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Memorials – Tue – 22-05-31



How far can you carry a boulder? That depends on how big the bolder is, right? How far can you carry a 50 pound rock? I doubt I’d get much further than a city block, if that! In Joshua 4:4-7, men were asked to carry large rocks. Listen to what it says, ‘So Joshua called together the twelve men he had appointed from the Israelites, one from each tribe, and said to them, “Go over before the ark of the LORD your God into the middle of the Jordan. Each of you is to take up a stone on his shoulder, according to the number of the tribes of the Israelites, to serve as a sign among you. In the future, when your children ask you, ‘What do these stones mean?’ tell them that the flow of the Jordan was cut off before the ark of the covenant of the LORD. When it crossed the Jordan, the waters of the Jordan were cut off. These stones are to be a memorial to the people of Israel forever.”’ (NIV)

These men hoisted a rock on their shoulder and carried it until they made camp for the night. The stones were then piled up to form a memorial. It was a reminder of the miracle God performed by parting the waters of the flooded Jordan River. A miracle God performed for his people.

We all need to stop and remember God’s work for us. Take a moment today to look back on your life and remember something God has done for you.


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Memorials – Mon – 22-05-30



Today is Memorial Day in the United States. It is a day to honor and remember the military personnel who died while in service. Most people also extend it to remember all family members who have died. Cemeteries are tidied up and flowers are placed on graves. In many communities, the American flag is flown, guns are fired in salute and bugles play Taps. Many people forgo traditional celebrations and just head to the lake for the first long weekend of summer. A famous car race is also held. Many people break out the grill and cook their favorite steak, hamburgers or hot dogs.

Exactly how Memorial Day started is debatable. Over two dozen places claim to have been the first to observe it. It definitely was observed following the Civil War. In 1971, a Federal law took effect moving it from May 30th to the current observance on the last Monday in May.*

This week the podcast will look at different memorials mentioned in the bible. Memorials are very important, for we often need to be reminded of important sacrifices and victories that others have won for us. Today, I urge you to hear the words of Paul in 2 Timothy 2:8-9, “Remember Jesus Christ, raised from the dead, descended from David. This is my gospel, for which I am suffering even to the point of being chained like a criminal. But God’s word is not chained.” (NIV)


*”Memorial Day,” Wikipedia, last updated May 10, 2022, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Memorial_Day#Decoration_Day_(Appalachia_and_Liberia)

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Memorials – Sun – 22-05-29



Along the highway near my home is a very small patch of mowed grass. In it a bench sits and flowers bloom. Someone spends time tending this small plot. It is a memorial to a person killed near the spot.  Have you seen something like this? I’ve seen several along the highways of the Midwest. Often they have crosses and nearly always they have flowers.

This is not the only way people create memorials. Some use stickers on the back windshield of their automobile to spell out a name and dates. Others give memorial gifts to charities to honor someone who has died. Unless someone has no friends or family, a memorial service is usually held following their death.

One type of memorial is prominent among Christians. It is the memorial meal. Jesus started it, as Luke 22:17-19 states, ‘After taking the cup, he gave thanks and said, “Take this and divide it among you. For I tell you I will not drink again of the fruit of the vine until the kingdom of God comes.” And he took bread, gave thanks and broke it, and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body given for you; do this in remembrance of me.”’ (NIV)

The Lord’s Supper was started to remember the death of Jesus. Of course, it also reminds us of his resurrection. Don’t miss out gathering with other Christians to remember the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ in this special way.


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Foundations – Sat – 2022-05-28



Promises, promises! Have you noticed that people make a lot of promises? Many politicians make promises in order to get elected, then never deliver. But we all do it. Here are some common promises:

  • The check is in the mail.
  • I’ll always be here for you no matter what.
  • I’ll give you a call later.
  • It won’t happen again, I promise.

These are often called pie crust promises – easily made and easily broken. It’s why people invented oaths for the court room. You know, “I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth.”

