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Friends: As most of you know, I love to write. And I have a lot of writing projects that I need to, I want to, pursue. Would you consider praying for me that God would lead me in my writing? I want to maximize my energies and produce what would be beneficial to God’s people and a blessing to Him! Here are several manuscript ideas “in the works.” Feel free to leave a comment on which one interests you the most. Thanks!
Friends Don’t Let Friends . . . Die! This is a multi-part study of the story of Lazarus, a good friend of Jesus, who dies. And Jesus could have prevented that from happening. This study deals with the important topics of friendship, suffering, and sovereignty.
A Five-Minute Theology: Daily Devotionals in the Basics of Belief This may sound a bit strange, but a lot can be accomplished in 5 minutes a day. My concept is 300 five-minute devotionals on the ten areas of theology (thirty each on Christology, Hamartiology, Ecclesiology, etc.). So in less than a year one can get a pretty good grasp on the fundamentals of the Christian faith. I’ll also produce 5-minute videos along the same line.
Insight from a Blind Man (A Study of John 9) This miracle — the most detailed account of a healing in all of Scripture — provides many practical lessons for the believer.
With Friends Like These . . . Job’s Friends and Religious Foolishness I’ve studied the book of Job — and preached on it — for years. I’m fascinated, not so much by Job’s suffering, as by the friends’ spiritually mugging him for thirty chapters! There are many lessons in this study about friendship and how poor theology can bring more hurt than healing.
Finding Deep Joy in a Sad, Shallow World (A Study of the Epistle to the Philippians) We know that the prominent word in this letter is joy. But what is joy? And how does it differ from happiness? A study of the dozen or so uses of that term will greatly help us in being a people of joy.
The Forgotten Third: Developing a Biblical Relationship with God the Holy Spirit This project will probably be the first under contract. Christians either overemphasize or overlook the Third Member of the Trinity. If He is truly personal, He can be spoken to. If He is fully divine, He can and should be worshiped. Learning of His various ministries to believer and unbeliever is key to developing a relationship with Him, for we are to enjoy the “fellowship of the Spirit” (2 Cor. 13:14).
Would you consider praying for God’s leading in my life and in my writing? Thank you!
“I was going through and deciding what passages were worth emphasizing,” explained Barber, “but then I thought about how this is all the inspired Word of God. Am I supposed to say of some of God’s Word, ‘Eh. That’s just not worth remembering’? So I highlighted all of it, because it’s all great.”
Greg Hawkins, a theologian, said this was ridiculous. “Even God would admit that most of the Bible is just filler verses,” he said. “Especially the Old Testament. I mean, a lot of that just never gets quoted and will never in a million years end up on an inspirational poster with a picture of a sunset in the background.” Hawkins explained that the proper way to read the Bible is to pick out the “good stuff,” highlight that, and only ever read the rest when doing an in-depth Bible study on that particular chapter.
Barber, though, disagreed. “When I open my Bible, I can clearly see the important parts as I highlighted it — and it’s all of it. If you ask me what my favorite Bible verse is, it’s a 31,102-way tie.”
BOSTON, MA—According to sources, local man Steve Harrison fervently prayed Thursday that the Lord would speak to him and make His will for the man’s life clear, all while sitting literally three feet away from God’s Word as revealed in the Bible.
“Father God, if you would just, speak to me Father God,” Harrison prayed as God’s prophetic word made more sure sat just on the other end of the table at which he was seated.
“If you would just show me your plan for my life, and just reveal your truth to me, Father God,” he continued, somehow missing the fact that God’s truth had already been perfectly revealed to him in the Scriptures. “I just really need you to speak to me personally, Lord.”
At publishing time, sources had confirmed that a frustrated Harrison eventually gave up on trying to hear God’s words and resigned himself to just reading the Bible instead.
1. What have you been studying recently, especially in the Word of God?
2. Study is not a mysterious gift of the gods, but the diligent application of attention and energy to a subject. What subjects should the church be giving more attention to?
“The Bible is not a book for the faint of heart — it is a book full of all the greed and glory and violence and tenderness and sex and betrayal that benefits mankind. It is not the collection of pretty little anecdotes mouthed by pious little church mice — it does not so much nibble at our shoe leather as it cuts to the heart and splits the marrow from the bone. It does not give us answers fitted to our small-minded questions, but truth that goes beyond what we even know to ask.”
― Rich Mullins James Bryan Smith’s An Arrow Pointing to Heaven (p. 43)
1. How have we domesticated God’s Word? Where is the fierceness, the shock, the truthful threatening and demanding nature of the Scriptures?
2. What steps do you suggest we take to recover the sheer intrusiveness of God’s inspired word, that it would once again “cut to the heart and split the marrow from the bone”?
I can understand people viscerally reacting to what the Bible says. I can’t understand people who smile and merely pretend to believe it.
Seeking to win lost people to Christ is good for me. It causes me to examine my own heart, to see if I really believe what I say I believe, to come to terms with the difference between my opinion and what the Bible really says.
Psalm 14:1 says, “The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.'” The Hebrew words rendered fool in the book of Psalms denote one who is morally deficient. Morally deficient. That’s a nice way of saying my works aren’t good enough. My sacrifices aren’t good enough. And that’s just flat-out offensive!
This kind of in-your-face honesty from the Bible is irritating to many.
If the standard is other people, we might be ahead of some, but certainly behind others. But what if the standard is a thoroughly holy, perfectly righteous Creator of the universe who is allergic to sin?
And that’s where the unique, but highly offensive message of the Cross comes in. Christianity teaches that we needed someone who was perfect to take our place and bear our punishment so God could righteously forgive us. It involved a cruel Roman cross which led to a horrific way to die (crucifixion) and a deep, deep truth that God’s Son became the sin sacrifice for us. For me. For you.
Dorothy Sayers put it this way: “It is the dogma that is the drama–not beautiful phrases, nor comforting sentiments, nor vague aspirations to loving-kindness and uplift, nor the promise of something nice after death–but the terrifying assertion that the same God Who made the world lived in the world and passed through the grave and gate of death. Show that to the heathen, and they may not believe it; but at least they may realize that here is something that a man might be glad to believe.” Have you believed this message?
Discussion Question: Why are Christians surprised when those who do not yet believe get mad at the Christian message?