Some indeed preach Christ from envy and rivalry, but others from good will. The latter do it out of love, knowing that I am put here for the defense of the gospel. The former proclaim Christ out of selfish ambition, not sincerely but thinking to afflict me in my imprisonment.
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From Sam Crabtree, Pastor for Small Groups, North Campus
We’ve already begun eternity.
We travel irreversibly and everlastingly into the future. It is a future known exhaustively to God and only fragmentarily to us. To us, most of it remains hidden. That includes 2016.
The God who reveals is also the God who hides. He has hidden much of the future from us, and he will reveal it moment by moment.
The future is not the only thing he hides.
He hides himself from the wicked.
Cush fathered Nimrod; he was the first on earth to be a mighty man. 9 He was a mighty hunter before the LORD. Therefore it is said, "Like Nimrod a mighty hunter before the LORD." The beginning of his kingdom was Babel, Erech, Accad, and Calneh, in the land of Shinar. From that land he went into Assyria and built Nineveh, Rehoboth-Ir, Calah, and Resen between Nineveh and Calah; that is the great city.—Genesis 10:8–12
All Scripture is God-breathed and profitable for God’s people (2 Timothy 3:16), but there are mountain ranges in Scripture with some peaks that rise higher than others. Through the ages, God’s people have spent much time surveying the landscape of Scripture. The nearly universal testimony is that the Psalms soar to such heights that they offer some of the most towering peaks in all of Scripture. Noted expositor James Montgomery Boice went so far as to say, “There is no more wonderful portion of Scripture than the Psalms.”
The following outline and discussion questions have been prepared to accompany my weekend sermon on July 25/26, “True Happiness: the Word of God" (Psalm 1). The questions can be used for discussion in small groups or for personal reflection.
Blessed is the man who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
Founded in 1899, the Gideons International placed their first Scripture in the Superior Hotel in Montana in 1908, aiming to help Christian traveling men. Within 30 years they had placed over a million copies, distributing free Bibles and new testaments to hospitals, hotels, women’s homes, schools, and the military.
The Gideons International is on pace to distribute their two billionth copy of the Bible this year, according to their journal, The Gideon.
Our God is both transcendent and immanent. That is, he is above creation, yet has condescended to be present in creation. Throughout Scripture, the Lord is present in creation in different ways at different times. He can be present to bless, or curse. When God’s favor is upon you, being in the presence of the Lord is something that lands on the blessing side of the ledger. Consider the following passages of Scripture:
Chris Bruno, a former TBI student at Bethlehem, is now a New Testament professor at Northland International University. He has condensed the whole story of the Bible into 16 verses.
From time to time it can be a helpful exercise to condense the gospel, or the story of the Bible, into a handful of verses. Some have tried to do it in a single verse. Bruno unpacks the 16 verses he has selected in a compact 127-page paperback. I suspect this book will become a very helpful tool for evangelism, for Sunday School teachers, and for small group leaders.