God also makes promises. But he is different than us. God keeps his promises! One of the most important promises God made is recorded in Genesis 12:1-3, ‘The LORD had said to Abram, “Leave your country, your people and your father’s household and go to the land I will show you. 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. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”’ (NIV)

God fulfilled this promise. Abram, whose name was changed to Abraham, was prosperous. His descendants became the nation of Israel and settled in the promised land. And all people on earth were blessed when Jesus, the descendant of Abraham came. Praise God, for he is a promise keeper!


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Foundations – Fri – 2022-05-27



I’ve been fascinated by the story of Noah’s ark for many years. Evidence exists in the geologic record that a global flood actually happened. Also, many cultures around the world have some type of story about a flood. If you want to have a fun day and enjoy learning about some of this evidence, I highly recommend you visit the Ark Encounter in Kentucky, just south of Cincinnati, Ohio. This replica of the ark is a great museum.

The story of the ark from Genesis recounts the destruction of the world by water. But why did God unleash such a flood? What could possibly justify such destruction? Genesis 6:5-8 says, ‘The LORD saw how great man’s wickedness on the earth had become, and that every inclination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil all the time. The LORD was grieved that he had made man on the earth, and his heart was filled with pain. So the LORD said, “I will wipe mankind, whom I have created, from the face of the earth–men and animals, and creatures that move along the ground, and birds of the air–for I am grieved that I have made them.” 8 But Noah found favor in the eyes of the LORD.’ (NIV)

This passage reminds us of two important things about God. First, he punishes evil. But second, it is possible to find favor in God’s eyes and escape judgement. And that, we know, is possible through Jesus.


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Foundations – Thu – 2022-05-26



Have you noticed we use colors to symbolically describe human emotion and mental states? Someone who is “yellow” is deemed a coward. When we’re “blue” we are discouraged or depressed. Someone who is angry is described as “seeing red.” And one who is jealous is said to be “green with envy.”

One of the foundational stories in Genesis is Cain and Abel. It records the first murder in human history, though certainly not the last. Genesis 4:2-5 says, “Now Abel kept flocks, and Cain worked the soil. In the course of time Cain brought some of the fruits of the soil as an offering to the LORD. But Abel brought fat portions from some of the firstborn of his flock. The LORD looked with favor on Abel and his offering, but on Cain and his offering he did not look with favor. So Cain was very angry, and his face was downcast.” (NIV)

Sound to me like Cain was feeling blue, was green with envy and seeing red — all at the same time! Cain invited his brother out into the field and killed him. When we are angry, we need to remember the words God spoke to Cain in verse 7, “If you do what is right, will you not be accepted? But if you do not do what is right, sin is crouching at your door; it desires to have you, but you must master it.”(NIV)


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Foundations – Wed – 2022-05-25



History is vital to understand the present. One cannot fathom why the United States government took the form it did without understanding the relationship between the United Kingdom and it’s American colonies in the decades prior to the American revolution. Issues such as the taxation of the colonies without allowing them representation in Parliament led to the revolt and shaped the US government. Other historical events since that time have also impacted the United States.

In a like manner, we can’t fully understand life or what Jesus accomplished without understanding the history recorded in Genesis. When Adam and Eve sinned, God pronounced judgement upon them and the serpent. But he also made a promise. Genesis 3:15 records God’s words to the serpent, “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.” (NIV) God promised the offspring of the woman would crush the serpent’s head.

This promise foreshadowed Jesus’ death and resurrection, which was the ultimate victory. Hebrews 2:14 says this about Jesus, “Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might destroy him who holds the power of death–that is, the devil.” (NIV)

As we live focused on the day-to-day routines of life, it’s easy to lose sight of history. Take a moment to thank God for the victory he promised which Jesus has achieved.


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Foundations – Tue – 2022-05-24



In June of 2021, the Champlain Towers South Condo in Surfside, Florida collapsed. 95 people died.* Do your remember that? I do. It goes to show that building inspection is vitally important. When a structure no longer meets the specifications of the designers and engineers, things can break, people suffer and lives can be lost.

