Personal Meditation on the Bible

The Bible was not written to us, but for us. Scripture was written to real people in real places.

When it comes to Bible reading and studying it diligently, remember one thing if you’d forget all else — Context is King — do not isolate texts from each other.

All Scripture study must be opened by a key called Prayer: "Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law." ( Psalm 119:19). To go to God, we must come with God.

Essential questions to ask yourself in personal study of Scripture:

(1) What does it say?
(2) Why does it say it here?
(3) What does it mean?
(4) What is its significance?
(5) What is the authorial intent?
(6) Who is the audience?
(7) Why was this book written?

Here read more of my Personal Meditation on the Bible.

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Firmly Fixed in the Heavens

Forever, O Lord, your word
 is firmly fixed in the heavens.
 Your faithfulness endures to all generations;
 you have established the earth, and it stands fast.
 By your appointment they stand this day,
 for all things are your servants.
 If your law had not been my delight,
 I would have perished in my affliction.
 I will never forget your precepts,
 for by them you have given me life.
 I am yours; save me,
 for I have sought your precepts.
 The wicked lie in wait to destroy me,
 but I consider your testimonies.
 I have seen a limit to all perfection,
 but your commandment is exceedingly broad.

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God’s Chemo for Cancered Souls

What to do, Soul?
What to do with sin?
Ah, look!
What to do, Soul?

What to do, Soul?
Your heart full of grief?
Full of shame?
Full of guilt?
Full of filth?

What to do, Soul?
What to do?

Oh, look! Come!
'Turn, then, my soul, unto thy rest!'
Come and see, what?
God’s chemo for cancered souls — the Lord Jesus Christ!

"Then the LORD said to Moses, "Make a fiery serpent and mount it on a pole. When anyone who is bitten looks at it, he will live." - Numbers 21:8.

"And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, so must the Son of Man be lifted up." - John 3:14.

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Writer’s Perspective

"In the study of literature, common sense (poet Gerard Manley Hopkins assures us) is never out of place." A great work of literature are those which the writer has mastered the 'art' of tone in their works. Furthermore, a writer must choose their words carefully — words really matter.

Who is a writer? Why write? What is your story? Three necessary questions for productivity in the field of literature. Note I've not said success, but productivity. Success is a by-product.

"If you can think, and speak, and write, you are absolutely DEADLY! Nothing can get in your way." - Jordan Peterson.

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Rock, Fortress, & Deliverer

I love you, Lord, my strength.

The Lord is my rock, my fortress and my deliverer;
 my God is my rock, in whom I take refuge,
 my shield and the horn of my salvation, my stronghold.

I called to the Lord, who is worthy of praise,
 and I have been saved from my enemies.
 The cords of death entangled me;
 the torrents of destruction overwhelmed me.
 The cords of the grave coiled around me;
 the snares of death confronted me.

In my distress I called to the Lord;
 I cried to my God for help.
From his temple he heard my voice;
 my cry came before him, into his ears.

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Thompson Lengels

Thompson Lengels

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