Joseph and the Famine

The message of the Bible is never – you can do it if you try hard enough. God never says to us, “You can do whatever you set your mind to.” But he does say, “With man it is impossible, but not with God. For all things are possible with God.” And he does say “His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness.”
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Truths of the Reformation (2) Scripture Alone

The Reformers taught that Scripture was the highest authority on whatever it addressed. That meant that everything that the church taught must be shown to be taught in the Scriptures. It meant that church teaching always had to pass the test of faithfulness to the Word of God. It meant that if anyone could show where church teaching was not in harmony with the Bible that teaching must be rejected. And it meant that church leaders could not bind the consciences of church members in areas where the Bible was silent.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Jacob/Israel Settles in Goshen

This evening we will consider this genealogy that we find in Genesis 46:8-27 and then the part of the story in which Jacob and his family end up in Goshen. Goshen was a part of the land of Egypt. The theological theme in both of these sections has to do with how God was making the offspring of Abraham into a great nation.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra