If I fail to behold the glory of the dawn, how much more have do I fail to behold the glory of the Son?
Here are some of the things that I have done to better understand difficult Bible verses . . .
If spiritually dry Boston and New England can receive such a shaking of God . . .
Baptists like us have two ordinances and one sacrament. The ordinances are baptism and the Lord’s Supper. The sacrament is a church-wide potluck.
As we set our minds on the things above, we are reminded of our freedom from and power over sin, as well as of our future sinless reality.
I don’t “have to” read my Bible every day, I need to.
When we perceive something of the Lord’s beauty, majesty, knowledge, or some other noble characteristic through what is said or sung or brought to the mind, our emotions are not to be either worked up by conscious effort or checked by deliberate willfulness. To do so would mean that we must take our gaze away from Him to ourselves.
Outward signs of religious emotion, are easily manifested and are frequently hypocritical; but to feel true repentance is far more difficult, and consequently far less common.
This is an important and vital issue most Christians face but never really understand or defeat because they are blinded to it.
There is a difference between sharing and learning. Don’t confuse the two, thinking you have learned what you have shared.
Does your "devo life" need a spiritual steroid shot? Consider this approach to Bible reading.
What is the one thing you would do to change the Christian’s devotional life?
The Holy Spirit progressively conforms Christians into the image of Christ.
Although physical maturity happens without our planning, Paul told the church at Colossae that spiritual maturity does not work that way.
When Paul says that Christians belong to Christ Jesus, it means, at least, that the blessings that are Christ’s are the blessings bestowed on Christians right now.
The tyranny of hyper-spirituality our church culture had foisted on us set us up for disappointment because it held up religious experiences as the means of God’s grace, rather than the finished work of the cross.
While I have always known God's Word changes lives, experiencing it in my life and that of others has given me the confidence to stand with the Reformers of years past in calling for the primacy of God's Word in our lives and churches.
What does it mean to "pray the Bible," and why is it important?
For your works to be truly good, your heart has to be full of goodness.
For many Christians, myself included, regularly seeking God’s face in prayer, reading his Word, sharing the gospel, and fasting is, at one point or another, one of the most frustrating parts of the Christian life.
I recommend that you always be reading.
What things might you engage in to actively acknowledge God as your Creator and yourself as made in his image? What creative things stir your affections for Christ?
We typically think that if given enough time, our sins will work themselves out. Boy, are we wrong.
Be filled with the Spirit? How can I be something the Spirit does?
Oh, that I might treat the glory of God like a sunset!
Are you bitter? Do you catch yourself only giving critique and never giving compliments? Do you find yourself reacting strongly to confrontation but all too willing to enact it yourself?
Our battle against sin will only result in victory if it is waged at the heart level.
O that we may leave forever the couch of fleshly ease, and go forth with flaming torches to meet the coming Bridegroom!
As I have tried to help guys struggling in this area, and also remain vigilant and creative and fresh in my own Bible intake, I’ve come up with a couple basic ideas that some have found helpful.
The benefits and joy of journeying the entire way through God’s salvation story are too good to miss.