How I Plan to Travel the World

The thought of traveling the world has this elusive appeal to it that sucks people in and causes countless daydreams of far off places. We think of exotic destinations, beautiful beaches, and experiences to remember for a lifetime. Unfortunately, it is no more than a dream for many people – myself included at this point. But I don’t think we need to completely abandon this dream. We just need to re-imagine it!

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Genesis 1-3

“See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” 1 John 3:1

Today I want to tell you a story. Actually, it’s a story about a story. Maybe you’ve never looked at the Bible as a story before, rather you’ve primarily seen it as dated book of history that, to say the least, is hard to read and understand. I want to tell you a story about how and why the Bible was written and help you understand this part of Scripture better. Important: this story as written here is my paraphrase of Genesis 1-3. I would strongly urge you to read the actual Bible and correct me if you feel I’m wrong anywhere in my understanding; that will put your eyes on the actual words of God and help both of us learn.

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Hebrews 11

Hebrews 11 is an interesting chapter. It gives almost all, or at least a long list, of the scriptural “greats” and talks about how each of them did (crazy) things, obeying God because of their faith that all of it was part of God’s plan for the restoration of Israel. The funny thing is they all – except for Enoch, verse 5 – died! And Israel was not yet restored. In fact I don’t think - I’m fairly certain that - they didn’t really know what God meant when he told them about Israel’s restoration.

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