All the largest Bible books are in the Old Testament. Even beginning students quickly get a feel for how much larger in size the Old Testament is than the New. Continue reading “Longest and shortest Bible books. What does it mean?”
Human beings disappoint, so we become wary and find it hard to trust. Politicians aren’t the only ones who fail to carry through with promises. Friends, colleagues, and family members also let us down.
For the latter groups, we need large doses of forgiveness and, sometimes, confrontation about their perfidy, in order to give them opportunity to change.
Looking inward, we discover we ourselves have also made promises that we couldn’t keep or that we decided to disregard.
So the following truth about God and his word provides us hope. Continue reading “In whom can we trust?”
God reveals his will. He tells us what he has been doing. All his work led up to the coming of Christ. The Cross is the center of God’s work. He wants everyone to know about it. The Bible is that story. We should memorize and study it. Glory be to God for his revelation!
One’s opinion of oneself has no positive effect upon eternal destiny. It matters not what I think of myself. Such opinions tend toward self-approval. Approval of one’s own actions does not mean that the Lord approves of them. He does not rubber-stamp our own judgments of self. Continue reading “No place for ‘I think’”
How to keep from abandoning God’s path? By realizing that his commandments are intimately connected to himself. Continue reading “How to keep from abandoning God’s path”
The author of this misinformed article concludes:
Is this an argument for doing without Bibles? Of course not. But it might encourage us to think a little harder about the other ways in which God speaks to us and builds up his people, and it might stop us being too hard on those who don’t find Bible reading easy. God will always bless those who seek him, and he doesn’t always need a book to do so.
So how does the author explain the deep knowledge that Israel had of God’s word? Continue reading “Unfortunate article on Bible reading contrasts sharply with my article today”
… people want very much to hear from God until they actually do. In other words, if God said right now, “Andy, I need you in the slums of Detroit by the morning.” and I saw the fire leaving my home and headed towards Detroit, would I follow? Is certainty really preferred to ambiguity? Are we comfortable in our ignorance? How crazy would it be if you knew beyond a shadow of a doubt where you were supposed to go?
—Andy Burns, #58/366 – Numbers 8-10 – Thinking on These Things.
I shared the first line also on QBT.
This thought is significant for several reasons. Continue reading “If God said right now …”
An important rule of walking with God is to know Scripture within its context. Avoid misusing verses of the Bible. It is God’s word and will for our faith and life. We must respect the original meaning of its author. (This is a concept that many reject today, but twist something they say and listen to them howl!) Continue reading “Respect the original meaning of the author”
READ: “Therefore, brothers and sisters, stand firm and hold on to the traditions that we taught you, whether by speech or by letter” 2 Thes 2.15.
THINK: Without the live teaching of the apostles, we have their holy writings in the NT. The traditions are the teachings that Christ gave to the apostles and prophets in the first century. One must not go beyond what is written, 1 Cor 4.6, add to the word of God nor take away from it, Deut 4.6; Prov 30.11; Rev 22.18-19. What was transmitted by the apostles must be practiced exactly, 1 Cor 11.2. Continue reading “Action: Hold on to”
READ: “Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth” 2 Tim 2.15 ESV.
THINK: The right handling of the word spares the disciple from shame and allows him to be approved by God. It also helps him to avoid involvement in useless debates and profane chatter, vv. 14, 16. Right handling is more than reading: it means a careful study in order to arrive at a correct comprehension of the text, that leads to communicating “with precision” (ISV). Continue reading “Action: Handle”