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If the Bible tells us not to lean upon our own understanding, are preachers, and Bible professors, leaning upon the theirs’?

In our world, there are lots of people who consider themselves the only appropriate people to talk about the Bible, because they have studied at the university of theology and/or philosophy. The clergy with their priests and pastors in a variety of denominations all try to convince those coming into their church, that their church is the only true one.

Though we can find lots of denominations in Christendom, of which there are many where the clergy are not exactly behaving like Christ Jesus instructed. In Why there are so many denominations in Christendom we tried to give a short answer to a question many times posed. What is striking about many denominations in Christianity (or better: in Christendom) is that often not much attention is paid to the biblical texts. It is as if the Bible is only a small faits divers within religion.

The absence or minimisation of biblical content means that by paying more attention to human doctrines, more conflicts have also arisen, leading to splits in groups and thus to the emergence of multiple denominations.

So the question may be asked, why is it that the clergy of these denominations do not resort to the Book of Books, which can indeed give them the best information and teachings?

At the question:

If the Bible tells us not to lean upon our own understanding, are preachers, and Bible professors, leaning upon the theirs’?

We think that is the whole problem in Christendom, people leaning upon their own understanding, following more the philosophical and theoretical theologian writings of human beings instead of going by what is written black on white in the Holy Scriptures.

Profile photo for D. Paul Walker D. Paul Walker, An Elder with many years in the faith, writes

Many reject the teaching of the Bible based on their own faulty belief such as that something is impossible when the Bible says there is nothing impossible for God.

According to Theodore Tsistinas

the understanding of the bible is plain to those who read it with the purpose of not challenging it. That’s why the language has been changed from time to time because people wanted their own opinion to be expressed. The entire bible is the history of the people of God from the Jews to the Christians. There is one god spoken of in the bible. Its people and their personal interpretation that has challenge the understanding spoken very clearly in scripture. But then stupid is what stupid does and the mass of humanity would rather listen to the opinions of men rather that the wisdom of God.

Michael Ballai writes

There’s a certain amount of, hopefully, Biblical understanding that a student of the Bible can readily bring to a given text of scripture or how the Bible explains an appropriate worldview. I know stuff after more than three decades that are bedrock to the Bible and I have no intention of putting my personal two cents in on what God says.I revisit passages regularly and seek to consider them afresh each time because I know there is more in there than I have seen previously. People who are lazy simply deprive themselves of the depth of treasure.God is perfectly ok with how an individual preacher chooses to explain something in their own style as long as it doesn’t get in the way of the message.A preacher is called to cut it straight. It lines up with God’s understanding. The reason we do it is to tell it according to the way God sees it. And that is how God wants to sanctify us in getting us to line up our understanding with Him.

Scott Bissell sees one of the difficulties in what we think is a major issue in many churches, namely when they quote half a verse, or as we would add, take just part of a verse and use it out of context. In case people would check more what is taught at their church with was is written in the Bible, more people would grow closer to a unity of Bible-reading people.We may not forget that the attitude to the Bible is of paramount importance.Robert Hoge reacts to this by writing

Scripture is subject to endless interpretation, some of which is purely tendentious. I recently got a comment from someone who was gushing over the Bible as the greatest collection of symbolism in the world, or something to that effect. My own principle when reading and teaching the Bible comes out of a book I read long ago but no longer own:“When the literal meaning makes sense, seek no other meaning.”Not only does this save a lot of effort, it also ensures that we don’t add or take away anything. Rev. 22:18–19 says,“18 I warn every one who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: if any one adds to them, God will add to him the plagues described in this book,19 and if any one takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share in the tree of life and in the holy city, which are described in this book.”For all I’m concerned, these last words of the Bible apply to the whole of the Bible, not just to its last book, Revelation.

