Category Archives: Thinking Biblically

Biblical Strategies Today Episode 3: The Importance of Scripture Retrieval

Biblical Strategies Today Episode 3: The Importance of Scripture Retrieval

Lesson 6: 12th Man Training – Dependence on the Spirit – Part 1

Lesson 6: 12th Man Training – Dependence on the Spirit – Part 1

Jesus was full of the Spirit, and led my the Spirit when he followed the Spirit into the wilderness (Luke 4:1).This lesson gives us practical advice for ways to walk in the Spirit, and live by the Spirit (Galatians 5:16, 25).  

Three Questions to Prepare for Change

The Christian life is about growing and changing. Three questions are essential. Each question includes a member of the Trinity. Questions #1: What does God think? When Peter attempted to move Jesus away from the suffering of the cross (Matt. 16:21-28) notice Jesus’ admonition. But Jesus turned and said to Peter, “Get out of my way,Continue Reading

Why both offense and defense matter…

For several years now I have been memorizing the verses in the Bible with the lie/truth formula. I discover one of temptation’s lies: If it feels right it must be right, and I find the corrosponding biblical truth to memorize: “put off your old self, which belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt thoughtContinue Reading

Walking in the Spirit – Step 3

Walking Truth 3: Be Focused. Developing daily habits requires changing habitual thought patterns (Eph. 2:2-3; 4:18).  . . . You formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. Among them we tooContinue Reading

Having the right thoughts matters to God

It’s hard to describe what goes on in the thinking process. It often feels like we’re not in control of it: like a thought is suddenly there.  Often our senses trigger these thoughts. The smell of a lake always takes me back to my teenage fishing experiences. The taste of a cider donut sends myContinue Reading

Remembering that life is a “Y”

Years ago someone introduced me to the benefit of viewing my life through the letter “Y.” That singular image has helped me understand the desires of my heart (and the consequences of following those desires) more than any other image. I continue to use it in discipling, counseling, and with anyone who is willing toContinue Reading

Idols of the heart

If you’ve read the Bible, then you know it’s no secret that God hates idols (Deut.32:21). I know it’s a strong word. We usually think of God and love in the same sentence not God and hate. I used to think that God’s abhorrence of idol worship was simply about his glory (Ex. 20:2-6). After all,Continue Reading

Heaven is the real world…

I fell in love with another Bible verse recently. Probably because it awakened me to a subtle error I had been participating in. The book of Colossians tells us to “Seek those which are above, where Christ is, sitting at the right hand of God. Set your mind on things above, not on things on theContinue Reading

Listening and obeying

The Bible says a great deal about listening to God’s voice. When we read his Word we need to be attentive listeners. When we hear his Word taught we need to be asking “How can I change because of what I have heard?” Author Ken Ramey captures this truth well, Listening is hard work becauseContinue Reading