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Sermons on Genesis

February 28, 2021 Sermon: Return from the Wilderness – Envy

So, I encourage you, work diligently at all times to be content with what you have, with physical things as well as relational, spiritual, and positional things.  Further, whenever you do start to feel a little envious, immediately do something to focus on God – as a way of taking your focus off the object of your envy/desire – so that you may live as God intends instead of suffering the pain and consequences of envy.

Back to Basics: God

I hope, I PRAY, that you will cut out the clutter and get back to the basics, the essentials, of who God is and how God works in the world.   God is relational and craves relationship with you. God is loving and good. God creates and causes the goodness. God is loving, graceful, and forgiving…all the way to the end of time.  And God calls you to know and enjoy the very best in life.

Worship at the Cabin: Creation Care

I said it before; I’ll say it again.  I’m not an environmentalist. You will not anytime soon be hearing me advocating any kind of mandatory restrictions on people’s enjoyment of God’s creation.  However, what you’ve heard today and what you will CONTINUE to here is a person of God imploring you to CHOOSE to perform one of the primary jobs God placed people here to perform: caring for God’s creation the way God would care for it, the way God showed us throughout scripture to care for it.  Choose to participate in God’s desires and efforts to care for creation in such a way that creation can continue to care for people for generations to come.

Jacob Is Israel Is Us

I guess what I’m trying to say is this: don’t test God by expecting something quite as mind-blowing as changing a tumor from malignant to benign. And don’t wait for God to show you a stairway to heaven like God did for Jacob. Instead, watch for the ways God is with you in every moment of your journey of life, offering you again and again the gifts of grace, presence, and steadfast love. Don’t just watch for the ways God is working in your life, but ENJOY the ways God is working in your life. Because God IS working, and your recognition of that reality will make life a lot more worth living!

Action

Y’all, a church building that had been reduced to rubble just a few years prior to that service now stood as a beacon of hope for a community and a testament to what faith-in-action can do. Which gets me wondering: what can God accomplish when and if WE, First Christian Church, Grand Junction, put our faith into greater action?

Happy Endings

So God’s good news as found in today’s passage is simply this: whenever you choose to follow God’s will for you instead of your own harmful feelings and desires, whenever you choose to let God guide the direction of your life instead of letting the pain of your past and the pain of what others have done to you guide the direction of your future, whenever you decide to let go of all the justifications you have for why it’s ok to hold on to anger and hate because, by golly, that mean person who hurt you DESERVES it, then, THEN, you will enjoy contentment in life, then you will enjoy life and every single moment of life as a gift and blessing instead of a curse.

Hospitality

Y’all, there are thousands of lost and lonely people, hungry people like Marta, all around us in the Grand Valley. Once we’ve invited them to Jesus’ house, we need to do everything we can to help them encounter Jesus while they’re here. Even if it means spending some money on big arrow signs pointing to the entrance that WE don’t NEED for uUS instead of spending that same money on a new convenience WE will use. Even if it means focusing on THEIR children instead of ourselves. Even if it means there will be a few buletin airplanes flying around.

Striving with God

And this long-term struggle, this struggle every single day to get our will in line with God’s will, the struggle every day against God’s desires but also the struggle to get BACK to God’s desires, y’all THAT is what the Bible is all about. That’s what following Jesus is all about. Our lives are about a transformation process being worked by God but resisted by us. We, people, spend much of our lives seeking our own desires and our own way. Yet somehow, through encounters with God …God tries to transform us into something more than what WE desire, God tries to transform us into what God made us for, into what God desires for us. It’s the transformation of resurrection, the transformation of the new life God offers out of the old life we have so long pursued.