More ways to read the Bible

Read it slow. Many books require chewing on the words to let the meaning soak in. See 1 Thessalonians. Read it fast. Buy a Bible designed to let you read it all in a year with sections for each of the 365 days. Or go to ewordtoday.com, which has charts to let you read it […]

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Concrete.

Phil Cooke talked the other day about the need for leaders to be concrete. In short, start in the world of abstraction, but to reach your team, move quickly into the real world. Give them examples, illustrations, and real-life explanations that will help them understand your concept. After I read that, I spent the day […]

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Risky business

[Matthew 4:5-6] The devil says to jump. That’s what Matthew tells us in his description of the testing of Jesus. You know the thing mothers are supposed to have said? When you say that everyone is doing something, they are supposed to say, “If everyone was jumping off a cliff would you jump?” We know […]

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God with us

We’re past Christmas. We want to be done with it. But one word lingers because of Christmas. Immanuel. In the middle of Matthew 1:17-25. Matthew quotes Isaiah (a prophet) who uses the name Immanuel and then helpfully explains it: God with us. This quote is an aside to the audience in the middle of a […]

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why all the names?

Many people are starting to read the Bible right now. There isn’t a sudden revival. It’s just that at the beginning of the new year, many people decide to start being more spiritual and they start by reading through the Bible. Maybe they start with Matthew. Suddenly,  good intentions run into a list of names. […]

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