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January 2018 - Stairway to Heaven

Bible Reading for January was Genesis 28:10-19 which descibes

Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

 

Jacob left Beersheba and went to Haran. The sun had already set when he came to a good place to spend the night. He took a rock there and laid his head on it to sleep. Jacob had a dream. He dreamed there was a ladder that was on the ground and reached up into heaven. He saw the angels of God going up and down the ladder. And then Jacob saw the Lord standing by the ladder. He said, “I am the Lord, the God of your grandfather Abraham. I am the God of Isaac. I will give you the land that you are lying on now. I will give this land to you and to your children. You will have as many descendants as there are particles of dust on the earth. They will spread east and west, north and south. All the families on earth will be blessed because of you and your descendants.

 

“I am with you, and I will protect you everywhere you go. I will bring you back to this land. I will not leave you until I have done what I have promised.”

 

Then Jacob woke up and said, “I know that the Lord is in this place, but I did not know he was here until I slept.”

Jacob was afraid and said, “This is a very great place. This is the house of God. This is the gate to heaven.”

Jacob got up very early in the morning. He took the rock he had slept on and set it up on its edge. Then he poured oil on the rock. In this way he made it a memorial to God. The name of that place was Luz, but Jacob named it Bethel.    [This name means “God’s house.”]

                                                                                   Genesis 28:10 - 19

 

Jacob has left his home because he tricked his father into giving him his brother’s blessing. He was not a good man but God still repeated the promises he gave to Abraham even though Jacob was full of sin. This is comforting – as the saying goes “Christians are not perfected saints, but forgiven sinners”

 

We are ‘work in progress’

 

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Throwing 'bean bag angels" between the rungs of a ladder

Changing People - a happy person on one side and a mean sad person on the other

Food is always a popular Messy Church activity and this time we had two: Decorating cakes with curly Wurly ladders and making ladders from pastry

Our newest Messy Church member at 18 days old