We don’t have to base our faith on our emotions, a desire for it to be true, or any other subjective experience. The Word of God is completely trustworthy - Jesus says so himself.
It is possible to have a fascination with the Bible that does not lead to faith in Christ.
Praise the Lord that he is willing to repeat himself, because the best truths deserve repeating.
As much as reading the Bible is an intellectual exercise, gaining knowledge shouldn’t be the main reason we read it.
To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.
If we want to learn more about who we are, we don’t look within, instead, we look outside ourselves to God’s Word
The Christian has the perfect words of God - they are scented with heaven, preserved for us, and even addressed to us. Sadly many of us have gotten over it.
Those who want to find the true Jesus through relics will come up shorthanded.
What we believe about the authority and sufficiency of Scripture is important. Either the Bible is right or it is wrong; it is either an ordinary book or a divinely-inspired text.
"The brother dismissed my view as impossible on the grounds that the Holy Spirit, who does not lie, had told him the truth on this matter. Being young and bold, I pressed on with my explanation of grammar, context, and translation, but was brushed off by a reference to 1 Corinthians 2:10b-15: spiritual things must be spiritually discerned -- which left little doubt about my status."
Wonder is necessary to survival, either in telling a story or living your own. No wonder we are a people starved of soul satisfaction.
When we see the Old Testament in light of Jesus, we don't destroy its essence, we enrich it.
Because our churches are filled with, and led by, people who have caved under far less pressure than what Esther faced. We have all been guilty of hiding our heavenly identity and submitting to the faithless systems of life around us.
Esther's first nine verses make Xerxes out to be pretty intimidating. It's obvious from the lavish banquet throws and the riches he has and the way he micromanages absolutely everything that he is one powerful dude. But then the wheels fall off.
Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.
Throughout history, God has been at work in and through those He chooses to use greatly. In the book of Joshua, the mighty works God performs are but a shadow of a greater Reality yet to come.
Go to the source. Go into the dark of things you don’t know. Watch how the stars shine.
When the Bible is our delight, we look forward to reading it each day and feel a keen sense that something's missing when we don't.
Psalm 23 has a lot to say about Christ's tender, loving care for us. But the psalm isn't primarily about the sheep; it is about the exaltation of the Shepherd.
Believe, I pray thee, and rest thee on the blood-sprinkled words of this wondrous Book.
Open each page with faith and expectancy even if you are a little unsure what you might or might not hear.
Until our race is finished, we glean from him, day in and day out.
Deciding what the Bible means "to us" seems like an innocent way to invite everyone’s voice to the table for discussion, but it’s a surefire way to kill effective Bible study.
There are only two options with Scripture: either we say amen to its entirety, or we entirely reject it.