How Do You Feel, Think, and Regard the Bible?

An unknown (at least to me) writer penned these words regarding The Bible:  "This Book is the mind of God, the state of man, the way of salvation, the doom of sinners, and the happiness of believers.  Its doctrines are holy, its precepts are binding; its histories are true, and its decisions are immutable.  Read it to be wise, believe it to be safe, practice it to be holy.  It contains light to direct you, food to support you, and comfort to cheer you.  It is the traveler's map, the pilgrim's staff, the pilot's compass, the soldier's sword, and the Christian's character.  Here paradise is restored, heaven opened, and the gates of hell disclosed.  Christ is its grand subject, our good its design, and the glory of God its end.  It should fill the memory, rule the heart, and guide the feet.  Read it slowly, frequently, prayerfully.  It is a mine of wealth, a paradise of glory, and a river of pleasure.  Follow its precepts and it will lead you to Calvary, to the empty tomb, to a resurrected life in Christ; yes, to glory itself, for eternity.” 

Regarding these things, please carefully consider the following….

 

“Tools”

I’ve bought, borrowed, owned, loaned, used, sold, and given away literally tons of tools in my lifetime.  There are a few lessons I’ve learned over the years regarding them that might be useful…

 

The Greatest Power (and failure) of the Human Mind

“The greatest power of the human mind is the ability to justify self.”  Here’s why this is so…

 

Enthusiasm for / with God

Our English word “enthusiasm” has etymological ties to a combination of Greek words (the original language of the New Testament).  The Greek word “ein” is in or within, and “theos” is god. Somewhat literally, then, “enthusiasm” is to have “God in/within” us!  Although I know of no New Testament passage that contains the Greek or English word “enthusiasm,” there are a few that seem to definitely include the idea.  Let’s note a few examples, paying particular attention to the surrounding circumstances or associated activities…

 

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Men’s One-Day Study: “How to Constructively Deal with Homosexuality”

This material was also presented as a part of our twice a year Men's One-Day Study.  As with previous efforts in this series, it was originally designed for preachers, but is open to any men interested in studying God's word in a more advanced way.  This particular study was specially written and delivered to help preachers, elders, deacons, and fathers deal with the subject of homosexuality in a constructive and productive way.  The session topics covered are: Thinking Through Homosexuality; Adolescent Motivations for Homosexuality; Homosexuality and the Bible; and Constructively Dealing with Homosexuality.  An Appendix of additional resource articles (both true and some that are included only for illustrative purposes) is also included.   After you download it, but BEFORE you decide to print it, please understand that this is a Word file consisting of 51 pages (over 24,500 words).

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“Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

- Philippians 4:6-7

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