I had the chance to share my salvation testimony on the YouTube Channel Christian Apologist.
There were six of us who shared our testimony and I was encouraged to hear the others share. When it was my turn, along with sharing my testimony, I also shared opportunities I had been given to share my faith with others. (The video below is set to start at my testimony which is exactly ten minutes. If you have time to watch the others, that would be great, too!)
Sharing Jesus with others did not always come easy to me, but it got easier the more I practiced it. I used to be so worried that I would mess it up and say something wrong. But the Lord has shown me that it is not my words that bring someone to faith in Christ. It is the Lord who draws a person to Himself. My job is to take the opportunity to share Christ. God will do the work in the person’s life. That leaves me free to obey the best I can since the work of salvation is not up to me.
Here is what I’ve learned about how to share my faith:Read More »
How can you study the Bible on your own?
By thinking through what a portion of Scripture says, what it means, and how it applies to your life.
This is often referred to as OIA.
OIA stands for Observation, Interpretation, and Application.
This method was made popular by Howard Hendricks in Living By the Book and Kay Arthur’s Inductive Bible Study method which she teaches through Precept Ministries. Read More »
I became a believer in Jesus Christ when I was young.
I’m thankful that Jesus rescued me. I knew in my head that Jesus delivered me from sin and its consequences, but when I heard a dramatic salvation testimony, I could only smile and nod, left to imagine the emotions behind being wiped clean from a life a sin. I didn’t really know what forgiveness felt like.
That is, I didn’t know what forgiveness felt like until we went through a short sale.
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There are many motivational Bible verses widely used out of context. It’s understandable why that happens. We read a verse either in Scripture or on a meme or quote picture on Pinterest. The verse makes us feel loved and empowered so we claim the verse for our lives without pausing to find out its context.
Here are three verses that are often taken out of context along with suggestions of Scripture verses to cling to instead. Read More »
Devotionals can be a powerful way to keep you in the Word daily and help you apply Scriptures to your life.
Of course, there are some light and fluffy ones out there, but there are some that delve deep into Scripture despite the short length of the book and daily readings.
Here are some devotionals that I would recommend. Read More »
God is love.
This basic truth is one of the first things that we learn as Christians. Even some unbelievers would agree with this truth.
That’s what makes the two hard parts of the book of Malachi not just hard to understand, but jarring to our core.
Both passages mention God’s hate.
In Malachi chapter 1, God says, “Jacob I have loved; Esau I have hated.”
In Malachi chapter 2, God says, “I hate divorce.”
What do these verses about God’s hate really mean?Read More »
Colossians 1:27 says:
“To them, God has chosen to make known among the Gentiles the glorious riches of this mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Why does the verse say “Christ in you”? I thought it was the Holy Spirit who dwells in believers?
Great question! We definitely hear the most about the Holy Spirit dwelling in believers. Believers who live now are privileged to experience the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit dwelling in believers wasn’t always the case. Jesus promised that the Holy Spirit would come after He returned to heaven. The Holy Spirit came in Acts 2 and from then on we see the Holy Spirit indwelling believers.Read More »
When I paid for groceries today I whipped out my quick and easy debit card, inserted it into the chip reader, waited for the ding, then put my card back into my purse. Debit cards are great. I don’t have to carry around lots of cash and they help me keep track of purchases through my bank. But in 1985 when debit cards were a new thing, two Bible teachers/radio ministers were panicked by the thought of debit cards, cashless transactions, and computers in general. They were sure that computers would provide everything the Antichrist and the beasts of Revelation 13 would need to usher in the end times. Read More »
That’s the question I asked this week on the Read the Hard Parts Facebook page.
Here are some suggestions that our Facebook friends shared. I also included resources I use when I am studying a Bible passage in preparation for teaching or writing.
The Bible Knowledge CommentaryRead More »
It’s almost time for Thanksgiving Day! I can almost taste the turkey and stuffing and pumpkin pie now!
Don’t forget to take time to prepare your heart, too.
Here are some quotes from the 5 Day Devotional book, Let’s Eat! Giving Thanks with Jesus at Mealtimes. The devotional is available on Amazon.com as a Kindle book.
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