Archive for January, 2014

“Unbiased Bible Study”

Many people are familiar with the mental phenomenon of “frequency Illusion.” It happens when you buy a new car and suddenly, you see the same car everywhere. Or when a pregnant woman suddenly notices other pregnant women all over the place. It’s a passive experience, where our brains seek out information that’s related to us, but we believe there’s been an actual increase icarssurvey_shutterstock_80198854n the frequency of those occurrences. I believe the same spiritual phenomenon happens when we study the Word of God.

Recently, I have been researching the topics of  sacrifice and servant-hood and I am seeing  these  everywhere in the Scriptures right now. I could write volumes from what I’m learning. But God brought me to a recurring realization that I need to be careful when interpreting Scriptures. I should never come to the Word clouded by my own bias and agenda. When we look for Grace, we find it everywhere. When we look for condemnation, we can find that, too. This process has been the downfall of many men and women. The Scriptures are a living, breathing document and are created to speak into our hearts in every situation, but we need to always be cautious.  We need the Holy Spirit to help us “rightly divide” the Word.

Holy Spirit never let me stray from the true intended meaning of the God breathed Word.


1. Curb your prayer life. There are more important things to do with your time.

2. Only read trivial “fluffy” books that will not advance you anyway spiritually or mentally.

3. Stop being social. Too many deep, meaningful relationships can complicate your life.

4. Become introspective and don’t think about anyone but you.

4. Don’t exercise. You deserve to let yourself go.

5. Eat whatever you want. One more be BK Whopper won’t hurt you.

6. Don’t give as much to charity or your church. After all, they will probably misuse it anyway and you deserve that new pair of tennis shoes.

7. Withhold your statements of love and your affection from those around you. They won’t reciprocate… They never have.

8. Let chaos reign in your personal world. An organized home and office is for wimps.

9. Just throw yourself into your job/school. Just get busy doing “things” and avoid any alone time as much as possible.

10. Spend hours and hours on the Internet. Just surf and surf… especially at night.
Who needs sleep!

Or… Delete this list and try something different in 2014.

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