The Bible is inseparable to the Christian. It alone tells of God and Satan, sin and righteousness, Jesus and sacrifice, life and worship, the church and the world, Heaven and Hell. In fact, the only way to go to Heaven is to follow the Bible. In this sense the Bible is a road map to Heaven. We can’t get there if we are not familiar with, and actively using the map. Where are you on Heaven’s road? If you are unsure, or haven’t checked lately, remember the benefits for studying your Bible.
Time is precious, once spent, it cannot be reclaimed. Everyone either knows or comes to know this at some point in their life. The Bible is clear that we have only one life to use for the glory of God or to waste on the things of the world. This decision is huge and will determine our receiving either the reward or punishment on judgment day for all eternity
The men of the Bible had many things that they were thankful for, such as Jesus’ sacrifice, the hope of Heaven, and God’s love that we share still today (2 Corinthians 9:15, Colossians 3:17). In addition, they were also able to be thankful for things a little harder for us to relate to such as, rough circumstances like being beaten and persecuted in the name of Christ (I Thess. 5:18, Philippians 1:12-14). Often these same men expressed their thankfulness to their audience, those reading their letters, and their brothers and sisters in Christ (1 Thessalonians 1:2, Colossians 1:3).
This week I’ve had the privilege to attend the 48th annual Memphis School of Preaching (MSOP) Lectureship. The theme for this year is “Still Standing, But Not Standing Still.” As of today (Tuesday), we have had a great two days of lectures. I’m looking forward to another great day tomorrow before I head home for Arnold.