The Genesis Headwaters

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Learning From Mistakes – NOT!

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Genesis 20 Everyone makes mistakes. Ideally, we learn from those mistakes and avoid them in the future. Sometimes, however, we repeat the process – and wonder why the results aren’t different! Abraham was no different. He made a mistake back in Genesis 12, he repeats it now in Genesis 20. What can we learn from […]

Contamination

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Genesis 19 A popular restaurant chain is being blamed for an E. coli breakout in the Pacific Northwest. Typically, such outbreaks happen because one or more of the ingredients is contaminated with the virus. Such an outbreak is always tragic. Have you ever thought about how little contamination is needed to make the food unsafe, […]

Shall Not The Judge Of All The Earth Deal Justly?

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Genesis 18:16-33 I remember when O.J. Simpson was tried for the murder of his wife. Many who watched TV coverage of his trial felt he was guilty. Those same people were shocked when the verdict came back “not guilty.” Some thought justice was served; some thought it an injustice. We often hear of people who […]

Nothing is Impossible!

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Genesis 17:1-18:18 Sometimes we sell God short. I’m sure it’s not intentional, but in our minds, we don’t believe He can do certain things. When we look at life through our limited human eyes, certain things seem impossible! Abraham and Sarah learn this lesson in a very personal way – “Is anything to difficult for […]

I Did It My Way

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Genesis 16 Many of us endured these instructions for a test: “Read all the questions before you begin the test.” Of course, most of us (aka, me!) didn’t bother to do that because we just wanted to get the test done. And then, once you get to the final question, it says something like, “Put […]

God of the Present and the Future

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Genesis 15 I once bought trip insurance for a planned visit to my parents in Washington. I bought the tickets ahead of time, rented a car. Everything was set. What I didn’t plan on was a bout of cellulitis that landed me in the hospital for several days. So, I didn’t make the trip and, […]

A Chance Encounter

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Genesis 14 Have you ever had a chance encounter with someone you didn’t expect – maybe even someone famous? My boys and I were in a hotel parking lot, headed to our car, when we ran into one of the starting pitchers for the Astros in the late 80’s. On another day, I was attending […]

Oh What a Tangled Web We Weave…

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Genesis 12:4-20 You may recall the famous quote from Walter Scott (from his work, Marmion, 1808), “Oh!  What a tangled web we weave when first we practice to deceive.” People use deception for a variety of reasons, and the practice is nothing new. Abram, an Old testament hero, is guilty of using it as he […]

“X” Marks The Spot

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Genesis 11:10-12:3 You’re walking along a unexplored beach on an island in the South Pacific. You discover a bottle previously hidden under some kelp-covered rocks. Inside, you find a map with a red “X” on it. You realize you’ve discovered a treasure map, and the “X’ marks the treasure. Everything else on the map makes […]