The beginning and creation, the first man and woman, love and marriage, murders and lies, amazing and supernatural events, kings and generals, epic battles and wars — all this in just the first nine chapters of "The Story."
A little over two months ago, several Lodi-area churches embarked upon this incredible journey through the story of the Bible, the amazing history of God and His interaction with His creation, with us, His people. After all, "history" is "His story."
I have heard testimony after testimony from members within my own congregation and from friends in other congregations on how they have been experiencing the Scriptures in new and powerful ways.
"The Story" is the Bible written like a story; it's easy to read and understand, and the good news is that you can join in. It's never too late to become involved in the reading of God's story.
"The Story" has something for all readers. If you love science, you'll love the story of creation. If you enjoy romance, you will find yourself lost in the tales of love contained in the story. If you prefer a good murder mystery novel, it's in there. If you're a guy like me who loves a good story of battles and wars, then these past few chapters and the chapters yet to come are truly for you.
There was a TBS program that ran a few years back called "Movies for Guys Who Like Movies," and it would only air great "guy" movies that were jam-packed with adrenaline. Some of the events we've been reading recently in "The Story" have truly been "Scriptures for Guys Who Like Scriptures."
Being a veteran, I have really enjoyed reading the battles of the Bible — they are just awesome!
We read of Abraham and how, when he heard that some of his own family had become POWs, he assembled an elite force and conducted the first-ever "black ops" into the enemy camp to free his family members. We've learned about warrior generals like Moses and Joshua, who showed awesome power in battle with only minimal assistance from the Israelite soldiers.
We learned how God used a farm boy named Gideon to defeat an entire army with a small "special forces" unit (the original "300").
Samson showed true battlefield ingenuity when he used the jawbone from an animal carcass to totally annihilate 1,000 Philistines. And just wait until you start reaching Chapter 10 this week and see King Saul in battle — and until you hear about the shepherd King David and his mighty men ... my heart is racing even now just thinking about it!
Yes, "The Story" truly has something for everyone. If you do not already have your own copy of "The Story," please visit and worship with a family of believers this Sunday at Ham Lane Church of Christ, Vinewood Community Church, Temple Baptist Church, First Baptist Church or Emanuel Lutheran Church, and we will give you a copy as a gift.
Speaking of wars and battles, this Sunday is also Veterans Day, and as a part of our service at Ham Lane Church, we will be saying "thank you" and paying tribute to our own heroes of battles, with our men and women who have in the past and who are currently serving in our great military. I hope you will make plans to worship with a church of your choosing this Sunday; it will do you good.
Chad Eric Donley is evangelist and preaching minister for Ham Lane Church of Christ.