“Your word, LORD, is eternal; it stands firm in the heavens” (Psalm 119:89). When I was attending university, I was headed to class on the subway. I was reading my mini New Testament. A stranger walked over and asked what I was doing. He started to criticize me in front of everyone else (quite loudly, … Continue reading Can you defend the Gospels in the coming storm?
A stop sign is a visual reminder to stop your vehicle. A stove is a visual reminder that dinner needs to be made. A bed is a reminder that we need sleep. Our world is filled with visual reminders. So why not use them as visual reminders of great and wonderful spiritual realities? Here’s what … Continue reading Visual cues for spiritual truths
For years a certain group of scholars said that John’s Gospel was a philosophical and theological work, but not a historical one, meaning that it couldn’t be trusted at face value. One of the reasons for that (faulty) conclusion was that details in the text seemed wrong from a historical perspective. For example, in John … Continue reading Confidence in the Word
Max Lucado took a group of 500 people to Israel. One day they held a Bible Study on the steps of the Temple Mount, a location where Jesus himself gathered with his disciples. For Lucado’s lesson he chose John 3:16: “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that … Continue reading Muting the demonic tongue
“Your word is a lamp for my feet, a light on my path” (Psalm 119:105). I remember buying a used Study Bible at a thrift store. Because it was used, it had some underlining. But what caught my attention most were the comments in the margins. The previous owner seemed to get upset at points. … Continue reading Whose word is a lamp to whose feet?
I’d like to give you a practical suggestion that may be helpful for your own devotional life. In Romans 6:17 Paul tells his readers this: “But thanks be to God that, though you used to be slaves to sin, you have come to obey from your heart the pattern of teaching that has now claimed … Continue reading A practical suggestion: Making those words your words
I once heard a story about a man who entered a room to discover another man looking at some words on a page. But he wasn’t saying anything. “What are you doing?” he asked. “I’m reading,” he replied. I don’t know how old the story is, but apparently at that time in history (perhaps the … Continue reading Read the Bible… out loud
As you track through the book of Hebrews Jesus is given all the praise and glory. But then in chapter 3, verse 6 we learn that “we are [God’s] house, if indeed we hold firmly to our confidence and the hope in which we glory.” Further, we are “holy brothers and sisters” in that house … Continue reading Be a place of learning
“Because [Jesus] himself suffered when he was tempted, he is able to help those who are being tempted.” So says Hebrews 2:18. But how? How is he able to help those who are being tempted? Let me make three suggestions. First, talk to God about it—honestly. Think of your most painful or frequent temptations. We … Continue reading 3 suggestions to help with temptation
In his farewell speech to the Ephesian elders Paul said, “I have not hesitated to proclaim to you the whole will of God” (Acts 20:27). That phrase could also be translated as the “whole counsel of God.” That’s an important phrase. He hasn’t skipped over the uncomfortable parts or the inconvenient parts; he has been … Continue reading The WHOLE counsel of God