Sunday, August 3, 2008

Name and Purpose of this Blog

The purpose of this blog is to help the students, children, and parents of Beavercreek Baptist Church be faithful to Christ on our journey together. I am not sure exactly what shape the posts and conversations on this blog will take, but I do hope that they can be of assistance in the maturing process that God is bringing all of us through.

The title of the blog, "Arise and Eat," comes from 1 Kings 19:7. This chapter records part of the life of the prophet Elijah. He had done some great things in God's name and been His spokesman before huge crowds of Israelites that had turned away and served other gods. Yet Elijah was going through a dark time of fear and despair--even to the point of desiring death. God did not leave him alone there or let him wallow in his self-pity though! He sent an angel to take care of him. The angel brought him food, let him rest, and then said, "ARISE AND EAT, for the journey is too great for you." Elijah needed this food to be able to continue doing God's work, because God had big plans for him (v. 8).

We are also on a journey as a church, as families, and as individuals, and we will go through trying times when we are tempted to despair and self-pity. But God would remind each of us, that in a spiritual sense, we need to feed on His Word (and on Jesus so to speak) as a source of steady nourishment and instruction. Jesus called Himself the "bread of life" (John 6:35), and said that those who come to him will never hunger or thirst.

So let's make sure that we are "eating" daily. And let's be sure to "arise" too--ready to go and serve wherever He sends us!

I hope this blog is a tool God can use over time to bless you, encourage you, and challenge you. My goal is one post a week--so check back soon!

Here to serve,

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