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.
Unless we have a vision of God’s holiness, we’ll be great at pronouncing woes against sinners, but woefully inadequate at proclaiming God’s grace.
As much as reading the Bible is an intellectual exercise, gaining knowledge shouldn’t be the main reason we read it.
Your paper Bible could be precious and useful to you in ways that a digital Bible never could.
To read the Bible is a risky thing. We cannot read it, put it down, and claim ignorance.
Forty-two weeks? In one book of the Bible? For close to an entire year? Yes, yes, and yes. But why?
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.
Who is this King of glory?
"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.
We don’t need new or flashy words from God when we have His Word solidified for us.
Every word of Scripture from Genesis 1:1's "In" to Revelation 22:21's "Amen" is le mot juste.
We may not follow all of Augustine’s interpretations of Scripture, but his humility before the word continues to teach us.
We must have strong hermeneutical standards, but those hermeneutical standards are wrecked if we do not begin with all of Scripture being God-breathed.
The primary point of Jonah is not about how Jonah should have obeyed, it's about how God continued his redemptive plan despite Jonah's disobedience.
He who lives in light of the five solas will experience a more fulfilled and fruitful Christian life.
I let the original intent of the passage sting me, move me, drive me to what I need to be.
The book of Psalms shows us not only how to do to right theology, but also how good theology should lead us to worship and right living before the Lord.
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.
God uses questions to force us to confront our own hearts.
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.
Scripture is not about you; it is about Jesus. Scripture is, however, for you through the work of Jesus.
Touching and handling a Bible anchors us physically to God’s gracious gift of the Bible itself.
We should never think that just because God has blessed us, we are free to allow our heart to be turned from God.
I don’t deserve mercy; I deserve judgment. I deserve quick, exacting, unrelenting, justice.
Believe, I pray thee, and rest thee on the blood-sprinkled words of this wondrous Book.
I have a God who cares about me, and who loves me enough to orchestrate everything so that my soul is fed the right thing for the day I need it.
Open each page with faith and expectancy even if you are a little unsure what you might or might not hear.
The warmth of his love is channeled through us, spilling out onto all who are welcomed under our roofs.
Though the Scripture may be shown to be trustworthy by many historical and logical proofs, it is essentially received as true because of the revelation of God’s glory experienced through it.
God’s word has been read publically, even at length, throughout salvation history.
Until our race is finished, we glean from him, day in and day out.
The basis for biblical interpretation begins with Jesus.
Praise the Lord that our eternity hinges not on our ability to live out a “therefore,” but on Jesus’ righteous life on our behalf.
Friends, none of us feels exactly what we ought to feel. But thank God we have a Bible that tells us the truth even if we can’t do the same thing for ourselves.
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.