“Is the Bible Enough in a Complex World?” November 30

 

Is the Bible enough in today's complex world?

Is the Bible enough to help us live life in our complex world? Is it enough when we’re faced with difficult issues like abuse, neglect, addiction, and sickness? What does it mean when we say God’s Word is inerrant and sufficient and what does it have to do with you and the problems you face?

Also read about how God spared His servants from a fiery furnace, how He caused a prideful man to live like a brute animal, how He removes power from kings and leaders and gives it to whomever He wills, and how a fool allows his emotions to rule him.  Continue reading

“Wade in Deeper into God’s Word” November 28

 

Wade In Deeper into God's Word - The river flowing out of the Millennial Temple represents the fullness of Scripture. Some things are “ankle deep”—easy to understand. Others are knee deep and require more study. Others are deeper still and we may not be able to understand them fully. Even so, God wants us to "wade in" so we can grow in our understanding of Him and His Word. Also, read about "The 4 Attitudes to have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution" and "The Futility of Arguing with a Fool." The river flowing out of the Millennial Temple represents the fullness of Scripture. Some things are “ankle deep”—easy to understand. Others are “knee deep” and require more study. Others are deeper still and we may not be able to understand them fully. Even so, God wants us to “wade in” so we can grow in our understanding of Him and His Word.

Also, read about “The 4 Attitudes to have in the Midst of Trials & Persecution” and “The Futility of Arguing with a Fool.”  Continue reading

“Responding to an Unreasonable Spouse” November 27

 

Responding to an Unreasonable Spouse - Do you have an unreasonable or harsh spouse? Does God's Word have anything to say about how you should respond? What about other difficult relationships? How should you respond to mistreatment, harshness or a lack of loving behavior? Do you have an unreasonable or harsh spouse? Does God’s Word have anything to say about how you should respond? What about other difficult relationships? How should you respond to mistreatment, harshness or a lack of loving behavior?  Continue reading

“Cravings, Persecution & Praying Scripture” November 26

 

Cravings, Persecution & Praying Scripture - What do you crave? And how does what you crave affect your relationship with God and your spiritual growth? How should a believer respond to persecution or people in authority who are harsh and abusive? Is there a pattern in the Bible? Would you like to learn how to pray the Scriptures? Isaiah 55.11 says, "So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it." And Jesus said in John 15.7, "If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you." When we pray God's Word, rightly understood, we're praying the will of God, can be sure that He hears us, and will answer our prayers. What do you crave? And how does what you crave affect your relationship with God and your spiritual growth?

How should a believer respond to persecution or people in authority who are harsh and abusive? Is there a pattern in the Bible?

Would you like to learn how to pray the Scriptures? Isaiah 55.11 says, “So shall My word be that goes forth from My mouth; it shall not return to Me void, but it shall accomplish what I please, and it shall prosper in the thing for which I sent it.” And Jesus said in John 15.7, “If you abide in Me, and My words abide in you, you will ask what you desire, and it shall be done for you.” When we pray God’s Word, rightly understood, we’re praying the will of God, can be sure that He hears us, and will answer our prayers.  Continue reading

“Are You Profiting from the Bible?” November 25

 

Are you "profiting" from the Bible?

Are you getting the most benefit from your hearing, reading, and study of God’s Word? What does Matthew Henry mean when he talks about “profiting from the Bible”? And what might prevent us from doing so?

Also, what did Peter have to say to suffering Christians in the first century that flies in the face of our “don’t-step-on-my-toes-I-have-rights” generation?  Continue reading

“Bad Company: Friends & Politics” November 24

 

Bad Company Corrupts Good Morals

Take away the wicked from before the king, and his throne will be established in righteousness. Because, as Paul said, bad company corrupts good morals.

Anyone who thinks the Bible is an old dusty book with little current application has only to read the book of Proverbs and other passages in light of today’s headlines. Just consider the growing list of those accused of sexual immorality, greed, and corruption:

  • Hollywood elite who looked the other way as directors and other powerful men preyed on young women.
  • The perpetrators themselves.
  • Politicians who have been corrupted by power, position and the ability to spend tax-payer dollars to cover their indiscretions.
  • Others afraid or unwilling to criticize, perhaps wondering if they’ll be the next to be outed or accused.
  • Women who have been willing to tolerate abuses to get what they wanted (yes, some were naive or fearful, but do we really believe all of them were mere victims).
  • Those willing to use money and favor, if not, out and out bribery, to get a desired outcome.
  • Those willing to accept it.
  • Politicians and media people willing to stack elections in favor of one candidate or the other; one party or the other.
  • And many other examples.

But bad influences don’t just exist in politics and the entertainment industry. They can exist with our friends, advisers, co-workers, business partners, spouses, and those with whom we spend a great deal of time, whose favor we desire, or whose influence we come under.  Continue reading

“Is the Devil about to REEL You In?” November 23

 

Could the devil be about to reel you in? Could you be nibbling on some bait that he has designed just for you? God has clearly explained just how that happens so we can avoid being ensnared by his bait. But would you recognize it, if it was happening to you? Could the devil be about to reel you in? Could you be nibbling on some bait that he has designed just for you? God has clearly explained just how that happens so we can avoid being ensnared by his bait. But would you recognize it, if it was happening to you?  Continue reading

“How Would Others Describe Your Words?” November 22

 

How would others describe your words? Are the things you say blessing or cursing others? Are your words wholesome and edifying or critical and destructive? Are they full of God's grace and intended to help the hearer understand your care for them or merely spewing bitterness? If someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would your words be described as blessing or cursing? How would others describe your words? Are the things you say blessing or cursing others? Are your words wholesome and edifying or critical and destructive? Are they full of God’s grace and intended to help the hearer understand your care for them or merely spewing bitterness? If someone had to describe what comes out of your mouth in one word, would your words be described as blessing or cursing?  Continue reading