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Finding Christ in All the Scriptures

The Bible is a book made up of many books. Sixty-six to be exact. Written by 40 (or so) authors over the period of about 1,500 years, the Bible covers not only a wide array of life stories from men and women across the ages and world history, but also speaks to every topic imaginable. The Bible speaks about marriage, friendship, God, man, nature, communication, sexuality, and a whole host of other everyday topics. Many throughout history have praised the Bible as a book containing great wisdom (which it does) or as an entertaining collection of stories (which it is). But 2,000 years ago, a Man walked this earth and made a claim that might, and probably should, jar us; He claimed that this entire book- this whole collection of prophecies, songs, psalms, letters- is all about Him. Beginning with Moses and all the Prophets, He interpreted to them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself Luke 24:27, English Standard Version You search the scriptures because you think in them you h…

An Introduction to Interpreting Scripture

Coming to the Scriptures can be a daunting task for many. We know that the Scriptures are words of life that teach us, correct us, rebuke us, and train us in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). They also are a comfort and guide to us, helping us to avoid evil and walk in the paths of life (see Psalm 119). However, many come to the Scriptures with fear and lack of assurance that they will indeed “hear from God” during their time of reading. So how can we approach the task of reading Scripture in such a way that we can walk away from our time confident that we have understood what God would have us understand? It is my desire in this short article to help you begin to get a deeper understanding of how to read the Bible well. Our starting place in reading the Bible well is understanding that the Bible is not merely a collection of stories or human wisdom- it is the very Word of God Himself, breathed out by Him and written by the hands of His beloved servants (1 Timothy 3:16, 2 Peter 1:20-21)…

Is My Salvation Genuine?

Imagine being with the disciples after the death and burial of Jesus. They had spent three years coming to know and love this Man. He had taught them, laughed with them, cried with them- He had done life with them. Not only this, but they had given up everything for Him. They had left behind their trades, families, and the lifestyles they had known to follow the One who they believed to be the long-awaited Messiah. But then He died. Understandably, after the death of Jesus, the disciples began to doubt the Man they had once believed so fiercely. Now, we know that the disciples’ story has a happy ending- perhaps not to the world’s standards; after all, almost all of them were martyred. However, that which mattered most to them, that which caused them to break out in singing and thanksgiving even after being persecuted on many occasions, was that Jesus rose again. He did not stay in the grave- He defeated death once and for all, securing eternal life for all who believe in Him and confir…

Your Dreams Can't Save You

Savior.

What did this word bring to mind for you? Undoubtedly, for those professing to be Christians or those who grew up in the church, Jesus crossed your mind. For others, perhaps it was a significant role model- maybe a parent or grandparent without whom you would not be who you are. Still others think of a sports hero or celebrity who has been an encouragement to them or given them the word of hope that they needed in a dark time of life. Maybe it has even been a dream or hope for the future, not a person, that you consider to have rescued you from dark time.
All that being said, I imagine that the title of this article may have seemed a bit harsh, or perhaps even discouraging- especially in a culture where following your dreams seems to be one of the main messages promoted to young and old alike. It is more important than anything else, many would say, to be true to yourself and to your heart’s desires.
So what do I mean when I say that your dreams can’t save you?
It is far too often…

Seeing God

He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.
Colossians 1:15


Until recently, I had been going through a bit of a dry season when it came to my relationship with God. Though in my head I knew that God never has and never will abandon me, my flawed and corrupted emotions often try to tell me otherwise- that when I sin, God turns His face away or that when I make a wrong decision God is shaking His head at me in disappointment. Often my instinct is to therefore turn away from God and give us both some time to “cool off”, as I would with a friend or a family member with whom I had argued or had conflict with.
Though I could not see this at the time, looking back, I can see that my biggest problem was really that unlike with a family member or a friend, I cannot physically come to God in order to “make things right”. I cannot look Him in the face and see how He feels about me in the moment; I cannot see if I am coming at a “good time” for Him. Of course, looking back …

To The Heart-Broken Christian

You thought you would be with them forever. Whenever you imagined the future, it was always you and them, hand in hand, doing whatever it is that God had called you to. You believed that whatever it was He had called you to, He had called you to it together. You liked them a lot… Maybe you even loved them.
But then came the text… “We need to talk”. This lead to plans for a meetup, maybe at your local coffee shop, maybe at the closest bookstore, maybe even at one of your respective houses. You pull up to the spot, heart pounding, mind racing, sure in your heart of what is to come yet trying your hardest to deny it.
Maybe they just miss me and want to hang out, you tell yourself.Maybe they only want to examine the relationship; not necessarily end it.
You walk in and look around, inwardly frantic but outwardly calm (or so you think.) You see them and make your way over, wanting to hurry and get it over with but also desiring to delay the inevitable. But the inevitable comes as it always d…