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Most Bible Study lessons are written by people who do something else as their primary occupation. They are pastors who write Bible Study lessons, or professors at Bible colleges that write Bible Study lessons, or housewives that write Bible Study lessons on the side. In contrast, I have devoted most of my adult life to Bible Study […]

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Prefer discussion Bible Study rather than lecture?

If you prefer a good discussion about the application biblical truth to a lecture, you have come to the right place. The popular series Good Questions Have Groups Talking might be for you. Good Questions correspond with three of Lifeway’s curriculum outlines. They can be used stand-alone or supplementally to Lifeway Curriculum. (The International Standard […]

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Maximizing Social Media for the Gospel

Should you do good works publically with the goal of being seen by men? Before you answer, consider this verse: In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:16 (NIV2011) [Emphasis added.] Not so sure? A good first step […]

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The Habit of Discipleship

Christian living comes down to making a handful of disciplines into habits. The disciplines are not Christian living; they are only the scaffolding that support Christian living. Christian living is not about doing certain religious things. Christian living is about walking in grace. It is about walking on purpose. It is about basking in acceptance. […]

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Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

One more great from Ortberg’s Oh, the Places You’ll Go!: Abram and Sarai, today is the day! So get your dad, Terah, and get on your way. You will wander like nomads, and I even think maybe You might have a nonagenarian baby. You’ll be marked by your faith, you’ll be marked by a vision, […]

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One More On Reward

What I have been saying about reward—it is not just my opinion; it is the opinion of smart people. Here is how John Piper says he discovered this truth in C.S. Lewis’s writing: Before I saw these things in the Bible, C. S. Lewis snagged me when I wasn’t looking. I was standing in Vroman’s Bookstore […]

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More On Reward

I read this in a commentary last night: If people serve God only for what they get out of it, then they are not serving God at all, they are only serving themselves by making God their servant.3 It sounds good. It preaches well. It reminds me of the saying by the preacher, “God is […]

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Serving God For Reward

Satan asked God, “Does Job serve God for nothing?” Implication: if you serve God for reward—that is bad. Notice it is Satan that asked this question. God is all about reward. The original covenant with Abraham emphasizes that God will bless Abraham. In Genesis 15.1 we read that God is Abraham’s great reward. The promise […]

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God Wants To Bless Your Socks Off

Note the repetition of the word great: I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. Genesis 12:2 Imagine how you would feel if God came and said this to you: I will make you great. I will make […]

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Leaving The Familiar

Following God often means leaving the familiar. Notice three things Abraham left: The LORD had said to Abram, “Go from your country, your people and your father’s household to the land I will show you.” Genesis 12:1 Leave your country. Have you ever been to a foreign country? It is a little unsettling when everything […]

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Don’t Stop Half-Way

I had never noticed Genesis 11.31: Terah took his son Abram, his grandson Lot son of Haran, and his daughter-in-law Sarai, the wife of his son Abram, and together they set out from Ur of the Chaldeans to go to Canaan. But when they came to Haran, they settled there. Genesis 11:31 Terah was Abraham’s […]

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Plans Have Their Place

Planning has its place. Consider these verses: Any enterprise is built by wise planning, becomes strong through common sense, and profits wonderfully by keeping abreast of the facts.  Proverbs 24:3–4 (The Living Bible) Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you […]

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Embracing uncertainty, part 2

Just as this book was about to ship, John Ortberg released his book, Oh, the Places You’ll Go!  He has a great description of the life of Abraham. I highly recommend the book. Here is an excerpt: Where are these places you want me to go? When will I get there? How will I know? […]

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Embracing Uncertainty, Part 3

There is a reason why the idea of embracing uncertainty makes us uncomfortable. Modern brain science reveals that our brains are hard-wired to hate uncertainty: Neuroscience research is revealing that the state of not being certain is an extremely uncomfortable place for our brains to live: The greater the uncertainty, the worse the discomfort. What […]

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Embracing Uncertainty

When you follow God, you never know where you are going. It is not like driving with an old-fashioned Rand-McNally map book where you can lay it out and see the whole thing. You can turn to state maps and city maps to see more detail. Following God is like driving with a GPS on […]

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Rooted $1.99

Rooted, (Kindle edition) is on sale for $1.99 this week. Our family recently took a vacation. On the way, we passed some palm trees that were propped up by 2 X 4s. I had these trees on my mind when we arrived at our destination in Charleston, S.C. We took a tour of the Lagare […]

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How People Grow

During my own “hitting bottom” experience, I (Henry) went to dinner with a Christian friend. I told him how depressed I had been and how much I felt God had let me down. I had asked God to help me, and I wasn’t feeling any better. I had thought that if you prayed, God would […]

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Saved to sin no more

God not only saves us from the penalty of sin; He also saves us from the power of sin. Once we are saved, we no longer have to sin. As the old hymn writer put it, we are “saved to sin no more.” Before you are saved, you don’t have a choice; you are a […]

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