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Why is the Bible Confusing

Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.” II Timothy 2:15 KJV Recently, during a Wednesday night Bible study, my wife Karen raised her hand to ask a question. We had just spent a good amount of time working through a rather difficult passage and had come to some solid conclusions as to the interpretation of the verses. I called on her and she asked this question, “Why don’t those verses just say it a little clearer? Why does the Bible have to be so confusing?” Good question. Maybe you’ve wondered the same thing. Caught off guard, I mumbled a few weak responses and we moved on with the study. On my way home that

Keep Fishing

“Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men.” Matthew 4:19 ESV Two weeks ago I challenged you to discover the meaning of a parable. It was a story about an earthworm that escaped the jaws of death, being pulled to safety by an impatient angler. Herein is the interpretation of the tale: The worm on the hook is the gospel of Jesus Christ. The boy holding the pole is the Christian and the lake is the world of men. The lad who was fishing never saw the hungry trout approaching the worm. If he had, he would have been known that he was not fishing in an “empty hole.” He would have allowed the worm to do its job and then patiently waited for the bite. The gospel is the power of God leading to t

Life; as told from the viewpoint of a wide-eyed wiggler

The following is a parable; a tale told from the perspective of a wide-eyed wiggler… A single shot of lead flew through the chilled, morning air that blanketed Hidden Lake. Landing on the quiet waters, it sunk rapidly to the bottom, dragging its thick yellow line to the edge of Barrows Ridge. Resting on the submerged rock ledge, a hidden hook floated harmlessly in the current. The lead sinker had hit its mark and now it was only a matter of time. A night crawler watched with bulging eyes as a school of lake trout cautiously approached. Having endured the humiliation of being impaled on the rusty hook, it now braced for the inevitability of being eaten alive. What had it done to deserve such

May Love Grow... 1

Love may Grow… “Let your fountain be blessed, and rejoice with the wife of your youth, a lovely deer, a graceful doe.” Proverbs 5:18 ESV I’m ready to come out of the closet. I am an unabashed, album-carrying member of the Karen Carpenter fan club, and I have been since the mid 70’s. There, I said it. I can still see her album sitting on my dresser, the one with the big, red heart. Every time Karen opened her mouth; it was like honey poured onto a hot biscuit. The music she produced during her short life lives on in those who will never forget her rich voice. It is a sad but interesting fact that Karen never experienced the love that she sang about. Love is a difficult creature to find, muc

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