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The main topic that Jack Reese discussed was how we should as the Church of Christ, deal with and address the interpretations of scripture. Reese also emphasized that "nothing is impossible with God!" He gave several examples: The virgin Mary was promised to marriage to Joseph yet an angel of the Lord visited her and tells her she is going to have a Son, the Savior of the whole world. We ask how can this occur? How can this happen? Always realize that, nothing is impossible with God!; Sara was 79 years old when she was told that she would bear a son. We think today that's impossible not capable because someone of that age is physically beyond child bearing age. We know from doctors and scientists that hormones, organs, and body parts do not function as they used to or at all past a certain age in the majority of the population. Yet still, Nothing is impossible with God!; God chose Israel, the weakest of nations to become His chosen people. Nothing is impossible with God!; God chose Gideon and narrowed down his army to a small group of men who defeated an enormous army who could have easily over taken Gideon and his men. Yet, nothing is impossible with God for He can do all things! All of these things happened because of trust and faith in God. The Bible shows us that God takes something we would think to be impossible and makes the possible, possible.
As the Church of Christ Reese says, we are just ordinary folk, a back to the Bible people. We desire to be of the word, we want to do His will, search scripture for ourselves, study, and to think. Yet he said that we have run into a real problem in the 20th century that we think scriptures are boring, are not read the way they should be, and we desire to be entertained in our youth camps and or adult Sunday school classes. Therefore, we do not read the scriptures as much anymore and just keep our Bibles on the night stand, or on the coffee table to make us look like good little Christians. We read into scriptures for our own understanding just to find more evidence that we already believe and not grow closer to God's heart.
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