Category: The Bible

Speaking Bible

There are a variety of ways to be obnoxious in our interactions with people. One of them is to always speak in holy tones as if we are super spiritual. Another is to use trite Christian phrases when we greet people, such as, “How’s the Lord...

Rising Early with George Muller

I want to encourage all believers to get into the habit of rising early to meet with God. How much time should be allowed for rest? No rule of universal application can be given because all persons do not require the same amount of sleep. Also...

Serious Bible Readers Are Not Serious Sinners

I’ll start by making a bold assertion: The true Christian who becomes absorbed in the study of God’s word, who spends the largest percentage of his otherwise unallocated time in serious, concentrated and thoughtful Bible reading, who orders his life around this pursuit and the behaviors...

Getting the Word Out: Strategically Distributing Bibles

1.7 billion. That’s the staggering number of Bibles and New Testaments the Gideons have distributed throughout the world since 1908. In the past 10 years alone, they have given away over 700 million. Who hasn’t seen a Gideons’ Bible in a hotel drawer? For some, it...

Beware of Study Bibles

I like resources that help me understand the Bible. My collection of commentaries grows yearly. The amount of books I own addressing various areas of theology numbers in the hundreds. There are a couple of websites that I visit regularly where numerous Bible study tools are...

What to Ask Myself Before I Teach the Bible

The results of our teaching are entirely God’s business. But it is our business to be as prepared as possible. This not only means that we must know our subject, but that we must be spiritually-minded and intentional. The following are questions to ask yourself before...

Why a “Paper” Bible is Better than a Bible App at Church Meetings

Technology is useful in the church. For example, I Skyped in recently to my congregation’s Sunday gathering when I was too sick to attend. I was strengthened by what I heard, and they happily avoided my virus. But technology is not valuable in every circumstance. I’m...

Serving Preachers and Teachers of the Bible

Those with speaking gifts in the church appreciate your compliments, but they also need your service. Not Much of a Preacher, But… Ting Li Mei was such a powerful preacher that he became known as “China’s Moody.” He became interested in the missions work of James...

How to Tell a Bible Story

I remember one of the first times I ever heard a Bible story deliberately told to me as an adult. I was sitting in one of our house church meetings, and my brother and sister began telling the story of Jesus’ passion from the end of...

Getting the Most Out of the Public Reading of Scripture

Some of the ladies of the first church I pastored started digging around in their purses the moment I announced the passage of Scripture I was going to read. It was a nearly synchronized hunt for a piece of gum. Usually, they offered a piece to...