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It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

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It’s time to tackle the big questions – “Who am I? Why am I here?” In moments of personal reflection, have you ever wondered, “Why do I do what I do?” In moments of relational frustration, have you ever wondered, “Why does he/she do what they do?” During Origins, we will explore our shared beginnings, our humanistic tendencies, our familial issues, and our one communal great hope. It’s a lot easier to get where you want to go when you know where it is you began.

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The word “genesis” and the word “gene” or “genetic” are the same word. Everything in you is determined by your genetic code. So, too, is everything in history – it is merely a playing out of our shared genes, which are exposed so clearly in this book of origins. Ever feel like most of your life, you are just waiting for “the other shoe to drop,” or that there is trouble lurking, waiting to pounce on you, your family, or your dreams? Yeah, Genesis explains that, too. The enemy is crouching at your door – learn how to escape this Sunday at Mendham Hills!

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I can remember one of my first toys being a Noah’s Ark play set. Thousands of years post-flood, and Noah and his animals are as ubiquitous as ever. Most of us think we know the story; most of us don’t. If we did, if we understood it, it’s about the last story we would read at bedtime. The real story of Noah is one replete with death, destruction, family dysfunction, sexual innuendo, generational curses, sexism, racism, and lots of ancient (and not-so-ancient) lessons about life for people like you and me. A look at what happened when God started over – Noah, the “grown-up” version, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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This Super Bowl Sunday, the question begs answering again: Does defense really win championships, or is it all about offense? For many of us, life mimics football, offering us the same two choices regarding how we live. Some of us are hard-chargers, modern day warriors grabbing life by the horns. Others of us have been so beat up that it’s much more about caution, safety and protection. Should life be lived on offense, defense, or is there another way? Life lessons from a Nimrod, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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Yes, there were times, I’m sure you knew
When I bit off more than I could chew
But through it all, when there was doubt
I ate it up and spit it out
I faced it all and I stood tall
And did it my way

Frank Sinatra’s iconic ballad roars, and our independent, 21st Century hearts soar as we join in the chorus. Yet, if we are honest, doing it “my way” sometimes leads to “my mess.” Is there another way? A better way? This Sunday, a look at “Father Abraham,” the mess of his ways, the mess of our ways, and the better way.

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Influence – all of us have some and most of us want more. As adults, we fight for it, and as parents, we worry about it. Who are you intentionally influencing? Maybe a more interesting question is who are you unintentionally influencing and how? As we look back at our history, our shared nature, the question arises as to the impact of nurture and influence in our lives. Do I do what I do because they did what they did? The power of influence in our lives and over our lives this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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Some of us spend our lives trying to be like someone else. Others of us spend our lives trying to be what someone else told us we should be. Still others wrestle years away trying to “find themselves.” Most of us fade into our golden years with regret and wonder – who is the me I was meant to be? Discovering ourselves, this Sunday at Mendham Hills.

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We cannot control much of what happens to us. We convince ourselves that we can and we spend much of our time attempting to maintain this facade. But the reality is that all of us, at one time or another, will find ourselves in places of brokenness, betrayal, or abuse. And so we have to ask, “What does it look like to bear fruit here?” And perhaps even more importantly, “How can God possibly use this for His good purposes?” Join us this Sunday at Mendham Hills as we look at the final character in Origins and reflect on what he learned in the land of his affliction.