Jumping into HISstory

| Creation, Abraham, Joseph |

We’re heading into week 3 of The Story and so far God has revealed Himself as Creator, Relational Redeemer, and a Keeper of His promises. Noah and Abraham both jumped feet first into God’s story, believing His word and obeying His commands. By faith Noah believed God’s word about a flood and built a big boat in a dry land to save his family. By faith Abraham believed God’s word about a land, a son, and a nation and it was credited to him as righteousness. Whether it’s Noah, Abraham or us, the essential foundation for relationship with God has always been by (His) grace through (our) faith.


Faith is often perceived as a “head-in-the-clouds” intellectual exercise but God has revealed through His Story that faith in God/Jesus Christ is never passive. Faith is expressed through active verbs like believing, trusting, and obeying.


This Sunday we’ll look at the next major character in God’s story: Joseph. He trusted God with an incredible faith in the face of undesirable and hopeless situations. God had promised his great-grandfather Abraham a great nation, and by the time of Joseph’s generation, the nucleus of the nation was in danger of being exterminated by starvation. It appears that God’s promises were on the brink of bombing out. But Joseph jumped into God’s story and gave instructions to have his bones buried in that Promised Land. What faith!


I am a native of Circleville, Ohio, and in a long, roundabout way, I’ve “come back home.” My family moved to Colorado Springs, Colorado, where I graduated from Nazarene Bible College. From there we relocated to Olathe, Kansas to attend Nazarene Theological Seminary. Our first pastoral assignment brought us back to the Buckeye State, serving in Marietta. After pastoring there for 4 years, we came to Pickerington in 1996 where we’ve served for the past 15 years. I’m a sports nut and enjoy the great outdoors (fishing, hiking, and biking). Family life is the really big deal for me. I’m married to Cathy, and we have 3 adult children (Michele Manson, Josh & Tiffany Manson, and Mary & Kyle McManamy). We also have 2 granddaughters, Isabella & Ava. I obtained my bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Mount Vernon Nazarene University.

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