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Books
· Grace With Skin On It/Grace With Power

· Are You In The Transformation Mode? Jesus Then and Now

· World 1 & World 2, a study of 1st Peter


Short Stories
· A Strong Vision, maturing mentally, part 3

· A Strong Vision: Maturing In Hope, part 2

· A Strong Vision: maturing in hope, part 1

· CHANGING DIRECTIONS, JUST A BIT

· More Than Conquerors, part 2

· More Than Conquerors, part 1

· The Day God Saved Us From God

· A DAY THAT WILL LIVE IN INFAMY

· Politics As Unusual and the Heavin Family

· Truth And The Gospel Of John--the resurrection


Articles
· Like Grandma, Like Grandson and dealing with bias

· To Speak or Not to Speak……………in tongues, that is

· Retiring As A Successful Failure: 4 ways to avoid the disaster

· Listen, Don’t Talk……just listen

· Good News/Bad News

· He Said/She Said--It's Not All Black And White--Controlled In Conflict

· To Interview Or Not To Interview, that was the question

· WHO WANTS CHANGE? WHO WANTS TO CHANGE?

· Jesus, Lincoln, Dr. King, where are you now?

· What We Have Here Is A Failure To Communicate,dealing with racial tension


Poetry
· Still

· A Prayer For Spiritual Wisdom And Insight

· A Prayer From 2nd Corinthians Chapter 3 & 4

· A Prayer From Ezekiel 36:25

· The Blame Game

· Yes, I Do!

· I Promise

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“You’re not as good as you think you are, I’m much better than you think I am, let’s talk; let’s reason together.”



By Ernie Heavin

This is YOU and this is ME, Got It?

I’m teaching the book of Genesis for our Tuesday evening bible study. We finished chapter 35 last night. In that chapter we read that Jacob told his household and people once and for all to get rid of all their idols. God’s people? With idols? Still after three generations of following and worshiping Him? They still have a bit of pagan in them. It led me to ask the group and myself this question, “How much pagan is still in you? Are there any idols (false gods) in your household you need to rid yourselves of?”

And yet, whenever Abraham, Isaac or Jacob, regardless of the sins they committed or terrible choices they made, as they see this God of power and grace move within their lives they stop, build an altar to God and worship Him. They seem to have a special place (Bethel) and honestly and thankfully give Him praise. This led me to ask another question for the group and myself, “Do you have a Bethel, a time and place when you see the hand of God working in your life and take that special time to worship Him?” I’m not talking about merely showing up for church once a week for an hour or two, but in addition taking a moment to acknowledge His majestic authority, love and grace?

I believe in order to be sensitive and proper in church many pastors and Sunday school teachers have been a little dishonest about the stories in Genesis. Don’t misunderstand me, it’s not so much what they have taught, but what they have neglected to mention. Too often we’ve only heard the cleaned up version of these very dysfunctional families who either commit horrible deeds or make incredibly terrible decisions. Abraham, in order to save his own skin is willing to allow a king or pharaoh take his wife telling him Sarah is just his sister and he did this every place he went. It was only by the grace of God who came to his rescue time and again that gets him out of the mess. They’re deceitful, show questionable parenting skills, lose their temper big time, they’re us. This group of people eventually known as Israel who are trying to follow this God Almighty also wrestle with the pagan side of life and are overwhelmingly dysfunctional, they’re us. And when we read of the overwhelming love, power and grace of the God of Genesis I believe the Lord is saying to us, “That’s Me!”

When we neglect to tell the whole story, the good along with the bad, we never will feel we can measure up with the church folk, thus, maybe we’ve figured out why so many people will never show up at our church. We only tell the cleaned up versions of our lives. I think Genesis has a powerful message for all of us and this is it: God is saying, “You’re not as good as you think you are, I’m much better than you think I am, let’s talk; let’s reason together.”

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Reviewed by Ronald Hull 5/20/2015
I find paganism quite refreshing compared with the "truth" in the Bible. Being perfect is unattainable and I don't understand why we keep using it on each other in our arguments hypocritically.

Ron

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Are You In The Transformation Mode? Jesus Then and Now

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World 1 & World 2, a study of 1st Peter

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Grace With Skin On It/Grace With Power

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