How to pray in the Spirit – Jude 17-25, Part 3

What is prayer like for you? Do you spend much time praying? And when you pray, what do you actually do? How much do you talk? How much do you listen? As we continue our series through Jude 17-25, we’re learning how to be ready for Jesus to return, and the next practice Jude teachesContinue reading “How to pray in the Spirit – Jude 17-25, Part 3”

Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 1]

What are God’s desires for Christians?  He just wants us to pray and read the Bible, right?  Well, actually there are a lot of ideas about what God wants his people to do.   Unfortunately not all the ideas are based in Scripture. In fact, some of the ideas that Christians use to guide their lives,Continue reading “Christianity is not a religion, it’s a relationship? [False ideas Christians believe about…God’s desires for Christians. Part 1]”

This too shall pass? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 4]

Are the difficult times in life good or bad? You might read that and think, “How could difficult times ever be good?” Well, when we experience suffering, we tend to feel more helpless and needy and thus we pray more. Increased levels of communication with God, as with any relationship in which greater communication almostContinue reading “This too shall pass? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 4]”

God won’t give you more than you can handle? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 1]

If you’ve ever been going through a really difficulty time, you may have heard one of the following statements: God won’t give you more than you can handle. God helps those who help themselves. During times of suffering, you’ll be closer to God. This, too, shall pass. We hear them regularly, don’t we?  We interactContinue reading “God won’t give you more than you can handle? [False ideas Christians believe about…difficulty. Part 1]”

Practical suggestions for reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 5]

Did you know that a billionaire guy in England has built an amazing state of the art chocolate factory?  His chocolate is known for its astoundingly creamy taste, and he attributes this to his unique manufacturing process.  No other chocolate factory has anything like it.  It is a chocolate river that ends up in aContinue reading “Practical suggestions for reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 5]”

Examining the literal approach to reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 4]

Did you ever hear the phrase that we need to read the Bible literally? In part 3 of this series we saw that a literal reading of some parts of the Bible leads to very bizarre results. Maybe the concept of reading the Bible literally should mean something else? Take Jesus.  Jesus was a masterContinue reading “Examining the literal approach to reading the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 4]”

How genre is vital to the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 3]

We read the instruction manual for our car differently than we will read Shakespeare’s sonnets, right?  We read the Declaration of Independence different than we read Huckleberry Finn.  As we should.  The authors of each of those documents are utilizing different literary genres to accomplish a purpose.  Genre is a fancy word that just meansContinue reading “How genre is vital to the Bible [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 3]”

What is the Bible? [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 2]

What is the Bible? “Well, that’s obvious, Joel,” you might say, “the Bible is the Word of God.”  Yes, that is the obvious answer, but it is not enough.  It is true that the Bible is the Word of God, but it also needs some explanation that we don’t normally think about.  As we sawContinue reading “What is the Bible? [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 2]”

The Bible is not the only Word of God [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 1]

Did you know there is another more ancient Word of God than the Bible? Keep reading to learn about it. Last week I started a series in which I am looking at common sayings Christians use and believe, thinking those sayings are biblical, but they are actually false, not in the Bible.  OR the sayingsContinue reading “The Bible is not the only Word of God [False ideas Christians believe about…the Bible. Part 1]”

An embarrassing dream told me the truth about my life [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 1]

I want to tell you about a dream I had this week.  I’ve had a similar one before.  Maybe you’ve had one like this too.  My dream started as I was sitting in a chair at a pool party at a place I didn’t recognize.  At the party were some of my kids’ friends andContinue reading “An embarrassing dream told me the truth about my life [How God feels about our fear – Deuteronomy 31-34, part 1]”