Category: Bible

Honor the Author and the Author of the Biblical Text

The uniqueness and supernatural unity of biblical revelation demands that all of the parts be read in light of the whole for a full and adequate determination of meaning. This interpretive assertion would seem straightforward for those who believe the Bible is God’s inerrant Word but some evangelicals contend that the interpretive meaning of a biblical text is limited exclusively to the original intent of the human author. Robert H. Stein boldly asserts, No book of the Bible claims God as its immediate author! Christians, of course, believe that behind the books of the Bible stands the living God,...

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Enjoying Daily Time Feasting on the Word of God

As Christians, we are called to be a people of one book, the Word of God. The Word of God is not a book of fairytales and myths. The Word of God is given to God’s people; Paul says in 2 Timothy 3:16 to instruct us in the Truth. The Bible is the Word of God—the authoritative, inspired, sufficient, and without error Word of God. You might have read 2 Timothy 3:16 before or perhaps even heard a sermon on it and that’s great. You likely believe that the Bible is the Word of God and that’s awesome. The...

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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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