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Sun, Dec. 15

This week at Grace Lutheran

Grace Community Lutheran Church has Sunday Service at 10:30 a.m. The church is at 5100 Stevenson in Rimrock.

In times of stress or difficulty it is nice to have someone to talk to. A good friend who is a good listener can be the most valuable person in your life when you need it most. I would like you to think about how God might fill this role. Often when we pray, it is more like a list of requests to a distant judge or perhaps benefactor. It is not as if we are praying to our closest friend.

Why is this? I don’t think God wants it like that or isn’t willing to be in that kind of relationship with us. Really, the entire Bible is filled with verses that suggest that is exactly what God wants from us and with us. Some people want to pick out the harsh things in the bible and say God is that way. Absolutely not!

God is a very gracious and loving being and wants to be very close and important in our lives. I could quote many bible verses proving that point. Instead I am going to suggest that you get to know God better yourself. If you do not know Him as a very close friend, spend some time getting to know Him through the bible.It has been my experience that bible is much more than information about God.

It is a means by which we get to know Him and receive His grace and also His Holy Spirit. I know this to be true, but you do not have to take my word for it. You can find out for yourself if time spent getting to know God through the bible will develop a relationship with Him, that will be the kind of relationship that is like that of a long time close friend. I hope and pray that you will prove to yourself that this is true.

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