Category: Bible

Have You Ever (Really) Read the Bible?

You Can Be an Expert Bible Reader, and Not Really Read the Bible Probably in Jesus’s day, no one read the Bible more than the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus said, “The scribes and the Pharisees sit on Moses’ seat, so do and observe whatever they tell you, but not the works they do” (Matt. 23:2–3). They carried more Bible in their minds, and in their mouths than anyone else. They readily quoted the law of God (Matt. 19:7). They were meticulous in their attention to the details (Matt. 23:24). Yet Jesus repeatedly spoke to them as if they had...

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Spiritual Disciplines for Busy Men

I’ve been a Christian for almost all of my life—35 years—and yet when I see the word “Spiritual disciplines,” I cringe inwardly. Part of this discomfort is my own sinful tendency. I am, as the songwriter says, “Prone to wander.” The other part of my discomfort, however, stems from a misunderstanding of what it means to walk with God. I’ve come to learn that spiritual disciplines are simple practices, ways of denying ourselves so that we can be filled more with love and adoration and worship of Christ. It doesn’t mean, however, that the way I intake spiritual content...

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Daily Scripture Reading: The Constant Change

Our habits form us. And I know of no ritual or habit more powerful in this world than daily Scripture reading. Throughout our lives, we will change. We are not the same person today that we were yesterday. And we will not be the same person tomorrow that we are today. We are constantly being shaped by our culture, friends, and family, the institutions we invest in, what we read and watch, and myriads of other influences in our lives. That is why daily Scripture reading is so important. Above everything else, we must be shaped by God. We...

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Marinating in God’s Word

It is almost summertime in Albany and in our family that means that at least once a week we enjoy cooking something on the BBQ grill. Sometimes it may be hamburgers and hot dogs, while other times it may be BBQ chicken, but our favorite is to grill chicken that has been marinated in a special sauce. In these parts of the country, there is a store-bought marinade called “Spiedie Sauce, ” and it takes normal chicken and transforms it into a mouth-watering bite unless of course, I burn the chicken (no pressure)! The secret is, though, the chicken...

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Know and Live God’s Word in Community with God’s People

Introduction The journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step. It is an ancient proverb that has timeless truth for our walk with God. There is an intrinsic tendency of all men and women to live by comparisons. We see some who are better off than us, and we feel bad.  On the contrary, when our glance finds someone worse off than us, our self-image increases. But what if life was not meant to be lived in comparison with each other but rather in a simple journey of growth and development, a journey that certainly has more...

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