8 Questions to Help You Understand and Apply the Bible

Very good thoughts to make Bible reading more valuable in sanctification AND in growing closer to God…….

Already Not Yet

Asking-the-Right-Questions-book-image.jpgMatt Harmon:

Sometimes the most important things in the Christian life can be the most difficult.

That can certainly be true of understanding and applying the Bible.

As believers we know that reading Scripture is essential to following Jesus. But if we’re honest, we often find it difficult to understand and apply. The Bible talks about so many different things; how do we know what to focus on? It’s set in a world very different from ours; how do we apply it to our lives today?

One simple and effective tool is asking good questions. The questions we ask when we read the Bible largely determine how we understand and apply the Bible. So we need to make sure we are asking the right questions, the kind of questions the Bible was designed to answer. But how do we know what those questions are?

The Bible is first and…

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Jesus Christ, Author & Perfecter: A Devotion from Hebrews 12:1b-2

Pointing you to a good short article……

Soli Deo Gloria

While the world celebrates in secularism, for many Christians, October 31st serves as a reminder of those who have contended for the faith centuries before us. It’s also a reminder of the necessity to contend for the faith as humanity has a propensity to drift away from the gospel and slip into its own form of the gospel message. During the time of Martin Luther it was a salvation by works that included allegiance to the Catholic Church, the purchase of indulgences, and justification apart from faith. Today, many still consider salvation by works, but it is through allegiance to individuals or self, the purchase of favor, and once again justification apart from faith. While the form may look different, the heresy remains the same.
The consistency of this heresy through the generations demands continuous action, an action that subsists of contending for the genuine faith of the gospel. While…

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My Emotions Are Not the Boss of Me

Again, a blogger wrote something I wish I could have written. Take a look!!

God's Word For Mental Health

God’s Word is the boss of me.

Romans 15:4
For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope.

When I’m afraid, I read that perfect love casts out fear.

I John 4:18
There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.

And God is love. And God is in me.

I John 4:16
And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them.

There is no fear in love, and God is love. Therefore, there is no fear in God. And God is in me; therefore, there is no fear in…

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Christian Origins in Ephesus & Asia Minor by Fairchild

Review by another blogger of a book that looks interesting………..

The Reagan Review

book ephesus

This is the book that I will be taking with me if I am ever privileged to tour Turkey and all the Bible sites there involving Paul or the Seven Churches of the Revelation. Since I have done some solo touring in Israel, I know what I’m looking for in a book that I would want to carry with me every day of the trip, and this is that kind of book. This second edition is an attractive hardback that would still easily fit in a backpack for travels. In the meanwhile, this book will also serve as an outstanding Bible study resource.

The book begins with some vivid maps of First Century Asia Minor, followed by maps of Paul’s First and Second Missionary Journeys. In fact, the maps were created by Tutku Tours. After a brief introduction, chapter 1 introduces us to Ephesus. After background information and Bible history…

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Job 38 Updated for Today

Very interesting article on the science revealed by God in the book of Job. For further reading, also check out a book by Hugh Ross titled HIDDEN TREASURES IN THE BOOK OF JOB. It is really eye-opening!

Musings on Science and Theology

I have become convinced that the book of Job is one of the most significant books of the Bible. As wisdom literature, this is a book designed to get the reader, whether in ancient Israel or today, to think deeply about God, about God’s sovereignty and rule over the world. God designed and rules the world in accord to his wisdom and in relationship with his creation. Since making this discovery I have come to realize that I am far from the first scientist to realize the importance. Tom McLeish leans heavily on Job in his book Wisdom in Faith & Science – and we will dig into it in the next post on the book.

As I was preparing for an evening discussion group on science and faith at my local church I came across another example. In this video clip Bill Newsome, professor of neurobiology at Stanford…

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Overcoming the Crisis Mentality with the Christian Mentality

Tips FOR me (not FROM me) on how to have a Christian mentality during a crisis………………..

Soli Deo Gloria

I remember her words clearly. When we failed to be moved by the situation her response was, “I just want people to feel the same way I do about every situation.” The indication was that when she felt worked up about the current moment, she wanted everyone around her to feel that anxiety as well. We had worked together as a team for a long time and by this point had become accustomed to her mindset that everything was a crisis. We had become so accustomed to this overreaction that it cultivated in us a reaction that nothing was a crisis. Neither response is correct, yet one is the action, while the other is a reaction.
Unfortunately, the crisis mentality is becoming the pattern of our society. Such a mentality is one that reacts severely to every situation demanding instant modification, justification, and indemnification. The crisis mentality is a product…

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Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering – Timothy Keller

Tim Keller is one of my very favorite authors, and here is a nice review by another blogger on one of his newer books!

Veritas et Lux

kellerI have yet to meet a person who enjoys pain and suffering.  Yet suffering is a part of the warp and woof of life.  It is not a part of God’s original intent for creation.  Since Adam’s first sin, pain and suffering have been an abnormal part of the cosmos.  Suffering is an unwelcome guest who bullies his way to the table and makes demands – much like a  soldier on a bloody battlefield.

Walking With God Through Pain and Suffering by Timothy Keller addresses this topic with candor and clarity.  Keller leaves no stone unturned here.  The book is organized into three sections:

Understanding the Furnace

Keller introduces the problem of pain and suffering and explores some of the philosophical challenges that Christ-followers must understand and address.

“Nothing is more important than to learn how to maintain a life of purpose in the midst of painful adversity,” writes Keller.  Yet…

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