Pastor's Paragraph for May 26, 2019

MAY 26, 2019

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Most evenings I watch a national TV newscast. Sometimes I wonder why I bother. Now and then I get frustrated and turn it off before the end. But I’d like to think it’s helpful to have a sense of what’s going on in this world!

Another thing I try to do daily is to read in the Bible, and in recent years my wife and I usually do it together. Some days our reading may only be habit or a “good thing to do.” Other times we find that it reinforces ideas and truth with which we’re already familiar. But there are those days when something catches our attention in a new way. Like several times in May while reading in Jeremiah’s prophecy. Our Bible becomes fresh, fascinating and even exciting! 

God isn’t on Facebook. He doesn’t tweet or blog. For reasons we may never fully understand, at least on earth, he chose various people—poets, historians, prophets, apostles, and even some unknowns—over hundreds of years. Then he guided them to write down his words for us in various styles—prose, poetry, pithy wisdom sayings, stories, … But whoever the writer and whatever the style, there’s one reason for it all—God wants to tell us about himself and how we can live in relationship with him!

Watching a newscast can help us encounter our world. Reading the Bible helps us encounter God. As the apostle Paul writes—All Scripture is God-breathed, and is useful for teaching, for showing mistakes, for correcting, and for training character, so that the person who belongs to God can be equipped to do everything that is good (2 Timothy 3:16–17). Reason enough to read every day!

JonUhlinger

Jon Uhlinger
Minister of Visitation