It’s been on my heart lately to address the topic of healing. Far too many of us Christians struggle with sicknesses, diseases, and maladies of all sorts and we need the touch of our Lord to make it right. The Bible, that book that contains the word of God where He reveals His heart to us, has a lot to say on that topic, and, for my own sake, I feel I need to once again get a good picture of how God views our earthly struggles with sickness and disease. So, I guess my purpose for this series is to settle some things, at least a little, in my own mind and heart. I’m interested in finding
I know a young couple who, a few years ago, lived in a housing co-op, full of duplexes, that was located in a rather pleasant spot on the edge of a mid-sized town. They have since moved on, but they shared with us how, before they moved, there was a changeover taking place amongst the other residents of the co-op. A number of new families had moved in and these new residents seemed to be quite unfriendly, even hostile, towards them. Their children, in similar fashion, treated this couple’s seven-year-old badly out on the playground. Besides being unfriendly, most of these new residents
Author's Note: We moved to Butte, Montana in 2007 with the dual purpose of caring for Ruth's elderly mother, and planting a church. That church plant was eventually unsuccessful, but through that process, the light still managed to shine and dispel the darkness of that city. When we first started taking concrete steps towards establishing the church, we expected that God would be bringing others to us who would grasp the vision and join us in the work. Butte is/was very dark, in a spiritual sense, and I knew that anyone joining us would need help as they entered into th
I suppose that when most people pull up an article titled How to Study the Bible, they are expecting instruction on lots of methods and techniques. This series wasn’t like that. To be sure, I did suggest that my readers try out a few methods like just reading it without worrying about how deep you are going with your understanding. The understanding will come, but sometimes quantity is better than quality. I also suggested repeatedly speed-reading a chosen section, thus giving the Holy Spirit a chance, through repetition, to open up the truths contained in His word. I may have mentione
When the Apostle Paul was talking to the intellectual VIP’s in Athens, he told them that “...in Him (speaking of God) we live and move and have our being (Acts 17:28)” What a super-profound statement. Everything we do, everything we say, everything we think is in Him......
......The key to this battle we all fight is contained in that last phrase above: Spend time with Him. Let’s start with this question: Why do I study the Bible? Take a moment......
So, how did your Bible-speed-read time go? Is it pulling you deeper into the word and is the Spirit using it to speak truth to your soul? Honestly, it probably is too soon for me to ask that question as that method needs to be used long-term for quite a while before it really becomes effective. It’s okay to save the speed-read technique for later, but if you’ve tried it, share some of your thoughts in the comments below. I’d like to know how it has been working for you.
Today’s post covers two topics. First, is an informative lesson on how Bible grammar works. I’m keeping it short. After all, no one likes boring grammar lessons, right? Actually, I think you’ll find it interesting and it will change, in small ways, the way you read the Bible. Second, I introduce a new method/technique you can use as you go deeper into the word of God.
Bible Grammar Explained
Here’s the Christian timeline: Jesus died on the cross, was resurrected, spent some time building up the disciples, and then ascended into heaven. At Pentecost Jesus baptized the apostles (and a bunch of other people) in the Holy Spirit, filled them with His power, and gave them the gift of tongues – and the Christian church was born. Those power-filled people then went out and started telling people about Jesus, leading them into salvation and...Jesus now has a problem.............
A few posts back I suggested that you simply read the Bible without worrying about fully understanding everything about the passages you are going through. The idea is to go for quantity. Keep doing that! For those of you who are new to Bible Study that should remain your major method for quite a while. A few things will happen. First, you will find yourself becoming familiar with how the Lord thinks and talks. Then, as you find yourself moving through several books of the Bible, you will begin to see how the different books each have a different emphasis or point of view, even if the