Cringing in fear, we may avoid preaching or reading the Old Testament stories. Yet they play a vital role in the redemption narrative. We can’t trim two-thirds of the Bible away because it doesn’t play into our cultural palate.
This phrase from The Lord’s Prayer is among the most widely known passages of Scripture, right along with the Ten Commandments, Psalm 23 and John 3:16. But in spite of it being so well-known and so often repeated, do we really know what it means, or why we are saying that God’s name should be “hallowed”?
When we read a passage of Scripture, it’s easy to skim over the boring or difficult parts without paying much attention. But you can’t do that when you’re memorizing. When you memorize a passage of Scripture (a better approach, by the way, than memorizing isolated verses!), you must become intimately acquainted with every sentence and phrase.
Reading the Bible is a struggle for many. They read the words but are left without meaning. To experience relationship with God, we must engage with the text, which requires the implementation of some creative strategies.
Heaven is not a mythical place. It is the holy dwelling of the Lord Most High. And although we cannot even begin to comprehend its splendor, the Bible gives us beautiful descriptions of the place in which those who have received Jesus will spend eternity.
Before Jesus steps onto the scene in the New Testament, God reveals himself in a number of ways in the Old Testament. These appearances, known as theophanies, are manifestations of God that are tangible to the human senses. Here's what they teach us about the heart and power of God.
If you’re ready for spiritual growth, here’s an easy way to experience the book of Romans through prayer: every day for the next 31 days, take the main messages in the book of Romans—and pray them back to God.
As a major part of a larger narrative that is all God-breathed, the Old Testament can't just be ignored 'in favor of' the New Testament. It foretells, prepares, and illuminates many of the reasons we follow Jesus.
Obviously, any sort of murder ought to shock and alarm any person, and usually does. Few people, except the terrorists themselves, will justify in any situation the killing of innocent bystanders. But we have a responsibility to ask: What is the ideology behind all of this, and why does it take such root in rage-filled violent people?
The holy grail, a supposed “Christian” relic, has dotted the lines of medieval literature. This cup, or cauldron, or stone (depending on which version of the legend). Supposedly, the holy grail was a vessel of importance, used by Jesus or one of his followers during his ministry—more on this in the possible Scriptural influences section.
Angels have specific jobs, or duties: to worship and serve God as warriors, guardians, messengers, and escorts into eternity. References to “the angel of the Lord” are found only in the Old Testament, and suggest that this "angel of the Lord" is the one and only Jesus.