Pastor's Corner

28 Jul
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Mid-Week Challenge

For the past few days our church has held our annual Vacation Bible School.  The theme this year is “Destination Dig!” Boys and girls have learned the story of Jesus as we “dug” into the Bible.  I found our theme interesting as the Bible describes the answers to many of life’s struggles to be found in uncovering them by searching the past.  By studying the life of those who have come before us we learn life lessons and truths.  In some cases, by literally digging, we see the stories of the Bible in our own time.  News outlet The Times of Israel reported the discovery of a 3,100 years old piece of pottery in the Judean foothills with an extremely rare five-letter inscription which most logically read as “Jerubbaal” or “Yeruba’al,” which was the nickname of the biblical judge Gideon.  Researchers are quick to point out that there were others that went by that name during the same period, but to think about something surviving for that long and to have a possible connection to the Bible we read today is amazing.

The Bible is full of ancient hidden treasures waiting for us to discover and make a modern connection.  Not only do we read about people who actually existed, the Bible does not hide their faults or struggles.  One of the reasons I believe the Bible is true is because it does not try to impress the reader with “super hero” tales.  Although it is full of miracles and amazing encounters, the main stories are about regular people like you and me.  People like Gideon who took 300 soldiers and defeated a large army. But before we are told about his victories we are introduced to him as a farmer hiding from the enemy.  We are given others like David, Deborah, Peter and Paul all heroes in the end, but fully human and fallen in many ways.  

God used these men and women just like He is using people today.  They did great things for God, but there was nothing great or extraordinary about them.  They simply made themselves available when God called on them.  Don’t discount your usefulness in God’s story! Just like in Bible times, God is looking for someone who trusts Him and His ability to allow them to do great things.  All you need to be is available.  

Why not dig around in your Bible today.  If it has been awhile I bet you might find something new!  If you are a regular student of Scripture I know that you will agree there is always some new way to apply the treasure that the Lord gives us in our daily dig! 

 For the word of God is alive and powerful. It is sharper than the sharpest two-edged sword, cutting between soul and spirit, between joint and marrow. It exposes our innermost thoughts and desires.  Hebrews 4:12

Serving the Savior,

Bro. Jonathan

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