Fisher of Men

How Is Understanding the Bible Important (or even Possible)?

TheBible is truer than any other book ever published. The Bible was written by God, who always tells the truth. It is a book of trustworthy truths about eternal realities. Jesus and the apostles viewed the Old Testament Scriptures as not only a revelation from God but also a revelation of God. They accepted the factual statements in the Bible and then saw the spiritual implications of its important truths. In the Bible, you find two kinds of facts: simple truths (easily grasped facts) and complex truths (facts that exceed your grasp). You will never plumb the depths of the Bible’s complex truths because God’s thoughts far exceed the collective brainpower of all humanity (Isaiah 55:8–9). It’s no wonder that God doesn’t pretend to tell you everything (Deuteronomy 29:29). It’s also ludicrous ...

Community 101: Finding vs. Building

One of the great myths of relational life is that community is something found. In this fairy tale, community is simply out there – somewhere – waiting to be discovered like Prince Charming finding Cinderella. All you have to do is find the right person, join the right group, get the right job, or become involved with the right church. It’s kind of an “Over the Rainbow” thing; it’s not here, so it must be “over” there. This is why so many people go from relationship to relationship, city to city, job to job, church to church, looking for the community that they think is just around the corner if they can only find the right people and the right place. The idea is that real community exists somewhere, and we simply must tap into it. It’s not something you have to work at; in fact, if you ha...

But I’m Just So Ordinary – From His Heart – August 13

BUT I’M JUST SO ORDINARY One Wednesday night, I asked my congregation some questions: 1. How many of you played Division 1 college athletics?  No hands went up. 2. How many of you were valedictorian of your class?  Four hands went up. (I have a smart church!) 3. How many of you were voted most likely to succeed?  A couple of hands went up. 4. How many were voted most beautiful or most handsome?  No hands went up, except mine.  (I was runner-up most handsome in 9th grade, but I was home schooled.) 5. How many of you were in Who’s Who?  A couple more hands went up. 6. How many of you have not raised your hand yet?  A ton of hands went up. You know what that test proved?  It proved that the vast majority of God’s people are just ordina...

The Call to Care for Creation

About Political and Social Issues Political and social issues are still important when living the Christian life.  Learn what pastors and theologians have to say about voting for Mormons and others who may not be Christians.  Learn how we present the Gospel in a culture where abortion is widely accepted today.  What does Jesus have to say about capital punishment?    What does the Bible say about Christians being involved in politics?  What is God’s calling for Christians as it relates to politics?  Discover answers to many of these questions here at Christianity.com

What Does the Bible Say about Immigration & How Should Christians Respond to Illegal Immigration?

This article is adapted from the eBook, Thinking Biblically about Immigrants and Immigration Reform from the Evangelical Immigration Table. Click here for your free copy. Too often, we’ve not looked to the Scriptures as our primary authority when it comes to forming our views toward immigrants and immigration. A LifeWay Research poll commissioned by the Evangelical Immigration Table in 2015 found that just 12 percent of evangelicals cited the Bible as the primary influencer of their thinking about immigration (LifeWay Research, “Evangelical Views on Immigration,” February 2015). In fact, when it comes to the top factor that informs their views on the topic, more evangelicals cited the media than the Bible, their local church and national Christian leaders combined. Some might pre...

Which Grace Do You Need Most Today? – Love Worth Finding – August 12

Which Grace Do You Need Most Today? August 12 “As every man hath received the gift, even so minister the same one to another, as good stewards of the manifold grace of God.” 1 Peter 4:10 The Bible speaks of the “manifold” grace of God. What does that mean? It means we can experience God’s grace in many ways. For instance, there is singing grace. When Paul and Silas were in prison, God gave them grace to sing (see Acts 16:25). There is speaking grace. Colossians 4:6 says, “Let your speech be always with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” God will give you the ability to talk about your troubles with His grace. God also gives us strengthening grace. Timothy was often sick with many infirmities. Paul told him to “be strong in the grace that is in Ch...

Who Was Manasseh in the Bible? And What Is the Prayer of Manasseh About?