That warning may make it very difficult to teachers of the Word of God, preachers and/or pastors, having them to be very careful what they say and how they say it. They always should control if their teaching is in accordance with the teaching of the Bible.For those who read the Scriptures, there is the danger that they got into the trap of their church to which they belong and that they cannot do away of their own indoctrinations or doctrines of their own church. They are so used to think in the same way as their church teaches that it has become very difficult to read the words like they are written in the Bible. For example when there is written in the bible about Jesus “the son of God“, many read “god the son“, which is something totally different from what there is written and from what God said on several occasions when He declared Jesus to be His only begotten beloved son.According Michael Abernathy

most people approach the Scripture with a certain bias. Before they even open their Bible, they have creeds and denominational positions that they force upon a text. On the other hand, most of the preachers I know spend a great deal of time searching the Scripture and praying for God’s enlightenment. Yes, they use their minds to help them understand what God has written. But anyone who says they don’t do that is either lying or deluded.

Profile photo for Matthew HeadyMatthew Heady likes to extend the above question and asks

Does not everyone, including the questioner “lean” on others? Why restrict the question to just preachers and professors?What the biblical teaching refers to is not facts and conclusions which are known to or drawn from the minds of humans. The biblical teaching refers to how a person is actually informed about the Triune God of the Bible.

Here in his answer already gives a big sign of how he himself fell for the human doctrinal teaching, because in the Bible there is no such information on a Trinity, though there is a clear teaching we may have no other gods than the Divine Creator God, Who is a Singular eternal (= having no birth + no death) all-knowing Spirit Being Who is the Almighty God above all gods.Heady continues

There is nothing a sinful human being with a corrupt (and limited) understanding and reason of all things may do. There is not any thought, word, or action, that will allow a person to recognize the Triune God, they may only realize that a god is, but not the Triune God.

People when willing to give their full attention to the Words of the Bible, shall come to see clear and understand that there is no such thing to worship as a three-headed god. There may be many gods in the world but people should only keep to that Only One True God God of gods of the Bible, Jehovah, Who is the God of Israel.

It is this knowledge of God, revealed in His Word, the Holy Scriptures, that is what a person must “lean” on. Not the thought and practices of humans. They will get us nowhere. Our minds come into play after we are gifted by faith in Christ and are then able to properly understand and explain to others Biblical teaching and practices.

writes Matthew Heady.

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Continues with: Should church members question preachers about the doctrine that is not in the Holy Bible?

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Many opportunities given by God

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Preaching as Public Speaking

Maybe it is About Me

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  6. Digging in words, theories and artefacts
  7. Catholicism, Anabaptism and Crisis of Christianity
  8. Protestant denominations of the Low Countries and Abraham Kuyper
  9. Counterfeit Gospels
  10. Ye are all the children of God by faith in Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:26
  11. Religious people and painful absence of spring of living water
  12. Denominationalism exists because?
  13. Why the church keeps losing it’s grounds.
  14. Why there are so many denominations in Christendom
  15. Tri-union gods and Pagan, Christian, Muslim and Jewish views on the Creator God
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  18. From Bibles and other religious writings and those who witness for Jehovah
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  30. From those preaching the Gospel and Baptism in Jesus name
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  45. By the closing down of the Association for Biblestudy
  46. Challenging claim 4 Inspired by God 3 Self-consistent Word of God
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  53. Christadelphians or Messianic Christians or Messianic Jews
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  56. When there is secrecy involved

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Sudha Mehta looking at prophesies, False Prophets and Teachers #1 Counterfeits

When reading the Bible we can see how already at the times of the apostle certain men entered the community with false teachings. (Jude 1:4)

Though Sudha Mehta knows

Once you are born again, and have some knowledge of the Word, even a little, you have some sense how to avoid certain things. It is easy, for instance to spot a false leader… {Wolves and Sheep}

though he himself still seems to keep to pagan holidays like Christmas (that at the side). but he recognises that the ones that are difficult to spot are the ones that are based in a “Church.” And it is in the main churches we see a lot of teachings that are not according to the Holy Scriptures. In many churches, we may find preachers and leaders who walk and talk like Christians, and mingle in with congregations, or may even be important leaders in the church.

