Yes. Instead, do what the Bible tells you to do. Meditate on it. Here’s a link to a short article that will tell you why and I couldn’t agree more. (Link) And here is another brief meditation on the how the psalmsist views himself. He doesn’t see himself as someone who studies the word of … More Stop Studying the Bible?
Friday is for Discipleship Random thoughts on Psalm 119 Psalm 119:18 “Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.” Does this word not imply that my eyes are closed and blind to the beauty and wonder of His word? What can closed eyes see? NOTHING! They can distinguish nothing, not even … More When You KNOW You Don’t Measure Up
She was being interviewed on National Public Radio (NPR). An American actress playing the mother of a special needs child in a new play from London now touring the USA. The play is getting rave reviews as it explores the inner workings of a 15-year-old boy whose parents love, but can’t touch because of his … More Days Without Grace
Sunday Musings The following quote comes from Richard Sibbs, but it was shared with me by Roger Knowlton. Roger is one of the men from TEAM 500, a group of pastors of the Evangelical Free Church of America who serve churches between 500 and 1000 souls. Two weeks ago, I was able to spend three days … More Bringing a Man from Nature to Glory
Friday is for Heart Songs “I am” declarations in Psalm 119: “I am a stranger in the earth” vs. 19 “I am the companion of all those who fear You” vs. 63 “I am Yours” vs. 94 “I am exceedingly afflicted” vs. 107 “I am Your servant” vs. 125 “I … More Being Small and Despised Isn’t So Bad
Sunday Afternoon Musings The reformer Martin Luther described the Christian spiritual life as consisting of three primary operations under the guidance of the Spirit. In Latin, those three operations were, Oratio, Meditatio, and Tentatio – Prayer, Meditation, and Struggle/Affliction. The disciplines of prayer and meditation over the word of the living God is pretty straight … More Affliction: How a Good God Loves His People (Sometimes)
Thursday is for Preaching I am preaching from Habakkuk this month. (or I was when I first posted this!) It is a sobering book. The last time I preached from the book was in early 2012 when I was doing an overview of each book of the Bible. The last time I preached a series … More “Five Resolves for Personal Revival”
Friday is for Heart Songs No one who reads the Bible, no one one knows the history of the church, no one who is a follower of Christ can doubt that the nation needs revival. But what will it take? What might be the start of revival of real abandoned-to-Christ discipleship that is sorely needed … More Revival: Could it Happen Here?
Wednesday is for Prayer Luke 7:36-50 is one of my favorite passages of Scripture and episodes in the life of Christ. Brief recap: A Pharisee is having dinner with Jesus and becomes upset when a woman “from the street, a sinner” begins to weep, dripping tears on Jesus’s feet, bends to wipe his feet with … More 13 Ways to Develop a Passion for the Things of God
Friday is for Heart Songs There are six statements in Psalm 119 that have arrested my attention. Each of them speaks to how the psalmist views himself in the world. I think of them as the “I am” statements of a heart saturated with the word of God. I think of them as the self-image of … More The Self-Image of the Psalmist