|Stephanie Niednagel doing announcements|
|Rosie Martinez - Guest speaker|
|The Gospel Choir with Logan Carr as director|
The speaker this year was on of the Grace Church Missionaries - Rosie Martinez. she spoke on the Book of Habakkuk and really opened our eyes to understand this book which very few people take the time to read! She has such a sweet manner about her and I really enjoyed learning in the sessions.
This is the basic outline of the book: Habakkuk, the prophet cry's out to God for justice - the people of Judah are so rebellious and sinful that he calls on God to put a stop to their wickedness. God replies and lets Habakkuk in on His plan for justice - God is going to use the Chaldeans (an evil and fearful pagan nation) as a tool of judgement against Judah's rebellion. Instead of being comforted, Habakkuk is horrified that God would use an even worse nation to bring judgement on them. He struggles with this in his heart and cries out to God asking why He would do such a thing. God replies by saying that the Chaldeans too will will receive their judgement for rising up against Judah. Habakkuk then has to struggle through his understanding of who God is and comes to realise that even when God's holy nation is devastated by this horrendous attack, God's people are to worship Him for who He is, despite Him removing all earthly blessings.
Habakkuk finishes his prayer to God with this beautiful statement: "I hear, and my body trembles; my lips quiver at the sound; rottenness enters into my bones; my legs tremble beneath me. Yet I will quietly wait for the day of trouble to come upon people who invade us. Though the fig tree should not blossom, nor fruit be on the vines, the produce of the olive fail and the fields yield no food, the flock be cut off from the fold and there be no herd in the stalls, yet I will rejoice in the LORD; I will take joy in the God of my salvation. GOD, the Lord, is my strength; he makes my feet like the deer's; he makes me tread on my high places. (Hab 3:16-19)