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

READ: “’What is written in the law?’ He asked him. ‘How do you read it?’” Lk 10.26.

THINK: God’s family is a people who read. They meditate constantly on his law, Psa 1.2. All should hear the word of the Lord, 1 Thes 5.27. We will be judged by it, Jn 12.48; Heb 4.12-13. Zeal must be accompanied by knowledge, Rom 10.2. We must excel in knowledge, 2 Cor 8.7, among other things. In the Scriptures are God’s power, Mt 22.29, and eternal life, Jn 5.39. We must examine them daily, Acts 17.11. Continue reading

READ: “and how from infancy you have known the holy writings, which are able to give you wisdom for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus” 2 Tm 3.15 NET.

THINK: Faith comes by hearing the truth in Scripture. Faith has to have content: in Christ. It is the initial condition for salvation. What’s important is to believe in Jesus and let that faith lead us to obedience. Continue reading

“[The Bible] is the only source of divine knowledge we have, and we should rejoice that we can learn enough from it and understand enough of its instructions, if we will believe and obey it, to guide us in to the port of eternal felicity. … Is the word of God a dead letter? … the word, unless accompanied by the Holy Spirit is dead, and therefore has no power to convert or turn sinners to God.”

Life and Sermons of Jesse L. Sewell, p. 134

Many recognize that the commercial media is a means of manipulation and base appeal, in order to persuade the consumer to think, act, and buy according to the subtlety (or not) of suggestion. (It’s ironic to see people talk so much about being independent using brand-name clothing, mass technology, and popular products.) Friends are another strong influence of opinion and conduct. In one way or another, something or someone will direct and control our thoughts. Continue reading