Category: Bible

Daily Washing Yourself in the Word

I am nearing completion of two months of daily Bible reading. A commitment I made for 2017 was to read through the Bible chronologically. Each year, I seem to get off to a great start only to get bogged down at some point in the year, often resulting in my daily Bible plan taking an unfortunate hiatus. As I have made my journey through Genesis, Job, Exodus, Leviticus, and Numbers, I have been confronted with some concepts and principles I know I have clearly overlooked over the years. For those who wondered why Job was included between Genesis and...

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It’s All in the Numbers

My goal this year is to read through the Bible chronologically. As with many, over the years the goal to read through Scripture often gets bogged down once the last half of Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy appear on the reading schedule. Lots of information God provides on issues such as how He wanted sacrifices to be offered, details on the building of the tabernacle, and in Numbers….well, there is lots of counting going on. It is quite easy to become a speed reader as your encounter these books suddenly. I admit it; I have tried to race through...

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Two Words That Kill Effective Bible Study

Two Scenes Scene One: The “Postmoderns-Only Book Club” gathers together on a Tuesday night. They meet at the sterile, quiet library space, fiction novels in hand as they take their seats at the round table. Jim, the group leader, begins their time together with a discussion of this week’s chapter. “In today’s discussion, we come to the main character’s decision to leave his hometown. What does his leaving town mean to you?” “I think he’s sick of being there and wants something new,” one woman remarks. “Good analysis,” Jim responds. “What else?” “I think it means he wants to...

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Being Like a Berean: How to Properly Search the Scriptures

One of the great battles in being a Christian and a ministry leader is not being “one of those” types of leaders. In my over twenty plus years being a Christian and being in the Church, I’ve learned that Christians do not like being labeled as “judgmental”, “critical” and even more they suspect people who say they are “discerning”. I’m struck by the fact though that the Apostle Paul commends a group of Christians called the Bereans in Acts 17:11 for doing just that, namely being critical of his own statements. Luke compares the worshipers at the Berean synagogue...

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The Blessed Man

The book of Psalms ends with all creation blessing God. The first line of Psalms 146, 147, 148, 149, and 150—“Praise the Lord!”— captures the theme well. However, the Psalm begins with a poem about the blessed man (Psalm 1:1) and the Lord’s eternal rewards for that man’s righteous life. That righteous life is set within the context of a world to be judged (Psalm 1:5-6) and is contrasted with the lives of “the wicked” (vv. 1, 4, 5-6), also called “scoffers” (v.1) and “sinners” (vv.1, 5). In contrast with the wicked, the blessed man avoids worldliness. He doesn’t...

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