Abraham and Sarah and how they dealt with the anxiety of knowing God's promise ("Look up and the stars and count them...so shall your offspring be" Genesis 15:5) and yet not seeing this promise come to fruition. When the anxiety grows to a boiling point, Abraham sleeps with Hagar to force the issue (Genesis 16).

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Reading of the Day!
Genesis 16:1-6

1After this, the word of the Lordcame to Abram in a vision:

“Do not be afraid, Abram.

I am your shield,

your very great reward.

2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inheritmy estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”

4Then the word of the Lordcame to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspringbe.” 

6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 

Poetry for the Church. 
Psalm 22:23-31

23You who fear the Lord, praise him!
All you descendants of Jacob, honor him!
Revere him, all you descendants of Israel!
24For he has not despised or scorned
the suffering of the afflicted one;
he has not hidden his face from him
but has listened to his cry for help.
25From you comes the theme of my praise in the great assembly;
before those who fear youI will fulfill my vows.
26The poor will eat and be satisfied;
those who seek the Lordwill praise him—
may your hearts live forever!
27All the ends of the earth
will remember and turn to the Lord,
and all the families of the nations
will bow down before him,
28for dominion belongs to the Lord
and he rules over the nations.
29All the rich of the earth will feast and worship;
all who go down to the dust will kneel before him—
those who cannot keep themselves alive.
30Posterity will serve him;
future generations will be told about the Lord.
31They will proclaim his righteousness,
declaring to a people yet unborn:
He has done it!


Anxiety of a Father - Sermon - Faith and Family Dysfunction 


The Call of The Great Father
Genesis 12

1The Lordhad said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.

2“I will make you into a great nation,
and I will bless you;
I will make your name great,
and you will be a blessing.
3I will bless those who bless you,
and whoever curses you I will curse;
and all peoples on earth
will be blessed through you.”

4So Abram went, as the Lordhad told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Harran. 5He took his wife Sarai, his nephew Lot, all the possessions they had accumulated and the people they had acquired in Harran, and they set out for the land of Canaan, and they arrived there. 

No Officer, She Is My Sister
Genesis 12

10Now there was a famine in the land, and Abram went down to Egypt to live there for a while because the famine was severe. 11As he was about to enter Egypt, he said to his wife Sarai, “I know what a beautiful woman you are. 12When the Egyptians see you, they will say, ‘This is his wife.’ Then they will kill me but will let you live. 13Say you are my sister, so that I will be treated well for your sake and my life will be spared because of you.” 

14When Abram came to Egypt, the Egyptians saw that Sarai was a very beautiful woman. 15And when Pharaoh’s officials saw her, they praised her to Pharaoh, and she was taken into his palace. 16He treated Abram well for her sake, and Abram acquired sheep and cattle, male and female donkeys, male and female servants, and camels.

17But the Lordinflicted serious diseases on Pharaoh and his household because of Abram’s wife Sarai. 18So Pharaoh summoned Abram. “What have you done to me?” he said. “Why didn’t you tell me she was your wife? 19Why did you say, ‘She is my sister,’ so that I took her to be my wife? Now then, here is your wife. Take her and go!” 20Then Pharaoh gave orders about Abram to his men, and they sent him on his way, with his wife and everything he had.

The Great Father
Genesis 15:1-6

1After this, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision:
“Do not be afraid, Abram.
I am your shield,
your very great reward.”
2But Abram said, “Sovereign Lord, what can you give me since I remain childless and the one who will inheritmy estate is Eliezer of Damascus?” 3And Abram said, “You have given me no children; so a servant in my household will be my heir.”
4Then the word of the Lordcame to him: “This man will not be your heir, but a son who is your own flesh and blood will be your heir.” 5He took him outside and said, “Look up at the sky and count the stars—if indeed you can count them.” Then he said to him, “So shall your offspringbe.” 
6Abram believed the Lord, and he credited it to him as righteousness. 

Defining some Terms. 

What does Abram Mean?

1. an earlier name of Abraham. Gen. 17:5.
2.a male given name: from a hebrew word meaning “exalted father.”

What does Abramham Mean?

a male given name: from a hebrew word meaning "Father of Many.” 

What does Sarai Mean?

