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Feature Friday (08/03/18)

Questions. They fill our conversations. They take up lots of space in books and articles and letters. And they make up so much of our education and learning. Without questions, a dialogue would quickly become a monologue. Without questions, an interesting interaction would simply be the infusion of information. Questions are imperative to human learning, curiosity, and growth.

Yet we all know there are various types of questions. Questions that seek more information. Questions that are more accusative. There are good questions and then there are, well, bad questions. We have all been told there are no stupid questions, but the reality is we have all asked or been asked one at least once in life. However, there are more important questions to life.

Why am I here? What is my purpose in life? Is there anything after death? All of these and more can be considered “important” questions. But is there one question that stands above the rest as the “most important” question? If so, how you answer that question may be the difference between life and death.

Stating and showing two very different answers to the “most important” question is what Eric Davis does in “Differences Between Salvation in the Qur’an & the Bible” over at The Cripplegate.

As always, enjoy the article and be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (06/22/18)

This past weekend was Father’s Day. As a father of 3 (about to be 4), it is a day I look forward to, enjoy, but also a day in which I am challenged. It seems like each year for the past 5 years, Father’s day has been joyful for me, but at the same time, it always confronts me in unique ways. This past weekend was no different.

We enjoyed a wonderful morning together as a family, returned home for a great lunch, and I even got to mow my lawn in the afternoon (I know that may not sound like a fantastic Father’s day to some, but it is very relaxing and rejuvenating to me). I enjoyed playing with my kids in the early evening and then we went through our bedtime routine. It was that routine that reminded me of the challenge of being a father, in one way specifically. I have a responsibility to teach my children so much, and one of the vital roles, as a follower of Jesus, is to “Help my Kids Get Excited about Reading the Bible“.

That is why I love how David Murray writes this article to encourage, challenge, and equip myself and other fathers to do just that. If you are a father, let’s help our children get excited about God’s Word. If you are a mom, send this to your husband and encourage him as you tell him you want to help him lead in this way. And if you are not a parent, it’s still a great article to get excited about reading God’s Word ourselves.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (05/04/18)

When you start a new job, move to a new area, or join a new group there is always new language to learn. Having recently done all three of these things I have been learning a lot lately. I have been learning new acronyms, phrasing, and ways of doing things at my workplace. I have been learning new areas of the county I live in.

While I may not be learning a new language, it certainly feels like it with the number of new words and phrases I have had to adopt over the past 2 months. But instead of being frustrated by it (ok maybe a few times) or getting angry and giving up, it has given me a new found sympathy and compassion for new followers of Jesus.

Having followed Jesus for some time now, I often forget what it is like to not know what a certain Bible word or phrase may mean. But I don’t think that means we don’t use words the Bible or even Jesus used. NO! Instead, we must patiently seek to teach and help others learn the new “language” of a great relationship. Which is why I love Ryan Higginbottom’s article Big Bible Words: Covenant. An unfamiliar word for many, but a vital word to Bible readers – skeptics, seekers, and believers alike.

Enjoy the read and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (02/23/18)

There are lots of things I hope and wish for my children. One of my great desires is that my son will grow up to love and enjoy sports as much as I do. I already see the joy music brings my oldest daughter and I am excited to see how that grows over the years. All our children love to sit and read and listen to a good story. But there is one area, one object, one thing I not only hope and wish my children to love but pray they enjoy thoroughly. What is it?

Reading God’s Word. It is a constant, daily prayer of mine that our children will come to not only be able to read but desire to read God’s Word on their own. I pray that will long to read how God rescued His people out of Egypt. My desire is for them to be enthralled with the unconventional means God used to save Israel and mankind on so many occasions throughout history. But the hard part is: how can I be part of an encouraging that desire?

David Murray shares “6 Tips for Reading the Bible with Your Kids” that challenged me toward this goal. While he shares 6 great tips the greatest truth I walked away from by reading this article was that in order for my kids to desire God’s Word I must first be reading and desiring it as well.

