What are your thoughts on the Bible? At Vintage Pearls MKE we believe the Bible is God's Word, written for all people, both collectively within the full spectrum of the human experience and individually for each unique person crafted in the image of God.
We understand the Bible can seem overwhelming and confusing, appear contradictory or old-fashioned. Have God's words been weaponized? Grievously, yes. Manipulated and taken out of context? Absolutely. We believe we have an enemy of our souls, who wants nothing more than to pervert and twist truth, to harm and confuse, keeping us as far away from Jesus and His love and truth as possible.
Unlike any other book, the Holy Bible speaks to us as it is the Story of God and His Love Story to our world. It's truth can be challenging, but ultimately healing and life-giving in every form of brokenness in our lives. It gives us direction and understanding of who God is, who we are, our purpose, our human condition, and because it is God-breathed, it is alive and active and transformative.
Reading and immersing ourselves in God's Word isn't about a daily task we check off; it’s about communing with God, the Creator and Sustainer of ALL, abiding and involving Him in our daily lives - developing a relationship with the Savior of the world, Friend of sinners, and Lover of our souls.
We believe we were made to be known and to know God, reverently and intimately, and would like to invite you to explore a fantastic (and free!) phone app - the YouVersion Bible app.
This is a free app that contains the whole Bible, in numerous different translations, even including audio options to listen to. YouVersion creates biblically centered, culturally relevant experiences to encourage and challenge seeking God throughout our days. It's chocked full of topical devotions, Bible reading plans, videos, prayer guides, and so much more, and many take all of five minutes or less.
Please check out the video above, and consider downloading the YouVersion app. Ask God for His wisdom, to have a desire to read, and to get into a rhythm. All good relationships take time, intentionality, and effort, and our relationship with God is no different.
"If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you.
He will not rebuke you for asking." - James 1:5
For other helpful Bible apps, consider venturing to our website's Encouragement Tab (waaay at the bottom :)
May you encounter and experience His radical grace, consoling presence, and powerful wisdom and truth through His Word, soaking in His love for you, and finding delight in the God who created you most magnificently.
"You cannot heal a wound by saying it's not there." - Jeremiah 6:14
How do you cope with or process pain?
Often we are held back by unresolved grief, pain, and trauma from our pasts. Time truly does not heal all wounds, and facing and sitting in our emotional pain is the way through to overcoming. Our misdirected attempts to cope with our pain are what often lead us into deeper places of despair, addictions, or unhealthy relationships, patterns, or habits.
In this video, Harmony Grillo, an overcomer of abuse and exploitation, provides key insights and encouragement on how to face our pain in order to find true and lasting freedom. For more insight, let us encourage you to click on the image below to watch and listen to Harmony's honest and excellent message.