Do You Know When to Remain Silent?

11 Lessons from Mark 9

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Whenever a person is arrested in America, they are informed by the police that they have the right to remain silent. Whether the person avails themself of that right is a matter of wisdom.

In the world of Christianity, we hear sermons and read books about the importance of speaking. That speaking may be described as preaching, teaching, sharing, or witnessing. We are urged to speak up, to confess our faith, to provide a verbal witness.

In the 9th chapter of Mark’s gospel, we read of times when silence is commanded or preferred. Below are eleven lessons from Mark 9. These lessons teach us that we should avoid often the urge to run our mouths. These are times we should remain silent.

10 John Calvin Quotes on Psalm 44

Look to God Alone When Misery Comes

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John Calvin, the Genevan Reformer is a great source when we consider the questions posed in Psalm 44. How do we wed the awful miseries of our lives with the greatness of our God?

John Calvin applies his rich theology to this text. Here are ten statements from his commentary for our instruction and comfort.

Living with Conviction in 2017

The Scriptures Are Absolutely Truthful and Trustworthy

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Dictionaries close out each year by choosing a word of the year. This year these words were chosen by various influential dictionaries: post-truth (Oxford), surreal (Merriam-Webster), and xenophobia (dictionary.com). In a twist to this tradition, I am proposing a word for the upcoming year. My choice is a word that has been bouncing around in my mind for a little while. That word is conviction. It is a word previous generations of believers used on a regular basis. Perhaps we use it less today because we have become less convictional in our faith and living.

A Guide to Interpreting Lists

The Lord's Prayer

In this article we are continuing to examine lists in the Bible. More particularly, we are considering how best to interpret these lists. The previous two articles in this series are:

This time let’s take a look at The Lord’s Prayer as recorded in Matthew 6:9-13. (Luke also gives an account in Luke 11:2-4). This prayer serves as a model given by the Lord to his disciples when they asked Jesus to teach them to pray.

A Guide to Interpreting Lists

The Ten Commandments

 

The most popular list in all of the Bible is undoubtedly The Ten Commandments. It is the original Top Ten list. So popular is this list that one might have difficulty recalling the list without picturing Charlton Heston in his theatrical role as Moses. The issue before us is one of interpreting this list.

A Guide to Interpreting Bible Lists

 

Most people use lists. We use them to aid us in grocery shopping, to accomplish our daily tasks, and to work on projects. David Letterman made a name for himself on late night television by including a ten point list during each of his shows.

The Bible also uses lists to recount details, to catalogue bits of information, and to instruct us. Particularly with the instruction type of lists in the Bible, we discover a literary device that is often employed. By understanding this device, our learning and application of listed instructions will certainly be enhanced.