Pastors' Blogs (Page 8)

Pastors' Blogs (Page 8)

Pray Before You Meditate

Walter Kaiser shares this encouraging testimony in his book “Finding God’s Will:” When I came to Regent College, I was asked to teach a hermeneutics course, so I went to the library to find the best books on interpreting Scripture.  I poured through eighty or ninety, and read about ten of them carefully  They all said the same thing: read the Bible as you would any other book.  I was astounded.  No one mentioned the importance of praying through Scripture. …

What Meditation (Isn’t) Is

Oh, how I love your law! It is my meditation all the day.  Psalm 119:97 Meditation is not a guru sitting cross-legged with palms up contemplating nothingness. It is filling our minds with truth, not an irrational emptying of our minds. The Hebrew word for “meditate” means to “ponder deeply.”  It is to mull over God’s truth.  You are meditating when you take a bit of Scripture and “chew over” each sentence, phrase, and word.  Meditation is saturating your mind…

Are You Reading the Word?

Last Sunday, we heard some startling statistics: on any given day, about 85% of believers have not spent time in the Scriptures; and over the course of any given week, about 68% have not been in the Word at all.  I think we would do well to personalize the question.  Ask yourself, “Where do I fit in those numbers?” Not “where do I want to?”  or “where do I pretend to?” or “where will I be when life settles down?,”…

Let’s Meditate Through the New Testament

I invite you to join me in a slow-paced reading through the New Testament that will enable us to engage in the spiritual practice of meditating in God’s holy and true word.  I’ve created a meditating plan that will take about two years to complete.  We will start with Luke’s Gospel, followed by the book of Acts.  In other words, we won’t be reading the books in the exact order they appear in the Bible.  This approach enables us to…

The End of Things Is at Hand

This past Sunday morning we looked at what the apostle Peter had to say about “the end of things.”  It is “at hand,” and that should make a difference in our priorities.  Like a spiritual bucket list, there are some things of eternal value that become more important in view of the end: prayer, loving others, practicing hospitality, and using the unique opportunities that the Lord has given us to build up others (1 Peter 4:7-11). Those unique opportunities are…