A few weeks ago, we passed out bottles to fill with donations that will help Pregnancy Resource Center support the life changing work of meeting the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of men and women who find themselves facing an unplanned pregnancy.
We will be collecting bottles this Sunday, February 10th. If you have a bottle, please remember to bring it (filled with cash, check, or coin) to the worship service this Sunday.
For 30 years, Pregnancy Resource Center has been sharing the love of Jesus by preserving the lives of unborn children and meeting the specific physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of their clients through medical, educational, and counseling services.
Please remember to pray for the mission & work of Pregnancy Resource Center in our community:
Pregnancy Resource Center is a Christ-centered ministry desiring to reach more abortion-vulnerable women, empower both men and women to make informed decisions, and encourage spiritual growth and godly community. Learn more about how Pregnancy Resource Center is making a life-saving difference in our community.
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“There was a famine in the land, besides the first famine that was in the days of Abraham. And Isaac went to Abimelech king of the Philistines, in Gerar.” –Genesis 26:1
Trials, tests, and temptations are all part and parcel of our time here, in the in-between time—in the time between God‘s promise to prepare a place for us and the fulfillment of the promise…the day He comes to pick us up and take us home.
So until that day, there will be tests from the Lord to try our faith, temptations from the enemy to try and destroy our faith, and trials when they all seem to mix together and happen at the same time.
Similar to the trials that we see Isaac endure in Genesis 26. And yet, in the end, there is an affirmation—a word from the Lord—in the midst of these trials that emboldens his faith. In the midst of all this mess, God mercifully affirms to Isaac, “I am with you.”
Isn't that all we need to hear in this in-between time, during the tests, temptations, and trials?
“I am with you.”
It’s a merciful affirmation since all of us (including Isaac) have given God every right and every reason not only to leave us, not only to forsake us but to end us altogether. And yet, God mercifully says, “I will never leave you. I will never forsake you. I will always be with you, even unto the end of the age.”
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The word ‘sanctity’ is an important word. It’s a word that we don’t use or encounter very often, but it is a word that gives significance and value to every human life.
Sanctity is the state or quality of being holy, which means set apart by God for a specific work…for a good work. Sanctity also means “of the ultimate or utmost importance”.
So you can see how this word is important as we study Genesis 25 and see the lives of three people converge in the same chapter: Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
It was of the utmost importance that the life of Abraham, the father of faith, be holy, set apart by God for a good work. It was of the utmost importance that the life of Isaac, the son of promise, be holy, set apart by God for a good work. And it was of the utmost importance that the life of Jacob, grabber of heels, be holy, set apart by God for a good work.
And it is of the utmost importance that every life — including YOUR life — be holy, set apart by God for a good work.
And it is! Your life is of the utmost importance and has been already made holy. It has already been set apart by God for the best work — to bring God and to give God glory. To glorify God with all that you are, with all that you have, and with all that you do — this is the meaning of life.
And these are just a few things we uncovered in our study of Genesis 25. Listen to our study of Genesis 25 as we pause and consider the meaning and importance of life.
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Genesis 24 is the longest chapter in the book of Genesis…and it is filled with romance and redemption. In this chapter, we find an earthly story with a heavenly meaning—a physical picture with a spiritual truth. This chapter continues to tell us of the true story of God’s great love for us and the great lengths that He has gone to reach us, to woo us, to secure for us eternal redemption through the great love of God’s one and only Son.
In Genesis 24, we read how Abraham sends his servant to find his son, Isaac, a bride. A father…a son…a servant. The parable here paints an earthly story with a heavenly meaning—written with the real lives of real people. The unnamed servant (the Holy Spirit) is sent by Abraham (the Father) to find a bride for Isaac (the Son).
The heavenly meaning of this earthy story parallels our story, doesn't it? Our story as the bride of Christ and how the Holy Spirit was sent by the Father for Son to extend an invitation of love, life, and eternal redemption.
And just as in the earthy story, the servant finds a bride for the Son. And just as Rebekah journeyed with the servant to meet the son (Isaac), we too are on a journey with the Spirit to meet the Son (Jesus). And just like Rebekah, we have questions about this Son…what’s He like? Is He strong? Is He good? Will He love me? Does He love me? The Spirit, like the servant, responds emphatically—YES! He IS strong. He IS good. He WILL love you. And He DOES love you—even when you were at your worst, He still loved you.
Listen to our study of Genesis 24 and discover the amazing lengths God goes to just to let you know how much He loves you.