false christ jim jones from ozy.com

Jim Jones, a false leader from Ozy.com

That is where it becomes important for a Christian to know the Bible, and for a new Christian to be sure he/she is in a Bible believing church where the teachings of the Bible are not regarded as mere suggestions but a code to live by. {Wolves and Sheep}

Mr. Mehta writes, in the knowledge that

other religions and gods were not to be followed anyway, God had made that abundantly clear in the Old Testament again and again, so the disciples already knew that. Hence it wasn’t necessary to instruct them again about other gods. The disciples had asked what signs to look for that would indicate His coming, not any other god’s. {Wolves and Sheep}

With the knowledge that the Bible is as relevant today as it was 2000 years and more ago, he tries to look at the prophecies given in that Book of books.

We should know that we shall have to examine all things that happen around us. Jesus also warned his disciples to watch out that no one would deceive them. He let them know that it would not be abnormal that there would come more people saying that they would be the Messiah and that they will deceive many. (Matthew 24: 4; Mark 13: 5; Luke 21: 8) Therefore we should seriously consider everything that we hear around us, so that we take care that we would not be deceived by the prophets and diviners among us (Jeremiah 29:8).

Today we also should be looking at the signs that Jesus said we are to watch for in the end times. Just before his return, these would indicate to us that his return is imminent. Strangely enough, he takes Jesus as his god in certain messages, though he himself also writes:

The very first sign Jesus speaks of is that there will be many fake christs, and many fake teachers. Interesting, isn’t it?! One of the things that Satan is known for doing well is creating counterfeits to mislead humans. Understand that Satan is not and never will be a “creator” of anything. God is the ONLY Creator who Created something from nothing. All Satan can do is use what exists and make a counterfeit. The only reason to make a counterfeit of anything is that the real is so good and wonderful, that people would be eager to get it. {False Prophets and Teachers}

Rev. Sun Myung Moon speaks, Las Vegas, NV, USA on April 4, 2010.png

The Korean religious leader, also known for his business ventures and support for political causes, Sun Myung Moon, who claimed to be the returned Jesus Christ. His teachings viewed the Cold War between democracy and communism as the final conflict between God and Satan, with divided Korea as its primary front line. In 1954, Moon formally founded the Holy Spirit Association for the Unification of World Christianity in Seoul.

It is the primal and most important lesson we should never forget, that there is only One True God (God above all gods) Who is One and Who is the Eternal Creator. Concerning the many messiahs, we can see many people who claim to be ‘the messiah’ or even ‘the Christ’ as well as who claimed already to be ‘Jesus Christ’ (like Mr.Moon did).

Mehta writes

Counterfeits are dangerous when it comes to God, and His Word. In material and earthly things the choice is of less consequence. In the matter of spiritual decisions your choice determines  your eternal destination. You pick wrong and you end up damning your own soul. Follow the wrong god or the wrong leader teaching heresy and you end up in the wrong place. The apostle Paul found people in Galatia were very easily being led away into false teachings. He warns them saying:

Galatians 1: 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, a curse be on him!9 As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone is preaching to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!(CSB)

To discern the truth one needs to know the truth. You do not have to study all the counterfeits, only the one real. {False Prophets and Teachers}

false messiah sun myung moon from ucmdi

False messiah Sun Myung Moon and his wife from ucmdi

There are also false teachers who claim they have special anointings that really are not given by the Holy Spirit, but the unuspecting and undiscerning get swept by emotion and led away as dumb sheep.

The adversaries of God (Satan or the Devil) do feel when their time is coming to an end, and that is what we should see happening as well. The world going bazurk and lots of things going wrong, with even religious people fighting against other religious people.

Even when we do not know when exactly those “Last days” shall come we can be on the watch out of the signs coming with such times.

