"Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up with it and choked the plants. Still other seed fell on good soil. It came up and yielded a crop, a hundred times more than was sown" -- Luke 8:7-8.
In Moses’ account from Deuteronomy 1, the Lord records one of the most curious Bible factoids you could ever imagine. From the starting point at Mount Horeb (at right) to the destination the Israelites ended up 40 years later, the trip was described in Deuteronomy 1:2 as an 11-day journey! Wow! In other words, just past the shores of the Red Sea from Mount Horeb, to Canaan’s land is an 11-day journey by foot. And yet the Israelites wandered 40 years in the desert to get from point A to point B!
Have you been stuck each morning wondering what to read in the Bible? Perhaps you’ve opened your Bible on a windy day, hoping the pages turn themselves to the right scripture. Maybe you started reading Song of Solomon because you’re really into music, or you’re flipping aimlessly through the Psalms because they’re quick and enriching.
Disciples in at least five countries are one-third of the way through the 30-day Bible challenge! A Bible Talk in Malaysia is reading the plan together, along with people in Canada, the US, Switzerland, and South Africa.
Are you thinking of reading through the Bible this year? Consider joining me in my 30-day "Through The Bible" plan. Especially if you're an avid reader, exploring the entire Bible in a short amount of time illuminates the unchanging nature of God, the theme of the Gospel, and the wonderful truth of Jesus, in both testaments.
Anyone who wants to work on improving their relationship with God must surely try to understand him better, try to find out what is important to him, and if possible, the reason, "Why?"
About 20 years ago, soon after I was baptized, I struggled with the big why question: “Why does God expect so much from us and yet seems to accept so little?” I had just read a DPI book called First...the Kingdom. It was a verse by verse analysis of the greatest and most challenging message that Jesus ever preached, the Sermon on the Mount.
I love New England! The people, the cities, the sports teams, the amazing food! Hiking a mountain one day, camping in the forest the next and relaxing at the beach the following day! There is no place quite like it in the world. My wife and I love it here!
"Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love. This is how God showed his love among us: He sent his one and only Son into the world that we might live through him. This is love: not that we loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as an atoning sacrifice for our sins. Dear friends, since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us." -- 1 John 4: 7-12
"Therefore, brothers, by the mercies of God, I urge you to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God; this is your spiritual worship. Do not be conformed to this age, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may discern what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God." -- Romans 12:1-2
“Those who love their own life will lose it; those who hate their own life in this world will keep it for life eternal. Whoever wants to serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honor anyone who serves me.” -- John 12:25-26
You’re not ready. You may have convinced yourself that you are, but you’re not. Like most people have confessed with their mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and proceed to be plunged in water as a profession to deny oneself, you believe that you will imitate Christ. That you, a former unaware and/or unabashed sinner, will proverbially carry your cross through your streets and place of work and not only profess the name of Jesus, but somehow be the B+ reincarnated version of Him through your weak, 27% body fat frame.