Since it is human nature to battle against self-worship, we are tempted to focus on the latter half of Psalm 37:4, which seems to promise that God will give us whatever our little hearts desire. But realizing the context of Psalm 37:4 will help us better comprehend what it means to delight in the Lord.
My life changed forever when I first discovered essential oils a few years ago. I use essential oils to ease tension headaches, reduce stress, and help me sleep. But did you know essential oils were used during Bible times as well?
The catechism is a foreign concept to many evangelical Christians. It may evoke a sense of mystical reverence or a yawn of boredom. It may connote religious emptiness. But much is to be learned from this ancient practice of systematically teaching the truth about God through questions and answers.
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Our world is not unlike the world Jesus’s disciples experienced. We live in a world that has trouble believing in the One True God. When we speak about Him, people become offended, and wars are started. There is no peace in our world except for the peace that comes from God.
Depression is not something that magically disappears when you slap a band aid on it. Sometimes the last thing you want to hear is another Bible verse or encouraging word. Psalms puts words to the hardest seasons of life when it’s hard to find words to pray.
So whether you want to explore a different way to do your Bible study with a group of single Christians, or if your single Christians Bible study group needs some sense of direction, consider the following tips:
Over the course of His ministry, Jesus delivered dozens of parables about the new way of life He was ushering in. Sources list between 27 and 70 parables, depending on how they’re counted. Many have even made their way into popular culture, such as The Good Samaritan and The Prodigal Son.
With so many parables, there are bound to be some that go oft unused in sermons and literature. However, these parables still hold valuable lessons.
“I’m proud of you.” It’s a notion we dish out and long to hear daily. But when is it sin? The Bible is clear that it’s ok to encourage and admonish each other and to take pride in the good works of God and His creation. We can be proud to be children of God. But we cross into sin when it revolves around ourselves.
God rains down grace on all mankind. He gave us the beauty and wonders of nature that we see each and every day. But believers are blessed with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly realm because we are united with Christ.
Ancient views of women aside, the Gospels appear to spend a great deal of time on women, opposed to their textual counterparts. Who were these women who followed Jesus? What can we know about them individually? And what can we learn from them?
What do you say when nothing can make it better? A child who has lost a loved one cannot be comforted — at least not in a lasting way — with a trip to the ice cream shop. In these situations, one of the best things we can do is help them find comfort in Scripture.
Christians who are taught to tackle life’s problems through prayer, faith, and other spiritual practices, often wrestle especially hard with how to understand their battle with depression, as it’s not something that typically “just goes away” if you pray hard enough.