“Read your Bible every day,” they say. Who are they? Pastors, spiritual mentors, and missionaries. This is a commonly prescribed habit to start doing when you become a Christian.
It’s a good practice. But sometimes we put so much weight on reading our Bible daily that we start to create undue pressure on ourselves to perform the Christian life, rather than live the Christian life.
One of the things that happen with this focus on reading our Bible daily is how we make it about ourselves. We start to think that the Bible is about us more than what it…
I could not help but share this. I was looking at my stats and Medium partner program info and thought I would share.
This year, I am changing how I write here on Medium.
It has been good for me and helped me build a more specific following. However, the reducing stats on Medium and my topic of choice have killed my views.
Yet, it increased my distribution amount. This month, not counting this short article which will surely not get distributed, I have had nine stories. Of those nine stories, eight of them were ‘chosen for distribution.’
This year has been a lot more difficult than I thought it would be.
While I had a lot of hope and encouragement going into this year, I have also been really bogged down. It seems like every time I find a little encouragement something else comes up that knocks me back down.
Recently, I have been finding it hard to be encouraged about the state of our nation here in the United States. While there was so much hope for a new president, we are finding out that it doesn’t really matter who the president is for our hope.
Imagine sitting in a boat as the wind tosses it about. You are getting seasick, fearful that the boat might capsize, and are exhausted from struggling to keep your emotions in check. You are so stressed that you begin to lose hope.
In the middle of this fear and hopelessness, you see a man walking on the water toward you. You recognize him as Jesus. With each step on the water, he brings peace to the wind and the waves. Your hope restores as he gets closer and closer to your boat.
In your surge of hope, you call out…
“But blessed are those who trust in the Lord
and have made the Lord their hope and confidence.”
“They are like trees planted along a riverbank,
with roots that reach deep into the water.
Such trees are not bothered by the heat
or worried by long months of drought.
Their leaves stay green,
and they never stop producing fruit.”
-Jeremiah 17:7–8, NLT
My guess is that you have felt this way for a time or two in life. Whether that has been very recently or sometime in your past, there have been times when life felt dry and exhausting.
I jumped into this adventure of learning more about the “Holy-Daily-Bible-Reading-Exercise” because a friend share with me his frustration about the overemphasis of the church and daily Bible reading.
He, like many others it seems, was frustrated with how much emphasis the church was putting on daily Bible reading and how little it was sharing about putting our faith to action daily or how to actually grow a relationship with God out of that reading.
“It seems like the church keeps telling us about God the Father, Jesus, and the Holy Bible. Where is the Holy Spirit? …
This is not about the prosperity gospel.
Do you know the one? Read your Bible, give your money to the church, and you will become a millionaire/influencer/CEO. No, this article wants to help break some chains to things that are holding you down.
Sure, you can do this a few other ways that have nothing to do with the Bible, God, Jesus, or any faith at all.
Yet, I am convinced that the greatest places of growth that I have experienced have come when I am in the middle of God’s will. How do I know I am in the…
Early on in my walk with God, I took a course in college called “The Bible as Literature.” It was funny how many people told me this wouldn’t be a good idea for me. Lots of people were concerned that it would distort my view of the Bible.
Which is a good concern if I look back at it. However, I had just finished a semester with a history teacher who felt it was important to tell Christians that their faith was all bunk, “like Star Trek,” he had said.
I even took it upon myself to confront him one…
The Christian church has finally caught up to the information age and it has not been pretty.
We have seen the church dive deep into many things throughout the centuries that have hurt people all around the world throughout time. You name it, the church has probably done it in the name of God. We still see this happening in today’s world too.
While we have tons and tons of information at our fingertips thanks to smartphones and the internet, the church allows itself to be fooled into the many different stories, theories, and falsehoods the world has to offer.
Over the last couple of years, I have seen a huge emphasis on reading your Bible. In fact, that emphasis seems to be taking over the church. It is as if pastors across the world have decided that reading your Bible daily, is the best bare minimum action you can take as a Christian.
Now, don’t get me wrong, I completely understand that reading our Bible is important to our faith. After all, we have verses such as these to support the importance of it:
“This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate…