Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Now, about the Bible...

Yesterday I had lunch with two guys from Thomas Nelson Publishing. They are working with a bunch of postmodern writers, artists and scholars to create a new translation of the Bible called The Voice. I am excited about this translation project because its goal is getting people into Scripture. Check out www.hearthevoice.com to find out more and join in the conversation.

My question for you is: How have you been getting into Scripture lately? There is enormous value to spending time in God’s Word on a daily basis. We’ve all got excuses for not making time to read the Bible. “I don’t understand it.” “It’s irrelevant.” It’s an outdated book.” “I don’t have time.” But here’s the deal. We keep watching Lost even though we don’t understand what’s going on. We make time for what’s important to us. We eat, we sleep, we watch TV, we listen to music. We’ve got time for all of those things, but not time to allow God to speak to us and transform us through His Word?

This is important to me because one of our values at The Point is Biblical Authority. That means that we believe that God has spoken to us, and speaks to us, through the Bible and recognize it as the ultimate authority in our lives. I’ve heard it said this way: The Bible is trustable truth that summons me to live differently.

So, do you trust God’s word enough to spend time reading it and allowing it to change the way you live?

This Sunday we’ll be Gathering. I can’t wait! It’s the first part of our Surviving Christmas series. You don’t want to miss it (and besides that, everyone that comes gets a free Christmas ornament and who couldn’t use another ornament on their tree?). I bet you know someone who needs to be there. Take a risk and invite them.

Monday, November 06, 2006

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Friday, November 03, 2006

Saddened

Two things saddened me greatly as I read the news this morning. First I read about 300 prayer requests that washed ashore on and Atlantic City beach. What saddens me about that is that those requests came from real people with real issues and having them washed up on shore makes it look like the requests were forgotten or tossed out. I am thankful that our Heavenly Father knows our needs before we ask for them, which means that He knew about these requests and was at work in each situation even as they floated around the ocean. I am also saddened by the impression this gives that people don't care, and even though Christians sometimes come across as uncaring there are some of us who do care. And even more important than that is that there is a God who cares.

Secondly, I am saddened by the accusations brought against Ted Haggard, the pastor of a church in Colorado Springs and president of the National Association of Evangelicals. I'm not sure what is true and what is false, but I am saddened by the fact that we live is such a broken and fragile world. It is true that our enemy roams around like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. More than ever I feel the need for protection from my Heavenly Father (lead me not into temptation and deliver me from evil).

I'm ready for some good news.