Monthly Archives: November 2016


Matthew 24:26-34 We start Advent by doing some double-watching. The first watch is for the birth of Christ.  This has already happened, but we go along for the ride by remembering the story with manger scenes and Advent calendars and Christmas plays. Spoiler alert:  the Son of God is going to be born as a […]


Genesis 32:22-32 In this corner:  The son of Isaac and Rebekah, the husband of Rachel and Leah, the brother of red, hairy Esau.  He grew up preferring light, indoor work but has spent the last twenty years tending his father-in-law’s livestock.  Let’s hear it for… Jacob!!!!  And in this corner:  a mysterious contender appearing out […]


Genesis 29:16-28 When we last left Jacob, he was a man on the run.  Now he’s a man in love. Jacob stands around the well with his Uncle Laban’s people.  They’re waiting to water the sheep; once all the shepherds are there, they’ll work together to lift the heavy stone and water the animals in […]

A Lesson About God

Genesis 28:10-22 Jacob and Esau weren’t just brothers; they were twins. They were the sons of Isaac, the grandsons of Abraham.  That made them heirs to a promise made by God just two generations back.  One day their descendants would make great nations.  One day they would be blessed.  One day they would become a […]

Names and Invitations

“You do well if you really fulfill the royal law according to the Scripture, ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’  But if you show partiality, you commit sin and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (James 2:8-9). “Loving your neighbor as yourself” is not being partial; it is not showing favoritism to certain […]