32 But of that day or that hour not a [single] person knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.

33 Be on your guard [constantly alert], and watch [a]and pray; for you do not know when the time will come. (Mark 13:32-33 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

The Book f books warns us that we should be careful, when living in this world there may be many traps in front of us. We should always on the watch, and pray that we may be able to escape all that is about to happen, and that you may be able to stand before the Son of Man, the beloved son of God, the Kristos or Christ.

34 But take heed to yourselves and be on your guard, lest your hearts be overburdened and depressed (weighed down) with the [a]giddiness and headache and [b]nausea of self-indulgence, drunkenness, and worldly worries and cares pertaining to [the [c]business of] this life, and [lest] that day come upon you suddenly like a trap or a noose;

35 For it will come upon all who live upon the face of the entire earth.

36 Keep awake then and watch at all times [be discreet, attentive, and ready], praying that you may have the full strength and ability and be accounted worthy to escape all these things [taken together] that will take place, and to stand in the presence of the Son of Man. (Luke 21:34-36 Amplified Bible, Classic Edition)

Mr. Mehta reminds us the words of Jesus Christ were he warns us that there were also false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among the apostles but also among ourselves. We have to be careful to dismantle them and their secretly introduced destructive heresies or heretical doctrines, even denying and disowning the Master who bought them —bringing swift destruction on themselves.

As Jesus instructed, the disciples took note and warned others.

2 Peter 2: 1There were indeed false prophets among the people, just as there will be false teachers among you. They will bring in destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, and will bring swift destruction on themselves. 2 Many will follow their depraved ways, and the way of truth will be maligned because of them. 3They will exploit you in their greed with made-up stories. Their condemnation, pronounced long ago, is not idle, and their destruction does not sleep.(NASB) {False Prophets and Teachers}

Mr. Mehta continues

I can assure you the church at large has plenty of false teachers who have infiltrated the folds like wolves in sheep’s clothing who can and do devour many dumb sheep.

What can you do?

Don’t be dumb!!

Matthew 7: 15“Be on your guard against false prophets who come to you in sheep’s clothing but inwardly are ravaging wolves. 16 You’ll recognize them by their fruit.(CSB)

I have heard this many times,

“The church is full of hypicrites so I don’t want to go.” {False Prophets and Teachers}

According to us, that is the easiest excuse many people give. The article writer we are discussing here writes:

I have news: there are many more hypocrites outside the church than in the church! If that is your reason (or excuse) for not going, check your own self, you don’t want to be a hypocrite yourself . . . do you?!

You should go to a good Bible believing, and Bible preaching/teaching church where there is good fellowship among believers. You will find a wonderful family to be a part of! {False Prophets and Teachers}

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a Multidimensional document with layers of meaning

The Holy Word is a multidimensional document with layers of meaning that are abstracted from any involvement with time and space. These rarefied narratives transcend the spatio-temporal arena and describe events taking place in the psycho-scape of the human heart and mind. In other words, they refer to spiritual realities creatively concealed within our ordinary language.

~ The Second Coming Is NOW! by havau22

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Intimately worded by looking at a Ragged Bible

A lot of events in our life may surprise us, being very weird, good weird. Life might be throwing us about swiftly and profoundly in so many different ways. Having us continue to pull our hopeful heart together with slippery fingers.

What we want isn’t always what it seems no matter how conscientious we might be.

A mother of 4, writes:

I am learning to move forward with all that I am and that incudes: authenticity, truth, grace and love. I am doing well in my wait. I remind myself that my self-work gives tremendous value to my self-worth. #BeAWholeMovement #FreedSoul Singleness Relationships His plans.

Writing is her muse, her love:

my Me. You are privy to seeing my soul. My hopeful, encouraging soul. I think with all the uncertainty in this world you should be encouraged. It is a necessity of life—to encourage one other. You are amazing by choice; Continue to be! {Me,Intimately worded / About me}

When looking at her life she also noticed her Bible.

