It Is Impossible to Read the Bible “Reading the Bible should always be a supernatural act.
By ‘supernatural act,’ I don’t mean that humans are supernatural. We are not God, and we are not angels or demons. 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.”
An Eternal Expression of Love “The Father chose all of those who would be redeemed in humanity that are to be given to the Son as an expression of love. He wrote down their names in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Then, in time, the Father draws them. When the Father draws them, the sinners come; when they come the Son receives them. When He receives them, He keeps them and raises them on the last day to bring the plan to fruition. He must do this, according to verse 38: ‘For I have come down from heaven, not to do My own will, but the will of Him who sent Me.’ And this is the will of the One who sent Jesus: that of all the Father has given Him, He loses none, but raises each one up on the last day.”
Don’t Be a Do-Gooder: Pastoral Reflections on Goodness “The word “good” is nearly meaningless today. The cook will take it as a criticism when you tell him dinner was simply good. He’ll think if you really liked the meal, you’d have said it was terrific, fantastic, or awesome. Compared to adjectives like these, “good” is average at best.
This deflated understanding of good makes it harder for us to appreciate the Bible. For example, when Paul lists “goodness” as a piece of the fruit of the Spirit, we’re unimpressed. We know goodness matters, but it’s no longer vibrant and colorful. “Good” is like a white towel that’s been washed so many times it’s now a dull gray.
It’s time to recover the meaning of good.”
We Just Call ‘Em “Jam Bars”
Strawberry Pecan Shortbread Crumble Bars This is another one of my tried and true favorites. It’s great to whip up for a ladies’ brunch or Bible study.
For the Car Ride
The Psalms: Attractions & Difficulties “Today, W. Robert Godfrey begins a new series on one of the greatest treasures the Lord has given to His people-the Psalms.” (26 minutes)