Yesterday at a company picnic another brother-in-Christ and I were having a wonderful theological discussion and we began discussing Christians’ reading habits when it comes to the Bible. He shared that an astonishing low number of Christians read their Bibles regularly. LifeWay Research found that only one in five churchgoers read their Bibles daily. One out of four read their Bibles a few times a week. I imagine the numbers would be lower if they had polled self-described Christians. Remember, these were “churchgoers.”
So what does that mean when it comes to Christianity’s influence on American culture? It means the church is raising a generation of Bible illiterates. We don’t need to get too tied up in the percentages because consistent Bible study is what is important, not putting a checkmark in the “I read my Bible today” box. I go to the Word of God so it can bring clarity to my life and grow me as a Christian. The benefits of the Bible are countless. Do you need to straighten out your life?
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Our walks with the Lord can often meander like a slow moving river. The issues of life can get us off track and before we know it we have either wandered from the Lord or we are so backslidden we are living a life of rebellion. So how does the Christian keep on the path of righteousness? Is there an antidote for our tendency to get off track? There are a couple of things that come to mind to keep us from doing so.
First, if you’ve been down that bad road before, why would you want to travel it again? You’ve been there and you know it not only leads to a dead end, but it is also a rough way to travel. It is not an enjoyable trip no matter how much you try to convince yourself otherwise. The temporary pleasure can never compensate for the relentless guilt. It makes you feel lifeless:
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Integrity is something a man can lose and not easily overcome. Random House Dictionary defines integrity as “adherence to moral and ethical principles; soundness of moral character; honesty.” Is that you?
In today’s postmodern society it may seem difficult to define morality. Moral relativism rules the day in the hearts and minds of a majority of people. What is right for you is not necessarily right for me. The problem with moral relativism is it assumes man has the authority to make the rules. The Bible claims otherwise:
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Loneliness is a serious malady. Studies have shown that loneliness can affect the same part of your brain that triggers physical pain. Some research has shown that as high as 20% of Americans suffer from loneliness. The research on the causes of loneliness are varied as are the symptoms and cures.
Loneliness also affects Christians and the church needs to take a closer look at this malady and its treatments. It is true that a Christian without friends many times is not very friendly. However, many Christian singles suffer from a lack of intimacy, elderly Christians are home bound and lonely, and even a married person can suffer from loneliness.
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I hear many Christians say that we are no longer under the Law of the Old Testament. Many “churches” reject the Old Testament outright and claim they are “New Testament Only Churches.” If that is true, then might I lighten your load on Sunday and suggest you rip out the first 39 books in your Bible? Or perhaps you can purchase a New Testament all by itself. However, if you do that you’ll miss the poetic beauty of the Psalms and the eternal wisdom of Proverbs. King Solomon left us this little nugget:
“Keep my commands and live, and my law as the apple of your eye.” (Proverbs 7:2)
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Yesterday during his sermon, our Minister of Students Andrew Bosak preached on experiencing the kingdom of God. He told us that we all become a citizen of one of two kingdoms: either the kingdom of this world, or the kingdom of God. If we become a citizen of the kingdom of God, then something supernatural happens.
“He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins.” (Colossians 1:13-14)
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