Your Stories

This blog is for stories- your stories! Stories of how you have seen God in your life.

I was wondering why the Bible is so long, why so many stories? If God had wanted he could have written a very short Bible, maybe two pages. Just tell us the facts of what we need to know! However God did not do that. God chose to work through stories. And mostly stories of ordinary people who were touched by an extraordinary God.

Please add your own story below as a comment.

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  1. December 1, 2010 at 1:01 am

    To start this blog of stories I should start with the classic story of Abraham from Genesis in the Bible. I believe this is really a story of an average man who was encountered by an extraordinary God. It is really a story of God!

    Genesis 12 starts with God calling Abram to leave his land and people. Now we are getting the inside story that was not available to any observers of Abram. To the observer Abram looked like any other nomadic shepherd. In today’s world it would be as common as seeing a Uhaul driving down the road headed for California. But the inside story shows the significance of a life guided by God: “Now the LORD said to Abram, “ Go forth from your country,
    And from your relatives And from your father’s house, To the land which I will show you; And I will make you a great nation, And I will bless you,
    And make your name great; And so you shall be a blessing; So Abram went forth as the LORD had spoken to him” And so this is the way that the adventures of Abram begins.

    “No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I will make you the father of a multitude of nations. 6 “I will make you exceedingly fruitful, and I will make nations of you, and kings will come forth from you. After many events in Abram’s journey he comes to a point where God changes his name and gives him a promise of many descendants-but Abraham had no children! So begins the story of the miracle child Isaac. Then the pinacle of Abraham’s life is when God asks him to sacrifice his son, GE 22:1 “Now it came about after these things, that God tested Abraham, and said to him, “ Abraham!” And he said, “Here I am.” 2 He said, “Take now your son, your only son, whom you love, Isaac, and go to the land of Moriah, and offer him there as a burnt offering on one of the mountains of which I will tell you.” 3 So Abraham rose early in the morning and saddled his donkey, and took two of his young men with him and Isaac his son; and he split wood for the burnt offering, and arose and went to the place of which God had told him. 4 On the third day Abraham raised his eyes and saw the place from a distance.” Again we are getting the inside story but to those observing Abraham they would have thought he was not so unusual. The practice of sacrificing children to pagan Canaanite deities the was common form of population control-abortion. But we are privy to the inside story of Abraham’s faith story. And knowing the cultural background of the Canaanite religions we speculate on what was likely Abraham’s own conflict. I imagine him asking himself, “I thought my God was higher and different than the Canaanite deities. I don’t think that God really desires the blood of my child! This can’t be happening God promised me this child”. And so we see as we read on that God in fact does spare the child and proves himself to be very different than the Canaanite deities and faithful to Abraham.

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