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The Bible Is Relevant

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Is the Bible Relevant to My Life Today?

Most of us encounter the Bible at some point in our lives, whether that is in the drawer of our hotel nightstand or lying dog-eared and underlined on Grandma’s kitchen table.

If we pause to think about it at all, we may assume that the Bible is an old and difficult book; we can’t possibly understand it or find it helpful.

Or, we may think of the Bible as “magical.” We believe that if we just open to the right page and our eyes fall upon the right lines, we will get an answer we need, or an inspiring word for the day. We may view the Bible as if it were an ancient Magic 8 Ball from God.

The truth is that the Bible is a story. Though a number of different authors wrote it, and generations collected it over many centuries, the Bible tells one tale.

It tells us that we were created by God to be caretakers of his world and to have friendship with him. Instead, we ignored his instructions and rejected him.

This rebellion caused division and brokenness that still haunts us today. We are separated from God and from each other. We even experience inner conflict when we do things we know we should not do, or when we struggle with nagging insecurity and anxiety.

God does not want us to live in this brokenness and division. He planned to restore our relationship with him and with others.

The Bible is the epic story of humanity’s hero, sent by God, to rescue us from sin and sorrow and death. That hero is Jesus Christ, and in the end, the Bible is his story.

If you have never read the Bible, begin where the story begins—in the newly made world of Genesis 1-2. Read about the tragedy that took place in our world in Genesis 3.

Continue on through the Old Testament stories of how God promised to save people from sin. Read about the family of Abraham, the law given to Moses, and the kingly line of David. Trace God’s promise and his plan through all of these stories until it is finally revealed in Jesus.

You could begin reading the Bible by skipping to the “good news” or “gospel” stories told by Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John in the New Testament. Through their eyewitness accounts, God allows us to meet our hero, Jesus, and to know him.

Watch as Jesus frees people from their demons, heals the sick, and offers hope to the desperate. Look at how he takes the full weight of our rebellion and its consequences upon himself when he dies on the cross and how he breaks the power of death when he rises again.

This is where the story becomes our story. Like a “choose-your-own-adventure” book, the Bible forces us to pick a path. Do we accept that Jesus is who the Bible says he is? Do we turn to him to rescue us personally?

Or do we dismiss the Bible as fantasy and persist in making our own way through life?

The Bible’s story and the choice it calls us to make are just as relevant today as ever, because the biblical story is not finished yet.

We still have a place in it.

Is the Bible relevant to your life today?

Yes: Its world is your world, its pain is your pain, its God is the true God, and its hero is the only true hero available to you.

Pick up the Bible, read it, and discover your part in the greatest of all adventures.

by Bibles.net

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The Bible Is LIke…

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Try Reading the Bible. It Will Change Your LIfe

What motivates you to try something new?

Promises. Promises like, “Shed ten pounds,” “find inner peace,” or “drown your sorrows.”

But not everyone wants to try the same things. Treadmills, gardening, golf, pills, and almond milk aren’t for everybody.

So you try out the things that you believe will fulfill their promises.

Coffee promises strength, so you try it because Tuesdays are tough.

Advertisements promise you a satisfied heart through relationships, so you download that dating app.

A better physique promises better respect, so you retreat to the gym.

Promises motivate people.

But don’t we so often face the frustration of those promises failing?

You get motivated, start something, and then give up, because that product, procedure, or practice couldn’t deliver on its promise.

Why do we stay unfulfilled?  Why can we not fill the need to be better, richer, and stronger? Why are we always striving for more?

The answer is simple: Your needs are deeper than the world’s goods are able to meet.

However, there are promises available to you that will never fail. They can both motivate and sustain your life. They can jump-start your day and carry you through all seasons.

What makes these promises different, and why don’t they fail?

The answer lies in the one who makes the promise: God. 

Everything he says is true. And when God makes promises, he always delivers. In fact, the whole story of the Bible is about a God who always keeps his promises.

For “God is not human, that he should lie, not a human being, that he should change his mind. Does he speak and then not act? Does he promise and not fulfill?” (Numbers 23:19, NIV)

The one who made you and knows your every need and every thought decided to speak to you. Through the Bible, you discover what God wants to do in your life if you will listen to him.

God wants to give you freedom from the guilt of your sins, bring you joy, give your heart peace, and take away your fear of the future. He wants to know you, and he wants you to know him too (John 17:3). What our souls long for most, but our minds have a hard time grasping is to know him.

God is the only one who can satisfy the many unfulfilled longings we feel. 

The Bible promises many things, but there’s a special place where it poetically, beautifully speaks about God’s power to transform your life through his Word. These verses come from a song that God wrote through the shepherd, soldier, and king, David. It’s the nineteenth Psalm in our Bible. Here’s what it claims about God’s words,

“More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb. Moreover, by them is your servant warned; in keeping them there is great reward.” (Psalm 19:10-11, ESV)

God’s Words are sweet and they’re valuable.

If we follow them, they keep us out of trouble, and usher blessing into our lives.

God has given us his Word so that we can taste and see that he is good, more to be desired than anything else, that his way is best, and his desire is for our ultimate good.

You’ve tried to listen to many voices telling you how to live well.

You’ve met many empty promises.

Isn’t it time to try something new?

Open the Bible today.

