Blog posts by Bob Manuel

The metaphor of "walking" is often used in Scripture to describe our lives with God (Gen.5:24; 17:1; Gal.5:16; I John 1:7). "Our God gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint." (Isa.40:29-31). Perhaps Isaiah "descends" in intensity here, from soaring, running, and ending with walking, because he knows most of us don't soar or run every day, but we do and can "walk". My overall hope with each blog entry? To encourage you to walk with me as I walk with Him.

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Bob Manuel

Bob Manuel

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The Advent of Love

The Advent of Love

This week, as I try to prepare our congregation for the Advent of Jesus, I will be preaching on December 4th on the topic of love. Can I be real with you? Yes? Thanks! So here goes: Personally, I find it hard to talk about God’s love. And pastorally speaking, I...

Advent & Hope

Advent & Hope

In my last blog I tried to share with you the idea of Advent and our longing for Jesus, lyricized in Fernando Ortega’s song “Give me Jesus”. Ortega prayerfully asks to receive Jesus in the morning when he rises, to receive Jesus when he is alone, and to receive Jesus,...

Advent: Give me Jesus

Advent: Give me Jesus

Probably like a lot of preachers, on Sunday mornings I arrive at church very early. As one tradition puts it, I like to make sure I am “fessed up and forgiven” before I dare open the Word of God to preach and teach. But, more than that, I’m trying to “find” Jesus...

Proposition 3: A Sad Day to be a Michigander

Proposition 3: A Sad Day to be a Michigander

The recent news after the mid-term elections is not all that good.  In fact, I am feeling sadder than sad.  Only the biblical concept of lament comes even close to what I feel: “This is what the LORD says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning...

Walking in the Dark

Walking in the Dark

"Walk with Me" is the overall theme of this blog. It's nice when someone does. You know, it's nice to not have to walk alone. But. Sometimes we do walk alone. Sometimes we must walk alone. At least it sure feels that way. Sometimes. But somehow, even when it feels...

An Early Advent Message

An Early Advent Message

“Looking for the God Who is Looking for Us – an Early Advent Meditation” “Hi. It’s Me, your God.  Today I wanted to simply share something fun and amazing that you might not have considered. My child, I live simultaneously outside and inside of time. I see up ahead in...

A Few Words on Shame/Depression/Guilt

A Few Words on Shame/Depression/Guilt

Several weeks back, I asked the Crossway family to give me some topics or scriptural texts they would like to hear a sermon about. This coming Sunday (Oct.16) I will address a requested topic(s) that, in some ways I have been personally acquainted. The topic is shame,...

Give Thanks!!!

Give Thanks!!!

What difference does the consistent presence of gratitude and thankfulness have in our lives? I’ve been thinking of that lately as a passage I have been working at memorizing (Colossians 3:1-17) gives a recurring call to gratitude.   I might be wrong,...

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