Last night we had the opportunity to look at the book of Judges. Judges is a very sad book filled with some grave consequences. We have a Nation that has been set apart by God and has just been given this land that is incredible. It was all because of God and was intended to be used for God. You would think that the people would follow God without reserve. Well they didn't and the result of this led to frustration, issues, and consequences.
So quick we point the finger at them and asked why or how, don't we? But then we're quickly reminded of times in our own life that have resembled that of this Nation. The inability to keep the law and a close walk with God is just as true for us as it was the this Nation. So the focus is not on the sins of the people, though they are great, but on God, who is also great, yet in a different way maybe. The focus is always on God and HIs love, grace, forgiveness, mercy and holiness. There are definitely things we learn from the people of the Bible but they never outweigh what we learn about God. Our sins and inabilities are great but God's grace is greater. May we faithfully follow Him and lean on Him as we deal with life and each other.
Judges ends in chapter 21 verse 25 with the sad reality of where this great Nation, God's nation, has landed: "Everyone did what was right in his own eyes."
Much has changed for this Nation but isn't this par for the course so far?
All of this sets up the scene for some leadership, a King. The Old Testament, the Bible, is a collection of books showing us how God deals and works within His Creation, ultimately for His glory. So we continue to see creation respond and live in light of sin. Will anything ever be the final remedy? We're getting there.
Alex did a great job last night of making God the hero but also in causing us to confront our own sin. I pray we take this word and meditate on it eventually applying it to our own hearts. Because in the end the message is that of grace.
God has first loved us so why wouldn't we desire to follow and obey Him?
2nd Annual Rock Feast 2015 (NOV. 18)
We're excited to let you know that the Rock Feast is back for a second year. It was so much fun and gave everyone an opportunity to experience a large family Thanksgiving meal. We take for granted that everyone experiences a Thanksgiving filled with laughter, food and family. So what we hope to do is to make this available to those in our ministry. It also is good to do because we are one big family. Of course our family is around the 125 person mark so feeding this bunch is a pretty big task. You can help us by following the link and signing up to help with the food. We cannot do this without the help of the parents.
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