We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

Studying the Word…For a year

Recently, a mother wrote to me and asked me for my opinion on an idea she had; her idea was to have her kids study the Word of God for a whole here…as their schoolwork. Here is what I wrote to her:

I recommend using the video series, That the World May Know by Ray Vander Laan. I would also include the history of each time period…for example, I would recommend studying the Bronze and Iron ages in connection with the book of Joshua and Judges. [ Note: the iron age started in Judges.] I would spend a significant amount of time there. I would also have them study Hebrew and later Greek during this year of study. Oh, and I would encourage you to go to Israel and tour the land with a good group (talk about an awesome field trip!) I might be taking a group in April, Lord willing.

Basically, studying the history, archaeology, and context of Scripture will provide a wonderful accompaniment to your studies as you use Scripture as your main text.


Published in: on June 11, 2012 at 8:03 pm  Leave a Comment  

Lightning Bugs

Lightning bugs–they’re every child’s summer pastime at one point or another!

What you might not realize is that the lightning bugs that light up the sky at night are the males. Would you like to know what the females are doing? They’re down in the ground, hiding under bushes, and sending up little flickers of light to attract the males. When the male sees this, he zooms down to the female. Can you guess what the female does next? No–she eats him!

The lightning bug has a chemical inside of it called luciferen. This chemical was untapped by mankind until just a few years ago. This chemical is what creates the lightning bug’s light.

Luciferen is also the Latin word for Lucifer–meaning “light bringer.” Lucifer, the most beautiful of all God’s angelic realm, was created as an angel of light. In Ezekiel 28 the Scripture tells us that he was once extremely beautiful. In Ezekiel 28 & Isaiah 14, we are told that created in Lucifer’s body are precious gems and musical instruments. God created Lucifer to be the cherubim that covered the throne of God. He was the reflection of God’s glory. But Lucifer turned his back and no longer wished to reflect the glory of God.

Today we have a distorted view of Lucifer–we view him as a demon with a pointed tail and horns on his head. But don’t be fooled. He offers sights and sounds and experiences that are extremely beautiful and pleasureable. In fact, according to the Bible, sin is pleasurable. All around us Lucifer uses alluring sights and sounds to attract the unsuspecting so that they might be taken captive at his will, or, like the lightning bug, be devoured.