Discipleship

Christ Will Not Be Supplemented

Christians are often tempted to search for beliefs and practices that will give them a “deeper experience” of their faith. And, as Qoheleth said, “There is nothing new under the sun.” Colossians 2 reminded me of this reality today. According to Colossians 2:16-23, first-century Christians were tempted to add Jewish rituals to Jesus. Consider the passage for yourself, Therefore let no one pass judgment on you in questions of food and drink, or with regard to a festival or a new moon…

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Let Your Hatred Be Without Hypocrisy

“O you who love the LORD, hate evil!” (Psalm 97:10a) Whether committed by a politician on Capitol Hill, a famous producer in New York City, or a professional athlete from your favorite team, evil should be hated by those who love the LORD. Our skin should not crawl less when we hear a story of evil actions by someone that we like or supported in the past. There should be parity in our repulsion over evil. When someone claiming to…

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My Top 3 Devotional Resources for Studying God’s Word

The devotional study of God’s Word is indispensable for a vibrant Christian life. Today, I want to share my top 3 devotional resources that help me dig deeper into God’s Word with more consistency. After acquiring a good study Bible, check out these resources for yourself and then let me know what resources help you study God’s Word more deeply: The M’Cheyne Reading Plan – The M’Cheyne Reading Plan comes from the work of Robert Murray M’Cheyne. A Scotsman born in the…

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Eight Tips for Selecting the Best Study Bible

Several years ago, I led a church through a study of Howard Hendricks’ wonderful book, Living by the Book: The Art and Science of Reading the Bible.To this day, I continue to return to his material on biblical interpretation. I highly recommend this book to all serious students of God’s Word. As for the topic of this blog post, I wanted to share Hendricks’ advice on selecting a Bible for Bible study. What follows below are the “ideal characteristics” of the…

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Jesus is Better than Your Bucket List

Before I die, I want to ______________. (Fill in the Blank) It is common to hear such expressions among Christians. We state, without much thought, that we hope that we get to do something or see something before we die. We call it our “bucket list,” which refers to the things that we want to do before we “kick the bucket.” The implication is that death will steal from us opportunities that we do not want to miss out on in this life. I understand this to a point, but I contend that…

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