Genesis 17:1-18:15 - God as your God

Sun, 17/06/2012 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

It’s comforting to know that there’s someone looking out for us, isn’t it?

It’s even better if we know that someone has made it their special business to take care of us. They’ve taken us under their wing. There’s what the Americans call a “special relationship”.

Lots of men in the world are fathers. Only one of them is my father. Lots of women in the world are wives. Only one of them is my wife.

There’s the world of difference between know that someone is a father, and knowing that they are my father.

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Genesis 16:1-16

Sun, 10/06/2012 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

What do you do when bad things happen?

I was speaking to someone last week, and we were reflecting on some of the sad things that have happened. Surely, he said, at a time like that, the most natural thing is to give up on God. What good has God done?

And he’s right, isn’t he? If God’s promised to look after us, what use is he if he doesn’t deliver?

Bad things don’t happen all the time. But we all know the frustration of seeing good things that God has promised fail to materialise. He’s promised to answer my prayers, but he didn’t answer that one.

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Genesis 13-14

Sun, 20/05/2012 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

One problem with the Christian faith is that it’s largely about trusting in some promises that we can’t see. You can’t see God. You can’t see heaven. You can’t see sin or the forgiveness of sin. Which can make it all seem a bit “up in the clouds”. A bit unreal. Like the Christian faith isn’t in the real world.

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Genesis 12:1-20

Sun, 13/05/2012 - 10:30 -- James Oakley

I wonder how you think of God? Do you regard God as a blessing God, or a cursing God? Would you say that he is a God who enjoys spoiling our fun, or a God that is a delight to know? Does God dish us up with good things in life, or does God take from us the things that are most precious? What kind of God do you think God is?

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