How It All Started

Part 1 – “Route 66” (a series with a message from each of the 66 books of the Bible)
Genesis 3; 12:1-3; 15:1-6

Genesis demonstrates how God’s right to rule through man is challenged by the sin of man. So God, in His grace, chose to bless the whole of mankind through one man’s descendants. The problem of sin is met with the promise of gracious redemption.

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What, the Devil? [Podcast]

Genesis 3:1-6; Isaiah 14:12-14; Ezekiel 28:12-17; Ephesians 6:14-18; Revelation 20:10

Where did the devil come from? Is he real? How could God create him evil—or did He?

Understanding Satan’s strategy against you equips you to be victorious in the battle, for you are in it.

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Dying With Unfulfilled Dreams [Podcast]

Genesis 49:29-50:26

The death of believers provides an incomparable opportunity to demonstrate faith in the unfulfilled promises of God. Not even death can separate us from the love of God in Christ, because the promises of God extend beyond this life.

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Be Careful of Yesterday [Podcast]

Genesis 49:1-28

Decisions we make have lasting effects on the lives of our children. Jacob’s prophecies of his sons’ descendants directly connected with his sons’ actions. How essential it is that we be careful what we did.

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An Unorthodox God [Podcast]

Genesis 47:28-48:22

God’s ways are not always our ways. In fact, He sometimes does the opposite of human conventions!

As Jacob was dying, he blessed Joseph’s sons by crossing his hands, putting the younger above the older—in spite of the protest of Joseph.

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Taming of the Shrewd [Podcast]

Genesis 46:31-47:27

Using wisdom in dealing with those in authority leads to a greater freedom for believers.

Joseph wisely used his influence in and knowledge of Egyptian culture so as to both benefit the believing community and not to offend the one in authority.

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A Moving Experience [Podcast]

Genesis 45:16-46:30

Only the power of God can bring resolution to an absolute hopeless situation.

We may be reassured to follow God’s leading, even when it removes us from our perceived security, trusting that His leading brings more satisfaction in the end.

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How to Forgive [Podcast]

Genesis 45:1-15

You’ve been wronged. Forgiving feels impossible.

How was Joseph able to reconcile with his undeserving brothers? Forgiveness begins by recognizing God’s sovereignty.

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Second Chances [Podcast]

Genesis 44

A loyalty first to self once led Joseph’s brothers to rid themselves of him.

Joseph now provides them the opportunity once again to abandon a favored son, thus testing their loyalty.

God may test our willingness to put others first if in the past we failed to demonstrate this. Given a second chance, a repentant heart will choose the right path.

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When God Gives Others More [Podcast]

Genesis 43

It’s tough when someone gets what we want.

As jealousy had once enraged Joseph’s brothers against him, he now tests their character again by favoring Benjamin above them.

We shouldn’t let jealousy mar our rejoicing in God’s undeserved grace to us.

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