Listen to what the Lord wants to say to you, and see if his Word doesn’t change your life.

by Bibles.net

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There Is No Other Book Like the Bible

by Colin Peckham

There is no other book like the Bible, no book that even remotely compares with the Bible.  No other book has been so often printed or widely distributed in as many languages as the Bible.  Its preservation is miraculous, its circulation amazing.  No other book has influenced human civilization, literature, art or government as has the Bible, nor has any book changed the lives of more people than the Bible.  Its message is timeless.  It will be as equally applicable to the twenty-first century as it was to the first.  It fits men of all ages and is never out of date.  It speaks with equal power to Jew or Gentile, black or white, old or young, learned or ignorant.

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Video: 5 Min
by John Piper at Desiring God

Article: 7 Min

Is the Bible Still Relevant for Today?

by Biblica

Video: 3 Min

Video: 2 Min
by Psallo Collective
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Psalm 19

The heavens declare the glory of God,
    and the sky above proclaims his handiwork.
Day to day pours out speech,
    and night to night reveals knowledge.
There is no speech, nor are there words,
    whose voice is not heard.

Their voice goes out through all the earth,
    and their words to the end of the world.
In them he has set a tent for the sun,
    which comes out like a bridegroom leaving his chamber,
    and, like a strong man, runs its course with joy.

Its rising is from the end of the heavens,
    and its circuit to the end of them,
    and there is nothing hidden from its heat.

The law of the Lord is perfect,
    reviving the soul;
the testimony of the Lord is sure,
    making wise the simple;
the precepts of the Lord are right,
    rejoicing the heart;
the commandment of the Lord is pure,
    enlightening the eyes;
the fear of the Lord is clean,
    enduring forever;
the rules of the Lord are true,
    and righteous altogether.
More to be desired are they than gold,
    even much fine gold;
sweeter also than honey
    and drippings of the honeycomb.
Moreover, by them is your servant warned;
    in keeping them there is great reward.

Who can discern his errors?
    Declare me innocent from hidden faults.
Keep back your servant also from presumptuous sins;
    let them not have dominion over me!
Then I shall be blameless,
    and innocent of great transgression.

Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
    be acceptable in your sight,
    Lord, my rock and my redeemer.

English Standard Version

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Messages: 55 Min

Learning to Love God’s Word

by Mike Kelsey

Video: 5 Min
by Brenton Brown and The Seedbed Company
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Nobody ever outgrows Scripture;
the book widens
and deepens with our years.

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Isaiah 55

“Come, everyone who thirsts,
    come to the waters;
and he who has no money,
    come, buy and eat!
Come, buy wine and milk
    without money and without price.
Why do you spend your money for that which is not bread,
    and your labor for that which does not satisfy?
Listen diligently to me, and eat what is good,
    and delight yourselves in rich food.
Incline your ear, and come to me;
    hear, that your soul may live;
and I will make with you an everlasting covenant,
    my steadfast, sure love for David.
Behold, I made him a witness to the peoples,
    a leader and commander for the peoples.
Behold, you shall call a nation that you do not know,
    and a nation that did not know you shall run to you,
because of the Lord your God, and of the Holy One of Israel,
    for he has glorified you.

“Seek the Lord while he may be found;
    call upon him while he is near;
let the wicked forsake his way,
    and the unrighteous man his thoughts;
let him return to the Lord, that he may have compassion on him,
    and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.
For my thoughts are not your thoughts,
    neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth,
    so are my ways higher than your ways
    and my thoughts than your thoughts.

“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven
    and do not return there but water the earth,
making it bring forth and sprout,
    giving seed to the sower and bread to the eater,
so shall my word be that goes out from my mouth;
    it shall not return to me empty,
but it shall accomplish that which I purpose,
    and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it.

“For you shall go out in joy
    and be led forth in peace;
the mountains and the hills before you
    shall break forth into singing,
    and all the trees of the field shall clap their hands.
Instead of the thorn shall come up the cypress;
    instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle;
and it shall make a name for the Lord,
    an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.”

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Article: 7 Min

The Bible Has Power: 3 Reasons You Want to Read the Bible

by Paul David Tripp at His Blog

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Give ear
and come to me;
listen,
that you
may live.

Isaiah 55:3 NIV
Verse
Deuteronomy 8:3 NIV

Man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the Lord.

Article: 10 Min

You Become What You Eat

by Jon Bloom at Desiring God

Messages: 37 Min

Meet Jesus, the Bread of Life

by Colin Smith

Video: 3 Min
Article: 10 Min

The Bible’s Immeasurable Impact

by Charles Chandler at Decision Magazine

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Your word is a lamp
for my feet,

a light on my path.

Psalm 119:105
Messages: 40 Min

The Sword of the Spirit (Part 2)

by Alistair Begg at Truth for Life

Video: 25 Min
by Immanuel and Thomas at Faith Talks
Verse

Psalm 1

Blessed is the man
    who walks not in the counsel of the wicked,
nor stands in the way of sinners,
    nor sits in the seat of scoffers;
but his delight is in the law of the Lord,
    and on his law he meditates day and night.

He is like a tree
    planted by streams of water
that yields its fruit in its season,
    and its leaf does not wither.
In all that he does, he prospers.
The wicked are not so,
    but are like chaff that the wind drives away.

Therefore the wicked will not stand in the judgment,
    nor sinners in the congregation of the righteous;
for the Lord knows the way of the righteous,
    but the way of the wicked will perish.

English Standard Version

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Chill & Relaxing

By the Streams

by Jonathan Ogden