God’s Word Contains Real Stories About Real People … Who Teach Us Powerful Lessons About God’s Character
It’s easy for critics to pass the Bible off as just a storybook . . . a collection of tales about heroes slaying giants and a crazy man building a big boat.
When you receive a personal letter from a friend, the words are treasured. But sometimes it’s the thought behind the letter, those unwritten messages, that really touch you deeply.
We have an advantage today of seeing the Bible in its entirety. We see the promises God made, as well as their fulfillment. A look at the lives of men and women in Scripture who lived by faith . . . even when they couldn’t see the outcome.
It’s been said that the Bible is a manual for living. And yet, we often read into the biblical accounts and pull out the answers we want to hear . . . not necessarily what God intended us to learn.
God doesn’t make cookie-cutter leaders. Each one is uniquely molded from varied circumstances and experiences. Perhaps you’re looking at your past and wondering if God can still use you.
When a member of a congregation chooses to defy God . . . it may be necessary to express grace and mercy through reproof and rebuke. Guidance is offered on how to get through those difficult moments.
You’re sitting down with a cup of coffee, watching the morning sun out your window . . . and you pick up the Bible. Whether you’re aware of it or not, one of the most important parts in this quiet time . . . is the Bible translation you’re holding.
At any Christian bookstore, you’ll find an entire shelf full of Bible translations. There’s the New International Version, the New King James, the Phillips . . . and many more! Compare translations . . . and get the basic tools you need for studying the Bible.
Flip back through the pages of a history book. You’ll read of generations who twisted the message of the Bible . . . took it out of context . . . and caused a lot of damage. Let's unpack the phrase, "A biblical passage can never mean what it never meant."
Suppose you decided to drive across the country. The most valuable tool you’ll use is a road map. Now, suppose you’re reading through the Bible. What’s your plan for getting from cover to cover? Get a head start and learn the best way to navigate the Scriptures.
So . . . do you read much poetry? In today’s fast-paced world, not many of us have time to slow down and savor a well-written verse.
If you play sports, you know that it takes a lot of practice to get better. You’re out there on the court every week, maybe even every day, to improve your skills. Well, it’s the same idea with studying the Bible. We may not work up a sweat, but we’ve got to take time to practice.
Think about how many words you read every day. Most likely, you’re constantly taking in advertisements, newspaper articles and e-mails. Well, you might not realize that every time you glance over a note or a memo, you’re interpreting each word.
Sometimes the Bible can be difficult to decipher . . . especially when Hebrew poetry is involved. And yet . . . much of the Old Testament contains poetic language.