“In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.” – Genesis 1:1


Echos can rouse a myriad of emotions within us. If you’ve ever yelled into the darkness of night, you know they can be ominous. If you’ve clapped your hands at the lip of the Grand Canyon you know echos can be awe-inspiring.  If you can remember the voice of a parent reverberating throughout the neighborhood, calling you home as the streetlight came on, you know such echos bring a significant nostalgia. The beautiful thing about an echo is that is not a reflection of the original sound but the very remnant of the original. The faint yell you hear coming back to you in the dark woods is your own. The clap that volleys through the canyon is the bouncing of the very sound wave that left your hands. And the voice that echoed in conjunction with the coming on of the streetlights was the very voice of the parent who called you.

This week, we begin our series, Echos of Eden. As we’ve done many times before, we will open our Bible to a portion of God’s Word with the anticipation of hearing His words.  Only this time, we will be turning to the beginning, to Genesis.  Can you hardly wait to read and absorb the very words and events that set all things into motion? The creation of the world, the corruption of sin, the catastrophe of the flood, and the confusion of Babel are among the events that echo answers into the confusion of our present time.  And in every echo, there is the resounding promise that the God who created all things will also restore all things through the work of His Son.

This week, we begin with Genesis 1:1, the Echos of Eternity.  Genesis is a story about our eternal, all-powerful, all-sufficient, all-loving, and all-holy God. As always, we come to the Bible to worshipfully delight in the knowledge of our God. May our desire to have a proper understanding of Genesis be motivated by the desire to have a richer and clearer picture of our perfect, creator God.
Be sure to listen to the worship set as you prepare for worship.

Love you, Church.  I can’t wait to BEGIN this study with you.

Jerry Lingenfelter
Senior Pastor

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