Did you know that Israel was tempted in keeping up with the Joneses. They were still on the roller coaster of morality and obedience that we found in the book of Judges. Even Samuel, who was a great person, could not keep his children in the fear of the Lord. The people who had not given themselves over to other forms of worship asked Samuel … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#32)
One of my favorite stories is the Chronicles of Narnia. In The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, the children are talking about the Christ-like figure, Aslan the Lion. The conversation goes, “Aslan is a lion- the Lion, the great Lion.” “Ooh,” said Susan. “I’d thought he was a man. Is he quite safe? I shall feel rather nervous about meeting a lion”…”Safe?” said Mr. … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#18)
Have you ever had to keep a surprise hidden but couldn’t keep it secret because you were so excited to share it? I remember one year at Kohl’s, I set inside the car with our baby boy while my wife and three or four-year-old daughter went Christmas shopping. When they came out of the store and opened the hatch of the car, my wife said, “don’t … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#15)
One of the hardest experiences is to receive something extraordinary and then either misplace it or have it taken away. We see this type of thing happening to Abraham. However, we will also see just how strong his faith had become. As the Hebrew writer penned, “By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac: and he that had received the promises offered up … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#8)
Many of us remember, “Father Abraham had many sons. Many sons had Father Abraham, and I am one of them. So are you. So let’s just praise the Lord.” and all the accompanying motions. The next section of the Biblical story focuses to Abraham. We first learn that before God changed his name, it was Abram. We also learn that God gave Abram and his … Continue reading Scripture Reading Challenge (#6)
Check out yesterday’s blog post on the preacher’s library. The questions, “What is the place of Scripture in interpretation” and “What about the leading of the Holy Spirit leading the pastor” arise when talking about using preaching resources. To put it simply, the preacher must hold the Holy Spirit as the great teacher of the Holy Spirit. Without either our preaching is nothing more than … Continue reading Studying Scripture and the role of the Holy Spirit
When Jesus was asked to speak about the end times, one of the signs He gave was the deception of God’s people (Mt. 24:24). Other passages warn us of false prophets (2 Thess. 2:3; 2 Tim. 4:1, 3-42 Pet. 2:2, 12-13), Satan (2 Thess. 2:9-12), and personal deception (1 Cor. 6:9-10; Gal. 6:6-8). How does this deception take hold of believers? My observation is that … Continue reading Why do we lack discernment?