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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 32-33

    GENESIS 32 – 33 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Jacob’s Journey Home Despite the family problems that Jacob faced when living in Laban’s household and despite his strong desire to return home, Jacob makes the journey with a growing sense of dread. How does he deal with these fears and how does God help […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 31

    GENESIS 31 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Jacob’s Journey Home The divisiveness of stuff becomes increasingly apparent in the family at Paddan Aram. Can trust ever be restored? Is reconciliation possible? Jacob Flees from Laban (31:1-21) o What were the signs that pushed Jacob to finally leave Paddan Aram? o What does Jacob acknowledge […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 29-30

    GENESIS 29 – 30 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Jacob Builds a Community of Peoples Jacob has the birthright and blessing of his father, Isaac, and has also received the promises that God first gave to his grandfather, Abraham. Yet he is fleeing, alone and empty-handed, in order to save his life and to […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 27-28

    GENESIS 27 – 28 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Grasping The Blessing, Too! Jacob continues to live up to his name as one who grasps and one who deceives. He grasped the birthright (bekorah) from his elder brother; he now grasps for the blessing (barakah), too. Yet acquiring the blessing is not without painful […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapters 25-26

    GENESIS 25 – 26 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Next Generations The story of Abraham is brought its conclusion and with only a brief account of Abraham’s son Isaac, Abraham’s grandson Jacob is introduced. It is his story that will dominate the next 13 chapters of Genesis. It is from Jacob, later renamed […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapters 23-24

    GENESIS 23 – 24 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins A Funeral and a Wedding Abraham prepares for the passing of one generation and the promise of the next. He grieves the loss of his wife, Sarah, negotiates a burial place for them in the land of Canaan, and then makes arrangements for his son, […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 22

    GENESIS 22 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Abraham is Tested Abraham’s relationship with God began with his being told to “go” (literally, ‘get yourself’) to the land that God would show him. It comes to a climax here in chapter 22 with his being told to “go” (‘get yourself’) to the region of Moriah […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapters 20-21

    GENESIS 20 – 21 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Repeating the Sins of the Past! Both Abraham and Sarah struggle to escape patterns of sin that affect the people around them. Despite their struggles to trust God’s promises, God is faithful. The LORD is gracious and at long last, Isaac is born!! Abraham and […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 19

    GENESIS 19 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Sin of Sodom, Exposed and Destroyed The sin of Sodom is indeed as great as the outcry against it. Though Lot is saved out of God’s love and commitment to Abraham, he and his family were deeply affected by the evil that surrounded them. The Sin […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 18 part 2

    GENESIS 18:16–33 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Sin of Sodom With Abraham now a full, participating member of the Covenant with God, he is encouraged to exercise all the privileges and responsibilities of that role. God shares with Abraham the cry that has gone up from Sodom and Gomorrah, and invites him to […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 17, 18

    GENESIS 17 – 18:15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Covenant Confirmed and Another Covenant! Another 13 years pass by. Ishmael is growing up and STILL no other children. It is unclear if Abram and Sarai are STILL waiting or if they have come to believe that God’s promise has been fulfilled through Ishmael. But […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 16

    GENESIS 16 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Abram and Sarai are still waiting! God had made Abram promises and sealed them with a covenant agreement, yet 10 years later Abram is still waiting to see the promises fulfilled. It no longer is just his personal fulfillment and security that is at stake, it now […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 15

    GENESIS 15 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins God’s Covenant with Abram God had made Abram promises in chapter 12 as He commanded Abram to travel to the land that God would show him. So far, Abram’s response to God has been obedience and building altars to call on the name of the LORD. But […]

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  • A study on the book of Genesis Chapter 14

    GENESIS 14 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Costs and Benefits of War Lot gets caught up in the larger powers around him. Abram comes to his rescue. This involvement in the regional conflicts provides opportunities to demonstration and teach about Yahweh, the One True God. A Time for War (14:1-12): Four kings of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 12-13

    GENESIS 12 – 13 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Call of Abram So far in Genesis, God has struggled with the repeated rebellion, violence and disobedience of humanity. Genesis 12 marks a turning point as God’s plan and purposes will now be focused on one particular person, family and tribe. God does not […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 10-11

    GENESIS 10 – 11 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Account of Nations and Languages God’s commission for humanity to multiply and fill the earth is rekindled through Noah’s family and the fulfillment is demonstrated as the Genesis story traces the expanding tribes and people groups that result from the family saved out of […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 5-9

    GENESIS 5 – 9 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The Line of Seth: Signs of Hope, Signs of Grace Adam and Eve’s son Seth is introduced with the statement, “At that time people began to call on the name of the LORD.” The story continues to follow that glimmer of hope, even as the […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 4

    GENESIS 4 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins The First Family Adam and Eve start to fulfill their commission to be fruitful and fill the earth, yet the affect of sin grows even as the family of Adam and Eve grows. Humans struggle to understand their relationship with God and how that is to shape […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapter 3

    GENESIS 3 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Disobedience and its Consequences The story of the Fall speaks to us of the sin which entered God’s good creation and teaches us about the consequences of sin. Again, it is helpful to think of this story as a parable which speaks Truth, without entering into arguments […]

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  • A Study on the book of Genesis Chapters 1-2

    GENESIS 1-2 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Two Creation Stories The creation stories of Genesis are historical parables. They were not intended to be read as a science or history textbook. The author was more concerned about helping his audience understand the God of creation and the implications of being in a covenant relationship […]

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  • A Study on the book of Psalms Chapters 86,88

    PSALM 86 and 88 Bible Study Notes Rev. Betsy Perkins Psalm 86 A psalm of David. A prayer for God’s help in a day of trouble. The prayer moves back and forth between plea and praise. Stanza 1 (vs.1-4, four lines): A prayer for God’s mercy and protection. Stanza 2 (vs.5-7, three lines): Reasons to […]

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