“Or what woman, having ten silver coins, if she loses one coin, does not light a lamp and sweep the house and seek diligently until she finds it? And when she has found it, she calls together her friends and neighbors, saying, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found the coin that I had lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there is joy before the angels of God over one sinner who repents.” (Luke 15:8-10)
In Luke 15, Jesus gives three parables of three things which were lost but are then found: a lost sheep, a lost coin, and the prodigal son. This week, I experienced my own lost but found story, which like the woman who lost her coin, I feel in gratitude that I need to share it:
Monday night, I opened my backpack to discover that my Bible was missing! The one pocket which I always kept it in, was empty, with the exception of a couple of mechanical pencils. The Bible given to me by my youth minister when I was in high school. With a fast-beating heart, my racing mind concluded of only three places which it could be–accidentally left in a classroom within the McInteer (the Bible building on campus), or possibly the caf. For I clearly remembered using it during my two o’ clock class, though details of it after that were fuzzy.
Yesterday, a mentor of mine spoke in chapel, Dr. Scott Adair. . . . It was both beautiful and hard getting to hear his words. This, is his story:
(Skip to 9:11 for Dr. Adair’s testimony.)
Ἐν ἀρχῇ ἦν ὁ λόγος, καὶ ὁ λόγος ἦν πρὸς τὸν θεόν, καὶ θεὸς ἦν ὁ λόγος.
(En archē ēn ho lógos, kaì ho lógos ēn pròs tòn Theón, kaì Theòs ēn ho lógos.)
No?? How come? I mean, did you not just read a verse from the Gospel?
How about this, does this help?
In beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. John 1:1
No, you don’t have to be a Greek scholar to understand the Bible; however, I utilized this language to make a point. You can’t always just simply read the Bible and expect someone to get it. For the lingo of the Bible can be just as confusing as trying to understand another language. Kind of like being an uneducated Medieval peasant trying to make heads or tails of Latin during a Sunday service. I would probably be the peasant twiddling my thumbs while memorizing where every statue was located, quizzing myself each week until I could sketch every Jesus, Mary, and Gargoyle from memory. Haha, then I would probably get in trouble for doodling. Continue reading
If you have your Bible, please read along with me in Hezekiah 1:1-3:
In the third year of Hoshea son of Elah, king of Israel, Hezekiah the son of Ahaz, king of Judah, began to reign. He was twenty-five years old when he began to reign, and he reigned twenty-nine years in Jerusalem. His mother’s name was Abi the daughter of Zechariah. And he did what was right in the eyes of the LORD, according to all that David his father had done.
If you actually opened your Bible, are you having problems? Are you still flipping through pages confused because you can’t find Hezekiah? And those of you who didn’t look, do you know what is wrong? Continue reading
I was driving down Beebe Capps Expressway last night, with Pizza Hut and Burger King to my left and McDonalds to my right. Their glowing signs attracting my eyes and exciting my stomach. Like any good American, I like fast food. Whoppers are amazing, so is pizza, and who can resist a good sausage burrito, especially since McDonalds now offers them all day long? Because of good advertising, we know what each fast food restaurant sells, such as
Taco Smells Taco Bell sells tacos and burritos, not hamburgers or Chinese food; such as Little Sneezers Little Ceasars sells pizza, and Subweigh Subway sells sandwiches. We know where we can grab a hamburger, a taco, or a pizza, and so we can pick and choose depending on what we’re hungry for. We can pick and choose from the restaurants which dot our streets.
Like any good American, I enjoy fast food. It tastes good (though it may not always be healthy), it’s convenient, and it’s greasy. . . . But how many times are we guilty, of treating the Bible as fast food? Continue reading
- The fourth angel poured out his bowl on the sun, and it was allowed to scorch people with fire. Revelation 16:8 ESV
- While people are saying, “There is peace and security,” then sudden destruction will come upon them as labor pains come upon a pregnant woman, and they will not escape. I Thessalonians 5:3 ESV
- Therefore fathers shall eat their sons in your midst, and sons shall eat their fathers. And I will execute judgments on you, and any of you who survive I will scatter to all the winds. Ezekiel 5:10 ESV
- “Therefore do not pray for this people, or lift up a cry or prayer on their behalf, for I will not listen when they call to me in the time of their trouble. Jeremiah 11:14 ESV
- I wish those who unsettle you would emasculate themselves! Galatians 5:12 ESV
- Then his wife said to him, “Do you still hold fast your integrity? Curse God and die.” Job 2:9 ESV
These passages would make a great Sunday morning sermon, wouldn’t they? Especially if they were presented like this, with no context, right?
NO! How much damage would be done, if a pastor did this? The words of the Bible can be twisted, manipulated, misused, and abused, for both evil and good intentions, if taken out of context.
Keep the Bible in context. Continue reading