It's Just That Simple

Services

We worship at 10am on sunday mornings at 233 N Appleton Street, Appleton. Worship is also streamed live from our Facebook page. We also gather at 7pm on Wednesday evenings for Midweek Services. The Men in the fellowship meet on the 1st & 3rd Wednesdays of the month and the Women meet on the 2nd & 4th Wednesdays. We have no dress code and we have classes for kids from toddler up to Middle School. Services are typically about an hour and 20 minutes long and include some singing, a message, a chance to take communion and often an opportunity to participate or share.

by: Damon Brog

06/27/2022

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You may have noticed the trend we are on as humanity.  Our standards for nearly everything are higher and higher with each passing day.  Where we once saw "amazing" we now see the possiblity for something better.  The iPhone has become the iPhone 12.  The horseless carriage has become the Tesla.  The Librabry has become The Kindle. This is most often a very good thing.  Yet,  in the midst of all of this new and improved, where do we stand on the issue of taking God at his word?  It's a related question because there was a time when just having a Bible was a really big deal.  Indeed as soon as Gutenberg hatched the printing press back in the 15th century, it was Bibles that were being printed as quickly as possible.  In time they wnet from a rarity to common place and then from common place into the top drawer of nearly every hotel room,  coast to coast.  Eventually, the word of God has found it's way online and into our ocean of cell phone apps too.  It is amazing that God's word has become so accesible and yet, it might be more difficult now than it has ever been to simply, accept what it says.  It seems to be in our nature to want to improve it.  This isn't a new thing, just see Adam Eve back in Genesis 3.


We have become so learned about so many things.  Google inquiries number over 5 Billion per day (I  just made one to get that statistic) making us so informed on so many topics.  But, you know what they say about the the guy who already knows it all...you can't tell him anything.  As a disciple of Christ we are learners first and foremost.  Indeed, that is the essence of what the word disciple means. Can God's word still tell us things?  In these times when everything seems to be up for review and the desire to improve and reformulate is so common, we would be naive to think that we won't face the same desire when it comes to the word of God.  We should dig deeper, understand the history, the context and the intended audience better.  We should pay more attention to the writing style being used (did you know the Bible uses at least 6?) and we should avoid the trap of reading everything through 21st century, western eyes.  All that being said, when we are reading God's word we should be humble, not looking to adjust it for inflation nor reinterpret it to fit with our modern times.  God's word is just that, God's word!  It belongs to him, has it's origins in him and it's very essence, in him (John 1 explains this well).  There won't be a Holy Bible 2.0, no matter how many translations (ESV, NIV, KJV, NASB, MSG, HCSB...) they are all rooted in the original texts and we are called to the same simple choice to accept it or not.  It's just that simple.

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You may have noticed the trend we are on as humanity.  Our standards for nearly everything are higher and higher with each passing day.  Where we once saw "amazing" we now see the possiblity for something better.  The iPhone has become the iPhone 12.  The horseless carriage has become the Tesla.  The Librabry has become The Kindle. This is most often a very good thing.  Yet,  in the midst of all of this new and improved, where do we stand on the issue of taking God at his word?  It's a related question because there was a time when just having a Bible was a really big deal.  Indeed as soon as Gutenberg hatched the printing press back in the 15th century, it was Bibles that were being printed as quickly as possible.  In time they wnet from a rarity to common place and then from common place into the top drawer of nearly every hotel room,  coast to coast.  Eventually, the word of God has found it's way online and into our ocean of cell phone apps too.  It is amazing that God's word has become so accesible and yet, it might be more difficult now than it has ever been to simply, accept what it says.  It seems to be in our nature to want to improve it.  This isn't a new thing, just see Adam Eve back in Genesis 3.


We have become so learned about so many things.  Google inquiries number over 5 Billion per day (I  just made one to get that statistic) making us so informed on so many topics.  But, you know what they say about the the guy who already knows it all...you can't tell him anything.  As a disciple of Christ we are learners first and foremost.  Indeed, that is the essence of what the word disciple means. Can God's word still tell us things?  In these times when everything seems to be up for review and the desire to improve and reformulate is so common, we would be naive to think that we won't face the same desire when it comes to the word of God.  We should dig deeper, understand the history, the context and the intended audience better.  We should pay more attention to the writing style being used (did you know the Bible uses at least 6?) and we should avoid the trap of reading everything through 21st century, western eyes.  All that being said, when we are reading God's word we should be humble, not looking to adjust it for inflation nor reinterpret it to fit with our modern times.  God's word is just that, God's word!  It belongs to him, has it's origins in him and it's very essence, in him (John 1 explains this well).  There won't be a Holy Bible 2.0, no matter how many translations (ESV, NIV, KJV, NASB, MSG, HCSB...) they are all rooted in the original texts and we are called to the same simple choice to accept it or not.  It's just that simple.

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