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Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Whose Word Is It?

February 28

(2 Timothy 3:16-17 NIV) "All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness, {17} so that the man of God may be thoroughly equipped for every good work."

(1 Thessalonians 2:13 NIV) "And we also thank God continually because, when you received the word of God, which you heard from us, you accepted it not as the word of men, but as it actually is, the word of God, which is at work in you who believe."

(Hebrews 4:12 NIV) "For the word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart."

The Bible is the word of God. When Scripture says something to us, God is speaking. Our role as Christians is to listen, trust, and obey, not critique, doubt, and debate. The idea that we can comb through God’s word, choosing what to believe and what not to believe, is arrogant and silly at the same time. Who do we think we are? We are not called to “work our way through” God’s word -- it should be working its way through us. We are not in a position to critique the word of God -- it critiques us. We have no business changing God’s word -- the word of God changes us. We can argue about what translation is best, but if the bible has no authority in our life, we are wasting our time. Scripture has authority because of its Author, not because of its style. If we have a difference of opinion with God’s word, we should be on the losing side of the argument. -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day

Monday, February 27, 2017

Scripture Lite

February 27

(Proverbs 2:1-9 NIV) "My son, if you accept my words and store up my commands within you, {2} turning your ear to wisdom and applying your heart to understanding, {3} and if you call out for insight and cry aloud for understanding, {4} and if you look for it as for silver and search for it as for hidden treasure, {5} then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. {6} For the Lord gives wisdom, and from his mouth come knowledge and understanding. {7} He holds victory in store for the upright, he is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, {8} for he guards the course of the just and protects the way of his faithful ones. {9} Then you will understand what is right and just and fair--every good path."

(Psalm 119:105 NIV) "Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path."

One of the great weaknesses of the modern church is illiterate Christians. It’s not that we cannot read -- it’s that we won’t read... at least not the scriptures. We watch TV. We go to movies. We listen to the radio. We read newspapers and magazines. But we spend very little time reading from the book of life. The bible is more available than ever before in history, but scripture reading and knowledge are at historic lows. Most bibles in American homes gather more dust than they do readers. If Christians spent as much time in the word of God as they spend on Facebook, Twitter, or the morning newspaper, this nation would be filled with spiritual giants. But, for some reason, many Christians today are trying to live on “Scripture Lite”. We try to put our lives together without reading the Manufacturer’s Instruction Manual. Wise up Christian. Make God’s word, a priority. Get into it today! -- Friar Tuck’s Word of the Day