A Love Story

Dear Brothers and Sisters,

The Bible... is it important to you? When was the last time you picked it up and read a portion? I hope the answer is recently. If your response is it has been a while or I cannot remember when, then it’s time to make a shift.

The Bible was initially passed along orally or in story form.  To be a good listener you need to be expectant. When you come to the scripture you can expect something to happen.  The outcome of your encounter with scripture may not be what you hoped for, but it will be what God desires.

The Bible was written by the likes of fishermen. So the literary style is that of a sea going person. If you want fine prose read Homer. Read the Bible expecting to be addressed by God.

Walter Bruegemann says the Holy Scriptures engage us in the “Zone of Imagination.”  Bruegemann insists that through one story at a time God comes to love us, confront us with truth, forgive us, share God's mercy , doing whatever it is God needs to do with us. One precious biblical passage at a time, our lives can be re-stitched and transformed.

Read the Bible. It is one of God's favorite habitats. Allow the story of God's love to wash over you and move within you. For the Bible is a love story. The story of God's love for you, me and all humanity.

Do not overly fret about what Bible is best. If you are looking for a Bible to buy, the new one I recommend is Renovare’s “The Life With God “ Edition, which has the New Revised Standard Translation (NRSV). I value the scholarship, as they brought together some of the best theologians alive today to develop this Bible.  The book that I recommend starting with in the Bible, is the gospel of John.

Still in One Peace,

Pastor David J. Jensen

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