Hey There Axis,

Here’s a Bible study question: Where is the only place in Scripture where God invites us to test Him?  To try or prove Him?  It’s a verse that’s quoted often and often it is quoted out of context and/or misunderstood.That happens a great deal with understanding the Bible.  All too often, we go to the Bible with our agendas of what we WANT the Bible to say about this or that, or we believe the agendas of other learned people and what they say the Bible me
ans.  It’s so important to read, study, observe, interpret and apply biblical passages for ourselves.  And now the answer to the question:  Where is the only place in Scripture where God invites us to test Him?  The answer--Malachi 3:10, which says:

“Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.” (NIV)

When you read that, what does it mean to you?  What is a “tithe”?  What is the “food in my house” God is talking about?  What does it look like to have “the floodgates of heaven” thrown open?  What are the implications of receiving a “blessing that there will not be room enough to store”?  I wonder if you’re up for a test?  A test for yourself and a test for God?  This week at Axis in the morning services, we’re going to talk about THE TEST.  “What Test?” you may ask.  Come and find out and bring someone with you!  I promise you that if you do, it will change your life.  It will change the way you look at God.  It will change the way you look at life.  It will change the way you look at your responsibility as a Christ-follower.  Are you up for a test?

We’re also excited about our baptism service this Sunday, 15 October, 2:00 pm.  It will be at Pastor Troy’s (and my) place.  Come and hear the redemption stories of at least five wonderful ladies!

Also, come and check out our continuing series in Axis PM:  “Big Questions...Bible Answers”.  On Sunday night, we will zero in on “Heaven & Hell”.  You won’t want to miss it!

Onward & upward,
Pastor Joel

Pastor Joel Heron