If we are going to be honest and understand this proverb, then we must acknowledge that God’s love for us is proven by his discipline just as your love for your child is proven in the same way. This is the truth behind spare the rod hate your child in Proverbs 13:24.
“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, so that the servant of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).For those who believe in God, the Bible is so much more than a book. It is a unique and precious gift from the Lord. They consider the Scriptures as God’s personal message to His people, and think of the Bible as their life manual and the guidebook for their faith.Centuries ago, St. Augustine gave an encouraging definition that speaks of the Bible’s origin and how it relates to us:“The Holy Scriptures are our letters from home.”Photo credit: Unsplash/Priscilla du Preez
Did you know that "gall" is referenced 14 times in the KJV Bible? This biblical term typically refers to a bitter-tasting substance from a plant such as wormwood or myrrh used to alleviate pain for those suffering or dying.
I consider myself somewhat of a Bible resource nerd. I am always excited to dig into a new study or resource that will help propel me to a closer relationship with Jesus. I do need to be careful not to focus on resources and content above and beyond spending time reading God’s Word, but I strive to find biblically sound resources.I am the Women’s Ministry Leader at my church and am constantly trying new resources and searching for solid content to share with my ladies. There are many biblical resources for studying God’s word and talented people that God uses powerfully to bring His message of salvation to the lives of believers and those seeking God for the first time.One thing that I make sure of is that all the teachings line up with the truth of the Bible. It can be so easy for a writer or leader to get caught up in their opinions and accidentally share them as truth. No matter what we are studying or reading, we must set it up against the Bible. If it doesn’t line up, then we don’t want it.Before starting a new study or teaching, praying and asking God for discernment in all you are reading and learning is a good habit. God can speak to us through so many different avenues. I believe He uses people, their creativity, experiences, and talents to share truths with us.Here are some of my favorite Bible study resources:
On Ascension Day, we remember that Jesus’ ascension is the culmination of everything that comes before in his story. It not only shows Jesus' power and divine status. It points the way to his followers receiving something powerful that still affects us today.
Scripture is the Holy Word of God. Every word of it, though written by human hands, is true and reliable. We can know this because the Bible has God's fingerprints on every page - it is an incredible gift to us! Let's dig into 2 Timothy 3:16 to see why exactly it is so miraculous that "all Scripture is God-breathed."
Some days, I would rather roll over and listen to the birds than wake up and get in the Word with God. It sounds terrible, I know! I hate to admit it, but life is life. And I know I am not the only one who struggles to meet with our Maker daily.
Understanding genres provides a starting place in every aspect of Christian discipleship, teaching, and training. Whether you teach, counsel, lead worship, or serve in some other capacity, all that we do should be informed by God’s Word.
Studying the Torah can provide important historical and spiritual insights and deepen our understanding of the foundational teachings of our own faith. The Torah is an essential part of the Bible and continues to be relevant to us today.
The Euphrates River has fascinating symbolic meaning in the Bible and is mentioned in biblical prophecies about it drying up, as well. Learning about the Euphrates River can help us understand more about God’s power.