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Growing In Wisdom

I just finished reading Luke 2. It was the last verse in the chapter that caught my attention. “And Jesus kept increasing in wisdom and stature and in favor with God and men.” This statement was made after the story of how the boy Jesus was found in the temple, discussing spiritual things with the teachers. Jesus as God knew everything yet had to learn the ways of God when he was small here on earth. Apparently he devoted himself to this task from his youth. This is evident in this passage and by the fact that He countered the devil’s tempting with scripture. He obviously was very familiar with the Bible of His day.

As Christians we are supposed to be like Jesus. This includes the studying and memorizing of scripture. Yet many of us don’t do this. The benefits are enormous. What comes to mind immediately is Psalm 119:11, “Thy word I have treasured in my heart, that I may not sin against Thee.” So memorizing scripture is a defense against temptation and sin. It helps us lead a life that resembles Jesus’ life and is pleasing to God.


What is a Disciple?

This weekend I was wondering what most people think a disciple is. I wish more people were reading and contributing to this blog. I could get some answers as to what many people this a disciple is and does.

The answers are not coming quickly. So this evening I sent our a few emails and depending on the responses I get, I may send a few more. If you are reading this please respond.

What Do You Believe

My friend and I were conversing the other day about the condition of the church in America. we areed that many of the people that call themselves Christians do not behave like Christians. (It is not my intent here to illustrate Christian behavior.) We agreed that the most common cause for this is that “Christians” don’t know what they believe or why they believe it.

This can be ilustrated by by reviewing the research done by the Barna Research Group. In point review the report publiched in December by Barna titled, “Six Megathemes Eemerge from Barna Research in 2010. This report is just an review of more detailed research, but this report just tickles the problems rampant in the church today.

The reason for this post is to get all of us to think. What should you think about? Ponder this; “Who is God?”

What is Abundant Life?

Sonny, started this line of thought with his observation that most evangelistic methods/techniques that he has seen are all about finding out if the person wants to go to heaven. Sonny’s question then became “Do we serve a God of the living or a God of the dead?” Jesus answered that question even before it was asked. In Mark 12:27 Jesus informed the  Sadducees that they are mistaken in their question because God is not the God of the dead, but of the living. So, the diagnostic “When you die, will you go to heaven?” is irrelevent. By preaching the “Good News” after that question is basically asking a person to live their life in anticipation of death. In John chapter 10, Jesus said “I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly.” He didn’t say that He cameso that they couldgo to heaven.

Is this abundant life something that people that are “in theworld” would want? Why or why not? What is abundant life? What are it’s benefits? Has your life been made richer through knowing Jesus? Have you experienced this “abundant life”?

Time to Start My Study of Matthew

Well I said that I would start studying the book of Matthew this month. I will probably do a chapter a week. That seems kind of slow learning. At that rate it will take six months to get through the Bible. I’m glad I read through the Bible every year as part of my daily devotional.

Anyway I started last night by reviewing the Inductive Bible Study method. Particulary, I pay attention to the Observation part of the method. Observation isn’t the most important part of the method but without it the most important part, Application, cannot be accomplished.

I have my marking pencils, I have my concordance, my notebook, of course my Bible, and a commentary. I will only go to the conmmentar after I think I understand what the chapter is saying. Then it is only to gains some insights that I missed and  Determine what questions that I didn’t ask. A good commentary can also reveal “stinkin’ thinkin'”.

Time to get reading.

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