Throughout my years of being a Christian, I’ve attended thousands of worship services. I’ve listened to sound and engaging preaching, endured a fair number of confusing sermons, sung countless songs, and watched the behavior of fellow Christians. I am ashamed to admit there are more than a few services from which I leave saying, “I got nothing out of it.” I frequently blamed the preaching, the song leading, the members nodding off, my own exhaustion, the failure of others to acknowledge my existence, but rarely did I do the thing that really needed to be done. Instead of saying, “I got nothing out of it, I should have been asking, “What did I put into it?” When we feel like we are leaving worship “unfulfilled,” it’s time ask ourselves some hard questions.
Many people begin the year intending to read their Bible in a year, eventually fizzling out around Leviticus or March. Daily Bible Reading is not always easy to maintain as this habit can be upset by dramatic changes to your daily routine. So how do we get into the word and remain in it daily?… Continue reading How to Stick to Daily Bible Reading
On this New Year’s Day, we begin a new trip around the sun, full of expectations, hopes, and goals. Is one of your goals to draw nearer to God? He longs for each of us to know Him more, to trust Him more, to love Him more. Success comes from joining our small efforts with His great will. It comes as we study His word daily, call on Him daily (sometimes hourly!) and trust Him even when nothing makes sense.
In the classic children’s game of Chutes and Ladders, the object of the game is to be the first player to reach the finish line. Each player rolls the die to move forward, hoping to avoid the chutes—which slide your game piece downward—or land on ladders—which bring your piece nearer to the finish line. Controlling… Continue reading Renew Your Mind With the Elevating 8
When I was a green seventeen-year old beginning my first year of college, I went through an orientation week affectionately called "WOW week" (aka Week of Welcome). In one of our mandatory sessions, the Dean of the College of Sciences asked us the following: How many hours did you study in high school? Do you… Continue reading What are Your Study Habits?
Last week, I shared with you why I ditched my Bible reading plan, and relayed my current plan for trekking through the book of Romans. In the past week and a half, I have read through Romans three times. I've read and reread various chapters, trying to grasp the bigger picture of the letter. I thought, perhaps,… Continue reading Why Study the Bible?
Three days ago, I ditched my daily bible reading plan. Not the habit, mind you, just my appointed plan... We had a "falling out" of sorts. Three months ago, I had completed a daily reading plan of my own making, which I dubbed "the absorption approach." I would read or listen to scripture every day, beginning with… Continue reading Why I Ditched My Bible Reading Plan
Do you ever yell at people in movies, even if it's just in your head? "Don't leave your weapon on the ground!" Or "What are you thinking going into that place alone? You need backup!" It's almost like the person in the movie has lost common sense. Anybody with two eyes can spot the danger. These scenes are suspense winders, designed to heighten your sense of anticipation so that you will jump at the right moment. As Christians, we have 5 things we absolutely need to use everyday. Unfortunately, there are times we cast one aside or simply forget them---to our peril.
For whatever was written in former days was written for our instruction, that through endurance and through the encouragement of the Scriptures we might have hope. ~ Romans 15.4, ESV Welcome to mile-marker 17 of our #encourage marathon. (If you missed yesterday's post, you can read it here.) Someone out there has a starving soul. It might even… Continue reading What would you do without your Bible? (day 17 of the #encourage marathon)
Someone out there is feeling aimless today. It might even be you.