“Hear this, you elders; listen, all you inhabitants of the land. Has anything like this ever happened in your days or in the days of your ancestors? Tell your children about it, and let your children tell their children, and their children the next generation.” (CSB – Read the chapter)
What kind of stories do you tell? What kind of vehicles do you use to tell your stories? The prophet Joel used a recent plague of locusts to tell his. I think there’s something we can learn from him. Let’s talk about what that is.
The weather won this Sunday. The slush and ice piling up on streets and branches kept us home, but technology saved the day. Here’s what I shared on Facebook Live yesterday morning (click here to watch it). Enjoy!
Thoughts for a Snowy Day
One of the most magical Christmases I remember happened in 2007. Lisa and I were living in Littleton, CO while I was in seminary and that year both of our families came out at the same time to celebrate the holiday. I know what you’re thinking: The Christmas miracle was not that we all got along that year. That Christmas Eve we all went downtown to see the Broadway version of the classic Christmas movie, White Christmas. It was a terrific show. Driving home it was about 60 degrees with a big full moon shining brightly. It made for a beautiful evening, but not the kind of weather as to put you in the mood for the season. The next morning,Christmas morning, we woke up to a foot of snow; our very own white Christmas. We scoped out the load Santa left, ate some breakfast, played in the snow, and warmed up afterwards by a crackling fire. It was about as perfect a Christmas as I could imagine. The only thing that could have improved it would have been having our boys around for us to experience the wonder through their eyes.
“The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners, of whom I am the foremost. But I received mercy for this reason, that in me, as the foremost, Jesus Christ might display his perfect patience as an example to those who were to believe in him for eternal life.” (ESV – Read the chapter)
Paul was called to receive the gift of salvation so that others might come to a saving faith as well. We know this is true from Paul’s own testimony, but also from the example of his life. Do you know who else was saved so that others might come to a saving relationship with Jesus? You were! So was I. So was every person who is a follower of Jesus or who has ever been in the past. God gives us the gift of salvation not only for ourselves, but so that others might come to a saving knowledge of Him through us. In other words: If you have been blessed by God, the purpose of that blessing was so that you might be a blessing to others. Read the rest…
This past Sunday we kicked off a brand new teaching series called, The Big Story. Over the next few weeks we are going to look at the story of Scripture. We often spend a lot of time studying the details of the Bible, and that’s not a bad thing. But if we don’t know the much bigger context in which those details are situated, we run the risk of misunderstanding them. The goal of this series is to help us understand the big story of Scripture more so we can better understand and know the God who is writing it.
A Good Start
Around parts like these where most everybody’s a “from here,” when folks meet someone new there are two primary questions they ask. Anybody know what these are? Where are you from and who’s your daddy? The first question will tell them important things like whether or not you’re a Yankee. It lets them know whether you’re a Tar Heel, a Blue Devil, or some other strange species…like a Jayhawk. It gives them a sense of what kind of culture you bring to the area with you. The second question—especially if you’re not a “come here”—gives them more of a sense of who you are. If your daddy was well-respected in the community, you’ll probably be given the benefit of the doubt in a lot of things. If your daddy was generally considered a scoundrel, though, you’re going to be treated with at least a bit of suspicion whether you deserve it or not. Read the rest…