THE TWO MOST COMFORTING WORDS IN THE BIBLE

THE TWO MOST COMFORTING WORDS IN THE BIBLE by Michael Horton for Core Christianity America likes winners, not losers; triumph, not tragedy. Friedrich Nietzsche and Ted Turner have argued that Christianity is for losers, but pop Christianity in America has been trying desperately to convince everybody that this just isn’t the case. Become a Christian and you’ll be unfailingly happy, upbeat, in charge, with health, wealth and happiness; self-esteem, victory over debt and bad marriages and families. Meanwhile, we put our elderly, the terminally ill, those caught in the cycle…

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HOW NOT TO GET THE BIBLE WRONG

HOW NOT TO GET THE BIBLE WRONG by S. M. Baugh for Core Christianity The Bible is a story and like any story, it has a beginning progressing to an end. Some people treat the Bible like a static collection of “do’s” and “don’ts” or as a theological handbook on successful living or such. In fact, it is a story about God and his dealings with the world he created from the beginning to end. But to say that it is a story does not mean a fairy tale—it is…

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4 Ways to Do (Bible-Centered) Family Worship

4 Ways to Do (Bible-Centered) Family Worship by JORDAN STONE for The Gospel Coalition Psalm 127:4 likens children to arrows. Arrows begin as unformed wood, knotty and rugged. They need reforming and refining if they are to fly straight and hit their target. Children—spiritual arrows—need the sanctifying truth of God’s Word so their souls can soar toward the goal of the Christian life: conformity to Christ (Rom. 8:29). How can parents mold their children after God’s character? Regular feeding on Christ in Lord’s Day worship is the proper starting point. Constant…

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A COMMON MISTAKE TO AVOID WHEN READING THE BIBLE

A COMMON MISTAKE TO AVOID WHEN READING THE BIBLE by Sinclair B. Ferguson for Core Christianity Sinclair Ferguson draws a striking contrast between helpful and unhelpful Bible reading. One mistake Bible readers often make is letting their time reading the Bible focus on their own Christian life. They read the Bible and think about their own lives more than what the Bible is actually saying. Ferguson calls on readers to focus on learning the message of the Scriptures. Every passage and book of the Bible has a message that we should seek to uncover…

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5 MYTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE

5 MYTHS ABOUT THE BIBLE by Chris Bruno for Core Christianity Myth #1: The text and translation of the Bible is completely unreliable. In a Newsweek article a few years back, the author claimed, “No television preacher has ever read the Bible. Neither has any evangelical politician. Neither has the pope. Neither have I. And neither have you. At best, we’ve all read a bad translation—a translation of translations of translations of hand-copied copies of copies of copies of copies, and on and on, hundreds of times.” I hope this is hyperbole…

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Community: How We Come To Know God

Community: How We Come To Know God Studying the Word is one thing, living and spreading the Word is an altogether different experience. We can read all we want and have the words on a page create images, scenes and situations in our minds eye all day long, however, when a person begins verbally expressing what the Word has done, or what the Word is attempting to do, with our lives this is when we begin to experience the fullness of God’s joy. If you have been following along for…

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WHAT EPHESIANS TEACHES US ABOUT OUR PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

WHAT EPHESIANS TEACHES US ABOUT OUR PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE by Edward T. Welch for Core Christianity The Rich Story of Scripture You probably have a friend or family member who has told the same story dozens of times, but somehow, each time, you are still interested in hearing it. Stories that have this kind of staying power are not simply entertaining. They are instructive. They are about the past but affect the present and might even point the way to a future. That’s what we want to do with…

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7 Ways to Read the Bible When You Really Don’t Feel Like It

7 Ways to Read the Bible When You Really Don’t Feel Like It by CHANSHI CHIBWE for Charisma News We’ve all been there. You’re sitting and staring with the Bible on your lap, idly flipping through pages waiting for inspiration to strike—it doesn’t. You try again—still nothing. You can’t seem to get into a healthy groove of reading the Word lately. And that’s only if you’ve made it so far as to actually open it. You are one of millions who confess to struggling to read the Bible in their…

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Collateral Resurrection

Collateral Resurrection Somedays are simply amazing, while others, not so much. Who gets to decide what kind of day they are going to have? Last night was spent in ministry with some gentlemen that I don’t know and they don’t know me. We prayed, laughed, cried, prayed some more and by the end of the hour and half time spent together we drew a little closer to one another. Thursday nights have become a blessing in life that no words can describe. It is an amazing situation that God has…

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