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Winter 2012 – 2013: A Season of New Hope!
January 22, 2013Posted by on
Have you ever noticed how our lives seem to have “seasons,” like the weather? There seems to be a time of joy, a time of wilting, a time of trouble, and then maybe a time of renewing – of starting over. 神 is always trying to help people find the season of renewing, of new hope, of starting over – because He wants to bring us to the time of joy. In this series we’re exploring some of the stories of 神 and His ancient people, learning how He led them through very hard times into times of hope. We’re also exploring the stories of The Teacher, and how He helps us find this new path of hopefulness – a path of certainty, into a future well worth living for!
2012 November 25 “Comfort for the people!”
2012 December 2 “The Son of David: when 神 makes a promise, He keeps it!”
2012 December 9 “神 is getting ready to intervene, to do something wonderful!” We are not defined by the past: there is a new way. It’s not always easy to believe that! But He will help us!
2012 December 30 “神 is getting ready to intervene, to do something wonderful!” We are not limited by who we are: 神 adds to what we are, makes us more than we ever have been before!
2013 January 6 “神 is about to intervene to do something wonderful!” But there’s two sides to it! John called people to recognize that when God brings in rightness, He ruins evil. Choose sides! Here’s how!
2013 January 20 “神’s Spirit, the Teacher baptized, and you: all connected!” Entering a new connection with 神, time to get off the boat and into a new world!
2013 January 27 神’s Spirit led The Teacher in the desert: helped Him re-wind and do the old stories over again: doing it right this time! He can help us to do the stories right, too. The Spirit leads us in the desert – and then back to the people, with new gifts to give!
2013 February 3 神’s Spirit led The Teacher in the desert: helped Him re-wind and do the old stories over again: doing it right this time! He can help us to do the stories right, too. The Spirit leads us in the desert – and then back to the people, with new gifts to give!
神 has always been involved in the business of reaching out to people, to help us find Him. Our history with Him can be described in terms of 4 “stages,” a series of changes in the relationship that are repeated many times. If you understand this, you will be able to read the Bible and learn quite a bit! You will understand what 神 is doing, what He’s looking for, and how to respond to Him!
In Stage 1, 神 loves people, blesses them, gives them connection with Himself, with each other, with our environment. He gives amazing abilities and opportunities!
In Stage 2, humans stray away from His help, and try to take control on our own. There’s interference from outside that tells us we can do better without 神, and so we begin to do what we think is best, without considering His instructions. It’s like drinking petrol: petrol is great for cars, but terrible in your coffee! In Stage 2, we poison ourselves and destroy other people, too.
In Stage 3, 神 has to intervene to stop the evil that we have unleashed – and when He does this, He has to try to save whatever can be salvaged. The rest has to be destroyed, there’s no longer any hope. 神 hates to do this, but sometimes it’s the only way that anything can be saved.
In Stage 4, 神 puts people in a new place, where they can start over – and maybe find Him, and find their way back to Stage 1.
Our story starts in a time of devastation, among people who know they can’t go back to the past, but don’t know where to find the future. 神’s words of comfort and hope for them are words of comfort and hope for us, too!