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When God Rested

By the end of the sixth day of Creation, the first man and woman had been not only given each other, but had been blessed by God to be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth — the earth that they were given the responsibility and authority to rule over. On the seventh day, the Rest of God began. Let us look at that Rest and what it meant for God and for humankind.  As you look at the full text of Genesis 1-2, you will see something very interesting. At the end of the first day of creation, we are told “God called the light day, and the darkness He called night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.” (Genesis 1:5 NASB) This is repeated for each of the six days. The word for “day” in Hebrew is “yowm”, which can be translated as a 24 hour day, daytime, or a period…

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Created In The Image Of God: Our Original Identity and Purpose

Who am I?  Why am I here? No matter how we express it or understand what we are feeling, these are questions that have been common to humankind from the beginning of time. They are not just topics that we study in a college Philosophy class, but are the cries of our heart from deep within. Through our journey together, we will progress through (1) Our Creator’s original intention, (2) What we are experiencing in our lives and in the culture around us, and why, and 3) How we are restored to God’s original purpose for creating us.  In the past three posts, we have looked at the creation of the first man and woman in detail, as seen in Genesis 2, but now let us back up to Genesis 1 and consider what our Creator decreed would be humanity’s identity and purpose: Genesis 1:26-28 (NET) “ Then God said, ‘Let…

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The Beginning: Genesis 1

“Let’s start at the very beginning, A very good place to start” As I contemplated where to start, these lyrics came to mind. You may recognize them from the song, “Do-Re-Mi” from the musical, Sound of Music. To understand and succeed in our journey in this earthly realm and in the realm of the Kingdom of God, we must understand what happened in Genesis 1-3. It is foundational. May we look through the lens of Holy Spirit as we enter through the door of this Biblical account. A dream I had a few years back ended with me as a toddler. I had been given my “father’s glasses” to wear. As I sat there in the dream, now wearing glasses that were way too big for me, I realized that others might laugh at me, or just think it was “cute”, but I knew that it was an honor and…

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An Invitation

In the rush and noise of life, we may not recognize that there is a Voice who calls to us, beckoning to us to stop, turn aside and listen. There are also competing voices that can distract us, lie to us, and detour us off the path of our identity, purpose and destiny. Sometimes, the voice is even our own.  But there is a Voice who faithfully calls us to draw near, leading us onto the ancient path that brings life, peace, joy and truth. That Voice is the Holy Spirit of God. Consider how, through the years, His whispers touched your spirit and soul. Perhaps it was a dream in the night, one that is forever etched in your memory.  And then, there are ….  the unexplained yearnings of your heart, the unexpected thoughts, the inner pictures or daydreams,  or the “knowings” of your spirit…. that tell you “there…

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