Through the years certain catch-phrases have caught my attention and have caused me to consider their impact on my life. There are three in particular that a challenge is the challenge of New Year’s resolution (I prefer to use “goals” instead of resolutions. I can continue to strive for a goal even if I take one step back for every two I take forward. A resolution makes me feel like a failure the first time I break it, and results in my giving up.)
No, I will not write about weight loss or exercise programs, nor will I make recommendations we stop kicking the dog or beating our spouse. I am writing about goals of a different vein.
The first goal is “Never be later than ten minutes early.” Bet I stepped on some toes with that statement. Are you one of those who is regularly just going out the door at the time you should be somewhere? Yes, sometimes there is a legitimate reason for being late- a last-minute phone call for instance. It happens to all of us. But when tardiness becomes a regular event, it is either the result of not planning ahead, or not considering the inconvenience to others our being late can be. That can fall under the category of thinking more highly of ourselves than others that the apostle Paul speaks of in Romans 12:3…
The second saying is “Never make the same mistake twice” Think about it: Cane we avoid making some grievous error, like going in a direction we know we shouldn’t consider, or letting wrong word slip across our tongue? A sign that was popular a while back said: PLAN AH…EAD. It illustrates the need to look beyond the present moment and be responsible for the future. Again Paul who called this “pressing on toward the goal” (Philippians 3:14). Couldn’t we end many of our mistakes, shortcomings, SINS if we plan ahead to the consequences of our actions, and avoid making the mistake in the first place?
The final saying tells us to “Read the Bible again for the first time.” How many times have we heard people resolve to read the Bible in its entirety and yet they never seem to make it. By the time they get through the Old Testament with all the genealogies they become bogged saying “What’s the use?” becoming discouraged and quit.
There are ways to overcome the stumbling blocks. One way is to use a different version of the Bible especially not the King James version. All the Thees and Thous get them every time. Another choice is to use one of the One Year Bibles with daily readings from the Old Testament, Psalms and the New Testament. Still another method is a chronological Bible organizing the Bible into chronological order.
The main thing is to get into a daily reading of the Word habit. The real challenge is not simply reading it. Avoid skimming over familiar passages that you might neglect a personal message from scripture
Choose your goals wisely and ask God to help you with them.
As we come to the close of 2018 and await the new-born year 2019 many will make New Year’s resolutions. Some will follow through with their resolutions while as much as eighty percent of our goals for the New Year fail. Many people decided not to make resolutions that become a distant memory.
It is not intended we be in constant behavior modification. The Bible explains that we should strive to change the condition of our hearts rather than our outward performance (Matthew 12:35). Continue reading “Spiritual Goals”
No matter your age or the season, it’s never too late to add healthy habits to your daily routine.
Whether it’s the start of a new year, a birthday, spiritual new beginning, or just the changing seasons, we humans tend to look for opportunities to wipe the proverbial slate clean and start again.
For some, that may mean jump-starting an exercise regimen or eating well. For others, it may mean a commitment to spending more quality time with family and friends. Continue reading “Fresh Start Solutions – Health”
As we have seen in observation and interpretation leading up to the application of what the Bible explains to us about God’s desires for His children and His rules. It is not as simple as reading a book on the Civil War or a Harlequin romance. Too often the study of the Bible ends with these two steps.
Often the study of the Bible becomes like a logjam at interpretation. We live in a world drowning in a sea of information where we do not have to be deprived of knowledge, somewhere somebody has searched out the desired information. No longer do we search for the proverbial needle in a haystack. It is not so much not having information available on how can we apply the information to our l Continue reading “Deeper Application of Scripture”
What is advent?
As we draw nearer to the time when we celebrate the birth of Jesus, we hear about the advent season. How much do we really know what advent means?
Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before Christmas day with the lighting of a candle each Sunday. Candles are a special symbolic institution of the Christian Church. The Old Testament (Exodus 40:5, 25) the first temple of God on earth were held using lamps as the Lord had ordained. New Testament Church’s the lighting of the candle was included in the service without fail. Continue reading “Advent – Is Meaning”
“For the word of God is alive and active sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow, it judges the thoughts and attributes of the heart’ Hebrews 4:12 ESV.
This is the first of five articles about Bible study. Today we look at why we need to study the Bible. Then we will cover how to observe Scripture, What do I see? How to interpret the Scripture. What does it mean? How does the Scripture apply to me and how does it apply to others? Ending the series with methods of Bible study. Continue reading “Why We Need to Study the Bible”
Living By The Book – A Book Review
Posted on November 18, 2018 by admin
Two years ago I was in a Bible reading rut. I would read a passage of Scripture and not understand its meaning.
While we were ‘snow birds’ in Florida we went shopping at an outlet mall in Saint Augustine. As was our normal procedure the wife, and I split up to do our individual shopping.
I finished before she did and I went to the food court to read. I noticed four men at a table and they each had a Bible open along with another book. They were in deep discussion. Continue reading “Living By The Book – A Book Review”
How Do We Apply Scripture to Our Daily Life?
Let the word of Christ richly dwell within you, with all wisdom teaching and admonishing one another with psalms and hymns and spiritual songs sing with thankfulness in your hearts to God. Colossians 3:16. NASB.
As you read Colossians 3:16, do you wonder, “How do I make this part of Scripture relevant today?” When reading the Bible, it becomes relevant through the practice of application.
This verse has three specific applications of Christ’s word dwelling in our life today. The first two aspects are joined: teaching and admonition. Christ’s words instruct us, which is teaching. At the same time Christ’s can show us where we have gone wrong. His word gives us guidance on how to correct mistakes in what we believe and what we do. Continue reading “Bible Study – Step Three Application”
Interpreting the Bible
Before we can interpret the writings of the Bible’s authors we need to define “interpret”. According to the dictionary interpret means: 1) to give or provide the meaning of; explain; explicate; elucidate, 2) To construe or understand in a particular way and 3) To bring out the meaning of (a dramatic work, writing, music, etc.) by performance or execution. To interpret the Bible, we want to provide the meaning of the passage, to understand it and to bring out its meaning. Continue reading “Bible Study – Step Two “Interpreting”
Bible Study – Observation Techniques
Today we are looking into how to observe Scripture to better understand its meaning.
We want to become like a detective searching for clues to the way Sherlock Holmes or any other detective of note. We all love a good mystery story, especially the chase scenes with the successful capture of the bad guy(s). Continue reading “Bible Study – Step One “Observation””