Here's how Genesis 15 starts: After these things, the word of the Lord came to Abram in a vision: "Fear not, Abram, I am your shield and your exceedingly great reward." But Abram said, "O Lord God, what will you give me, for I continue childless and the heir of my house is Eliezer of Damascus?" And Abram said, "Behold, you have given me no offspring and a member of my household will be my heir." And behold, the word of the Lord came to him: "This man shall not be your heir; your very own son … [Read more...] about What If You Need God to Clarify His Promises?
My chronological reading-through-the-bible plan has me studying the gospels right now. "John answered, 'Master we saw someone casting out demons in your name and we tried to stop him because he does not follow with us.' But Jesus said to him, 'Do not stop him for the one who is not against you is for you.'" (Luke 9:49-50) What came to mind when I read that, and stopped me in my tracks, was this question - is that what Jesus would say to our petty denominational disagreements today? … [Read more...] about Petty Stuff Church People Say
I have been doing this Bible Study (affiliate link*) through the book of James. And, by "a" bible study, I mean an awesome, eye-opening, life-changing, faith-altering bible study. I always thought James seemed similar to Proverbs - a bunch of random topics squeezed together. But I'm learning that is so not true. One theme in his letter is that of wholeness, completion, or perfection. "Let steadfastness have its full effect that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing." (James … [Read more...] about Wholeness in the Book of James
Have you ever done a read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan? I'm reading through it now, and I'm reading through some of the Prophet books... Isaiah, Jeremiah, Lamentations, etc... Sometimes it's hard to know what to make of them. How do I interpret this? Is it even applicable to me? Coincidentally, our pastor has been teaching on Amos, which is this tiny book in the Old Testament that is categorized by smart Bible scholar people as a “minor prophet.” What he has to say is anything but minor … [Read more...] about An Unchanging God and One Way to Understand the Prophet Books of the Bible