Category Archives: Cultivating Our Eden

Great Things for God? Seek Them Not

When I was in college, I wanted to do something great for God. Today, I’m not so sure. Recently, I was with a gathering of pastors sharing their hearts for their churches. The younger pastors in the room wanted to … Continue reading

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Cultivated in Christ (Rev 21:22 – 22:5)

  We must always begin with the end in mind. If you are building a building, you begin with a prototype of its completion and build accordingly. The quality of the building is not determined simply by how hard we … Continue reading

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Cultivating in Christ I Corinthians 3:5-15

Although we have been exiled from Eden (Gen 3:22–24; Ezek 28:11–15), our work of cultivating our Eden (Gen 2:15) continues even in exile (Jer 29:1–14). As we have explored this theme for the past few weeks, the question remains, “What … Continue reading

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Cultivating in Exile (Jer 29:1–14)

In Gen 2:4–17, we are formed in a barren wasteland to flourish by God’s presence and work with wisdom. Yet sin exiled us from God’s presence. So what does that mean for our work? Are we still to cultivate in … Continue reading

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Exiled from Eden (Ezek 28:11–19)

When pride puffs us up to feel too good (or bad) for a place, then exile happens. While we are formed in a barren wasteland to flourish by God’s presence and work a particular place (Gen 2:4–17), Adam and Eve … Continue reading

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Cultivating our Eden (Gen 2:5–17)

Where are we going in this sermon series? As Genesis 1–3 provide an overture to the symphony of Scripture, these chapters lay a strong foundation to reading the entire Bible. In Genesis 1:1–2:3, the God who orders chaos commissions us … Continue reading

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