“Nothing is more practical than finding God."

It’s been well over a year since my last blog post. I think I’m back.Bible

Sort of.

It won’t be like before, at least most of the time. I realize now that the longer the post, the less likely you are to read it.

So I want to use this blog to help us stay connected during the week, and to keep learning, and to keep remembering who we are and what we’re about.

Most of the time I’ll be saying something about Scripture – either about the lectionary readings for the day or more generally about how Scripture “works.” I hope if you aren’t reading the Bible daily, you’ll consider starting. For some of us it’s a discipline issue, and for others it’s a matter of understanding it. Since I’ve been working with Scripture a long time, I think I can help you navigate the sorts of things that often trip people up, and offer some general principles that can help you get to the heart of things.

But I’m going to keep this one short, and hopefully future posts as well. I’ll end with this teaser from today’s epistle reading.

For you have been born again, not of perishable seed, but of imperishable, through the living and enduring word of God (1 Peter 1:23).” The word of God is that potentially powerful, that transformative, that available. A few verses later Peter writes, “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation.” So while we’ve been born again, we still have a lot of growing up to do. The word of God is meant to help.

“...this is how we make important changes–barely, poorly, slowly. And still [Jesus] raises his fist in triumph.” –Anne Lamott, from Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith



4 thoughts on “Craving

  1. Dave Miller says:

    I thought you said this blog would be short…?!


    1. Ha, ha. I guess it’s all relative, isn’t it Dave?

  2. Bobbie says:

    Thank you Rich. This was much easier to read. Thank you. I’m looking forward to these blogs again.
    I love that I will continue to grow up until I’m with Jesus face-to-face. This verse is such a good reminder that when we don’t get things right we are still babies learning. There is no condemnation in Christ Jesus 🤗

    1. Sharon Scheenstra says:

      I agree, Bobbie! I also feel encouraged by remembering that God’s Word has power and effectiveness (it’s living and active!). So when I’m in the Bible, I can know that God’s Word IS changing me — even when I might not be grasping it very well, and even when I’m still frustrated with myself.

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