For a day in your courts is better than a thousand elsewhere. I would rather be a doorkeeper in the house of my God than dwell in the tents of wickedness. For the LORD God is a sun and shield; the LORD bestows favor and honor. No good thing does he withhold from those who walk uprightly. [O LORD of hosts, blessed is the one who trusts in you!]
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.
I recently finished reading Jason C. Meyer’s A Biblical Theology of Preaching. Here are 10 excerpts.
Last week at our women's summer Bible study, on all three campuses, we watched a DVD message by Nancy Guthrie on the Psalms. Here is a quote from her message: