June 21, 2020 Guest message from Pastor Paul Rohde from Augustana College and Pastor Sarah’s father.
I can’t hear this story of Hagar and Ishmael without remembering the day I had assigned it in confirmation. An eighth grader came into class and indignantly threw his Bible on the table and said, “I can’t believe what’s in this book. I thought the Bible was boring.” I said, “What on Earth made you think the Bible was boring?” “Well,” he said, “just look at its cover.” My friends, the Bible is not boring. I’m grateful for a Bible that gives us raw candor about human beings and families. It helps us know on every page that family is not boring. Because God engages real people in real struggles, we come to know that goodness is not boring. Living in the promise of God is not boring.
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