July 6, 2009
I love the story of the prodigal son. I remember, as an adolescent, struggling SO MUCH to understand that story--I just really wasn't ready to throw a party for the kid who screwed up. But now that I'm older and can recognize how much we all screw up, I love the idea of God's abundant grace and forgiveness. And I also appreciate the challenge in my own life to mimic that forgiveness especially--to forgive seventy times seven.<br><br>Anyway, great questions, Bethany! (And, I'm glad to say that I don't think anyone has ever asked me my favorite Bible verse, specifically--whole stories are way better. Phew.)<br><br>
I think your idea of asking people what their favorite story is instead of verse is wonderful. Although, I am not opposed to people asking my favorite verse and I don't think you are either. I need to say though my favorite verse might change from day to day depending on the context of my life. :) <br><br>Now, I am going to share my favorite Bible Story with you. It may seem weird to some, but mine comes from Genesis 15 when God and Abraham made a covenant through the custom of a blood path. It is a gruesome story because of animals being sacrificed and the blood that the two parties needed to walk through. But, what I love about it is that Abraham never walked through it. Even then in Genesis 15--God took our place and walked through the blood path signifying that if Abraham or the human race ever broke the covenant, it would be God that would be punished. And then we see this punishment come to fruitition in Jesus' death on the cross. To me this story shows God's faithfulness, mercy, and grace!
I agree with you, Bethany. We should focus more on the stories of our faith. I mean, that is what the Bible is for the most part. It's a collection of stories that tell us about God. <br><br>One of my favorite stories is Elijah on the mountain of God. The Lord God let's Elijah complain and get his frustration out, and then the Almighty basically says, "Elijah, you don't know the whole picture," and then gives him his next mission. No matter how often we complain to God (and he listens), we have to remember that we don't see the whole picture, but we must listen for God's voice and keep living his mission.<br>
My favorite story from the Bible is Job. I love this story because it shows how God works through adversary and sometimes even allows it in order to bless us even more. He loves us enough to allow hurt sometimes, because He knows that it will bring us even closer to Him.<br><br>I also love Job's genuinity. He didn't try and hide his feelings and tell his friends that he was fine, while on the inside let himself get eaten. He told his friends exactly how he felt, and God as well, and he was blessed for it. It also shows the importance of fellowship, and having people you can trust around you, and that will understand you spiritually. It's just an awesome, really powerful book, and everytime you read it, you can learn something new. I guess that's true of all of the Bible :)
Jeff, that is an awesome story, that's part of what I love so much about Job, that God hears him in his struggle, and he's completely genuine and he's blessed for it. It also shows how God loves us enough to allow struggle so we can grow in Him; from glory to glory.
Okay, so Job is a good one, but what about Ester who followed her uncles teachings and saved her people. Then there was Jonah who didn't want to do what God told him to do. He as much went the other way and even after the King and his people repented, Jonah was still mad. We can resist what God has for us and he is persistant in what he wants for us. If you are lucky enough to be called to tell others the good news, please tell everyone you see. Tell them about your favorite story in the bible and how that story changed your life. In God's Grace John
Storytelling is my joy, my favorite way to communicate about myself, about the Gospel, about subjects I enjoy. I think that excellence in storytelling is a neglected mechanism in sermons. I love stories so much that I started a blog just about my own stories from my life - I want my kids to understand the stories that make me who I am. Those are the types of stories that are most important to me.<br><br>Thanks for the post about such a fascinating, rich idea.
Julie, you're right: having one or two special verses is like a little gold nugget. :) But, a great story that paints a picture of our God, Oh, now that's special!!<br><br>The story of Genesis 15 can make me weak in the knees. This is where God goes on public record declaring: "You cannot keep my commandments, and I know it. I will take the guilt for your sins, and make them right." !!!! God covenants with Himself for US!!
Hosea. I LOVE Hosea!!!<br><br>The imagery God presents us with regarding his love: That he would love us as a man loves his prostituting wife- taking us back over and over and over again as we prostitute ourselves to the world. I can hardly fathom such a love and it humbles me to think of my Father loving me with such passion as I go looking elsewhere for personal fulfillment. <br><br>Thank you Bethany for bringing up such an interesting topic. I've loved hearing everyone else's stories as well!
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