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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...

A Beginners Guide to the Amazing, Infallible Word of God

In 2 Timothy 3:16 we find the clear teaching that all Scripture is given by God, or is “God-breathed.” 2 Peter 1:20-21 again explains that no passage of Scripture came from man’s own private musings or meditations, but was written as men were moved by the Holy Spirit....

When Bible Study Goes Wrong

The Pharisees were experts in the word of God. In light of their diligent study, they were sure that they knew what God expected of them. They were thought to be the most principled in their serious-minded adherence to God’s word. They were particularly scrupulous in...
The Importance of Daily Bible Reading for Spiritual Growth

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...

Loving God, Asking Good Questions

Loving God, Asking Good Questions

In the Great Commandment, the Lord Jesus commands His people in Matthew 22:37-40 to love Him with all of their heart, mind, and strength. This command is repeated multiple times throughout the Gospels and also again by the Apostles; especially the Apostle John in the...

How to Find God’s Signature in the Bible

How to Find God’s Signature in the Bible

An Author's Signature Some authors leave marks of their authorship that have nothing to do with the point of their book. That seems to be the case, for example, with the letters of the apostle Paul. He wrote, “I, Paul, write this greeting with my own hand. This is the...

Have You Ever (Really) Read the 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...

Spiritual Disciplines for Busy Men

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,...

Daily Scripture Reading: The Constant Change

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....

Marinating in God’s Word

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...

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

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...

Batting With the Bereans

Batting With the Bereans

One of the most exciting elements of spring is the beginning of baseball season. The outfield is mowed, the infield freshly groomed and the players make their way onto the field. Some players come prepared to play; others have managed to let the training program go by...

Honor the Author and the Author of the Biblical Text

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...

Enjoying Daily Time Feasting on the Word of God

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...

Daily Washing Yourself in the Word

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...

It’s All in the Numbers

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...

Two Words That Kill Effective Bible Study

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...

Being Like a Berean: How to Properly Search the Scriptures

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”...

The Great Promise of the Scriptures

The Great Promise of the Scriptures

What was lost in the Fall? One could answer life, innocence, righteousness, freedom, or a host of other things, and be correct. Yet none of these garners the label "greatest loss." The greatest loss incurred by the Fall was lost communion with our Creator. But what...

Scripture is Not a Choose Your Own Adventure Book

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...

God Has Spoken through His Word

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...

Five Encouragements For Your Upcoming 2016 Bible Reading Plan

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...

Dealing with Negative Thoughts with the Word of God

Dealing with Negative Thoughts with the Word of God

Dealing with negative thoughts with the Word of God is something I’ve learned is absolutely essential if I’m to remain sane. This has become even clearer to me recently while going through a particularly difficult period of my life waiting on the Lord to answer prayer...

Three Ways To Find Christ in the Old Testament

Three Ways To Find Christ in the Old Testament

Today we continue our three-part series looking at John 5:39. In this series, we began with looking at three reasons we miss the message of the Bible. Today we'll look at three ways to find Christ in the Old Testament, and finally, we'll explore five principles to...

Blessed are Those Who Walk in the Word

Blessed are Those Who Walk in the Word

Psalm 119 is the giant of all psalms, and each verse is about the word of the Lord. If the Bible had a theme song (a really long theme song), this would be it. Specifically, it is a song and prayer of someone who delights in the Word. Charles Spurgeon once said that...

Three Reasons We Miss the Message of the Bible

Three Reasons We Miss the Message of the Bible

Today marks the start of a three-part series looking at John 5:39. In this series, we begin with looking at three reasons we miss the message of the Bible, then at three ways to find Christ in the Old Testament, and finally, five principles to search the Scriptures...

Avoiding Sound-bite Theology and Bible Study

Avoiding Sound-bite Theology and Bible Study

There is a recurring theme I notice when engaging in conversations with people on social media. This theme presents itself when a passage of Scripture is being discussed, more often than not, a verse or set of verses that is typically well known. Perhaps the issue...

Stop Trying to Read the Bible in a Year!

Stop Trying to Read the Bible in a Year!

Maybe it’s because I am weak. Maybe it’s because I’ve never successfully done it. For whatever reason, anytime people start talking up or talking about reading the Bible in a year, I get queasy, like when there is a strange odor in a room. My mind also immediately...

Bible Reading Plan of Action for 2015

Bible Reading Plan of Action for 2015

2015 is here and I am looking forward to doing something I have always wanted to do yet have never done as yet. What is this thing you may ask? For many years I have longed to read through the Bible chronologically, meaning reading through Scripture based on the time...

3 Reasons to Start a Daily Bible Reading Plan in 2015

3 Reasons to Start a Daily Bible Reading Plan in 2015

The dawn of 2015 is right around the corner, and many Christians are resolving to begin a new habit: to read their Bible daily. Blue Letter Bible wants to help you read the Bible this year! They have 6 daily reading plans for you to choose from. Here are three reasons...

Three Steps to Getting Through the Bible in One Year

Three Steps to Getting Through the Bible in One Year

For over a decade now, I have read through the Bible at least once per year, and using different translations. When I began, it was my old faithful King James Version (KJV), chucked full of thee, thou, words that end in ‘eth,’ and ye. I’ll admit it; I was a KJV only...

Bible Series Recap

Bible Series Recap

Over the month of November, we have posted many articles here at Servants of Grace as part of a series on the Bible.  The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the...

Hope in His Word

Hope in His Word

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

Exegetical Analysis of 2 Timothy 2:15

Exegetical Analysis of 2 Timothy 2:15

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

8 Tips for Better Bible Teaching

8 Tips for Better Bible Teaching

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

Applying God’s Word- Benefits and Methods

Applying God’s Word- Benefits and Methods

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

The Benefits and Methods of Meditation

The Benefits and Methods of Meditation

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

Memorizing and Meditating on God’s Word

Memorizing and Meditating on God’s Word

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

A Few Practical Tips To Improve Your Study of God’s Word

A Few Practical Tips To Improve Your Study of God’s Word

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

Hearing and Reading God’s Word

Hearing and Reading God’s Word

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...

Is the Bible the Word of God?

Is the Bible the Word of God?

Editor’s Note: The purpose of this series is to help Christians think through the doctrine of Scripture and provide practical guidance on not only how to read the Bible but to deal with objections and attacks on the Bible. C. Walter shared practical tips for why...