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Change–A Mixed Blessing

02/21/17

Change is a mixed blessing.  We can’t stop it, even though we try to resist when what we value is threatened.  Without change, there could be no improvement in our lives. We have been reading the Old Testament stories of the Hebrew people as they came to Egypt and then were freed to wander in […]

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Here’s What I Think of You

02/14/17

When there is a new pastor in the church, one of the favorite topics of conversation is “What do you think of the new pastor?” There’s another important question on the minds of many persons, even though it is not as often expressed openly.  That question is, “What does the pastor think of us?” It […]

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Our Covenant with Each Other

02/07/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson This Sunday February 12, I will have the joy of being part of the baptism of our great-granddaughter, Alexandra Catarina Estrada, at the Clinton MI United Church of Christ.  I can’t miss this joyous family occasion, but I will be back that evening.  You will have the opportunity […]

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LET’S READ THE BIBLE!

01/31/17

“When all else fails, read the instructions.” I invite all of us to join together in learning more of God’s will for our lives.  By reading the Bible daily, and studying it in small groups, we will know better how to live as Christians in our tumultuous world. This Sunday and Monday, February 5 and […]

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God’s Call in 2017

01/03/17

How is God calling you in 2017? I had the opportunity to bring the message, “Caring for Mortals,” this past Sunday while Pastor John Ross enjoys a well-deserved vacation. Part of the message was a reflection of how the Genesis community has responded to the six mercies found in Matthew 25:31-46: “We, on the other […]

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Re-Bounding in 2017

12/28/16

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson The new year looms. What does that hold for you and for Genesis? Despite the difficulties of 2016, and the uncertainties ahead of us, I am always hopeful. The Christmas message of hope remains my anchor and lifeline. I hope you feel the same way. When I agreed […]

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HOPE FOR JUSTICE

12/21/16

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson “For a child has been born for us, a son given to us…His authority shall grow continually and there shall be endless peace for the throne of David and his kingdom. He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time onward and forevermore.” […]

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A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson

12/19/16

When there is a new pastor in a church, I know one of the topics of conversation can be, “What do you think of the new pastor?” Another important question is, “What does the new pastor think of us?” Here are some of my thoughts after serving two months as your substitute pastor and then […]

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It’s Time to Grow Again!

12/16/16

A message from Pastor John Ross Thompson It’s time to grow again! Genesis has a strong core of caring, committed Christians who want to make a difference in our community and world. Our recent decline is multi-faceted. We are addressing those issues but are not stuck in them. It’s time again to “make disciples of […]

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Come Home to Genesis for Christmas!

11/30/16

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson – Christmas is a time for connecting and re-connecting with friends and families. For many, it’s a time to go back home, leaving their place of study or work to be in familiar territory with loved ones. “Home” is also a reconnection with God through Jesus Christ.   […]

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