The Fear of the Lord

How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!
(Proverbs 16:16)

This summer has brought one challenge after another to us as Christians – the latest being the Charlottesville episodes. The political situation pulls one direction and then another motivating various sides to point fingers at each other. I’m not going to break into a full-scale editorial but I will bring out the confusion that this has brought to those who are Christians. Where are the wise voices? Does Jesus have anything to offer in these situations or is our Lord part of the problem? The answers are “yes” to the first question and “no” to the second. But how?

The Gloria Dei leadership wants to open every opportunity for you to know what it means for follow Christ in every situation. That is why we are offering to you RightNow Media, allowing you to explore a library of video presentations from short to long, Bible studies on specific topics and whole books, and children’s programing. All that is necessary is to answer the invitation sent to you in your e-mail box.

I am excited to invite you throughout this next year to engage in RightNow Media and also join in a small group to engage it. In fact, I ask that you would invite a friend, neighbor or co-worker to join with you.
Gathering together is all about helping each other unpack the big ideas of the Bible. This opportunity is designed to help you understand what it is to be like Jesus.

The goal is this: to truly become Spirit-led disciples of Jesus Christ.
Renowned sociologist, Rodney Stark, in his book, The Rise of Christianity, expressed how amazed he was by how Christianity grew from one man, Jesus, to a movement that by A.D. 350 had reached 56.5 percent of the western world. Stark commented on the transformation of such a large segment of humanity – their behavior illustrated by their radical response to epidemics and social issues. This led him to comment that these people actually believed the teachings of Jesus. They believed them in such a way that they took on flesh, and they literally changed their world.

For those of you who are not comfortable with the internet, you will have an opportunity to join the adult Bible class, as Pr. John Stake is teaching the Book of Acts.

Small groups are going to be organizing all through the month of September. Look for details and join a group that is convenient for you.
Solomon was so right when he wrote, “How much better to get wisdom than gold, to get insight rather than silver!” Our country needs wise disciples of Jesus – not people who are easily thrown from one side of the political spectrum to another. In this effort, the leadership of Gloria Dei is here to help you. Take advantage of the opportunities open to you. Don’t let questions linger. Chase them down, and in so doing, you will find Christ.

Let us all Keep and Live the Faith!
Pr. Dave Dahl


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