Enjoy the article and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (11/03/17)

What a story? A breath-taking beginning, some terrible conflict, an unbelievable resolution, and a happy ever after ending. It was and is the kind of plot every movie, book, and storyteller imitates. And it has made a lasting impact on my life. The story is still changing my thinking and feelings every day.

Reality is, the story I am talking about above is the best selling book of all time. It has been translated into seemingly countless languages. And it was written many centuries ago. It has been read by countless people, changed countless lives, and given life to countless societies throughout all of history. What story is it? What book could I be talking about?

The Bible! That’s right, God’s Word has not only an amazing storyline but an uncanny ability to change lives. Yet for a doubt and uncertainty in trusting the Bible has grown among churches and church leaders. That is why I love Andy Davis’ article “Rely on God’s Word, Not on Techniques” challenging pastors, church leaders, and Christians alike to trust God’s story.

Enjoy the read and as always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day.

Feature Friday (9/30/16)

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Drifting out at sea. Seemingly lost. Without a reference point for where I have come from or where I am going. It seems like an aimless journey.

No I have never been lost at sea, and hopefully never will. But these are some of the feelings I recognize within my own soul when something has gone missing. They are also indicators of what the church may be without its core, foundational reference point…God’s Word.

This article answers the questions: “What do you have in this church without the Word? You may have people, a building, activities, and even some relatively good things. However, you don’t have the church. The ministry of the Word of God is essential to the life of the church. Without the Word in the church it is reduced to something like a spiritual country club.”

Enjoy “The Church Needs the Bible” and enjoy the at least part of your weekend with the Lord’s people (the Church) on the Lord’s Day.

Feature Friday (6/24/16)

“Read your Bible, pray everyday and you’ll…grow…grow…grow…” If you grew up in the church or around a Christian influence you are probably familiar with this song. It seems oversimplified. And to one degree it is. The Christian life is not just a 1+1=2 walk. However, there are certainly disciplines of the Christian life that really are means of grace from God. Two of the vital ones are Scripture reading and prayer.

But aside from reading random passages daily and muttering a few short prayers a day at meal time, how can one go deeper in your Bible study? Be encouraged! You are not the only one to have asked or be asking that question. A 13 year old girl once asked Pastor John Piper that very same question. You can find his letter of response here.

Enjoy! And as always, be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (5/13/16)

How did it all begin? How old is the earth? When did dinosaurs roam the earth? Did dinosaurs roam the earth? Why is there evil in the world? All of these questions and more really stem from the biblical study of the book of Genesis. Seeing that there are so many foundation questions brought up and answered in Genesis, Dallas Theological Seminary is letting you try a class in the book for free. That’s right…a seminary course for FREE!!!

This course is designed for those who want to: learn more about the first book of the Bible, grow in understanding of who God is and why He created you, deepen their walk with the Lord by applying the text to their life. It will be taught by Dr. James Allman, DTS professor of Old Testament Studies (I had Dr. Allman in class already, he is great).

Sign up for the course here. Enjoy the content, but more so the deepening of your walk with the Lord Jesus Christ. As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

Feature Friday (4/8/16)

“Only a minute?!!!” This is what my wife regularly asks me when I come home after going back to my office to quickly grab something I forgot. What she is really saying is, “that was way longer than a minute, what took you so long?”. My typical response is…”I saw someone and we had a conversation”.

I love conversations. I love chatting it up with people. I love asking about their lives, our commonalities, and current news. And “having a conversation” has become all the rage in the Christian world surrounding controversial topics. However, there is a subtle yet potentially dangerous undertone with “having a conversation”.

This article cautions us this way…”We want to have conversations, but we want our ideas, including our ideas about what the Bible should say, to hold the same authority and weight as the scriptures.” Please take time to read the article here and feel free to leave a comment for further conversation.

As always be with the Lord’s people on the Lord’s day!

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