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We should crave blessings from God, that all peoples might give glory to God.
Leah and Rachel in competition for both Jacob's affection and body (!) interpret God's blessing of them. Each in their own way incorrectly interpret God's blessing in their lives. Each of their incorrect interpretations and the declarations in Gen. 30:22 that "God remembered Rachel and God listened to her and opened her womb" alert us to the contrast that often exists between our faulty beliefs about God's blessing of his redeemed covenant people and the actual reason for it.
Most of us want to make a difference in our world......have our voice heard.....be an influence. God calls us to do that very thing.....and yet, how can we be a good influence for Christ in such a fallen world. Peter gives us some ideas.
Why is the Resurrection such a key reason for doing Christian missions?
The Gospel message starts with the birth of the King.
This month we are considering the Christmas story as told by the authors of the four Gospels. Last week, we looked at Matthew’s account; today we consider Mark’s account. Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John all give us a little bit different version. This is not contradictory, understand, but complementary. Some like Luke, give us a lot of detail; others, like Mark, do not give us much. Actually, if it is the traditional Christmas story that you are looking for with Joseph, Mary, the baby, a stable, shepherds, you will not find it in Mark. But, when we really understand what the Christmas story is all about—the incarnation of Jesus—the coming of Jesus into our world and the implications of such—you will certainly discover that story here.