Read Your Bible – Ryan Andrew.

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Convicted yet?

I’ve no shortage of sympathy for those who struggle with reading the Bible daily. Being consistent in anything, let alone reading, is difficult, but we have to press on and ask God for a hunger for His Word. Once we realize the value of Scripture (which, I’ll admit, takes time), it becomes significantly easier to willingly and eagerly immerse ourselves in the refreshing, invigorating Truth of Scripture. It’s one of those things that you don’t value (at least not as you ought) until you don’t have it (or do have it, for those of us who suck at consistency). We just have to sit still long enough to recognize the beauty and joy that the Word holds.

Dwight L. Moody once said, “The Bible will keep you from sin, or sin will keep you from the Bible.” I think (and this goes for me as much, if not more, than anyone else) that we need to take a step back from our lives and truly evaluate our priorities and examine our hearts (especially) when we’re not making time for the Word; this is an indication that we are putting something in our lives (which is almost undoubtedly an idol) above the place of that which sanctifies us (John 17:17), provides spiritual nourishment (Matthew 4:4), is our weapon against sin and temptations (Ephesians 6:17), and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting, and training in righteousness (2 Timothy 3:16). It’s pretty difficult to overstate the importance of the Word, and yet our lives don’t reflect that. That’s pretty convicting.

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Reading is good, you should do it.

We (myself included) would sooner check Facebook to see what someone says about something trivial than check our Bibles to see what God says about things which actually matter. We put the folly of this world above the wisdom of God as though it could satisfy us. We must remember that all such vain pursuits are but broken cisterns. This isn’t to say that checking Facebook (or things of that nature) is inherently sinful (though  sometimes, and maybe more often than not, the desires which lead us there are), but that  we need to check our priorities and remind ourselves of that which is of first importance.  “When Judgment Day comes, we will regret the waste of a single moment not used for the glory of Christ. We will, however, not regret one moment we spent diligently studying God’s Word and hiding it in our heart. We will only wish we’d spent more moments doing this” -Dr. Andrew Davis.

I’m not necessarily trying to urge you to memorize Scripture (not just yet at least), but the point is that our time is infinitely better spent (literally) reading and studying and meditating upon God’s Word than any earthly pursuit. When mindful of this, I think it’s nigh impossible to put other things before our pursuit of God through His Word. The trouble then is being mindful of it. We’re all guilty of royally screwing our priorities – putting anything, at any place or point in time, before God – but fortunately for us there’s grace for that. What’s keeping you from the Word?

A True Myth – Dean Dickens

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If you’re a Christian and have spent any significant amount of time on the internet, you have most definitely read someone mocking the Christian faith. If you’re really lucky, you may have even spotted the type of person who does this by comparing belief in God to belief in Santa and unicorns. Those guys always put a smile on my face; and the inspiration for the name of this blog actually came from an interaction with one such individual.

Once upon a time, in a YouTube comment section, (I know, great way to start a story right?) I made a comment (It was a darker time in my life) about the reliability of the gospel accounts and the testimony of ancient, extra-biblical historians about Jesus of Nazareth. The individual I wrote to replied back and called me a “delusional Christian mythologist.” I thought the insult was pretty creative for an internet troll, not to mention downright hilarious, so it stuck with me for a while. Sometime later, I was reminded of a quote by J.R.R. Tolkien from his essay, “On Fairy Stories.”  The quote reads:

The Gospels contain a fairystory, or a story of a larger kind which embraces all the essence of fairy-stories. They contain many marvels—peculiarly artistic, beautiful, and moving: “mythical” in their perfect, selfcontained significance; and among the marvels is the greatest and most complete conceivable eucatastrophe. But this story has entered History and the primary world; the desire and aspiration of sub-creation has been raised to the fulfillment of Creation. The Birth of Christ is the eucatastrophe of Man’s history. The Resurrection is the eucatastrophe of the story of the Incarnation. This story begins and ends in joy. It has pre-eminently the “inner consistency of reality.” There is no tale ever told that men would rather find was true, and none which so many sceptical men have accepted as true on its own merits. For the Art of it has the supremely convincing tone of Primary Art, that is, of Creation. To reject it leads either to sadness or to wrath.

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Like a boss

The gospel is both true and beautiful. With each passing day, I become more convinced of its’ truth and more enraptured by its’ beauty. The atoning work of Christ is fantastic, the eucatastrophy1 of history. It is not just true, a cold and indifferent fact of reality; but neither is it just myth, fascinating and wonderful, yet utterly false. It is the greatest story ever told, True Myth. So genuine and certain, it moves men to believe. So enchanting and aweful2, it moves men to worship. So beautiful and elegant, it moves men to weeping.

1 A word Tolkien coined meaning, in his own words, “the sudden happy turn in a story which pierces you with a joy that brings tears… because it is a sudden glimpse of Truth.” (J.R.R. Tolkien, Letter 89.)
2 Full of awe. It’s a word, I don’t care what the dictionary says.