As I sit here meditating, reading the word, and other reading tools that help me go deeper into God’s word I notice my Bible. I notice how worn it is, how the tears, nicks and picks have crept in over the years. I notice how the binder has completely ripped and the back of my Bible, my ragged Bible is falling apart. I notice how the faces of the women appear bubbled, out of focus and I smile. Well I tear up and smile. {My Ragged Bible}

For us that looks a good sign. In our lifetime we shall need more than one Bible book. The “Book of books” in our hand, should be used so regularly that, yes, it shall show cracks ….
It might well be that the appearance of your Bible shall be a replica of your worn-torn, war –wearied, heartbroken-heart and healed/healing soul.

For the writer we present today, admits:

God has watched over me. God has pushed me; He has talked to me and He has loved me because He promised He would. His capacity to love us without the pull of guilt or you owe keeps me hinged to Him. God gives value to our souls. {My Ragged Bible}

my ragged Bible, this ragged Bible, my, “Aspire, the new Women of Color Study Bible.” My ragged Bible is in pieces, tattered, pages bent, filled with love notes written by my kids; highlighted words that hem my heart…written for purpose of guidance, written for purpose to encourage, written for the purpose to build, written for the purpose to heal…my ragged Bible, is written for the purpose to initiate and cultivate purpose.

Our need, our individual want to prosper, to be better in life, to live brighter than yesterday cannot be done without Him. I encourage you to find your niche and allow God to incorporate the work, the journey; the balance required to live your greatest life. Again, I write,

“To understand God, you have to spend time with God.” {My Ragged Bible}

Often it might take some long time, but we get there, to come to see …

With all that comes with gaining a trauma victim’s trust it has been my intimacy with God that carries me through each session. At times, the science and the spiritual do not mesh and then there are times you cannot have one without the other. There are different paths that lead to healing. I marvel at these concepts and therapeutic techniques. I love Counseling! I do.

My life has by far been a complete God-experience; He has kept me when I did not recognize how He keeps. I could not have identified my professional identity without my spiritual journey. My first day begins after Thanksgiving.

Remain grateful, hopeful and I beg you to, choose the larger life.

“The beginning is most important part of the work.” –Plato  {Promises, Hope and my Heart}

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For a close relationship with God

I love Jehovah because he hears my voice, my pleas for help.​—Ps. 116:1.

One way to respond to Jehovah’s love is by talking to him in prayer. Your love for God will grow as you tell him about your concerns and thank him for all that he does for you. And the bond between you and Jehovah will be strengthened as you see how he answers your prayers. You will become convinced that he understands you.

But to grow close to Jehovah, you need to understand his way of thinking. And you need to know what he wants from you. The only way you will gain that knowledge is by studying his Word, the Bible. So learn to appreciate it.
Only the Bible contains the truth about Jehovah and his purpose for you. You show that you appreciate the Bible by reading it each day, by preparing for your personal Bible study session, and by applying what you learn.

97 How I do love your law!+ I ponder over* it all day long.+

99 I have more insight than all my teachers,+ Because I ponder over* your reminders.

(Ps. 119:97, 99)

17 Sanctify them by means of the truth;+ your word is truth.+(John 17:17)

Do you have a personal Bible reading schedule? Do you follow that schedule, making sure that you read the Bible each day?

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Additional reading

  1. Word of God
  2. Gospel or Good News
  3. A Book to trust #18 Available in many languages #1
  4. A Book to trust #28 A Collection of words showing and teaching us about the beginnings to the end
  5. A Book to trust #29 God His Book, God-breathed profitable for doctrine, for reproof and for correction
  6. Old and newer King James Versions and other translations #12 God Himself masters His Own Word
  7. Studying the Bible
  8. Demanding signs or denying yourself
  9. Inner voice inside the soul of man
  10. A Sound Mind: Theory and practice
  11. Brian Rosner on “What Makes a Good Biblical Scholar?”
  12. The faithful God
  13. Christian growth a team event
  14. How to Study the Bible: We Are in This Together
  15. On the Affirmation of Scripture
  16. Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith

