Contributed by Roy Fowler on Apr 18, 2023
I've been thinking about holy moments, how Christ has surprised me by his presence. One of those moments came when I visited and had Communion with a member who was dying of cancer. Near the end of the visit I asked her how I could pray or for what she would like me to pray for. She expressed
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 12, 2023
"President [Lincoln] prefaced a discussion of the draft Emancipation Proclamation by reading aloud from a favorite humorist. In response to the disapproval of some members of his cabinet, Mr. Lincoln said: 'Gentlemen, why don’t you laugh? With the fearful strain that is upon me night and
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Feb 6, 2023
I read this account from Reader's Digest: "To save money, I suggested to one of my grown sons that we all live together in one house. I could tell he didn’t think it would be cost-effective when he asked, 'Who’s going to pay the therapist?'”
That is something to think about. We
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 28, 2022
Genesis 11:10 – Gen. 12:5
Shem (oldest son of Noah, in the lineage of David, Joseph, and Jesus Christ)
We note Shem’s genealogy both in Genesis 10 and here in Genesis 11; why? – Abraham and eventually Israel came from the lineage of Shem; Genesis 11 gives details and sets up Abraham
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 26, 2022
v1: as Noah and his family continues life from the ark (likely they had other children)
A couple of things in context helps us:
Genesis 10 talks about the nations of people and their own languages
Gen 10:24 on – we only read about Joktan’s sons, not Peleg’s
Gen 11:10 – only 2
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 24, 2022
Genesis 10 – 11:9….
Look again at verses 10:5, 20, 31…. and 11:1….
What do you think is the explanation for this? – v32 gives the answer; all came from Noah (with his language, but the 3 sons went to all different areas of the world)
The second half of Genesis 11 speaks of Abraham, from the line
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 21, 2022
Genesis 9:20-28 Devotional
Let’s look at this passage backwards!
v28-29: How blessed was Noah? – he was blessed with a full long life, even after the flood (Noah is one of the oldest people who ever lived)
Who was the youngest son of Noah? – Ham, who was the father of Canaan
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 19, 2022
Devotional - Genesis 9:7-28 (also glance at Chapters 10-11)
What was the command to Noah and his family? – populate the earth (we exist today because of Noah and family)
Covenant – “berith” – a brand new word! What can we learn about this word in context? – a promise and commitment to do
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 17, 2022
Genesis 9:1-7 Devotional
From Gen. 9:1-3 we note God blessed Noah and his sons.
What was the command? – same as for the first man and woman – populate the earth (somewhat of a new beginning)
What were given to man in v2? – man was given the responsibility to rule over all other creatures on
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 15, 2022
Genesis 8:15-22 Devotional
After the flood had dried up, God instructed Noah (v15) and Noah obeyed (v16).
Isn’t it interesting that we note birds from the ark but not fish…. Noah, did you keep fish in the ark??? – either he kept fish in the ark or God kept fish in the clouds or God recreated
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 13, 2022
Genesis 8:1-18 Devotional
v1: Can God forget things? Why or why not? – God IS Omniscient (all knowing), otherwise, He would not be God!
The Hebrew word for “remember" is zakar = to remember, to recall, bring to mind!
v1-3: How did God stop the flooding? – stopped rain from the sky, closed
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 11, 2022
See Hebrews 11:7 – What can we learn from this? - faith includes God's instructions and obedience
God gave Noah a huge task (almost an impossibility to load up all sorts of animals and necessities in 7 days!) We do not note God indicating to Noah that God was going to help,
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 9, 2022
Was Noah righteous because he never sinned? - See Hebrews 11:7
What were God’s instructions to Noah?
Go into the ark, you and your whole family
Take in the ark animals (what were they?)
How many days did God give Noah to bring in the animals? –
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 5, 2022
Genesis 6:11-22 Devotional
original Hebrew word for “corrupt” alludes to “going to ruin”
Why was the earth “going to ruin”?
• Full of violence….. malicious (a desire to cause harm) and wrong
• All the people “corrupted” their ways
v13: God calls Noah! Why? – there are many
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Nov 2, 2022
Some think that the “sons of God” in this passage are angels; how can we say not? - v3 tells us that these men will die and angels are eternal beings; also, Jesus Himself tells us in the Gospels that angels do not marry!
What can we say about Gen 6:2? – God’s creations of people are
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 31, 2022
Morris Siegel, the owner of a small Kosher New York deli, was being questioned by an IRS agent about his tax return.
He had reported a net profit of $60,000 for the year.
"Why don't you people leave me alone?" the deli owner said.
"I work like a dog, everyone in my family
Contributed by Ed Vasicek on Oct 31, 2022
Two friends run into each other while walking their dogs. One suggests lunch. The other says, "They won't let us in a restaurant with pets."
Undeterred, the first guy and his German shepherd head into the restaurant. The maître d' stops them, saying, "Sir, you can't
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Oct 30, 2022
Focus is v1….
In v1-2, isn’t God just repeating Himself? – God detailed the 2 types of “man” He created – male and female!
What’s significant about v3? – Adam and Eve had other children as alluded to in earlier chapters; v3 indicates that Seth was a special person!
Why do you think
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Oct 28, 2022
Cain had an unrighteous heart and sinned against God in many ways including taking the life of his brother; but what can we learn from God as He related to Cain, from the following verses:
v6-7: God gave instructions how and why to repent.
v9: God was specific in confronting in
Contributed by Paul Clemente on Oct 23, 2022
Genesis 4 Devotional Part 2
The first children from Adam and Eve grew up having 2 different interests: Abel took care of animals while Cain took care of plants. When it was time to worship God (how did they learn and why did they worship God?), Cain offered firstfruits from the field and Abel