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God With Us

During this Advent season, we would like to invite you into this time of anticipation through the Bible Church’s blog. Leading up to Christmas Day, we want to celebrate the witness of God’s presence to His people throughout Scripture.
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Daniel: God Rescues By His Presence With Us

In 2010, a mine collapse in Chile trapped 33 miners deep beneath the surface of the earth. Efforts to find them, and then to rescue them, involved hundreds of people from around the world, and took more than two months. In the end, in order to effect the rescue, a rescuer descended through a narrow borehole and strapped the trapped men, one at a time, into the 21” diameter capsule that would be winched up to return them to the surface and to safety. On day 69 after the collapse, and more than twenty-four hours after the first rescuer descended, all of the miners and the rescuers who had gone down into the mine to assist them were finally freed.

Jeremiah: Do Not Be Afraid, for I Am with You

Imagine for a moment that God called you to tell your people that judgment was coming because of their sin – that the battles ahead are going to be lost and that another nation is going to conquer them. God reassures you, though, that in 70 years your nation will begin to rebuild.

Job: God’s Presence When Answers Don’t Satisfy

Oh, how I wish I could have the heart of Job in my suffering! If only Job could have witnessed the conversation Satan had in the throne room of God,(1:6-12), surely Job would’ve understood the context of his suffering.

Esther: God’s Hidden Presence

Ironically, God is not mentioned a single time in the book of Esther. Nope, not even once. Seriously, go look for yourself, but I’ll tell you right now it’s a waste of time. The words ​El or ​Elohim?​ Zero times. ​Yahweh​ or ​Adonai​? Nada. ​Shaddai​ or ​Ehyeh​? Zilch. Not even an angel or lowly messenger from the Lord with a word from God? Nope, not at all. None of these are present in the book of Esther at any point. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s just how the proverbial cookie crumbles as Esther and Mordecai face a plot in which Haman tries to murderously eradicate the chosen people of God. Hmm, it seems we could really use God showing up here…

Ezra: God Presence in Promise

You can imagine the scene: Israel is exiled in Babylon, and they have been there for seven decades. Seven decades of waiting and wondering. Seven decades for any lingering hopes of deliverance to dwindle. Seven decades asking whether God would rescue them from exile, or not. Seven decades of desperately crying out to God, only to hear nothing in return. Two generations have come and gone, but Israel is still in Babylon, beleaguered by years of disappointment.

Kings: Rejoice in the God Who Dwells

God has always longed to be with his people and He has always been the one to make a way for that to happen. In His kindness, He made a covenant with David that his son, Solomon, would one day build a house for Him. The God of the universe would come to dwell among His people!

Samuel: Trusting in God with Us

It’s always both disheartening and encouraging when I read Scripture and relate all too well with the nation of Israel. Knowing that there’s “nothing new under the sun” gives hope that I am not unique in my inadequacies and sin. However, seeing my own struggles held up in the mirror of Scripture brings them sharply into focus when I would often be content to let them linger unexamined. The books of Samuel are no exception.

Ruth: God of the Ordinary

Here in Bethlehem among the hills of Judah; in the same location where afterwards David as a shepherd boy would be looking after the sheep; in the same location where afterwards shepherds also looking after sheep would hear the words of the angels announcing the arrival of the Messiah, the Christ. It is in this same location that these events unfold that are recorded for us in these few chapters of Ruth.

Judges: Don’t Forget Where to Find Water

I love elephants, they are not just the largest land animal, they are amazingly smart. Part of their intelligence comes from their ability to hold memories. Studies have shown that in times of drought, the older elephants can recall previous droughts from many years before and remember how to find water outside their normal stomping grounds. Their memory literally saves their lives. If only we humans had this kind of life-saving memory, especially with the really important things (not just where we left our keys) – God’s promises of his presence and provision.

Joshua: Lo, I Will Be with You Always

The anointed man of God was gone. Trouble had been averted in terrifying and terrific ways. The Bible refers to it with a Hebrew idiom, the long, outstretched arm of the Lord. The long, outstretched arm of the Lord had done its sovereign and powerful thing. The superpower of the day had been dethroned, Egypt.

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Jeremiah: Do Not Be Afraid, for I Am with You

Imagine for a moment that God called you to tell your people that judgment was coming because of their sin – that the battles ahead are going to be lost and that another nation is going to conquer them. God reassures you, though, that in 70 years your nation will begin to rebuild.

read more

Esther: God’s Hidden Presence

Ironically, God is not mentioned a single time in the book of Esther. Nope, not even once. Seriously, go look for yourself, but I’ll tell you right now it’s a waste of time. The words ​El or ​Elohim?​ Zero times. ​Yahweh​ or ​Adonai​? Nada. ​Shaddai​ or ​Ehyeh​? Zilch. Not even an angel or lowly messenger from the Lord with a word from God? Nope, not at all. None of these are present in the book of Esther at any point. I hate to be the bearer of bad news, but that’s just how the proverbial cookie crumbles as Esther and Mordecai face a plot in which Haman tries to murderously eradicate the chosen people of God. Hmm, it seems we could really use God showing up here…

read more

Ezra: God Presence in Promise

You can imagine the scene: Israel is exiled in Babylon, and they have been there for seven decades. Seven decades of waiting and wondering. Seven decades for any lingering hopes of deliverance to dwindle. Seven decades asking whether God would rescue them from exile, or not. Seven decades of desperately crying out to God, only to hear nothing in return. Two generations have come and gone, but Israel is still in Babylon, beleaguered by years of disappointment.

read more

Kings: Rejoice in the God Who Dwells

God has always longed to be with his people and He has always been the one to make a way for that to happen. In His kindness, He made a covenant with David that his son, Solomon, would one day build a house for Him. The God of the universe would come to dwell among His people!

read more

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