Sar·i noun

2.a Female given name: from a hebrew word meaning “Princess.”

What does Sarah Mean?

2.a Female given name: from a hebrew word meaning “To Rule.”

Genesis 15
Anxiety  born out. 

1Now Sarai, Abram’s wife, had borne him no children. But she had an Egyptian slave named Hagar; 2so she said to Abram, “The Lord has kept me from having children. Go, sleep with my slave; perhaps I can build a family through her.” 

Abram agreed to what Sarai said. 3So after Abram had been living in Canaan ten years, Sarai his wife took her Egyptian slave Hagar and gave her to her husband to be his wife. 4He slept with Hagar, and she conceived. 

When she knew she was pregnant, she began to despise her mistress. 5Then Sarai said to Abram, “You are responsible for the wrong I am suffering. I put my slave in your arms, and now that she knows she is pregnant, she despises me. May the Lord judge between you and me.” 

6“Your slave is in your hands,” Abram said. “Do with her whatever you think best.” Then Sarai mistreated Hagar; so she fled from her. 

7The angel of the Lord found Hagar near a spring in the desert; it was the spring that is beside the road to Shur. 8And he said, “Hagar, slave of Sarai, where have you come from, and where are you going?”

“I’m running away from my mistress Sarai,” she answered.

9Then the angel of the Lord told her, “Go back to your mistress and submit to her.” 10The angel added, “I will increase your descendants so much that they will be too numerous to count.” 

11The angel of the Lord also said to her:
“You are now pregnant
and you will give birth to a son.
You shall name him Ishmael,
for the Lord has heard of your misery.
12He will be a wild donkey of a man;
his hand will be against everyone
and everyone’s hand against him,
and he will live in hostility
toward all his brothers.”

13She gave this name to the Lord who spoke to her: “You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 14That is why the well was called Beer Lahai Roi; it is still there, between Kadesh and Bered. 

15So Hagar bore Abram a son, and Abram gave the name Ishmael to the son she had borne. 16Abram was eighty-six years old when Hagar bore him Ishmael.

Abraham is Told Who He Is
Genesis 17

1When Abram was ninety-nine years old, the Lordappeared to him and said, “I am God Almighty; walk before me faithfully and be blameless. 2Then I will make my covenant between me and you and will greatly increase your numbers.” 

3Abram fell facedown, and God said to him, 4“As for me, this is my covenant with you: You will be the father of many nations. 5No longer will you be called Abram; your name will be Abraham,for I have made you a father of many nations. 6I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you. 7I will establish my covenant as an everlasting covenant between me and you and your descendants after you for the generations to come, to be your God and the God of your descendants after you. 8The whole land of Canaan, where you now reside as a foreigner, I will give as an everlasting possession to you and your descendants after you; and I will be their God.” 

9Then God said to Abraham, “As for you, you must keep my covenant, you and your descendants after you for the generations to come. 10This is my covenant with you and your descendants after you, the covenant you are to keep: Every male among you shall be circumcised. 

 

15God also said to Abraham, “As for Sarai your wife, you are no longer to call her Sarai; her name will be Sarah. 16I will bless her and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.” 

17Abraham fell facedown; he laughed and said to himself, “Will a son be born to a man a hundred years old? Will Sarah bear a child at the age of ninety?” 

Yeah He did the sister thing again. 
Genesis 20

1Now Abraham moved on from there into the region of the Negev and lived between Kadesh and Shur. For a while he stayed in Gerar, 2and there Abraham said of his wife Sarah, “She is my sister.” Then Abimelek king of Gerar sent for Sarah and took her. 

3But God came to Abimelek in a dream one night and said to him, “You are as good as dead because of the woman you have taken; she is a married woman.”

4Now Abimelek had not gone near her, so he said, “Lord, will you destroy an innocent nation? 5Did he not say to me, ‘She is my sister,’ and didn’t she also say, ‘He is my brother’? I have done this with a clear conscience and clean hands.”

6Then God said to him in the dream, “Yes, I know you did this with a clear conscience, and so I have kept you from sinning against me. That is why I did not let you touch her. 7Now return the man’s wife, for he is a prophet, and he will pray for you and you will live. But if you do not return her, you may be sure that you and all who belong to you will die.” 

