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GraceNews July 17, 2009
Stories that we take for granted 
Not long ago, I was having a conversation with a very active member of our congregation and part of the conversation went like this:
Me:  "All the songs that we are singing this week are coming straight from the psalms."
Man: "The what?"
Me:  "The psalms...The songs that are included in the Book of Psalms."
Man: "I don't know what you're talking about."
Me:  "You the 23rd Psalm--The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want...."
Man:  "I really don't know what you're talking about."
Me:  "Do you remember David--the one who killed the giant?"
Man:  "Oh Yeah."
Me:  "Well he was also King of Israel. And wrote many songs that are included in a book of the Bible called Psalms."
Man:  "Oh. I didn't know that."
Me:  "Yeah, they've been used in a lot of songs that we've been singing at church--especially the new ones."
Man: "I didn't know that. Kinda cool."
My lesson: What I learned in childhood and take for granted is like a foreign language to many. And what I rely on in times of difficulty is non-existent for others--even those who are active members in our church.  But the biggest lesson is the realization of the huge loss when our church activities/worship are not informed by biblical understanding.
The good news is, it's not too late. We can learn how to share God with children and adults by leading them to the Bible and showing them the truths found in the stories. It's not enough to direct them there, we need to help unpack,connect, and reveal the flow within the stories. And let God be revealed.
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Taken from: Sprint Through the Bible
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Arthur, Illinois
August 15, 2009

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