I don’t know Grant but what I hear is truth that convicts me and challenges me in what I need to/want to seek for the church and my life.
Of all the literary pieces that have existed all across time, there is none that has received as much attack and ridicule as the Bible. And in every time that the Bible has been abused, it was taken out of context.
Many atheists, liberalists and even Christians have claimed that there are parts of the Bible that are obsolete, redundant or flawed. However, that is far from the truth because it is complete and perfect in every way. The only reason why people find flaws is because it is taken out of context.
The saddest part of this all is that it’s not just non-Christians that use the Bible out of context, but many believers have also become guilty of taking some scriptures in the Bible out of the original context. Here are just a few of the many popular scriptures that are taken with the wrong context.
Philippians 4:19 “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Read more of this post
I am still in Chapter 7 and Walking the Dead by John Eldredge.
We are Misunderstood
John Eldredge delves into the insults and injuries we all have experienced.
Did your family believe in you?
“How subtly it comes….” Doubt and discouragement is sown. “There must be something wrong with us.”
“What have you believe about your heart over the years?”
“‘That it’s not worth anyone’s time'”
“‘That it’s weak'”
“‘That I shouldn’t trust it to anyone.'”
“‘That it’s bad.'”
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I am continuing my thoughts of Eldredge’s Chapter 7.
Remember, Eldredge says, “the purpose of this Christian life” IS that our hearts be restored (to their former glory) and set free. “Set free” is a weighty concept, far weightier than two simple words convey. This is no easy project Eldredge says.
So, where are we now. We are in pitiful shape and we need so much from God. Through the experiences of youth to adulthood we are assaulted and that assault continues through today. Our hearts are under fire but take comfort in knowing that your heart matters to God and He is equipped to do something about all that has happened to you. Read more of this post
John Eldredge, in Waking the Dead, lays out Four Streams which identify an awareness we need to move towards a life from a whole heart. Those streams are: Walking with God, Intimate Counsel, Healing through Deep Restoration, and Warfare.
“Behold, You desire truth in the innermost being.” Psalm 51:6. Eldredge quotes the Psalmist at the end of Receiving God’s Intimate Counsel. David’s thought causes me to pose this question: “Do we want truth in our innermost being, really?” Some of us do and some don’t. God’s truth in the innermost part of our being comes at a price. Some of us are not willing to pay the price for God’s truth. Read more of this post
Now I understand what John Eldredge means. He is using parable, or fairy tale, or myth as a synonym for story. It is all a means of communicating Eternal Truth, the larger meaning, or transcendent truth which is larger than what we see in the physical world.
To break that down: Jesus parables were not always about real people or real situations. We listen and hear those parables not even considering whether the details He gave were fact or not. Jesus uses the details he gives us to make a point–usually a very powerful and sometimes life-changing point to those hearing Him.
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…than a thousand sermons!
This is truth, spoken by my pastor. It is true. The Lord speaks to us , and more when we are close to Him, through prayer and His Word.
Does 1 word negate many sermons, no? Are sermons still needed? Absolutely yes! So many Christ followers today are not in His Word, however. We are not hearing directly from His Word.
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