Loneliness and the God Who is With Us
Genesis 28:10-22 • April 10, 2021 • Tim Cain
Loneliness is a condition that all of us have faced at various times in our lives. In Genesis 28 Jacob finds himself totally alone as he flees the home that he loved in order to escape the anger of his older brother. In the midst of Jacob's loneliness God appeared to him in a dream and revealed himself to be exactly what Jacob needed at that time. In this story we will see some amazing truths about God, and with Jacob, I believe we will find that the God who has revealed himself to us continues to be exactly what his people need today.
Trusting God at the Crossroads in Life
Genesis 27 • March 27, 2021 • Tim Cain
Life is full of crossroads. In Genesis 27 we will look at three different people who all find themselves at very different crossroads. I believe that as we look at each one we will find that we have been at these same crossroads before. But instead of just telling us which path to take God has given us this story which takes us down the different paths so that we can see where they lead and better understand the way we should go.
Who am I: Jacob, Shame and our True Identity
Genesis 27 • March 20, 2021 • Tim Cain
How many times have we tried to be someone we aren’t in the hopes of gaining the love and acceptance that we long for? In this story Jacob longs for his father’s blessing, but he thinks the only way to get it is to pretend to be his brother. Of course, by pretending to be his brother, all he does is confirm his true identity. He is Jacob, the deceiver. In this message we will find that there is hope even for deceivers like Jacob, but only if they are willing to stop running and acknowledge the truth.
Can God Be Trusted to Keep his Promises?
Genesis 26 • March 13, 2021 • Tim Cain
Have you ever found God’s promises hard to believe? In Genesis 26 we will look at the life of Isaac and consider some of the situations that can make God’s promises hard for us to believe. In each situation we will consider whether or not God can be trusted to keep his promises, even then.
Esau Sells His Birthright
Genesis 25:27-34 • March 6, 2021 • Tim Cain
Why would someone sell the most precious possession in the world for a bowl of soup? From the outside it seems crazy until we contemplate how many times we have traded things of eternal significance for a few moments of pleasure. And for those who are disciplined and have learned to control their feelings and find yourself looking down on people like Esau, you too will find that you are represented in this story.
The Birth of Jacob and Esau
Genesis 25:1-28 • February 27, 2021 • Tim Cain
In Genesis 25 we learn that Abraham had 8 sons, but only Isaac received the blessing. Then Isaac has twins, but before they were even born God declared that only one of them would receive the blessing. All of this leads to the question “On what basis does God pass down the blessing?” With the help of Romans 9 this message will seek to begin to answer that question.
Responding to unmet needs
Genesis 24 • February 20, 2021 • Tim Cain
Have you ever felt like you were missing something that you desperately needed? All of us have things that we want that we don’t have, but sometimes there are things that we feel like we desperately need, and yet we still don’t have them. So, what do we do? How are you and I supposed to respond to our unmet needs? In Genesis 24 Abraham we encounter a massive unmet need and we get to watch how Abraham and his servant respond to it. I believe this text has a lot to teach us about what it looks like to trust God and why it is that he can be trusted even when we feel like there are things we desperately need.