Elijah, Mt. Carmel, and the Still, Small Voice

I spend the majority of my time in Bible study re-learning things I thought I knew, and this is especially the case in the Old Testament. I’ve written before of the story of King David and how I learned that he wasn’t the paragon of virtue I was taught that he was. In the same way, the prophet Elijah isn’t without his flaws. The real point is, if we don’t see these men as flawed, we miss the real point of their stories. 

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QOTD: John Piper on Mastering Your Bible

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I've long thought that our goal as Bible readers isn't to check off a Reading Plan list; it's more than that. But for the longest time I didn't know what it was. John MacArthur said once that Scripture isn't an end in itself, only a means to an end--and that end was knowing God. But before we can know God, we must know His Word. Therefore, our goal is to become fluent, biblically fluent. We are to achieve mastery of this great book so that we can come to know God in full, holistic, deep ways.

You Have an Obligation: Hebrews 5:11-14

The overall theme of Hebrews is the supremacy of Christ, but it isn't just that. It isn't a showroom where we are to come in and marvel at the glory of Christ as if in a museum, displayed behind bulletproof glass. We are to marvel at His wonderful work of mediation, to draw near to God, to meditate on Christ, to engage our minds in spiritual growth. In a word, we are to use the gifts Christ has given us and experience God because of the work He accomplished.

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