Category: Bible

Knowing More of God’s Goodness in Christ through the Word of God

1 Peter 2:1-3, “So put away all malice and all deceit and hypocrisy and envy and all slander. 2 Like newborn infants, long for the pure spiritual milk, that by it you may grow up into salvation— 3 if indeed you have tasted that the Lord is good.” The epistle of 1 Peter is written to people who are facing a tremendous amount of persecution and suffering. They need encouragement and help to grow in their walk with the Lord. So, to that end, Peter writes to instruct them on a variety of topics related to government, apologetics, purity, and much...

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Bible Reading: Duty or Delight?

As a pastor I desperately want the people in my church to read the Bible. Not just when they come to big church or Bible study, but during the week on their own. I want the Lord’s people in my local church to read the Bible regularly and consistently. I also desire them to study, memorize and meditate on the Word. To that end, I have seen other pastors take two approaches to motivate people toward faithful Bible reading. Approach one emphasizes duty. A pastor can stress one’s obligation to read the Bible, focusing on the fact that believers...

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Memorizing and Meditating on God’s Word

Memorizing God’s Word Many Christians look on the spiritual discipline of memorizing God’s Word as something tantamount to modern-day martyrdom. Memorizing Scripture is precious when viewed with the understanding of one depositing God’s Word within one’s mind. When Scripture is stored in the mind, it is available for the Holy Spirit to take and bring to one’s attention when they need it the most. Psalm 119:11, “I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” When the Holy Spirit brings a verse to mind in a particular situation, it’s an illustration of Ephesians...

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Preaching the Gospel to Ourselves from Word of God

Every single one of us has days where we want to lay down on our bed, put our head in our pillow and go to sleep, to wake up Lord-willing the next day. These are the days we must understand where we grow the most in our walk with the Lord. Whether it’s a difficult person at work, a disagreement with our spouse, being depressed about life, or anxious, we all struggle in a variety of ways. In my own life, I’ve battled with anxiety and depression for a long time. During these times, I have to go back...

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The Importance of Daily Bible Reading for Spiritual Growth

Whenever I write or speak about the need for Christians to daily read their Bible, I almost always get some form of pushback. At the heart of most of the pushback, I hear is something along the lines of how I’m making Bible reading a duty rather than a delight. I’ll grant that sometimes I don’t always communicate in the most nuanced way on this topic. With that said I’m often left wondering after these types of conversations, “Why do we need to qualify and nuance daily Bible reading?” After all, daily Bible reading has had a long tradition...

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