As an estate planning attorney, I have the opportunity to observe the transfer of worldly wealth following death. From this perspective, I wish to contrast the benefits of any earthly inheritance with how Peter describes our eternal inheritance in 1 Peter 1:3-5.Continue Reading
If you were raised in the church (and even if you weren’t), then you have almost certainly heard the story of Jonah and the big fish. It’s one of the most well-known and beloved stories in the Bible. It captivates children and skeptics alike. What is the point of this strange Old Testament story? A reluctant prophet who runs from God is thrown overboard, swallowed by a great fish, and then thrown up on shore—it’s really quite bizarre!Continue Reading
I turned 80 last year. In November I had a small stroke. I don’t need to be reminded that the body is decaying, but I will lose heart if I am not intentional about pursuing the renewal of my inner person on a daily basis. How do I do that? Second Corinthians 4:16-18 tells me I must look “at the things which are not seen.” Colossians 3:2 tells me to set my mind on the things above because I have been raised up with Christ who is seated at the right hand of God.Continue Reading
I awoke with a start, my heart racing. Where was this quality problem going to end? What was going to be the final cost? $100,000? $1,000,000? $10,000,000? My mind was in overdrive. How could this have happened?Continue Reading
Paul addresses a theme throughout the whole Bible when he says, “God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong” (1 Cor 1:27). This theme is undeniably seen in the birth of Christ. The Christmas story is well known and also encouraging. For years Israel waited and waited for their Messiah. Finally, the silence was broken at the cry of their Redeemer. And how did he come? As a baby.Continue Reading
Have you ever been through a season in your life of private worship when the Bible feels hum drum and “you’re not getting anything out of it?” I think one of the best remedies is to study about the Word of God itself. Maybe do a passage study or get a new book about the Word and dig into it. This will help you remember what the Scriptures really are.
The Scriptures are about Jesus.
And he said to them, “O foolish ones, and slow of heart to believe all that the prophets have spoken! Was it not necessary that the Christ should suffer these things and enter into his glory?” And beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, he interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning himself.
Are we learning how to see Jesus in all of Scripture? Are we looking for Him?
The Scriptures have a living supernatural power to cut through our souls to expose our true motives.
For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.
When was the last time the Word of God jumped out and grabbed you by the heart?
The Scriptures are about the Gospel.
And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.”
When you read the Bible are you on the hunt for signs of the Gospel?
The Bible is for continuous meditation and study.
This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
Is your engaging of the Bible a regular pattern in life?
The Word of God teaches, corrects, and trains us.
2 Timothy 3:16
All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, equipped for every good work.
Is the Bible teaching you? Is it reproving you? Is it correcting you? Is it training you? Is it equipping you?
The Word of God is meant to be a weapon in your heart and mouth.
Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. And after fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. And the tempter came and said to him, “If you are the Son of God, command these stones to become loaves of bread.” But he answered, “It is written, “‘Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that comes from the mouth of God.’”
Are you using the Scriptures as a weapon against the enemy?
Are you using specific scriptures to fight against specific temptations?
The Word of God was written down in order to lead us into faith and flourishing through Christ.
These are written so that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.
In your regular Bible reading is your heart being stirred? It’s not going to happen every day, but are you getting there?
Are you finding the Scriptures stretching your faith, growing it, challenging you to reach for God, to seek Him, to see His Spirit moving you towards worship and growth?
If your private worship is feeling less like delight and more like duty, remember to look for Jesus in the Scriptures. If you need some fresh ideas on how to approach your time in the Word, the elders have put together a list of resources to help. Visit www.redeemerbiblechurch.com/privateworship
I can still vividly remember a moment when my life of faith took a stark U-turn. It was the fall of 2007 and I was sitting in my car at an intersection on Highway 62. At the time, my small group had been studying the book How People Change and we were being challenged to repent of our sin AND righteousness.Continue Reading
“It’s a plus sign,” Sara said with shock written all over her face. I had just arrived home with a pregnancy test and my wife was going to ease our minds by taking it. It would be negative and we would be able to move on from our “little” scare.Continue Reading
I’m There For You!
Have friends ever stated, “I’m there for you”? Perhaps you have said those words to others with a sincere heart to help, encourage, and even share in the difficult journey another friend may be experiencing. It is comforting to know that you are not alone in adversity and that friends are willing to assist. What a blessing and a gift from God to be loved by friends and family in this way. But their strength is limited. They see only part of the situation. They do not have the power to meet all our needs and may even fail us in our darkest moments.Continue Reading
Five hundred years ago on October 31, 1517 Martin Luther posted his 95 theses on the Castle Church door at Wittenberg. Luther intended these theses, or propositions, for theological debate, but instead they provoked a firestorm in the religious community. Historians point to this event as the symbolic beginning of the Reformation, although men like John Wycliffe and John Hus prepared the ground for Luther, Calvin, and other reformers after them.Continue Reading