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La nécessité d’un guide

Quand nous visitons un endroit inconnu, nous avons besoin d’un guide. Peut-être achetons-nous une carte ou un livre. Peut-être demandons-nous à un ami qui peut nous renseigner ce qui nous est utile. De toute façon il nous faut un guide.
Ainsi, pour voyager à travers la vie, il nous faut un guide. Il nous faut connaître le but de la vie et comment nous devons vivre jour après jour. La Bible répond à toutes nos questions à ce sujet.
Quand nous considérons les merveilles du monde qui nous, entoure et la merveille que représente notre propre corps, nous avons la certitude que c’est là l’œuvre d’un Créateur. Mais comment pouvons-nous obtenir des explications à ce sujet et savoir ce que nous devons faire?
La réponse, naturellement, est dans la Bible. Dieu, le grand Créateur de toutes choses, nous l’a donnée comme guide; c’est d’elle que nous avons besoin. Si nous voulons plaire à Dieu, il nous faut lire ce guide, (‘étudier, le méditer jour après jour.)

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“Wisdom” and Wisdom (1 Cor 1:19,21)

When we call ourselves Christian it is very important that we keep an attitude a follower of Christ worthy and that we try to find godly wisdom.

We have to show the world that it is more important to go by godly than by worldly wisdom and that we should not cling to heathen festivals (like the in this article mentioned Christmas) but should keep to the holy or sacred days given by God.

We should get our wisdom from the Book of books, the Bible and show others how this Grand Work can enrich our ways of life.

Let us remember:

“16 All Scripture is God-breathed and beneficial for teaching, for reproving, for readjusting everything, for disciplining in righteousness. 17 Thus, the man of God may be completely prepared for every good work.” (2Ti 3:16-17 mhm)

and

“For the world-order of humanity is going its way and its desire with it, but the person doing the will of The God will remain throughout that new Age to come.” (1Jo 2:17 mhm)

“Also, do not be conformed to this period of time, but rather, be transformed, by the renewing of your mind, proving to yourselves the good, acceptable and perfect will of The God.” (Ro 12:2 mhm)

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Preceding

Wisdom not hard to find nor hiding in remote places

Several quotes about wisdom

Truth, doubt or blindness

The Need to Understand Genre

On the Edge of Believing

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Find also to read

  1. Looking for something or for the Truth and what it might be and self-awareness
  2. Not staying alone in your search for truth
  3. Blindness in the Christian world
  4. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  5. Answering a fool according to his folly
  6. Fools despise wisdom and instruction
  7. Looking for wisdom not departing from God’s Word
  8. Wisdom lies deep
  9. Increased in wisdom in favour with God
  10. Loving the Word
  11. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #5 To meditate and Transform
  12. Attitude of a Christian
  13. Attitude to others important for reaching them
  14. God’s Blog recorded in a Book
  15. Bible
  16. Bible, helmet of health, salvation and sword of the spirit
  17. Bible in the first place #1/3
  18. Bible in the first place #2/3
  19. Bible in the first place #3/3
  20. Creator and Blogger God 10 A Blog of a Book 4 Listening to the Blogger
  21. Words to inspire and to give wisdom
  22. An anarchistic reading of the Bible—(1) Approaching the Bible
  23. Thomas Aquinas on Wisdom by Robert M. Woods
  24. Happy who’s delight is only in the law of Jehovah
  25. Deliberately making choices
  26. Sharing the depth of God’s riches and wisdom and knowledge
  27. Actions to be a reflection of openness of heart
  28. A Living Faith #2 State of your faith
  29. Today’s thought “A Perfect World” (January 02)
  30. Today’s thought “That you be united in the same mind” (February 20)
  31. Today’s thought “In wisdom you have made them all” (February 28)
  32. Today’s thought “Fools despise wisdom” (March 23)
  33. Today’s thought “If you receive my words …” (March 24)
  34. Today’s thought “And the LORD heard it” (March 30)
  35. Today’s thought “Look carefully” (April 7)
  36. Today’s thought “The eyes of man are never satisfied” (April 17)
  37. Today’s thought “Worthy to suffer dishonour” (April 28)
  38. Today’s thought “It cannot be bought for gold” (December 21)
  39. Outflow of foundational relationship based on acceptance of Jesus
  40. This was my reward
  41. When having found faith through the study of the Bible we do need to do works of faith
  42. Memorizing wonderfully 2 Biblical Reasons to Memorize Scripture
  43. Memorizing wonderfully 4 Starter verses
  44. Memorizing wonderfully 18 Proverbs – Fear of God, Wisdom and instruction
  45. Memorizing wonderfully 19 Seasons and purpose Fearing God
  46. Preparation for unity
  47. Christians having the right heart to call others to go to God
  48. Truth never plays false roles of any kind, which is why people are so surprised when meeting it

