How to Accurately Interpret the Bible for Yourself What It Says, What It Means, How It Applies – Man in the Mirror

187 – How to Accurately Interpret the Bible for Yourself What It Says, What It Means, How It Applies

Written by Patrick Morley

Tuesday, July 20 2010 00:00

What’s the first thing we do when you read a Bible verse? It’s the same thing we do when we look at a picture. We look for ourselves! We ask, “How does this apply to my world?”

The answer? That depends on what it meant then, and what it means now. How do we find that out?

The Bible wants to be interpreted. The purpose of this article is to equip you with a worksheet so you can take a text and…

  1. Figure out what the author originally meant,
  2. Discover the timeless message it has for us today, and
  3. Personally apply the text in order to lead a more powerful life in Christ.

Suggestion: Read the bolded parts first. That will give you the big picture. Then start over and read everything together. There’s an abbreviated example at the end.

 

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Facebook adds to the continued destruction of marriage

This is a sad reality of the world we live in today.  The article below just highlights how the traditional marriage/family of one husband, one wife (and children) is being systematically destroyed.  God’s design has been under attack since the earliest days, simply read Genesis to see this.  But why don’t you judge for yourself from the article:

Facebook has added civil unions and domestic partnerships to the list of relationships that its users can pick from to best describe their romantic status.

via Facebook adds civil unions option.

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Grace and Performance

 Wonderful insight into the mind of men.  May God bless you today to experience the grace he has for His children.

Berns

Grace and Performance: 70 Things Every Man Needs to Know
Written by Patrick Morley   
Monday, February 14 2011 00:00
29. Grace and Performance
Excerpted from Pastoring Men, Moody Publishers.

My son airs radio and television ads for his residential real estate business. When women call on his ads, they generally ask for the free information packet. When men call, they’re ready to do business. Men are by nature performance-oriented.

This performance orientation lures many men into thinking (1) they must  do something to make God happy (or avoid His wrath) and then, (2) continue performing to keep God happy.

Such thinking is perfectly designed to produce despair, because no matter how much this man does, it is never enough. So tell your men that the principal requirement for becoming a Christian is to admit that you are not worthy to be one.

Becoming a Christian is not about modifying your behavior to make God happy.

Your men are immersed in a performance-based culture for all but a few hours each week. To get the reward, they must produce. For this and other reasons, the full sense of the concept of “grace” often will take many years to sink in.

Many men who are Christians still feel like they are not “good enough,” haven’t done enough, still have “one more thing” they need to add, and so on.

Teach your men: No matter what you’ve done, you can be forgiven. Because of sin you will never be good enough to grasp salvation; because of grace you will never be bad enough to be outside of God’s grasp.

There is also a “living” grace so men don’t have to feel constantly weighed down by man-made rules and regulations. About once a week my computer gets so crossed up the only solution is to reboot, to push the restart button. Grace is like that restart button. Living grace is always available, so our daily sins can be forgiven. Teach men how to walk in the power of the Spirit day by day. Show them how grace is not only for salvation but also for sanctification and leading an abundant life by faith.

What a wonderful contribution to a man to help him understand and accept the grace of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ-but it will take patience and repetition.

Yours for changed lives,

patsig
Patrick Morley, PhD

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Luther on studying the Bible

I just read an excellent quote by Martin Luther on how we should approach the Bible when we are attempting to understand a topic: “First I shake the whole tree, that the ripest may fall. Then I climb the tree and shake each limb, and then each branch and then each twig, and then I look under each leaf”

May we all approach the Word with this attitude not being willing to settle for that small harvest you get from only shaking the tree.

Berns

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Valentine’s day, all year long

http://www.gty.org/Resources/Articles/A158

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A must read secular article on the social cost of pornography

http://bradley.chattablogs.com/archives/2011/02/wwwculture-of-l.html

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Daaglikse worsteling

Net ‘n vinnige inskrywing vir vandag. Ek vind myself vandag met wat voel soos ‘n onredelike versoek. Efe 5:16-21 (ESV vertaling) se: “15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the will of the Lord is. 18 And do not get drunk with wine, for that is debauchery, but be filled with the Spirit, 19 addressing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody to the Lord with your heart, 20 giving thanks always and for everything to God the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, 21 submitting to one another out of reverence for Christ.”

My daaglikse worstelling is hoe kan ek die tyd uitkoop maar steeds betrokke wees by die wereld om my. Ek’s byvoorbeeld lief vir sport, maar dit neem soveel tyd om te kyk. Moet ek dit uitsny sodat ek meer kan leef volgens hierdie verse? Al wat ek met eerlikheid kan se is dat hoe meer ek myself verdiep in die Woord en fokus op God, hoe minder word die worstelling. Ek wil net meer en meer leer van Hom en in minder gepla of ek iets mis op die tv.

Mag God vir my en jou die wysheid en begeerte gee om elke oomblik te leef vir en tot sy eer.

Groentis,
Berns

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