All in Scripture Spotlight
You know what the most popular verse is in the Bible? John 3:16? Psalm 23? Ezekiel 23:20?
According to BibleStudyTools.com the most popular verse in the Bible is Jeremiah 29:11.
Using the power of Google let's chart the rise of Jeremiah 29 in our modern culture. It began shortly after a historic presidential election.
No one likes to dwell on their failures or mistakes. It hurts. In fact, many times we rush though the lamenting process, desiring to feel better as soon as possible. But lamenting is important, it is a vital first step in the process of learning from and changing our behavior. This is a process of lamenting, repenting, and cementing.
An overview of the book of Lamentations to prepare you for our upcoming series: Learning Lament - Faith and Sadness of Biblical Proportions. Let's set the stage:
Our response to hardship could be to hide/ lay low or give up. We can put our faith in material things to distract ourselves from reality, but reality is we cannot go on without God. How will we know God’s voice in the chaos when we never took the time to hear it in the quiet?
Many people can quote the maxim on the love of money and how it can lead to all types of immorality and vileness. And while it is oft quoted, it is oft misunderstood. I misunderstand it, too. I get the underlying premise - pursuing riches leads to a sin-filled life. But I am far away from a full understanding.
Many trinitarians have a lacking understanding of the Holy Spirit, making Him less than a person, which compromises their theology of the trinity. I think that a lack of teaching on the Holy Spirit has left people lacking in their understanding of who He is, to the point that He is no longer a who.
A large part of the Christian faith is that Jesus was and is in fact God. Some groups want to say that Jesus was a really good person, a great teacher, and maybe a prophet. You might be thinking, “what’s it matter if He wasn't God He still did great things, believing that is what matters right?” No.
It is, perhaps, the preeminent question of Christianity. Why did Jesus have to die? With many questions in theology, this question has numerous answers and infinite follow-up questions. The answers will always depend on how you approach the question.
If you know anything about the Bible it is probably that Adam and Eve ate an apple, made God mad, and ruined everything. At least that is the story I remember being told as a kid. The very first sin, the preeminent sin was eating a forbidden fruit. Or so I thought.
Throughout our series "Bones of our Beliefs" we're discussing what we believe and why we believe it. As a parent, I believe it's important to also explain what you believe and why to your children. This week we discuss how we believe that in 6 days, God created everything!
“I AM” has nothing to do with who we are and everything to do with who God is. God is the only God who is and was and is to come. The power of the I AM is not a power that comes from us but the power from the only Being that was not created and stands outside of time to be eternally self-sufficient and self-existent.
Reviewing your core beliefs is healthy, both as a church and as an individual. For the next few weeks, the EC crew is doing just that by walking through the Bones of our Belief. You cannot act in a way that is consistent with your belief unless you know the consistency of your beliefs.
Josh and I recently attended a conference entitled "Everyday Worship: How God Brings the Bible to Life" hosted by the Christian Counseling & Educational Foundation (CCEF). There were 4 amazing sessions, but the one session that stood out to me was entitled "Learning to ask the right questions."
I think about death a lot. I believe that I have struggled with depression for over 10 years and there have been plenty of times where I thought it would just be better for be to be dead. to be honest, I often want to just give up. I often do not want to be alive anymore.
What happens when you die? Is there such a thing as the afterlife? These are questions we have probably asked before or at the very least heard someone else ask. But I don't want to talk about life after death, I want to try to answer a question that Christians sometimes ignore: Is there death after life?
Talking about sex in church is usually reserved for special youth group services or great publicity stunts. In my 30 years of church attendance, there is one sexual topic I have yet to hear about from the pulpit: How much God loves whores.
The idea of self-control has always been interesting to me. I've heard it referred to as restraint, willpower, and discipline. Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit, so it must be good for us, right? Yes, as long as it is Godly self-control and not controlling ones self. What's the difference?
Based on the biblical accounts, I think that it is clear that Jesus was seen as a rebel since He did not follow all of Jewish convention but was not seen as a threat by the Roman government, but as an opportunity to get ahead.
The Bible is a collection of books and the authors of these books utilize different genre’s to get their point across. Just like any other literature, the way we understand different genres is different from genre to genre. Here is part two of our introduction to studying your Bible.
TL;DR: If Christianity is what you are going to stake your life on, why wouldn’t you be willing to know what the book it all comes from actually says?