Study like a Berean!

A dear sister in Uganda sent the above pic. of Zirobwe town, and also sent a number of verses and encouraging thoughts to me this morning and again this evening, regarding God’s love for His children and our responsibility to Him; As well as the joy of reading of the focus which she encouraged to consider, my attention was taken by a word in the verses: “wisdom”.

1 Corinthians 1:19”For it is written: “I will destroy the wisdom of the wise; the intelligence of the intelligent I will frustrate.”… 21For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not know Him, God was pleased through the foolishness of what was preached to save those who believe.”

God’s wisdom and His ways aren’t in any way like man’s earthly “wisdom”, which is foolishness, just as their ways are; God’s children should trust, rest and live…

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Un Nouveau Testament comme vous ne l’avez jamais lu

Le nouveau Testament l'expérienceLa Bible n’est pas qu’un livre qui se lit. C’est un livre qui se vit et dont on fait l’expérience. Grâce à de sublimes photographies provenant des quatre coins du monde, découvrez les évangiles retranscrits de manière unique et moderne afin de partager la vie, le message et la pertinence de Jésus pour le monde d’aujourd’hui.

Car la Bible n’est pas qu’un livre qui se lit, c’est un livre identitaire et singulier Qui Se Vit et dont on fait l’expérience.’

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Les 4 évangiles dans un seul volume, illustrés de photos et comprenant des pages thématiques. Le Nouveau Testament comme vous ne l’avez jamais vu, vous aidera à visualiser, à vous rappeler et à vous connectez avec les récits, les mots et les thèmes de la Bible pour grandir dans votre relation à Jésus et à son Église. Utilisant la traduction Parole de Vie et des photographie pour donner vie aux personnages et aux récits principaux, cette Bible moderne et immersive est une ressource de qualité pour les croyants et pour les responsables des églises locales. C’est un outil pour équiper la jeunesse de l’Église et les nouveaux chrétiens d’une plus grande compréhension de la vie et des enseignements de Jésus.

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Date de parution : octobre 2019
Auteur(s) : Collectif
Traduction : La Bible Parole de Vie

320 pages, 18,9 x 24,6 cm, 500 g
ISBN : 9782375590072
Editeur : Editions Scriptura

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Conférence autour des textes bibliques Bruxelles

Qu’est-ce que la Bible ? Comment choisir sa Bible ? Pourquoi existe-t-il différentes versions ?

Rencontres, ateliers, conférences et animations, le passionnant qui-quoi-qu’est-ce de LA BIBLE c’est en mars !

Pendant tout un mois, votre libraire préféré sera votre ami et votre conseiller !

Tout un mois pour (re)découvrir la fascinant langage de la Bible !

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L’ Alliance biblique française ainsi que le Syndicat des Libraires de Littérature Religieuse sont heureux de vous présenter le Mois de la Bible, un événement d’envergure nationale.

En effet, pendant tout le mois de mars, la Bible sera mise à l’honneur dans de nombreuses librairies chrétiennes participantes à l’opération.

