In Hebrews 4:12, the Bible describes itself as being alive. Yes, alive as in living. It is this facet that gives the Bible its inexhaustible nature. But what does this mean, “alive” or “living”? How can a book be alive?
Let me give you an illustration: suppose you had a choice of spending every day for the next 50 years with your spouse vs. spending every day for the next 50 years with a stuffed animal.
After awhile, you would grow very bored with one (insert marriage jokes here) and fall more and more in love with the other. What is the difference?
The difference is that one is alive and one isn’t.
Things that are alive hold our attention much better than things that aren’t. That’s why we have pet dogs and not pet cement bags. Thats why we have warehouse grocery stores exclusively for pets. You won’t see a store of that size anytime soon catering to the care of your stuffed animal.
Living things engage us in ways non-living things do not. There is something about life.
There is something about God’s Word that makes it different from any other book in my library – life. Because of this, people can devote their entire lives to studying and learning the Bible, never exhausting its resources.
Living things communicate, respond, interact with us.
The Bible is alive, and it speaks to us and teaches us as if it were a living, breathing instructor before us.
What in the world is going on? At the time of this writing, the world seems to be imploding. Israel and Hamas are engaged in an increasingly tense war. ISIS Islamic troops have taken control of much of democratic Iraq. On top of that, my own country has basically opened its borders freely to every nation on earth, no questions asked. What is happening?
I enjoy reading Ann Coulter’s columns. Agree or disagree, she is entertaining and always clearly defends her position. But her latest column is off base. Coulter questions in her most recent post, titled “Ebola Docs Condition Downgraded to Idiotic”, why Dr. Kent Brantly, an American missionary, chose to go to Africa to combat the Ebola outbreak when there are people suffering in America. She makes the argument, through sarcasm, that there is much to do in America – why leave home?
You don’t just say something affirming to your child one day. You give them your affirmation, in that moment, to carry with them forever.
You don’t just give your spouse a gift on her birthday. You give her a memory that she will carry with her eternally.
You don’t just take a long weekend to spend with your parents. You give them quality time that will be remembered perpetually.
We are eternal beings.
The things we do that are birthed in but a moment will live on without end.
You do not walk among mere mortals. Be careful how you exist.
My appreciation for Thomas Jefferson has forever been altered. I recently complete the book by John Meacham titled Thomas Jefferson: The Art of Power. Jefferson has long been my favorite “founding brother” (as Joseph Ellis would term it). This book served to solidify Jefferson’s lofty state in my mind.
Below you will find my sermon from this past Sunday, preached at Midpoint Baptist Fellowship in Marikina, Philippines.
The sermon is posted here for anyone to view or download and use it ministry as they see fit.
Verses Used: Ephesians 1:3-14, Romans 8:17
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America is great, not because of her location, geography, military, or money. America is great because of her ideas.
On July 4, 1776, Thomas Jefferson’s Declaration of Independence was set forth by a “band of brothers” – the founding fathers of the United States – in the face of the mighty British empire.
I started a blog to write, but I have become disenchanted with the amount of time to takes to “layout” a blog post. I did not set out to become a master-curator for pictures and headlines. I write because I love to express ideas, because I love ideas. Ideas change things.
Imagine there is a missionary who works for 30+ years. At the end of his ministry he has a team of people around him helping him. Everything from clerical to financial to ministry was taken care of – all led by competent, professional servants of God. Compare that to another missionary, who at the end of his 30+ years has only one person left on his team; only one person who has remained with him until the end. How would you compare the two?
I’m all for providing clean water and food for the needy. Really, I am. Our team in the Philippines operates daily feeding centers and other humanitarian efforts. But that’s not our mission. Our mission is much more important than that.