Sunday, December 27, 2015
Wednesday, December 23, 2015
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
What should a Christian
do about the new gay-marriage laws?
“The Lord answered Moses, ‘Is the Lord’s arm too short?’” (Numbers 11: 23)
“But the Lord is in his holy temple; let all the earth be silent before him.” (Habakkuk 2:20)
God has not lost control. He is still on the throne. Nor has anyone changed His laws and truths. It bothers me when I hear Christians freaking out and saying, “Man is changing God’s laws! Man is changing God’s laws!” No, we aren’t. Call it what they want, it still doesn’t change the fact that God decided that marriage is between one man and one woman. And God’s laws still stand.
Just because society redefines "marriage" doesn't mean that God has. Just because some churches are going against the Bible and claiming that now certain lifestyles are acceptable doesn't mean that God has.
We who hold to the clear teaching of Scripture do not need to be terrified of or confused about the "changes" that society makes. Because it doesn't really change anything in God’s eyes. We do not need to panic or freak out, acting like the sky is falling and like it’s our responsibility to hold it up, and acting like mere people can actually change His abiding truths.
Sunday, December 6, 2015
Friday, December 4, 2015
Thursday, December 3, 2015
Tuesday, December 1, 2015
Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Thursday, May 14, 2015
But let’s take some time to explore various “gray areas” (or are they really more black-and-white?) and to consider what Scripture says about how to make decisions for how we live. Not everyone will come to the same conclusions about these, but talk about the ones that interest you and challenge each other to figure out your positions on them. (But do not let it turn into fights. Skip any topic that may lead to that, or that might stumble another believer. But it is my assumption that you are all mature Christians and can handle hearing different points of view on gray areas.)
I have studied this really intensely at different times over the years. Reading every book on the topic that I could find, studying the Bible, checking the original Greek meaning of the words, etc. To me, it is a huge, complex, wonderfully-frustrating puzzle. And I could never really understand it . . . until this last time that I studied it. And I was finally able to settle this issue in my mind once and for all.
Yes, I do believe that there is going to be a rapture before the tribulation (trib) starts. And I am thoroughly convinced of it.
“For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 5:20
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18: “Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
And the sad thing is, not only do they already feel guilty and alone . . . but then other Christians make them feel like “bad Christians” and like they should be ashamed of themselves for having depression or taking medication. They condemn and judge the hurting person, instead of extending compassion and grace and help. And that gets me mad! Freakin’ boiling mad!!! (Oh, it gets me so mad!)
And so I decided to combine parts from a couple posts that I recently wrote over at myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com and add them as part of this Bible study. I wrote it for the hurting, depressed person who is ashamed of themselves for hurting, who is afraid to speak up about it for fear of being condemned, and who feels alone in their struggles and like there must be something wrong with them.
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Monday, May 11, 2015
If they made a movie of your life, who should play you (and your spouse, if you are married)? What kind of movie would it be, what should it be called, and what would be the main themes?
Open With Prayer
Let’s take a moment to explore some of what the Bible says about obedience:
Open With Prayer
I am going to guess that if we don’t, it’s because we don’t really understand it. Because once you come to really understand prayer, you cannot help but cling to it with all you’ve got and accept it as a solemn responsibility. You cannot help but know that there is power in it and that the way you live has an effect on it. Prayer matters!
I fear that in our day and age of being too familiar and comfortable with God and His Word (in America), we have lost the sense of awe and fear of Him and His Word. It’s too familiar, and we are too comfortable. We have heard the Bible stories again and again. We pick them apart as objects of study, to be looked at closely under a microscope. It is educational and academic. Or we pick them apart so that we can piece them back together again in a way we like better. We twist them for our own ends. Or we just shrug our shoulders and yawn and ignore it.
Sunday, May 10, 2015
Open With Prayer
Read Lesson and Bible Verses:
Psalm 46: 10: “Be still and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”
Oh, I love this verse!!!
[This Bible study
starts at the bottom of the May posts, with the “Iron Sharpens Iron Bible Study
Intro” post. And remember that my
answers to some of the questions are in [brackets].]
Saturday, May 9, 2015
I am going to present to you my view on this issue, but it doesn’t mean that I am necessarily right. I am giving it to you as a starting point and as food-for-thought, to give you things to consider and talk about and disagree with. I am not a Bible teacher or scholar, so remember that this is just my opinion. If you disagree, discuss with others why you disagree and what you think Scripture really says.