The beautiful, holy, powerful Word of God!
Christians and non-Christians alike do frequently misquote the Bible and misunderstand many parts of it—the Western perception of heaven as being “up in the sky” and Satan “living in hell” are just a couple of out of many inaccuracies that permeate not just Protestant churches, or the Catholic church, but our society as a whole. And those are the least divisive. Liberals and conservatives, Christians and atheists alike seek to use Scripture to justify their own viewpoints on everything from pork consumption to homosexuality.
I opened my electronic Bible this morning and began reading Isaiah 53.
“1 Who has believed what he has heard from us?” And with these words I see Jesus before many who turn away from Him. That is so vivid in John 6 where He feeds the multitudes gathered mostly for a free meal and He gives a challenge to them. They turn away from Him from that point on.
“2 For he grew up…like a root…” I clearly see what we are waiting to celebrate right now: His coming as a baby and growing up as a normal Jewish boy. Continue reading
by Sue Stratton
How God introduces Himself to us by His personal name tells us a great deal about how he wants to relate to us each day
Old Testament professor Susan Stratton is famous for her rich insights into the names and ‘Presence’ of God. Her passionate teaching in classrooms, retreats, (and coffee shops) have richly blessed her students, her children, and her adoring husband. Continue reading
That Book is living, powerful, discerns in us things which are hidden according to Hebrews 4:12. It is as if when approached humbly, the words on the page become God speaking as we take them in–truly take them in.