God visits Death Row on a regular basis. Prisoners who have committed unspeakable crimes turn to Jesus Christ to find forgiveness and new life. Outside the prison walls, people react in wonder, resentment, or disbelief that God delights to save such individuals. The Story of King Manasseh King Manasseh in the Bible knew God’s delight firsthand. From his grimy cell on Babylon’s death row, he looked back on years of unspeakable crimes—worshipping the sun and stars in the Lord’s own Temple, shedding the blood of innocent people, sacrificing his own sons to idols. He realized his high-handed rebellion against God had brought him nothing but pain. Then he looked up to the God of his fathers and cried out for help. Thankfully, the Lord always hears the cries of the humble and delights to answer ...

A Prayer for When You Need a Reset – Your Daily Prayer – August 11

A Prayer for When You Need a Reset in Faith and Life By Jennifer Waddle “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.” (2 Corinthians 5:17 NKJV) Have you ever been going strong…for days, weeks, and even months, until one day you realize you’re not? You wonder of it’s just a slump or a phase or a hormonal spike, then admit it’s not going away…whatever it is. To utter the words, “I think I need a reset,” can be scary. But what if? What if God, in all of His Sovereignty, leads us to those vulnerable places? What if all along, He is allowing us to run out of steam so that we will finally…stop? What if a “reset” is exactly what you need? And what does that really mean? I found some interesting descriptions of...

What Does the Bible Say about Dinosaurs?

Why would God create dinosaurs? Some Christians argue dinosaurs could not have existed because God would not create such creatures that could wreak havoc upon human civilization. Enormous amounts of archeological evidence deter this argument, but we should also note the Bible mentions God created several other ferocious animals. For instance, he created a fish large enough to swallow the prophet Jonah. Although no one would want to be ripped apart by a T-Rex, spending several days digesting in the belly of a sea creature doesn’t sound like a great way to go either (Jonah 1:17). Daniel found himself face-to-face with a pack of lions in an enclosed den (Daniel 6). Even though God chose to shut the mouths of the lions so they wouldn’t consume this prophet, in most instances, lions don’t go ea...

Answers for Each Day – August 10

True Satisfaction Isaiah 14:12-15 records the fall of Satan.  Created as God’s archangel, we read about the dissatisfaction that got him in trouble, “How you are fallen from heaven, O Lucifer, son of the morning! How you are cut down to the ground, you who weakened the nations!  For you have said in your heart:  ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’  Yet you shall be brought down to Sheol, to the lowest depths of the Pit.” Clearly his problem was pride.  “I will, I will, I will…I am going to be like God.”  He wasn’t s...

How Can Modern Readers Better Understand the Creation Story in Genesis 1?

Author’s Statement Concerning Inspiration and Truthfulness of the Bible As you read this you may question my position on the inspiration and truthfulness of the Bible. So let me state up front that I am a firm believer in the divine inspiration of the Bible. I also hold firmly to the truthfulness of the Bible. And that includes this first chapter of Genesis. The Ancient Culture of Genesis 1 The culture of the Ancient Near East (ANE), including the early Hebrews, was very different from ours today. So much of what we take for granted today was unknown then. Science, technology, communications, modern healthcare and sanitation, education, 40-hour work weeks. None of that existed. Life was hard and uncertain. Travel was slow and uncommon. Your world was generally limited to your immediate sur...

Should Sheep Shop? (2019)

I was once asked by another pastor how he should feel about all of the sheep swapping going around in his city. In the Bible, those in Christ are often referred to as “sheep” and pastors as “shepherds.” From this, there have come all kinds of catchphrases in regard to church life, most notably “sheep swapping,” which is when people move from one local church to another.  More to the point, it should probably be called “sheep shopping.” So, is that ever a good thing?  Always a bad thing?  Something in between? Yes. Five good reasons to shop around: The teaching veers away from historic orthodoxy. The leadership consistently lacks integrity. Habitual disunity has infected the community. The mission has no focus or clarity. The church’s finances lack necessary accountability. &...