Bible Reading

Bring It On … To Scripture

Mark 4:24–25

“Consider carefully what you hear,” Jesus continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” (NIV)

This enigmatic observation by Jesus follows the parables of the seeds and the lamp beneath the basket (for nothing is concealed except to come to light -v 22).

“With the measure you use to measure, it will be measured to you” is the literal translation of the phrase. Keep in mind, Jesus’ words are a commentary on the previous parables. He’s suggesting that what you bring to the Word (i.e., what soil you are) is the measure you’re bringing as you measure what you hear.

Do you bring skepticism and doubt?

Expect to go away unfulfilled.

Do you bring inattention and distraction? Are you not really looking for the Lord to speak and to reveal?

Expect to go away with nothing more than your own thoughts. 

Do you come hungry, aching for a word from the Lord – searching for direction?

Expect to be filled.

“For to the one who has,” that is, the one with a fertile heart, “more will be given, and the one who does not have,” who does not have a fertile heart ready to receive the seed of the Word, “even what he has will be taken away.”

All that’s to say, how we come to God determines how (or if!) God comes to us. In Jeremiah 29:13 God speaks and says, “You will find me when you seek me with your whole heart.” The negative of this is “You will not find me – I will not come to you – when you seek me half-heartedly.”

Reading the Bible isn’t meant to be a task to check off your daily to-do list. It’s an opportunity for God to break through and speak words of life to you. But whether you experience God or not is determined by the state of your spirit when you pick up the Scriptures.

Bible Study Time blog

Lunchtime Bible Study

We’re excited to announce that there’s a new opportunity to study the Bible at Raytown Christian Church. Starting this Friday (February 10, 2017) at noon, Dr. Bill will be leading a 30 minute live Bible study using a combination of online tools.

This interactive study is open to literally anybody around the world who has online access to YouTube and to Twitter. Read more “Lunchtime Bible Study”

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Faith Sharing Isn’t an Option

When I was preparing for last week’s message on Courage Regenerated, I was struck with an insight I’d never noticed before.

In Matthew 10, Jesus commissions twelve disciples to be apostles (a disciple is someone who follows and an apostle is someone who is sent). He then launches into a lengthy training discourse to prepare them for the work he sends them out to accomplish. They’re told where to go, who to look for, what to do, and even a bit on how to do it. But then in the midst of the instructions, he acknowledges that the work he’s sending them out to do is difficult. Read more “Faith Sharing Isn’t an Option”