May 26, 2018
Read Genesis 19
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Scripture- Genesis 19:26- But Lot’s wife looked back as she was following behind him, and she turned into a pillar of salt.
Observations- There's a lot going on in this chapter and not much of is very good. One of the unique things about the Bible is that it tells the unvarnished story of God's desire for His people to live and love well within graceful limits and the failure of people to do so. Here we see Lot's wife looking back with long for the sin filled cities of Sodom and Gomorrah after being instructed not to look back. The movement in Genesis, however, is forward with God into His preferred future.
Application- How often do we settle in, rest on the past, or fail to take God's forward movement seriously in our lives? God desires for us to fix our gaze on Jesus, who is always inviting us to pursue a future on the horizon in His love and grace. This isn't a word about not looking back fondly on good times in our past; rather it's about not letting our longings from the past keep us from God's present and future.
Prayer- (from N. T. Wright) God forgive us that we have imagined true humanness, after the Enlightenment model, to mean being successful, having it all together, knowing all the answers, never making mistakes, striding through the world as though we owned it. Amen.
"No, dear brothers and sisters, I have not achieved it, but I focus on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead, I press on to reach the end of the race and receive the heavenly prize for which God, through Christ Jesus, is calling us." (Philippians 3:13-14),
P. S. - This Sunday, May 27, at 4pm in Logan Hall we will have Town Hall Meeting to have specific and detailed questions and concerns addressed about our proposed new Social Hall. We’ll be able to go over the plans extensively, discuss anticipated costs, the construction process, the kitchen details, and anything else you would like to know. One thing that would be helpful to us in preparing for both the Town Hall and the Church Conference (June 3 at 4pm in the Sanctuary) is for you to share your questions or concerns in advance with Joe Kuebler, Building Committee Chairperson ( ).
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