8Early the next morning Abimelek summoned all his officials, and when he told them all that had happened, they were very much afraid.9Then Abimelek called Abraham in and said, “What have you done to us? How have I wronged you that you have brought such great guilt upon me and my kingdom? You have done things to me that should never be done.” 10And Abimelek asked Abraham, “What was your reason for doing this?”

Thoughts For this Week. 

  • God Has Chosen Us. Like Abraham out of nothing. 
  • We have anxiety and our anxiety causes havoc. 
  • Anxiety  comes from the possible loss of what is important to us. 
  • Anxiety comes from our misunderstanding. 
  • God Call us back each time
  • He tells us who we really are. Little Christ. Christian. That is your name. 

Faith Of Theology

Wes Moore joined the US Army to pay for college, but the experience became core to who he is. In this heartfelt talk, the the paratrooper and captain-who went on to write "The Other Wes Moore"-explains the shock of returning home from Afghanistan.

More Than a Three-Day Weekend

I don’t know where you stand on the military or the war. But this is not a day for political questions or battles. Memorial Day is about people, probably some in your own community. Put aside the stances and questions for the day and focus on people. Focus on remembering and praying for people who are hurting, who have experienced loss, who have looked at a flag at half-staff and known too deeply why it was lowered. Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/more-three-day-weekend#QjAKpMurCayOeH2E.99

I don’t know where you stand on the military or the war. But this is not a day for political questions or battles. Memorial Day is about people, probably some in your own community. Put aside the stances and questions for the day and focus on people. Focus on remembering and praying for people who are hurting, who have experienced loss, who have looked at a flag at half-staff and known too deeply why it was lowered.
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/life/whole-life/more-three-day-weekend#QjAKpMurCayOeH2E.99

Is There Room for Anxiety in the Church?

it is more than likely that if you have ever taken the risk to share your anxiety within the Christian community, you have heard some counsel in the form of the Apostle Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 4:6. Paul says to the “holy people” at Philippi, “Do not be anxious about anything.” It’s a very powerful verse, a favorite of mine, and one that Christians have turned to time and time again when they experience anxiety. But what if it’s just not that simple Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/29202-is-there-room-for-anxiety-in-the-church#fdvdohFAjD1jekP5.99

it is more than likely that if you have ever taken the risk to share your anxiety within the Christian community, you have heard some counsel in the form of the Apostle Paul’s exhortation in Philippians 4:6. Paul says to the “holy people” at Philippi, “Do not be anxious about anything.” It’s a very powerful verse, a favorite of mine, and one that Christians have turned to time and time again when they experience anxiety. But what if it’s just not that simple
Read more at http://www.relevantmagazine.com/god/deeper-walk/features/29202-is-there-room-for-anxiety-in-the-church#fdvdohFAjD1jekP5.99


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GLOW RUN MAY 30TH. 

If you remember last year. This run is a blast to work. And this year we will be all in one group. We will be managing the only aid station in the race but get ready to rock and we have been informed to dress like the 80s. So bring you big hair and bright colors as well as your glow gear as we make our city a better place in Jesus name. 

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Plan to be there at 7:30ish. 

We want to make our city better, not just for us, or those like us. But for everyone, because that is what Jesus did for us. 

CHILDREN'S LOCK IN PLANNING MEETING. 

If you would like to help plan a lock in for the Older Children's Church Kids. Please be a church on  May 31st at 1pm.


MUSIC OF THE WEEK!

NEW EMPIRE
- IN A BREATH

Maybe it’s the thunder of the ocean accompanying a guitar that influences their bolstering sounds the most. Or maybe it was a band mate’s youth, tied up in forced-turned-flourishing piano playing, that aids the most in his band’s rich, haunting melodies. Or perhaps it was the years of friendship, offering an authenticity of lyrical honesty, that resonates so much with each and every listener.

Or maybe it’s because growing up in Australia gifted them with seemingly endless summers to ignite and inspire collaborative music playing. Whatever their influences, New Empire (comprised of Kale Kneale, Jeremy Fowler, Nathan Cairns, and Kyle Lane) has mastered the ability to create music as refreshing as their beach-bred roots.

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