Men's Group-Wed Nov 19-Ruthie&Bo Save Christmas
Greetings Men – Does it seem strange to you that as we conclude this series about the Old Testament book of Judges, Andy is talking about Christmas. What could the connection possibly be? Does it seem strange that the birth of Jesus could have anything to do with the bizarre stories we have been studying from Judges? But with God, everything is connected. And even during the time of the book of Judges, God had a plan for the redemption of mankind.
I was reminded of this in a small way today as I considered the status of our “aging-in-place” first floor bed/bath. When I wrote the first e-mail for this semester of men’s ministry, my bride and I had a set of plans, a deep, muddy, ugly hole in the ground, a lot of pieces of wood, some bricks and porta-potty in our yard. It seemed like a chaotic mess. But the contractor – with considerable encouragement and help from my bride – took the plans, brought the pieces together, and today, we have a beautiful room with lights, heat and carpet… almost ready for occupancy.
And so it was with God as he looked at the people in Israel who “did what was right in their own eyes”, and as Andy pointed out, went through cycle after cycle of disobedience, disaster and deliverance. God knew that sinful man would make a “chaotic mess”, and would need a redeemer, and He already had a plan… to send his Son to die for our sins, so that our lives don’t have to look like a “chaotic mess”, but could reflect the beauty of His Son! Praise God!
Don’t miss our session tomorrow night as we conclude this exciting semester. ALSO, we will be signing up for the tour of the USS Theodore Roosevelt aircraft carrier on Saturday, December 13, thanks to Adrian Elizalde! We will not be meeting next week (Thanksgiving Eve), but will meet at Buzz and Ned’s on Broad Street on December 3rd for Rib Night!!