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GOD SAID, “I’M DOING A NEW THING” Isaiah 43:19

03/21/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson   March 19 the congregation of Genesis voted unanimously to move this summer to Snow Avenue.  We accepted the gift of the Snow United Methodist Church, which will close May 7 after 120 years of mission and ministry in eastern Cascade Township.  We will have a building, parking lot […]

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Come and See

03/15/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Bobby Jo Valentine has presented two concerts at Genesis, including one on March 14.  One of his CDs is titled “A Place to Belong.”  However, the song lyrics are a lament, repeating “I Don’t Have a Place to Belong.” How unfortunate when anyone anywhere does not have a […]

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How Long, O Lord, How Long?

03/07/17

A Message from Pastor John Ross Thompson Sunday afternoon Ellen and I went to see Ragtime: The Musical at Grand Rapids Civic Theatre.  As I have done too often, I did not research the show before I went.  Thinking that I was going to see a happy show with lots of Ragtime music, I was […]

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Tell Me the Stories of Jesus

03/01/17

Lent has begun, and with it the emphasis on self-examination and changing our lives.  For many of us, it is a time to reflect more intentionally on how we live our lives as Christians. During Lent, our theme will be “Living Stories: How to Follow Jesus Today.”  I will be preaching on the stories of […]

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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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