Archives for July 2014

Bible Study Tip #8 — Look for the Ripple Effect When Studying the Bible

Today's Bible Study Tip: Look for the Ripple Effect

Today’s Bible Study Tip: Look for the Ripple Effect

When you’re studying the Bible, look for what I call The Ripple Effect.

In previous posts I’ve talked about the fact that the Bible is not written for the purpose of giving us a lovely little collection of historical events or stories about God. [1]

Instead, the Bible was written, and given to us, so that we could know God and understand the one big story: God redeeming man back to Himself.

The Bible’s message is cohesive and ripples throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.

J. I. Packer states this quite nicely, so I’m just going to borrow his words:

“Every text has its immediate context in the passage from which it comes, its broader context in the book to which it belongs, and its ultimate context in the Bible as a whole; and it needs to be rightly related to each of these contexts if its character, scope and significance is to be adequately understood.” ~ J.I. Packer (“The Interpretation of Scripture” )

Let me demonstrate by following one ripple out. [Read more…]

Monday Music — We Believe (Newsboys) — Will What You See Change What You Believe, Or Will What You Believe Change What You See?

We Believe!
by the Newsboys
(If you’re receiving this via email, click on this link to view the music video. It’s worth a click!)

What do you believe? 

When your life explodes around you, what you believe changes everything.

I saw a lot of pain, fear, doubt, and struggles just in this past week alone.

Would what I saw change what I believe, or would what I believe change what I saw? [Read more…]

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part Eight) — The Resurrection

"The former things have passed away." ~ Revelation 21:4

“The former things have passed away.” ~ Revelation 21:4


Death is awful.

It’s worse than awful. It’s every bad word you’ve ever had your mouth washed out for saying!

We weren’t created to die. We were created to live!

The only time death will be joyful is when sin and death die forever.

Until then, we must face it and the excruciating pain of separation.

Thankfully, however, that doesn’t have to be the end of the story. [Read more…]

Monday Music — Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus (Newboys)

Today is a day for this song:  

Where You Belong/Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus
by the Newsboys


When circumstances are more than I can bear, this song brings me back to where I belong — in the grip of the simple, yet powerful truth of the chorus: 

Turn your eyes upon Jesus.
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
in the light of His glory and grace.

[Read more…]

Today’s Bible Study Tip #7 — Understanding The Big Story of the Bible

I Love to Tell the Story Seminar

I Love to Tell the Story Seminar

I remember where I was when I saw the Big Story of the Bible for the first time. 

Maybe you’re like me and grew up thinking the Bible is just a bunch of different stories involving God combined into one big book.

I had no idea it’s all one continuous story: The Story of Redemption — God redeeming man from sin and restoring him back into a relationship with Himself.

Of course I knew that the Bible teaches about God redeeming man, but I thought the story went like this: 

Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. A lot of other unrelated stuff happened for a long time, and then Jesus was born to redeem man from sin. Jesus went to heaven and will return one day. The End.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought this! [Read more…]

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark (Part 7) — The Hiding Place


The Red Thread in Noah's Ark -- Hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)

The Red Thread in Noah’s Ark — Hidden with Christ in God (Colossians 3:3)


When the door of the ark slammed shut, life on earth was never the same. 

“. . . on the same day all the fountains of the great deep burst open,
and the floodgates of the sky were opened.”
~ Genesis 7:11b

It wasn’t until I was an adult that I began to realize how intense the rain of the flood had to have been.  [Read more…]