June 4, 2019

Belonging with Purpose- All-Parish Summer Book

The sacred stories of holy scripture tell of God’s saving deeds.  From the beginning (Genesis) to the end (Revelation) God interacts with his/her creation.  Through people’s lived experience of being human, God comes close.  We learn about God through reading the stories that tell us about God.  We learn about ourselves, too, since the human condition, according to scientist Michio Kaku, remains largely unchanged over the last 100,000 years.

A friend of mine recently said, “Whitney, pray for guidance and wisdom for me.”  My reply, “Absolutely!  Wisdom and guidance are two things that God loves to give.”  I know this not from a hunch or speculation, but through the stories of scripture.  People for centuries have been praying for the same and God has answered them.

Even if you’ve read through the entire Bible or been in church every Sunday, I invite you to join in fellowship with one another through reading The Path.  Here is the description from the Forward Movement Publishing website:

Walk in the footsteps of faithful men and women who have done their best to follow God’s call. The Path is the story of the Bible, excerpted from the New Revised Standard Version so that it is clear and easy to read. Follow the path of God’s love all the way from the beginning to the end, from Adam’s creation to John’s revelation.

With informative trail signs to help you see how each piece of the narrative fits together, The Path is an experience unlike any other: an amazing 360-degree overview of the vast, sweeping story of God’s extraordinary love for ordinary people. Join us on this epic adventure, a journey through the Bible to grow closer to God.

The Path has received a bronze medal in the Bible Study category of 
The Illumination Awards.

Then learning about God translates from a head exercise to a heart experience.  Faith moves from a mental ascent to a transformed life—something better than we could imagine. 

For the sake of our life together at St. Stephen’s, I hope that you’ll purchase your copy after worship or at the office or online.  You’ll find it to be one of the most worthwhile ways in which you’ve spent $18.

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