Women Embracing Faith

Thinking Through the Bible

This Year’s Introductions December 29, 2009

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Isn’t it nice to meet new people?  Since I live in “paradise,”  my circle of acquaintances is always in flux.  People come here from all over the world.  It enriches us; gives a new perspective.

This year I’ve  introduced you to four people who can help as you think about the meaning of scripture.  That done, you can then apply it readily to your own circumstances and also stir up your love for God (and other people!)  You’ll be amazed at how this way of reading the Bible lifts your heart and makes your life so much more enjoyable.  First, get what it says right, then get it meaning, then apply it to how you think, act, do.  Lastly, let that meaning roll around in your mind until your awe and love for God wells up.  Then your love for others will spill over.  It is mind first, then will, then emotions. Never in reverse, or worse yet, skip the mind part! These guys can help you do it.  I can too!

Walter Chantry–editor of  Banner of Truth Magazine and author of several books.  He is short and to the point.  Almost crisp.  He gives you sweeping views of biblical truth while applying it with piercing accuracy.  Look him up at http://www.banneroftruth.org      or     http://www.cvbbs.com

Roger Ellsworth–pastor of Parkview Church in Jackson, Tn.  He has written more than 30 books which in simple language explain and apply scriptures verse by verse.  His explanations make you think; his applications stir your emotions.  Find his books at rogerellsworth.com            or cvbbs.com.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones–pastor of Westminister Chapel in London 1939-1968.  His sermons continue to be published and will help you understand the particular context and general biblical principles behind that portion of scripture.  Reading him changed my world-view and my life.  Access him at www. ml-j.org    or    http://www.cvbbs.com.

Ernest C. Reisinger–my pastor and mentor.  He was on the governing board of  Banner of  Truth from 1968-1984.  His books are available at http://www.cvbbs.com.  I helped him edit some of  them.  His gift was in spotting the potential for trouble and exposing it without flinching.  http://www.cvbbs.com   or     http://www.founders.org    are the best places to find him.

Now here’s the rub.  Introductions can lead to no where.  Sometimes new people move here who have their nose up in the air, (intent on looking down it), ready to change everything about our community.  They don’t like the food; they have more money to spend than we do; they think we are stupid, lazy, and uneducated!  Ten winters are about as long as they stay around.  No one really lets them in.

Pastors Reisinger, Chantry, Lloyd-Jones, and Ellsworth are not like that.  They all have pastoral hearts.  Let them into your circle of  friends. They will enrich your spiritual life.

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Charity In All Virtues March 1, 2008

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Thinking through the Bible together and, especially seeking its relevance to life today, calls for a boundary. This boundary has been in Christian circles at least since the 1500’s; I heard about it from one of my favorite dead pastors who put it into practice all the time: “Unity in Essentials, Liberty in Non-Essentials, Charity in All.” Love is, of course, the tip-top of moral excellence. Love is patient, kind, and is not jealous, is not proud or arrogant either (I Corinthians 13). So in thinking about biblical applications, we should assert that when we disagree, patience, kindness, and humility still crown our relationships.

Of course, this is not so easy to pull off. We are to be of one mind in essentials, but what is essential? We are to give each other Christian liberty to disagree over non-essentials, but again, what are the biblical things that open-ended? These issues have to be worked out as we go along. The paramount thing to pull off is to love one another as we define essential and non-essential.

One essential seems to me to be agreement that the Bible is applicable to our lives today no matter where we live, our age, social standing or political preferences. Maybe I’m for green and you don’t even recycle but biblical spirituality means we still are kind, not jealous, and never arrogant.

I flourish in liberty. I dislike to be controlled. I relax in unity. Love shines amidst all moral excellence. Think about it. How does it fit into your life right now?

Carol