Category: Bible

Finding Life “According to Your Word”: What Psalm 119 Says to Tired, Doubting Souls

Psalm 119 is an elongated exaltation of the truth, beauty, and goodness of God’s Word. In twenty-two stanzas, it leads the reader to consider all the ways in which God’s Word intersects our lives. There are dozens of themes to consider, but one that stands out is the way in which the Word mediates and regulates our relationship with God. While most systematic theologies present the doctrine of God’s Word in categories of inspiration, authority, sufficiency, clarity, and inerrancy, Psalm 119 speaks of the Word in purely existential terms. He commends us to pick and read—Tolle Lege!—because of what...

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Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

I remember as a child reading numerous books in the Choose Your Own Adventure Series. This collection of books has a variety of options for the reader. At certain points, there is a choice to be made – choose option one and you get to go to page twenty-three. If you choose option two you are directed to page forty-one. Essentially this allows for a number of scenarios to take place and numerous twists and turns of the storyline based on which option you choose at each of these predetermined junctures. They are great fun for young readers given...

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God Has Spoken through His Word

The Divine authorship of Scripture is a subject to which we should constantly return and one that should recurrently fill the minds of the people of God. That God has spoken in the Scriptures and that He speaks today in the Old and New Testament is of supreme importance to the life of faith of a believer. No one captures this truth so much as does the writer of the letter to the Hebrews. In 13 chapters, the writer gives upwards of approximately 40 Old Testament citations (in various forms taken from the Hebrew Bible, the Septuagint (LXX) or paraphrased from...

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15 Ways to Feed on the Word in the New Year

Jesus said, “Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God” (Matt. 4:4), and the prophet Jeremiah wrote, “Your words were found, and I ate them, and your words became to me a joy and the delight of my heart, for I am called by your name, O LORD, God of hosts.” (Jer. 15:16) And yet, believers often struggle to regularly and intentionally read and study the Bible. Sometimes it helps to get fresh ideas for feeding on the Scriptures. Here are 15 ways to feed on the word in...

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Five Encouragements For Your Upcoming 2016 Bible Reading Plan

Why is it that we often feel so unhealthy and malnourished when we get to the end of every year? Many of us think it’s the Christmas cookies and the stocking stuffers getting to us. While that may be the case to some degree, the truth is many of us are craving the spiritual milk and are experiencing stunted growth (1 Pt. 2:2). We feel drained by the inconsistency of our time in the Word (Heb. 5:14). By the time we reach the days and weeks leading up to the new year, our diet is oftentimes all out of...

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