Study Your Bible Online

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Author: Wesley (page 18 of 93)

To whom are you listening?

To whom or to what are you really listening in your life? Where do you get the direction  and vision for your behavior, your goals, and your plans? Many are not listening carefully to the Bible, either because they have accepted a low view of what the Bible actually is, or because other voices command their attention. Here are some reasons why I believe we should listen to God and his word.

We should listen to the Bible because of the claims of Jesus. Jesus clearly claimed to be sent from God. As the one sent by the Father, Jesus said that he was speaking the very words of God. When the crowds in Jerusalem argued over his identity and his teaching, Jesus said, “My teaching is not mine, but his who sent me.” Jesus claimed that his words were the rock on which a solid life is built. He claimed that his words would judge the souls of men in the last day. If these claims are true, we should listen to Jesus above all others.

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Back to School

At this point school is back in session.  Elementary, Middle Schools, and High Schools are now filled with children. College dorms are filled with incoming Freshman and veteran students.  Books are being bought.  Schedules are set.  And new routines are now becoming norm.

Education as means to know God

Education is directly connected with theology.  Our thoughts concerning God affect how we view education.  From a Christian perspective learning is a means to know God more fully.  “All truth is God’s truth,”  is a common saying.  As Christians we want to know more about our world, because knowing more about our world means we know more about God.

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Shared Story and Purpose

I was listening to a TED talk by General Stanley McChrystal recently.  His topic was concerning leadership.   He shared a story of the time he was gathered with his troops.  They had had a traumatic event occur and so as their leader he addressed them.  At the end of the address he asked a question, “Where were you on 9/11?” He waited for a moment and one person spoke up and said, I was in the 6th grade.

This army Ranger serving in Afghanistan reminded the general that within his force there were people with different experiences, language, and skill-set.  However, they all had one thing in common a shared purpose.

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Overcoming Threats to our Faith

In an earlier post we talked about threats to our faith.  Real hazards that could keep us from reaching the land of rest that we are awaiting. (Read post here).  It is important to recognize that we have threats to our faith.   However, recognizing the threats to our faith is one thing.  It is an entirely different thing to make sure that we are overcoming the threats to our faith.  I want us to investigate the book of Hebrews now to show how we can overcome those threats.

Encourage One Another Daily

The author of Hebrews seems to have a favorite book, Psalms.  Throughout the book he builds his arguments from selections from this book.  He even interprets narrative passages through the lens of the Psalms.  One important Psalm to our author is Psalm 95.  Specifically, the writer focuses on verses 7, 8.  Where he exhorts the readers to not “hardened their hearts.”

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Keep asking religious questions!

The question was met with silence and boos.  A smile came across her face.  She then replied by saying “thank you for that question” and preceded to answer.  If you follow politics, or happened to catch the Republican Primary Debate, then you know that this was in response to a question asked of Michele Bachmann.  The question had to do with her earlier statements that she “submitted” to her husband in regards to becoming a tax lawyer.  The questioner wanted to know as president would she submit to her husband in areas of national interest.

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