It's in the Bible

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The Bible is the fountain of knowledge for most everything we say and ideas we express in today's world. Many folks would disagree with this statement. They would want to quote some great person in history or even some present day celebrity or politician that they admire. It's true that there are many heroic persons past and present who have contributed to our knowledge and well-being. However, a study of the Bible reveals that the thoughts and ideas have been around for a long time. Solomon says it all in Ecclesiastes 1: 9—“there is nothing new under the sun.”

So we'll be posting some comments on present day ideas and giving a Bible scripture to illustrate the connection.

There was a song recorded by the well known singer, Peggy Lee, in 1969 intitled, “Is That All There Is?” The song laments the hollow, empty feeling we sometime have after witnessing some seemingly important event such as a home fire, a trip to the circus or a lost love. Our constant quest for entertainment or excitement can cause us to feel empty and unsatisfied when it's over and longing for the next “fix”. The chorus of the song expresses it this way: “ If that's all there is, my friend, then let's keep dancing; let's break out the booze and have a ball, if that's all there is”.

The solution or answer to this is found in the Bible as it tells God's story and his relation with man; the Creator and the created. It begins in Genesis where it tells of the creation, continues on in the rest of the Old Testament as it reveals an effort by God to help man understand his motives and reaches the conclusion in the New Testament as it reveals the truth that God loves us and longs for a relation with us. The Gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke and John tell the story of Jesus, the son of God, as he taught us the depth of God's love for us and made the greatest sacrifice by laying down his life for us, that we might have forgiveness of our sins. In Matthew 11:28-30 he gives us the ultimate invitation when he says: “Come unto me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” We cannot just “keep dancing” to solve the problems of life or receive that “peace which surpasses all understanding” mentioned in Philippians 4:4-7.

There was a song that came out in WWII that was composed to help the people lift their spirits and encouage them to persevere during difficult times. It began like this: “You've got to accentuate the positive, eliminate the negative, latch on to the affirmative, don't mess with Mr. in-between!” Times were tough and uncertain then, with folks having to make all kinds of sacrifices to make every day life bearable. We too live in difficult times. The apostle Paul describes these times when he writes these words to Timothy in Timothy 2 vs 1-5. “But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God. Avoid such people.” Today let us keep our hearts and minds turned to the good. Philippians 4: 8-9 helps us direct our thinking in these times: “ Finally brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellance, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things. What you have learned and received and heard from me—practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.” Accentuate the Positive! Our goal is the abundant life here and a life with God hereafter.

Waiting is one of life's frustrations. We seem constantly to be waiting for something; the traffic to clear,the weather to change, for vacation time to come, or the check that is supposed to come in the mail. The list goes on. But the Bible speaks to waiting in a very interesting way. In Psalm 27:13-14 we are reminded: “I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living! Wait for the Lord: be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord!” We are futher admonished in Psalm 31: 23-24 : “Love the Lord, all you his saints! The Lord preserves the faithful but abundantly repays the one who acts in pride. Be stong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the Lord.” Let us always pray that His will be done in our lives as we navigate the uneven paths of life here on earth.

There is a saying that speaks to our frustrations with the problems of life. It goes like this: “We have come to assess the situation, formulate a plan of action, and carry out the solution; but when you are up to your belt loops in alligaors, it's hard to remember that you came there to drain the swamp.” But the Bible reminds us how to stay focused on the problems of life when it says in Proverbs 3:5-6: “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and he shall direct your steps.” Let us trust God, the creator, and take courage to complete our tasks.

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We meet at 22058 Hwy. 90N
in Bedias
Our meeting times are:
Bible Study: Sunday, 10:00am
Worship: Sunday, 11:00 am
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