Sorry for the lack of postage yesterday, everyone.  Adam was back at work, and Nick was making it clear that he was Not Happy about the arrangement.

Sunday night we met at the Sellers’ house for our regularly scheduled meeting.  We had an abundant dinner of velveeta nacho bake, bean and cheese enchiladas, baked potato bar, baked cabbage rolls, and two kinds of cake.   Even better than the meal was getting to spend time with each other!

We retired to the living room where everyone seemed really eager to get into the Word!  Becky brought a passage from Isaiah to share with the group:

25 “To whom will you compare me?
Or who is my equal?” says the Holy One.
26 Lift up your eyes and look to the heavens:
Who created all these?
He who brings out the starry host one by one
and calls forth each of them by name.
Because of his great power and mighty strength,
not one of them is missing.

27 Why do you complain, Jacob?
Why do you say, Israel,
“My way is hidden from the LORD;
my cause is disregarded by my God”?
28 Do you not know?
Have you not heard?
The LORD is the everlasting God,
the Creator of the ends of the earth.
He will not grow tired or weary,
and his understanding no one can fathom.
29 He gives strength to the weary
and increases the power of the weak.
30 Even youths grow tired and weary,
and young men stumble and fall;
31 but those who hope in the LORD
will renew their strength.
They will soar on wings like eagles;
they will run and not grow weary,
they will walk and not be faint. – Isaiah 40: 25-31 (NIV)

Becky shared a testimony of God bringing this Scripture to her when she was very ill as a child, and how it brought her hope for her healing.  Many members of our body are in need of healing, so this was very encouraging to hear.

Adam shared some storying from Exodus 4.  We talked about how God had just told Moses to go to Egypt and talk to Pharaoh and then tried to kill him on the way there.  God took His commands very seriously, and Moses had not been obedient.  We then talked about how the story of the Exodus is a metaphor for our salvation.  We are slaves to sin without Christ, and without Him, we will surely die.  The Hebrews were slaves in Egypt and only escaped the death of the tenth plague by the blood of the lamb.  The first major event after the Hebrews left Egypt was walking through the Red Sea, which had been parted for their convenience.  This is a metaphor for baptism.  Does anyone see any other parallels?

Aaron brought up the idea of rich people entering the kingdom of heaven which was a springboard into discussing reading Scripture in context and “being patient” with Scripture.   The Bible is not an easy read, as most of us can attest.  There are things that don’t make sense the first time you read them, or even the hundredth time you read them.  Be patient, and ask God for His revelation of His Word.  Also, while the Bible is God’s Word, it is not the only way that he speaks to His children.  Aaron recounted a time when God used the weather to speak to him.  A downpour of rain that abruptly transitioned into bright sunshine was a way of saying, “I’m going to be with you.”

After a wonderful time of Scripture reading and talking, we prayed together for a while and dispersed.