In the Parable of the Sower, Jesus warns that the deceitfulness of riches chokes the Word that falls on thorny soil. But money is just a thing, how could it be deceitful? Or perhaps a better question, what exactly are the lies money tells? If we aren’t careful, even Christians can fall prey to these fiscal falsehoods.
Psalm 46 was written as a refuge for God’s people in this age of suffering. Whatever storm we are facing, if God is our Savior and stronghold, we will not be shaken. Since God is the only real source of safety and security in times of great disaster and danger, the true believer need not fear because God’s protection and ultimate victory over the world is inevitable.
There is a clear distinction between Bible exposition and expository preaching. While these two tasks are related, they are not identical. If you want to be an expositor, you shouldn’t sermonize the text. You should strive to grow in your understanding of biblical truth.
Becoming a seasoned expositor of God’s Word requires a method or a series of specific steps. Equally important, however, is your starting point. Biblical exposition must start with reverence for God.
God reveals Himself in His Word and in the natural order of His creation, all the way down to the sub-cellular level. How grateful we are that He has invited us into an understanding of these processes. The infinite God who created billions of galaxies is also seen and glorified in the nano-world of irreducible complexity and circular causality of cellular machines, DNA-coding, and the DNA:protein paradox.
A common practice of science is appealing to the best conclusion. Good science says the best conclusion about the origin of the universe is it had a beginning—thus a beginner, a creator. As the Bible says in Genesis 1:1, “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth.”
1 Peter 3:15 commands believers, “…always be prepared to give a reason for the hope that is within you…” So it is incumbent upon every Christian to comprehend some basic science that proactively supports biblical theism. Learning scientific support for God can seem intimidating, a task better left for the “experts” to handle. But you can grasp basic concepts in such a way as to present them with love and humility to an unbelieving world that erroneously embraces scientism.
As a mercy, God allows tragedies to illustrate sin and serve as a warning to the unrepentant. Yet tragedies also point us back to the cross, where Christ died to rescue sinners from suffering forever.
Hearing the Word of God as He has delivered it in Scripture is the starting place for your life of prayer—whether you are new disciple of Jesus Christ or a seasoned prayer warrior. If you find yourself struggling in prayer, it can ultimately be traced to your struggle in the study and understanding of Scripture.
Just as the walls are the greatest defense for a city, self-control is our defense as believers. But we must also remember that we are only able to practice self-control as we surrender control of our lives over to Jesus Christ and live in victory over sin as He enables us to practice self-control.