The same is true for the cosmos. This world no longer meets the specifications that God designed. The bible tells us that disobedience to God, called sin, had a profound effect on creation. Now, things break, people suffer and lives are lost. In fact, God did not include death in the Garden of Eden. It came after Adam and Eve’s sin. Genesis 3:19 says, “By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.” (NIV)

This is why the resurrection of Jesus astounds us. He defeated death.  1 Corinthians 15:55-57 says ‘”Where, O death, is your victory? Where, O death, is your sting?” The sting of death is sin, and the power of sin is the law. But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.’ (NIV)

So, when you look around and see this broken world, filled with suffering and death, know that God will restore it some day!


*Sarah Al-Arshani, “An apartment building not far from the Surfside building that collapsed last year has been evacuated after being found structurally unsafe,” Insider, April 5, 2022, https://www.insider.com/florida-condo-near-surfside-building-that-collapsed-last-year-evacuated-2022-4.

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Foundations – Mon – 2022-05-23



Over the years, I have sweat a lot. Haven’t you? My first job as a teenager was throwing 70-pound hay bales onto a wagon in the blistering Kansas heat. I’ve also worked as a construction laborer and a janitor. I’ve sweated working on my own home and in my own garden.

According to Genesis, work and childbirth became painful toil as a result of sin entering the world. Listen to God’s pronouncement following Adam and Eve’s sin in Genesis 3:16-19, ‘To the woman he said, “I will greatly increase your pains in childbearing; with pain you will give birth to children. Your desire will be for your husband, and he will rule over you.” To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat of it,’ “Cursed is the ground because of you; through painful toil you will eat of it all the days of your life. It will produce thorns and thistles for you, and you will eat the plants of the field. By the sweat of your brow you will eat your food until you return to the ground, since from it you were taken; for dust you are and to dust you will return.”’ (NIV)

Yes, we live in an imperfect world. Work is hard. Life is often sweaty toil. But God provides the answer through Jesus. Remember that the next time you break a sweat!


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Foundations – Sun – 2022-05-22



Have you ever wanted to hide? I distinctly remember hiding under my bed once when I was in the first grade. A child from my class and her parents stopped at my house. I don’t remember why. I also don’t remember why I hid. But I do remember my mother’s astonishment to find me hiding under the bed. Another thing children do is blame each other. Were you anxious to point the finger at another when you got in trouble?

Even today, when we do something wrong, we want to hide. And we blame others. This started happening in the Garden of Eden. After Adam and Eve sinned, Genesis 3:7 says, “Then the man and his wife heard the sound of the LORD God as he was walking in the garden in the cool of the day, and they hid from the LORD God among the trees of the garden.” (NIV) People have been hiding from God and each other in various ways since that time.

Genesis 3:12-13 also tells us that Adam blamed Eve and Eve blamed the serpent for eating the forbidden fruit. Sounds like children saying, “he made me do it!”

One impact of sin in this world is hiding and blaming. One way people avoid God is by skipping prayer and worship. They also blame something else for their disobedience, much like kids making excuses. When we find ourselves doing this, remember that the best action is to face God and ‘fess up.


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Foundations – Sat – 22-05-21



During the pandemic, all kinds of information circulated about Covid. Some scientists and physicians even published information that disagreed with the government’s advice. Then there’s the news media. They refuse to cover stories damaging to some politicians, but turn around and attack other politicians. Social media isn’t any better. The news media and social media both use fact checkers to reduce the so-called “fake news.” But fact checkers are people. They make mistakes and they also have agendas. Deception is prevalent in modern life.

We shouldn’t be surprised. Deception has been present since almost the beginning. Remember the serpent in the Garden of Eden? He flat out lied to Eve. Genesis 3:4-6 tells the story, ‘“You will not surely die,” the serpent said to the woman. “For God knows that when you eat of it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.” When the woman saw that the fruit of the tree was good for food and pleasing to the eye, and also desirable for gaining wisdom, she took some and ate it. She also gave some to her husband, who was with her, and he ate it.’(NIV)

This verse reminds us that we all can be deceived. Eve saw the fruit was beautiful, tasty and would give her knowledge. Those are all good reasons to want something. But she was still wrong to eat it and violate God’s command. Remember, good reasons always exist to do bad things. Be sure to obey God.


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