Sermons on “Genesis”

God’s Not Done

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

There are a lot of really great stories in the bible and part of what I like the best about these stories is that they reflect what life is really like.

What life is really like is a difficult thing to convey to 15 year olds. Like the ones who are here this morning as part of Augustana’s confirmation class of 2017. Is it even possible for a 15 year old boy or girl to know what life is going to really be like when they are 25 or 45 or 65? Probably not.

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Now I Know

  Grace and peace to you from God our Creator, and our Savior Jesus Christ.  Amen.

            The word Genesis means beginning, and true to its name, this book gives us stories of beginnings.  Just as the creation story gave us the beginning of God’s work in the created world, so too does the story of Abraham give us beginnings.  In the story of Abraham and his beginnings, the story narrows in focus from one that encompasses the created universe to just this one family, God’s chosen people.

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From Chaos to Creation to Rest

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace.

If you found yourself getting lost in today’s reading its ok. A whole chapter of the bible is a lot to take in. Much like creation itself, right. How does one take it all in or even begin to understand how it all works and all the things that are in creation.

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God’s Plan

Our confirmation students do credit sheets every year. They’re encouraged to practice the valuable Christian habits of coming to worship, serving their communities, and learning more about their faith. Whenever they do one of these things, they fill out a sheet reflecting on their experiences. For some confirmands, not having to do credits is one of the best things about finally reaching confirmation day.

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Breathe in Us God, Keep Breathing

Dear friends in Christ, grace and peace. Amen

I sometimes find it helpful to start at the end of a biblical story rather than the beginning.

Today’s reading from Genesis ends with a conversation between the serpent and the woman in the Garden of Eden.

He said to the woman, “Did God say, ‘You shall not eat from any tree in the garden’?” 2 The woman said to the serpent, “We may eat of the fruit of the trees in the garden; 3 but God said, ‘you shall not eat of the fruit of the tree that is in the middle of the garden, nor shall you touch it, or you shall die.’” 4 But the serpent said to the woman, “You will not die; 5 for God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

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I Will Not Let You Go

One of the final projects we ask our 9th grade confirmation students to do is to write a short faith story. During the first week of May, each one of the 9th grade confirmation students is required to sign up for a one on one interview with Pastor Torgerson, Don Marsh our youth and family minister or myself.

Each interview is 15 minutes and I think I can speak for all of us who do the interviews and say it is something we really enjoy. It is an opportunity to have a one on one conversation about faith and life with young people.

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Holy Breath

Do you know what the chemical makeup of the human body is? Today’s reading from Genesis got me curious so I went to Wikipedia to look it up and this is what I found – Almost 99% of the mass of the human body is made up of six elements: oxygen, carbon, hydrogen, nitrogen, calcium, and phosphorus. Only about 0.85% is composed of another five elements: potassium, sulfur, sodium, chlorine, and magnesium. All are necessary to life.[1]

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For Just $5.99 . . .

The Lord was with Joseph, and he became a successful man… This is the age of selling success and you know what, I want in on the action. For just one down payment of $5.99 you can purchase a new book that I have yet to write, titled Living Successfully Like Joseph. This down payment will make you eligible for the book and by making this payment, this offering, God will reward you. Your $5.99 will bring you riches and success beyond compare; you will be living lavishly in no time.

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