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Becoming a Ripple-Maker

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I was spending a little time at a lake in Randolph recently… reading and praying… just spending some time with God.

  • And while standing at the waterline, I remembered all the times, when I was a kid, trying to skip rocks at Van Saun Park.
  • It was always fun trying to get that rock to skip as many times as possible,

 

But, the truth is, every now and then boredom would take over and I’d search for the biggest rock my 5-year-old arms could carry.

  • I’d then walk over to the water and throw it as far as I could, watching the ripples travel out to the center of the lake.
  • If I had to choose between a skipping rock and a massive splash that sent ripples into the lake,
  • Well, I’d choose the massive splash any day.

 

You see, there’s something in us that inherently longs to create wakes and ripples

  • Something in us that genuinely desires to make a difference in the world around us…
  • To live lives whose ripples can impact other people who can then impact others.

 

Well, this morning, I want to continue this series we’ve been in, on “Passing along the torch of faith”…

  • Passing along to others what’s been passed down to you.
  • And this is important because the very reason we’re here this morning is because,
  • from the time of Abraham till now, somebody passed along the torch of faith to someone else who passed it along to someone else.

 

And so, if you’ve got your Bibles, go ahead and turn to Genesis, chapter 12, where this whole ripple effect really began.

  • But as I read it, let me know if you can tell which part of this passage may be a little “off” a bit from the original.
  • Ready? Ok, here goes…
  • The Lord had said to Abram, ‘I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you can keep all these blessings to yourself.'”