King David knew that -sleeping or waking – God alone kept him safe. How about you? How about me? When awake, do we relax “as if asleep”? (See Psalms 4:8.)Read more
Coping With LifeView All Coping with Life Posts
Most people miss the Bible’s practicality. This is particularly true when we consider how to deal with life’s daily challenges. We find our relationships marred by anger, fear, hurt, and frustration. How do we cope? We live in a world that often disappoints and sometimes seems empty. Where is the joy? We encounter a God who does things that we don’t understand and that He doesn’t always explain. How do we trust Him? These posts explore our concerns.
Exploring the BibleView All Exploring the Bible Posts
Take a careful look with me at the Bible and at the God behind the pages of this book He has crafted. In these posts we’ll examine the original meaning of biblical words, learn how to study a biblical text, look closely at the character of God, and reflect on how biblical truth impacts our lives.
Jesus is always there but often unnoticed. We need to learn to pay attention and sense His presence. If we don’t, He fades out of view.Read more
Helping OthersView All Helping Others Posts
In these posts we’ll explore practical skills, perspectives, and wisdom essential to the art of helping others as we walk with them through the issues we all face. We’ll look at psychological disorders through a biblical lens, compare and contrast Jesus and “the shrinks,” learn what God says about skillful interactions, and gain wisdom and confidence in our battle against evil.
Many years ago I met with a married woman who was deeply in love – but not with her husband. Torn between that love and her guilt, she had reached the end of her rope.
She hadn’t stopped her affair for a very good reason. She hated the sin, but (and this is what kept her involved in it) she thought that giving up her sin meant giving up her longing to be cherished. She really did hate the sin. She just couldn’t figure out how to stop it without this deep sense of losing something that shouldn’t be lost.Read more
Quotes & ReviewsView All Quotes & Reviews Posts
Many voices – authors and speakers, shrinks, and preachers – advise us on how live productive and meaningful lives. Some realistically weave together issues of the spirit, mind, and body and accurately reflect biblical truth. Their perspectives have deeply enriched my life and ministry.
Others address mental and physical issues but neglect, minimize, or distort deeper – and more basic – spiritual concerns. Still others address spiritual concerns but disregard physiological or mental realities. Here you can read reviews of what these voices are telling us and find significant quotes from their works.See the most recent post from Quotes & Reviews below.
Billy Graham asks “What testimony are you passing on to those following you?” and guides us to live our days to ensure that we’re “finishing well.”
Theme StudiesView All Theme Studies Posts
Certain ideas – themes – permeate the bible. God seems to tell thousands of unrelated stories, but that’s not true. God tells very few stories. Instead, He tells same stories again and again, varying the settings and characters, but never varying the key ideas He wants to emphasize. Once you learn to think thematically, God’s repetitions will pop off of page after biblical page, and you’ll find the bible suddenly less confusing, more fascinating, and amazingly consistent.
Here you’ll find surveys of important biblical themes, each presented as a series of related posts.
God models forgiveness for us by sending away hate (and substituting love), by sending away self-protectiveness (and replacing it with vulnerability), and by sending away vengeance (and in its place doing good). Substituting love for hate makes sense (difficult as it is to do). Replacing self-protectiveness with vulnerability raises more concerns. But sending away vengeance and doing good to one who’s wronged us? Nobody wants to do that. It seems so … unfair. It’s so unlike us – and so like God.Read more