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How a story of spotted sheep can encourage us

We pick up the story after Jacob has run away to escape the wrath of his brother, Esau. At the request of his mother, he visits her brother who is still as manipulative as he was when he tried to trick Isaac. Yet God uses Laban’s evil plans for His purposes, and protects Jacob under the Covenant.

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Jacob’s Test

Covenant members need to respond to God’s covenant promise.
God tested both Abraham and Isaac.
In this passage, Jacob is being tested. His response is one of faith.
How does this apply to how we respond today? Listen to the talk…

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Take Heed and Take Heart

The four characters in this story either gave in to sinful urges, or showed lack of genuine repentance, or took God’s grace for granted.
Listen to how it affected relationship with God and one another, but how God ultimately was not defeated in his covenant purpose.
Hear also how this passage applies to Christian living today.

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Our Obsession with Escaping

We seem to have a fascination with having to escape from something. Changing jobs, going on holiday, emigrating…etc.
In this passage, God’s people are called to endure, not to escape. Listen to how this applies to us today.

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Prayer

In verses 16 and 25, Paul is asking the Thessalonian church for ongoing prayer.
If God is sovereign, why do we need to pray? How should we pray?
Listen to this talk.

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God’s elect must not neglect their position in the Covenant

Covenant and election go hand in hand. This passage tells how election into God’s covenant cannot be taken for granted.

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Responding to God’s plans

There are three characters in this story, each who acts out God’s overall plan. Which of these three should you align closer with?

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The promise of resurrection

We have to face death or the death of a love one. We as Christians deal with death differently, in hope of resurrection and in Genesis we receive two challenges.

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How can we know our faith is real

What does it mean to say we believe? Our faith is tested when we must choose between blessings already given and blessings still to come.

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When heroes seem to be getting it wrong…

Biblical “heroes” often act exactly the opposite to what we would have expected. For example, in this account of Abraham in Gerar.
But the story also shows how covenant blessing depends only on God’s faithfulness; not whether we deserve it.
Listen to the talk.

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