Reading the Bible One-to-One

The Bible is a life-changing text. It’s through the Bible that we learn the heart and character of God, the nature of humanity, and the work of Jesus Christ to reconcile the two. Yet, we often leave reading the Bible with others to be done through a program or class. Why read the Bible one-to-one?…

6 Benefits of Meditation

A New Year Don’t Just Read, Meditate Many Christians make resolutions in the new year to commit themselves to reading more of the Bible in the coming months. This is a great resolution, but let me encourage you to not just read the Bible, but to meditate on it: take time; mull it over; ask…

Sermon Scraps: Finding Christ in the Bible

Yesterday’s sermon reminded us that all of Scripture, including the Old Testament prophets and writings, are about Jesus Christ (1 Peter 1:10-12). Pastor Bobby referenced a talk by Tim Keller that is summarized in the video in this post. As we realize that the Bible is not about us and what we need to do, but about…

Reading the Bible for Yourself

John Piper is a pastor, theologian, and writer, who founded desiringgod.org, which exists to help people understand and embrace the truth that “God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him.” Piper shares tips for how to approach your personal Bible study in the article How to Read the Bible for Yourself….

After This

Today we conclude our Lenten devotional series with this post-resurrection reflection. Thank you to Kristin Gelinas for today’s post.   Read: John 21:1-14 “After this.” That’s how the passage begins. What a weight is carried in those two words! It had been one crazy weekend. Peter watched his Friend and Lord arrested, beaten, mocked, and carried…

Lent Series: Sin as Self-absorption

Following is the seventh of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Sarah Bartley for today’s post.   I spent some time recently with a colleague who works in public service.  This…

Lent Series: Sin as Barrier

Following is the sixth of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. May these reflections encourage and help you as you repent, reflect, and prepare to celebrate the resurrection of Christ. Thank you to Chad Stutz for today’s post.   We are all God’s children. Many of us, no doubt, are familiar with this…

Lent Series: What Am I Fasting For?

Following is the fifth of weekly devotionals that will be posted throughout the Lenten season. If you haven’t already seen the previous Lenten posts on the topic of sin and its forms in our lives, please check them out. This entry takes a different approach to talk about the discipline of fasting. Thank you to Megan Berger for today’s…