Votre libraire se fera (évidemment) une joie de répondre à toutes vos questions concernant la Bible. Car nous savons qu’il n’est pas si facile de bien choisir une Bible et que de nombreux questionnements restent parfois sans réponse. C’est pourquoi, votre libraire vous orientera vers la Bible la plus adaptée à vos besoins ou aux besoins de votre entourage. Il vous remettra pour l’occasion :

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De nombreuses animations autour de la Bible auront également lieu chez votre libraire du 1er au 31 mars 2020.

Pour retrouver la liste des librairies participantes : cliquez ici. 

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Dans le cadre du Mois de la Bible 2020, la librairie UOPC accueillera le Fr. R. Ferdinand Poswisk osb pour parler Knowhowsphere. Il s’agit d’un moteur de recherche autour de la Bible de Maredsous et des titres de la Bibliothèque de l’Abbaye de Maredsous.

4 Mars

Comment lire et bien comprendre le texte biblique

Pour le Mois de la Bible, le directeur de la Société Biblique francophone de Belgique animera 1 soirée à l’Eglise Chrétienne Evangélique à La Louvière. Au programme, un module interactif adultes & enfants pour nous aider à lire et bien comprendre le texte biblique. En partenariat avec la Société Biblique Francophone de Belgique.

5 Mars

Sandwich – débat sur la traduction de la Bible

Mme Katie BADIE (directrice éditoriale des Éditions Bibli’O et Bibliste) interviendra sur le travail de traduction de la Bible, le 5 mars à l’Institut Protestant de Théologie à Paris.

5 Mars

Comment la Bible est parvenu jusqu’à nous ?

  • Librairie Chrétienne CLC Paris (carte)

La librairie CLC Paris vous invite pour un atelier autour de la Bible préparé par Williane Edel, chef de projet et Bibliste au sein de l’Alliance Biblique Française.

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All Scripture Has Its Point of Origin In God’s Mind

No matter to which denomination a person belongs, the bible should be their first and most important Guide, trusting it is the infallible Word of God and the Source for life given by the Most Almighty, showing us the Way to God, letting us know what went wrong with mankind and showing God’s Plan and His solution for this world.

The Bible should be are Daily Food, giving us the opportunity to restore the relationship between us and God.

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Additional reading

  1. Self-development, self-control, meditation, beliefs and spirituality
  2. We may not be ignorant to get wisdom
  3. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #2 Instructions and Laws
  4. Trusting, Faith, calling and Ascribing to Jehovah #3 Voice of God #3 A voice to be taken Seriously
  5. May reading the Bible provoke us into action to set our feet on the narrow way
  6. Bible, God’s Word to edify (ERV)
  7. True God giving His Word for getting wisdom
  8. Bric-a-brac of the Bible
  9. We should use the Bible every day
  10. Feed Your Faith Daily
  11. Daily portion of heavenly food
  12. Memorizing wonderfully 4 Starter verses
  13. Memorizing wonderfully 19 Seasons and purpose Fearing God
  14. Summer time to spend some more time at the growing process of your faith

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Further related
  1. God’s how to manual
  2. All Scripture
  3. The Bible
  4. Use Your Bible
  5. Choosing to Set our Focus on Things Above
  6. Chewing on the Word
  7. The Sufficiency of Scripture
  8. Bread of Life Discourse
  9. Faithfulness.

Christianity 201

Today we’re looking at 2 Timothy 3:16
Today’s New International Version (TNIV)

All scripture is God-breathed and is useful for

  • teaching
  • rebuking
  • correcting…
  • training in righteousness

The Message

Every part of scripture is God-breathed and is useful one way or another —

  • showing us truth
  • exposing our rebellion
  • correcting our mistakes
  • training us to live God’s way

New Living Translation (NLT)

All scripture is inspired by God and is useful to

  • teach us what is true…
  • make us realize what is wrong in our lives…
  • correct us when we are wrong…
  • teach us to do what is right

My very loose paraphrase

All scripture has its point of origin in God’s mind, and

  • shows us the path God would have us walk
  • highlights when and where we’ve gotten off the path
  • points the way back to the path
  • gives us the advice we need to keep from wandering off the…

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