Study the Bible like a soldier on a mission, not a scholar on a sabbatical.
God picked a junior high girl [to be Jesus' mother]. Jesus was raised by a woman who today, we wouldn't even let her lead a bible study at a high school. But she could raise God.
My desire as a Christian pastor is to see churches raised up as communities of grace ruled by Jesus and led by his gloriously masculine men who work their jobs, eat their meat, drink their beer, romance their wives, study their Bible, and raise their kids in glory and joy
I study the Bible all week, pray to the Lord, and then I speak from my heart. It's all about brutal honesty.
Ultimately I think the difference between reading the Bible and studying it is making the connections between who Jesus is and what he's done.
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