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Glorifying the God who walked among us. The blog of Renae Adelsberger.

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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: House of Bread
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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: God With Us
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Evil Apples, Video Edition
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From Distress to Rejoicing
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Employees are not for Employers

A Season of Promises Fulfilled: House of Bread

 

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Bethlehem Ephrathah, you are small among the clans of Judah; One will come from you to be ruler over Israel for Me. His origin is from antiquity, from eternity.” – Micah 5:2

West Tennessee has some crazy town names: Three Way, Frog Jump, Bucksnort, Milan (pronounced MY-lynn) and Medina (pronounced Muh-DINE-uh). I like to think Bethlehem had a similar reputation. Micah writes that it is a small clan in Judah. And study of the Hebrew language reveals that it actually means “House of Bread.” Bethlehem would fit in nicely as a town near me.

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A Season of Promises Fulfilled: God With Us

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Oh come, Oh come, Emmanuel
And ransom captive Israel
That mourns in lonely exile here
Until the son of God appears
Rejoice! Rejoice!
Emmanuel shall come to thee, oh Israel

The lyrics to this song have survived since the 12th century. It reflects the longing that Old Testament believers felt for a Savior to come rescue them. They had forgiveness of sin but only through the regular shedding of the blood of animal sacrifices along with grain offerings. They had access to God but only through a priest. They longed for the One who would restore their relationship with God.

“And ransom captive Israel.” There is a ransom on our souls that you and I can never pay off. It is the grip of sin that has clung to humanity since Adam and Eve disobeyed.

We, too, long for our relationship with God to be restored fully. Through Scripture, we have the privilege to read about our Messiah who came – the One whose birth we celebrate this month. But we are still exiled on an earth heaven-laden with sin. We join in the lyrics as we long for the day that the Lord returns and makes all things new.

 

“Emmanuel” means “God with us.” Just as God kept His promise to the Israelites by sending His Son, Jesus, into the world, so we, too, can rejoice knowing that God will keep His promise to return to this world.

How is the reality of Emmanuel a promise fulfilled? Isaiah (7:14) tells us “the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.”

The one blank page between our Old Testament and New Testament doesn’t adequately convey the years of silence as the people of God awaited for this Messiah. We can only imagine how many people scoffed this prophecy as lunacy – how can a virgin conceive a child?

Luke 1 tells us that God sent the Angel Gabriel to “a virgin engage to a man named Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.” His message? Another one of lunacy – that she would conceive a son, name Him Jesus; that He would be great, be called the Son of the Most High; that God would have Him reign on the throne of David with an everlasting kingdom.

Mary, in response, asks the one most logical question to this prophecy, “How can this be, since I have not been intimate with a man?”

God hadn’t made a mistake or overlooked an important detail. His promise dating back to Isaiah was about to come true. Mary was willing to believe God enough to obey His will for her life and for the life of her son.

December is a wonderful time of the year – one full of celebrations and excitement. Let’s not forget that it’s also a season to reflect on God’s fulfilled promises to us.

Evil Apples, Video Edition

Welcome to the first video edition of Pedestrian God. In today’s video, we start with the question of: What fruit did Eve in the garden that day? Was it an apple or something else?

Have an idea for a future video blog? Leave it in the comments below.

From Distress to Rejoicing

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You rejoice in this, though now for a short time you have had to be distressed by various trials so that the genuineness of your faith – more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire – may result in praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ.
-1 Peter 1: 6-7

This verse has a hard sentence structure to follow. In fact, I had to reread it multiple times to make certain I was fully following the thought flow. I was caught up in the distress and trials that the verse mentions. And then it hit me all at once, the emphasis of this verse isn’t the hard times but the result of the hard times.

What was the last difficult situation you faced? Was it a personal decision? Or perhaps a conversation that forced you to confront a family member with some hard truth? What was the result of this hard time? Was it joy?

Because I don’t usually relate the word “rejoice” with my feelings toward hard times. Why does God allow us to face trials? Not because God abandoned us but so that we are that much more thankful when Jesus Christ returns.

Earth is not our forever home. We spend so much time decorating and getting comfortable on this sinking ground that we forget that truth. We are reminded by this verse that our genuine faith is more valuable than gold.

As we enter into the Day of Rest, let’s look around our lives and remember that earth isn’t our forever home.

Employees are not for Employers

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Is it five o’clock yet?

How many of us have found ourselves muttering that question during our workday? The clock ticks on, bringing with it another fresh wave of problems to solve. We spend 8 hours a day away from our homes and families and find ourselves asking, “Why?”

Titus 2:9-10 reads,

Slaves are to be submissive to their masters in everything, and to be well-pleasing, not talking back or stealing, but demonstrating utter faithfulness, so that they  may adorn the teaching of God our Savior in everything.

Okay, so “slaves” is too strong a word for our context today. I am not held against my will and I am properly compensated for my work. But the general idea of “slaves” here is “worker.”

What are we as workers supposed to be?

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