Cultivate these things. Immerse yourself in them. The people will all see you mature right before their eyes!”      I Timothy 4:15 (MSG)

Spiritual growth isn't like osmosis; it doesn't happen by being around other believers.  It happens when we are intentional.  We each need to intentionally put ourselves in places and spaces where God can intersect our lives and allow and work of the Holy Spirit in us.

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"Other Questions" Podcasts

Listen to “Other Questions,” a series of six podcasts which explore the first 11 chapters of the Book of Genesis.  Pastor Jim Benedict takes us on a tour of stories that may seem familiar, and shows us there is still a lot to discover.

Other Questions 1 Podcast

This podcast looks at Genesis 1:1-Genesis 2:3, where we find the story of God creating the world, calling order out of chaos.  We learn why we are told over and over again that “God saw that it was good,” and how this story brought special comfort to the people of God later on when they were captives in Babylon.

Other Questions 2 Podcast

This podcast picks up where the first left off, and looks at the account of creation given in Genesis 2.  WE discover how this story teaches us God’s basic intentions for the relationship between male and female, and about the world as God intended it to be before the first act of disobedience.

Other Questions 3 Podcast

“What exactly happened in the garden?” is the question we seek to answer in the third podcast.  In this strange tale of a snake, forbidden fruit and disobedience, we learn why the world we know is not like the world described in the creation account.  And we see how self-justification and blaming others is a common but unhelpful response to accusations.

Other Questions 4 Podcast

The first act called “sin” in the Bible is murder.  This podcast invites us to try to understand how envy and jealousy can lead one brother to murder another, how shame can be corrosive, and why the question, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” is one we must still reckon with.

Other Questions 5 Podcast

Genesis tells us that God was so discouraged, he almost gave up on humanity.  This podcast describes the great flood in which only Noah, his wife, their sons and daughters-in-law were saved, along with a large number of animals.  We learn what God saw as the most glaring problem with humanity, and how the flood didn’t really solve it.

Other Questions 6 Podcast

This final podcast looks at the story of the Tower of Babel, and explores the question of what was wrong in this case with constructing a tall building.  It also invites us to recognize that what may seem at first like a punishment may turn out in the end to be a gift.