Once we have been properly oriented to God with “Our Father in heaven,” we move into the first half of the prayer. The focus here is on God. If I could revert back to my frequent illustration of hiking; it is easy when you start your hike to ask God for things for yourself. Did…Continue reading Prayer Continues with Worship
Finally, as new believers learn to obey Scripture, they learn to trust it. Trust isn’t a decision. It is something earned over time. You can’t just trust the Bible. But here is the wonderful cycle that happens. You commit yourself to Jesus. You read his words, meditate on them, even memorize some of them, and…Continue reading What Do We Do with the Bible? (part 4) We Learn to Trust
Many of us have convinced ourselves that we can no longer memorize; our memory banks are filled up. But we can remember locker combinations from High School, birthdays of second cousins, pithy bumper stickers, and every cruel word anyone has ever said against us. Our memory banks are just fine. But Satan does not want…Continue reading What Do We Do with the Bible? (part 3) We Memorize It
Along with helping new followers of Christ read the Bible, we need to help them learn to meditate on it. Of course, for many CHristians, this means we ourselves have to learn to mediate on it. There are many times when Robin, my wife, will tell me things that take time to process. I need…Continue reading What Do We Do with the Bible? (part 2) We Meditate on It
In our series on helping new believers get started in the right direction, we have moved to what we can learn about God from what we read. But this information is not academic — it must lead to action. So what four things can we tell new Christians they should do with the Bible? The…Continue reading What Do We Do with the Bible? (part 1): We Read It!