Listen to God Preaching

“Holy Scripture, the inspired Word (message) of the living God, may truly be described as God preaching… All that Bible writers tell us about God and man, God himself tells us, for the sacred text is not just man’s witness to God, but is also, and indeed primarily, God’s own witness to himself, given us in this human form. Everything in Scripture teaches us something of the Father’s plan, something of the ministry and majesty of the Son as fulfiller of it, and something too about the gift and glory of eternal life, and the way to set forth God’s praise. Furthermore, it teaches it as from God himself.”

J.I. Packer, Engaging the Written Word of God, 310

The book I recommend to better understand how to read the Bible is Reading the Bible Supernaturally, by John Piper.

Face to Face

The early church was stronger relationally for not being able to text each other. Surprised? Actually, the more modern technology advances, the more we appear to be adversely affected relationally. In her book Alone Together: Why We Expect More from Technology and Less from Each Other, author Sherry Turkle explains why: “We are changed as technology offers us substitutes for connecting with each other face-to-face…As we instant message, e-mail, text, and Twitter, technology redraws the boundaries between intimacy and solitude……

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Read the Bible as a Book

“God does not intend Bible reading to function simply as a drug for fretful minds. The reading of Scripture is intended to awaken our minds, not send them to sleep. God asks us to approach Scripture as his Word—a message addressed to rational creatures, people with minds, a message we cannot expect to understand without thinking about it. ‘Come now, and let us reason together,’ said God to Judah through Isaiah (Isa. 1:18), and he says the same to us…

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Marvel at the Wonder of Your Wife

“Likewise, husbands, live with your wives in an understanding way, showing honor to the woman as the weaker vessel, since they are heirs with you of the grace of life, so that your prayers may not be hindered.” 1 Peter 3:7 This verse and these commands, when applied daily, are meant to have a transforming effect on a marriage. John Piper said it well, “We don’t marvel enough at the wonder of our wives.” Peter wrote this to provoke fresh…

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At Every Turn of the Page, Rely on God

“What I mean is that the act of reading, in order to be done as God intended, must be done in dependence on God’s supernatural help. The Bible gives two decisive reasons: Satan and sin. That is, we have a blinding enemy outside and a blinding disease inside. Together these two forces make it impossible for human beings to read the Bible, as God intended, without supernatural help. “It is crucial we realize this. It seems to me that thousands…

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