Posted on Thursday, December 4, 2014 by Samuel
An intelligent heart acquires knowledge, and the ear of the wise seeks knowledge. (Proverbs 18:15 ESV)
For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, and virtue with knowledge, (2 Peter 1:5 ESV)
Researchers George Gallup and Jim Castelli have said: “Americans revere the Bible–but, by and large, they don’t read it. And because they don’t read it, they have become a nation of biblical illiterates.” Gallup and Castelli’s research shows the same trend among people who say they are Christians. Bible knowledge is decreasing, even among Christians.
Has the church become ineffectual in communicating the gospel of Jesus Christ? Is the modern church providing its members with the knowledge necessary to do battle with the philosophies of materialism and moral-relativism that have profoundly influenced our culture? Has the knowledge of Christ and Christianity been put on a back-burner?
Perhaps, the church has taken on too many ministries which have resulted in the neglect of serious Bible study. In Romans 15:14, Paul expresses his satisfaction with the Roman Christians because they were, “… filled with all knowledge and able to instruct one another.” Paul even prays for the Philippians (1:9) that their “… love may abound more and more, with knowledge and all discernment.” Continue reading
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Posted on Wednesday, December 3, 2014 by Samuel
Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign. Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel. (Isaiah 7:14 ESV)
But you, O Bethlehem Ephrathah, who are too little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose coming forth is from of old, from ancient days. (Micah 5:2 ESV)
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Posted on Tuesday, December 2, 2014 by Samuel
“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.” (Philippians 4:8 ESV)
Why do our minds need to be sanctified? Sanctification is needed because original sin and our own continual personal sins have darken our minds to man’s true purpose. Instead of glorifying God, we have chosen to ignore Him. The mind of man has been injured by original sin. Thus, man is comfortably ignorant of the truth and knowledge of God. Man’s mind is darkened by the corruption of original sin. This darkness of mind particularly impedes the hearing of the Word of God. The cause is found in Romans 1:18-21: Continue reading
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Posted on Saturday, November 29, 2014 by Samuel
Charles Haddon Spurgeon:
Some people like to read so many [Bible] chapters every day. I would not dissuade them from the practice, but I would rather lay my soul as oak in half a dozen verses all day than rinse my hand in several chapters. Oh, to be bathed in a text of Scripture, and to let it be sucked up in your very soul, till it saturates your heart!
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Posted on Friday, November 28, 2014 by Samuel
A. W. Tozer:
The Bible is not an end in itself, but a means to bring men to an intimate and satisfying knowledge of God, that they may enter into Him, that they may delight in His Presence, may taste and know the inner sweetness of the very God Himself in the core and center of their hearts.
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Posted on Thursday, November 27, 2014 by Samuel
Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth!
Serve the LORD with gladness!
Come into his presence with singing!
Know that the LORD, he is God!
It is he who made us, and we are his;
we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
Enter his gates with thanksgiving,
and his courts with praise!
Give thanks to him; bless his name!
For the LORD is good;
his steadfast love endures forever,
and his faithfulness to all generations.
(Psalm 100:1-5 ESV)
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Posted on Wednesday, November 26, 2014 by Samuel
We approach Scripture with minds already formed by the mass of accepted opinions and viewpoints with which we have come into contact, in both the Church and the world…It is easy to be unaware that it has happened; it is hard even to begin to realize how profoundly tradition in this sense has molded us.
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