Bible X

Over the past couple of years, our study group has read some amazing, challenging material, from Steven Furtick’s Sun Stand Still and Dr. Craig’s On Guard to John Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw. While these were all wonderful and eye-opening, there is simply no replacing the fulfillment that comes from reading the Word of God. The soul craves it, gets thirsty for it.

And so, our study group has decided to dive back into the Bible itself with a beta study. Bible X is to meant to help its students understand their faith more fully by piecing together our story from Genesis to Revelation. It’s a big commitment that will take our group about a year to complete. If we can minimize the digressing. 😀

Session 1 of Module 1 begins this week, and we go all the way back to Creation. After all, God so loved his creation that he gave …

When we have finished this study, I hope we’ll be able to tell the world, “We believe this, and this is why we believe it.” And then if it becomes necessary, we can always pull out On Guard and argue it logically. 😉

Point is, I am so excited to dive into the Word this week. Yes, much of the material will be familiar, but God is amazing in how he can reveal new truths and forgotten wonder in the same ol’ material. Spirit-breathed. Taking in the breath of God. Hmm, isn’t that how God woke Adam from the dust?

Wake us, Lord!

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“God is Happy …”

One of my favorite lines comes from Out of Africa. One night, lions attack the Baroness Blixon’s cattle drive, and she and her drovers have to chase off the lions with whips while fighting their way through the fence of briars they had set up. Afterward, one of the cows is found dead, while thorns have to be plucked from the Baroness’s skin. It’s then that Farrah, her right-hand man, says, “God is happy, Msabu. He plays with us.”

This statement has been rolling around in my head the last couple of weeks, ever since I dived back into the opening chapters of Eldredge’s Beautiful Outlaw. It’s been revolutionary (and refreshing)  to read that God has a sense of humor. That he can be included in our laughter. That he gave us laughter in the first place, and that he created things so that we would laugh with him. Take a gander:

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Platypus, photo by Healesville Sanctuary

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Panda by Unknown Photographer

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Fennec Fox by In Cherl Kim, 2009

I mean, is any of this really necessary? How freeing to look at the world with a little less sobriety.