Finished for the season. Wednesday Bible study will resume in October.
The women of Women’s Wednesday Bible Study (WWBS) have learned to call God’s Word wonderful because he has revealed so much to us. Unanimously, it has been agreed that our journey should continue through the Old Testament Book by Book. We want you to join us so that you too might be moved to wonder and be amazed at how God worked in the world and people of OT times, and how he continues to work the same way today in us and the world as we know it! It doesn’t matter if you haven’t been to WWBS before or when you decide to join, because the Bible simply picks you up and the Word carries you to new knowledge of God and faith. It will give you what you need when you need it.
This year we will study Ezra through Job. We finished up last spring by completing the Book of II Chronicles. We read then that the tribes of Judah, the last of the Israelite people, were captured and exiled into Babylonia. The house of the Lord had been burned; the walls of Jerusalem were down, it seemed that all was lost forever. The people were desolate and without hope but God revealed that there was more to the story. King Cyrus to whom the people of Judah had been captured to serve, was moved by the power of God’s Spirit to build another temple for the Lord in Jerusalem! Through Cyrus God reached out to believers. And, had it not been for Ezra, the first priest in scripture called “the scribe,” who dared to rise up and prophesy about the rebuilding of the temple by writing an account, our knowledge of the Israelite people in those formative years immediately following the Babylonian Exile would be virtually nil. We would know almost nothing of the return from exile, almost nothing of the rebuilding of the Temple and those who inspired this work and nothing of the Samaritan opposition which began at this time. Nehemiah, a dedicated, energetic and sincere Judean man of God added to the story.
We will read how Esther, who has been much beloved by Jews over the centuries, is beautifully portrayed as being courageous in the face of danger and we will see that good triumphs in the face of powerful, sinister forces. Although the name of God is never mentioned in this Book, divine providence is implied throughout.
Job will make his appearance before us. Almost immediately, we will read that Job sits in ashes for seven days and considers the ruins of his once great estate. His friends accuse him of bringing ruin upon himself and his family. Satan accuses Job and sets the theme for the whole Book by asking the question: “Does Job fear God for no reason?” In other words, why should Job or any other person fear, love, and trust in God? Even though Job is a challenge to understand, it is a “must read.”
Women of Normandale and all friends, you must join us when you can. We will be expecting you.
Pastor Dixie Johnson
We’re not your grandmother’s Ladies Aid Society, but we are a group of women who perform service projects, and we are social! Small groups (circles) meet monthly in member homes or at church for Bible study and Christian companionship. Each circle selects a service project. New members always welcome. Join an existing circle or we’ll help you start a new one!
|Lydia Circle||12:00 noon||4th Wednesday||LL Conference Room||Beginning: September 28|
|Martha Circle||9:30 am||4th Wednesday||LL Conference Room||Beginning: September 28|
|Priscilla Circle||7:00 pm||4th Monday||Members’ Homes||Beginning: September 26|
|Rachel Circle||9:30 am||4th Wednesday||Members’ Homes||Beginning: September 28|
|Ruth Circle||9:30 am||4th Tuesday||Members’ Homes||Beginning: September 27|
|Sarah Circle||12:00 noon||4th Wednesday||LL Conference Room||Beginning: September 28|
Contact: Dee Henriksen, firstname.lastname@example.org, 952-927-9980 or Lynn Laaksonen, email@example.com, 952-941-3345.