People around me know I talk until I’m blue in the face about the importance of reading and studying the Scriptures. You can’t be a faithful disciple without giving regular, constant, unceasing attention to the Bible. Some people are limping spiritually because they don’t do it, but don’t seem to see the connection. Jesus cannot be Lord, however, unless he is heard and obeyed. And if he is not Lord, then he is not Savior.

As necessary as the place of Scripture is in a Christian’s faith, it must be read properly. Personal aspirations and cultural expectations often bend the true meaning of the Bible into an unrecognizable message. When this happens, people reject God’s plan. They miss what he is doing and oppose the true will of God.

It happened to the Jews of Jesus’ day and still happens today. Continue reading

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… emotionalism is not equivalent to things “spiritual,” and it is not evidence of true spirituality. We may “feel” many things which are not based on truth. How we feel is a natural outgrowth of what we believe, and what we believe must be based on what the standard of God’s word says …

Please be sure to read this article on “True Spirituality,” by Mike Riley. Continue reading

People have all kinds of ideas about what constitutes the spiritual. Like this one:

“There is hope if people will begin to awaken that spiritual part of themselves, that heartfelt knowledge that we are caretakers of this planet.” –Brooke Medicine Eagle

Is it spiritual to take care of this planet? Open the New Testament and read differently. Spiritual is taking care of the soul’s eternal destiny. Mine and yours.

Yes, there is the stewardship principle in the Bible into which we may insert an ecological concern for the earth, but this is far from the meaning of spirituality.

It’s ironic that the concept of spiritual has been applied to this material, temporal earth.