If you have ever needed to rid yourself of a few pounds, you know how your mind can be absorbed with thoughts about food while on a diet. You wake up hungry. You are hungry before meals, shortly after meals, and at bed. When you aren’t engaged in a task, your mind wanders to the […]Read More Day and night in the Bible
Help Me!Psalm 119:145-152January 23, 2022 I know some of y’all enjoy hiking and camping. But serious hiking is not for everyone. Several years ago, the staff of the Bridger Wilderness in the Tetons released some of the comments taken after people had concluded their hikes. Here are a few samples: Trails need to be […]Read More Sermon: Help Me!
At the time of year when many of us are thinking about setting goals for 2022, the best thing we can plan is how we will take in the Bible so the Bible can, in turn, transform our lives. What will your Bible reading, meditating, and memorizing plan look like next year? It all starts […]Read More Take in the Bible in 2022
Every day I make plans for what I will eat that day; rare is the day when I don’t get three meals (with an occasional snack or two along the way) and an adequate amount of caffeine and liquids. I am dependent on food and water, so I make plans to take it in regularly. […]Read More Bible Reading Plans for 2021
J. C. Ryle wrote this more than a century ago; but its truth was a timely reminder for my soul today. We not only need to read our Bibles, but we need to arm ourselves with the Bible: You live in a world where your soul is in constant danger. Enemies are round you on […]Read More Another (timely) reminder to read our Bibles
The Bible is the instrument of transformation in the life of the believer. Jesus asked His Father, “Sanctify them in the truth; Your word is truth” (Jn. 17:17). When the believer is transformed, it is because of and through the Scriptures being used by the Spirit of God in his life. The Spirit of God […]Read More Bible Reading in 2020
The Apostle Paul is fond of quoting from the Old Testament — particularly in the book of Romans. In that theological treatise, the apostle quotes the Old Testament directly over 60 times. And over half those quotations appear in three chapters — Romans 9-11. As Paul lays the foundation for God’s sovereignty in salvation in […]Read More When Scripture speaks
It’s almost New Year’s Day. And New Year’s Day means new resolutions to live a re-newed kind of way in the coming year. And there is no resolution (and no new habit actually practiced) that will benefit you more than regularly immersing yourself in Scripture to expose your heart to God’s revelation so that you […]Read More 2019 Bible Reading Plans
The Eternally Faithful Word of God Psalm 119:89-96 July 15, 2018 We are now six months into the New Year. The New Year is not so new anymore. It’s not even a teenager. It’s hit the doldrums of the middle age years. In case you haven’t noticed, we are closer to next Christmas than last […]Read More Sermon: The Eternally Faithful Word of God
The spiritual life is not complicated. It can be difficult, but it’s not complicated. Growth in the spiritual life and development in Christlikeness happens as we take in God’s Word and then apply that Word. And taking in God’s Word begins with reading it, then studying it, meditating on it, memorizing it, and finally applying […]Read More Reading your Bible in 2018
“Life’s Questions and God’s Word” Psalm 119:81-88 December 31, 2017 It’s hard to think about Americans being persecuted for their faith for two reasons: While our country was founded largely for a pursuit of religious freedom, that very pursuit of religious freedom has largely kept believers from being persecuted for our faith since that time. […]Read More Life’s Questions and God’s Word
A new year will be upon us in two short weeks. And you may already be thinking about how you want to increase your Bible intake — reading, study, and memorization — in the new year. As we do every year, we are publishing several Bible reading plans for 2017. Our church will be following […]Read More Read your Bible in 2017
Some helpful articles I’ve bookmarked: Monday is Reformation Day — the 499th anniversary of the day that Martin Luther posted his theses on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg. Here are 10 things you should know about the Reformation. Andy Naselli and J. D. Crowley wrote an excellent book on the conscience. Now […]Read More Grab bag
A traveler was making his way down a little-used back road in Oregon when his need for gasoline drew him to a run-down service station. The owner sat outside, absorbed in the view of the wilderness that lay before him. After filling the tank, making a couple of half-interested swipes at the dirty windshield, and […]Read More I am contented
During a dinner party conversation, the neighbor of Albert Einstein asked the white-haired physicist, “What are you actually, by profession?” “I devote myself to the study of physics,” replied Einstein. The girl was astonished: “You mean to say that you study physics at your age? I finished mine a year ago!” What that poor young […]Read More Finished growing? Not yet.