And the Lord appeared to him and said, “Do not go down to Egypt; dwell in the land of which I shall tell you. Sojourn in this land, and I will be with you and will bless you, for to you and to your offspring I will give all these lands, and I will establish the oath that I swore to Abraham your father. I will multiply your offspring as the stars of heaven and will give to your offspring all these lands. And in your offspring all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because Abraham obeyed my voice and kept my charge, my commandments, my statutes, and my laws.” Genesis 26:2-5

Take a walk down memory lane for a moment with me. Who was the first person in your family to become a Christian? Maybe you are the first in your family tree to believe Jesus. That’s awesome! Or maybe you can trace your spiritual heritage back many generations. A spiritual heritage, whether you are the first one putting a stake in the ground or someone long ago started it, is a pretty remarkable thing.

For me, it was my great-grandfather. I’ve been told that I met him but was so young that I have no memory of it. While I have no personal recollection of him, I am extremely grateful that he gave up drinking long enough to consider the claims of Jesus and put his trust in Christ. That was the beginning of four generations of Newells being raised in a Christian home. What a fabulous blessing!

This week, we consider how God’s blessing is passed down to the next generation. Father Abraham was blessed to be a blessing to all the families of the earth (Gen 12:3). Did that blessing pass to his next generation? And does that blessing reach us today? Join us as we study the Presence of Blessing and explore the power of a covenant God gave Abraham, providing protection, provision, and peace to Isaac and anyone that trusts in Jesus today.

See you Sunday!

Pastor Nate Newell