment of His plan for their mutual benefit. God wanted to be in an ongoing, growing relationship where both parties longed for the spiritual growth of the other.

Application- This points to the ideal of God's hopes for human flourishing in a relationship of marriage, which is not to say we can't flourish without being married. Nothing could be further from the truth, since our identity is found in Christ alone. Does this always play out the way we most want? Hardly. Will there be painful problems along the way? We wish it were not so, but as we shall see in the next chapter we miss the mark of God's full intention of our lives all too often. God's desire, however, is for us to always grow closer to Him, and if we are married the result will be that we grow closer to one another. How are you doing at growing closer to God in whatever your current circumstances?

Prayer- Lord, I thank You for my bride and the way she helps and challenges me to grow closer to You. I pray for people who are married to do all in their power to love and respect their spouse. I pray for married and single people to know You are with them and for them, and that their identity is not found in any human relationship, but in Christ alone...for Your glory. Amen.

"And further, submit to one another out of reverence for Christ." (Ephesians 5:21),

Pastor Jamie

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