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While Esau's genealogy does not strike us as filled with great spiritual insight, we must agree that as part of Scripture it is filled with the characteristics Paul explains that all Scripture possesses. It too is profitable for our growth equipping us for every good work that God has created us in Christ Jesus to do. We perhaps understand it in this way when we understand Ch. 36 in light of its place in the lager story of Genesis and indeed the whole Bible. What we see in Esau's descendants are similarities that lead us to the conclusion that from a number of perspectives there really is very little difference between the Edomites and the Israelites. What we have to conclude is that the difference centers on God; God brought his word and revealed to Jacob's forefathers and Jacob where to live and how to live. God blessed Jacob and his descendants in a way in which he did not bless Esau. It tells us something profound about how the Christian should think about his or her difference in relation to the non-Christian and how the Church corporately should do as well.
In this message we pose three questions: (1) How much faith do you possess? (2) Does more faith make a difference? (3) What can you do to increase your faith? The first question, we must honestly and objectively answer for ourselves. The latter two, the Scriptures give us solid answers - Answers that can make a big difference in your Christian life.
Did your parent ever tell you to "watch yourself?" Mine did, and it wasn't about being mean or trying to ruin my day. It was about my dad trying to make sure I was the person I should be. Peter, in his first epistle, basically encourages his readers to "watch themselves" and for the same reason.......so that they could live up to their status as God's chosen people. As Christians, we should continue to "watch" ourselves today and how we live our lives? Why? Well.....that's what Peter is going to tell us.
Why is the Resurrection such a key reason for doing Christian missions?
In our second sermon on Genesis 25:19-34 we look at the recorded history from the perspective of what the interactions within Isaac and Rebekah's family means about them and God's family: the Church. While Malachi 1 and Romans 9 reveal that God chose to have mercy on Jacob and did not choose to have such mercy on Esau for salvation, such mercy worked itself out in a particular way in the historical details of Isaac, Rebekah, Jacob and Esau's lives. Their lives reveal that apart from God's sovereign mercy and grace there is no difference between those who are God's redeemed covenant people and those who are not. In addition, their lives reveal that to the degree that God's redeemed covenant people do not obey God they merely assist those outside the Church in sinning against God. It all reveals the profound humility and gratitude the Christian should have towards God.
On Tuesdays, we like to highlight people making a difference in New York and Pennsylania. Today, we go to central Pennsylvania, and Curt Knouse, Director of Volunteers, Missions and Outreach for the Susquehanna Conference of the Methodist Church. Curt's job is to find people who are willing to go on short term missions trips and pair them with churches and organizations that need them. Family Life Morning News Anchor Sarah Harnisch asked Curt why people should consider giving up their vacation time to do short term missions trips. He says it will impact you in ways that adventure-based vacations never can. It's called a Missions Vacation.
The Fresh Air fund provides free 2-week summer getaways in the country for low-income children from NYC. Family Life's Bob Price talks about what makes this organization so unique.
Each Tuesday, we like to highlight people who are making a difference in the Family Life listening area in New York and Pennsylvania. At just 25 years old, Tiffany Dawn has already written a book, recorded a cd, and created an interactive website. The Clifton Park, NY resident says God revealed what she looked like to Him, and she felt led to share the plan with other women who are struggling with their beauty.
Fathers your life does make a difference on many people, especially your wife and children. Is it a GOOD difference?