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August 10, 2014 - Preposterous or Realistic? - Genesis 17:1-5, 15-22

posted Aug 12, 2014, 10:13 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:47 AM ]
  • We all know about dreams that haven’t worked out as we had hoped on our journey through life.
  • When that happens, we feel the right thing to do is “settle”. After all, we reason, “Life is what it is.”
  • Eventually in life we feel the need to deal with reality. But God is never impressed with our visions of reality.
  • God prefers to deliver blessings through the preposterous.
  • God is not done with your life. God is not done with the church. God is not done with the world.
  • We are a people who have to live with hope.
  • It is God who creates reality, and with God all things are possible.
  • God is powerful enough to do all that He will to do and adequate enough to accomplish all that He intends to accomplish.
  • Our calling isn’t to worry if we will receive the dream --- that’s up to God. Our calling is to work for the dream, to pray for it daily, and to allow it to mold and shape our lives.
  • Our identity is shaped more by God’s promises than it is by the fulfillment of the promises.
  • We are blessed to be a blessing to all the families of the earth. And the blessing that the world needs from the church is for us to believe in what we claim to believe.
  • We must pray, work and dream of peace in the Middle East. Is that preposterous? Absolutely! But the last thing you ever want to tell God is to be realistic.

Pastor Jim Spon | Genesis 17:1-5, 15-22