Words from the Heart for Sunday April 14th, 2019

The descendants of Adam were Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah… Shem… Abraham…

1 Chronicles 1:1-3,17,27 (NLT)

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A Family Tree

The Provincial Archives of Canada offers a wealth of information to help you trace your family history. What you need to bring to the process is organization, patience, and perseverance. The process usually begins with a visit to an archive where the holdings will include a wide range of primary resources. Here, by pinpointing key names and dates, you will discover the imprint your ancestors left on history and answer those basic questions of who, what, where, and when. You and your family, through your ancestors, have your own particular stake in history. Whether your ancestors were politicians, soldiers, settlers, or servants, they lived the action and passion of their times. They form a direct, personal link between you and the past.

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God knew before the creation of the world that sin would mar the world. It would impact individuals, families, and nations. But He loved the world so much that He crafted a plan for the redemption of the world, and He decided He would do so through fallible, sinful people. In fact, He chose to introduce it through one family line, beginning with Adam, down to Abraham. 1 Chronicles 1:1-3, 17 and 27 lists the family members: “The descendants of Adam were Seth, Enosh, Kenan, Mahalalel, Jared, Enoch, Methuselah, Lamech, Noah… Shem… Abraham.” God made a covenant with Abraham that would be fulfilled by his descendant Jesus, through whom would come redemption. What an incredibly loving God we serve, who would bring to the human race, through a human family, His forgiveness and redemption. He loves your family, too, and wants to draw those in your family who have not yet experienced His grace. He knows them by name and desires to work in their lives as well.

These have been words from the heart.
Bob Beasley