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As I prepare the sermon for this week based on Elijah's role in 1 Kings 21 I am wrestling with many unanswered questions which so often occur when we seek to make sense of Old Testament narratives and stories and draw helpful insights and conclusions for us in today's world.
There have been a lot of memes in the press over the weekend, following the tragic death of Caroline Flack, saying ‘in a world where you can be anything, be kind’. In the west many of us enjoy a lifestyle of opportunity; and also, in the west mental health is very much a hot topic, with depression and anxiety and other issues reaching record highs.
It is one of the ironies of life that change is constant. Our reaction to change can cause emotional change within ourselves. How does this relate to our experience of God where, as we grow in faith, we experience changes in our understanding of his love and goodness?
Who doesn’t love a good story?
Every culture embraces this method of communicating about relationships and truth. In this, the Bible is no different. What links such a diverse collection of writings is the perpetual thread (the story) of God’s love for, and His relationship with, His people.