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The First Time

Last Sunday’s Easter celebration was great, as friends and families came together to proclaim the Resurrection of Jesus Christ.  The incredible work of Christ on the cross and from the grave are based on a fundamental reality:  our need for God.

When did we first know that we needed God?

When did we first realize that we could not live without God?

This Sunday at the Gathering Church the series, Beginnings Matter, a study of the first chapters of the Bible in Genesis, continues in Genesis 4:1-16, 25-26.  It’s an account of a very tragic story: the first death of a person recorded in the Bible, and it is not from natural causes.  The story of Cain and Abel reveals the battle in every human heart to love or not to love those around us.

How could Cain do what he did?

Why could he not master the temptation “crouching at his door?”

What is it that Genesis wants us to know right at the beginning?

The worst chapter in the Bible, so far, ends with the best news: people begin to “call on the name of the Lord.”

Sound familiar?