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CROSS CREEK DAILY DEVOTION
- Posted by Gloria Critchfield on 03/12/2014
In the Bible, God gives us revelations of Himself which lead us to worship, promises of salvation which stimulate our faith, and commandments expressing His will which demand our obedience. This is the meaning of Christian discipleship. — John Stott
Throughout history, we find many men and women who were passionate about reading, studying, and memorizing Scripture, and their stories remain a source of inspiration for those of us on a journey of faith. Consider the following: Fanny Crosby, a renowned hymn writer who was blind, learned to memorize the Bible as a child. By the time she was ten years old, she had committed the first four books of the Old Testament to memory, as well as the four Gospels. This may be one reason she was able to pen more than eight thousand hymns during the course of her lifetime.
William Wilberforce, famous for his role in abolishing slavery in England, was also known for his memorization of Scripture. Wilberforce would recite psalms while on walks — especially Psalm 119, the longest chapter in the Bible.
Corrie ten Boom, imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II, noted that though they took away her Bible, they could not take away all the Scripture she had stored in her heart.
Each of these individuals discovered the incredible power of the Bible — the inspired Word of God. They knew and understood that the Bible is more than a collection of teachings or a recording of history; it is one of the primary tools through which God communicates with us and changes us.
Jesus tells us, And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. As we study God’s Word, we’re exposed to the truth of who God is and the work He longs to do in our lives. Reflecting on the truth of God’s love, faithfulness, goodness, and justness, as well as His purposes for our lives, is one of the ways He works through us and begins changing our hearts to be more like His.
Regularly reading, studying, and obeying Scripture will transform us, because through the Bible we find encouragement and correction and are challenged to become more Christlike in every area of our lives. And when we use Scripture as the filter and the foundation through which we navigate opportunities and decisions in our lives, then God’s Word becomes the standard for how we live.
The apostle Paul writes:
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Timothy 3:16-17).
God uses the Bible to instruct, correct, and grow us. We don’t study the Bible so we can win trivia quizzes, but so that we can become the kind of people through whom the love and goodness of God freely flows.
Regularly reading, studying, and obeying Scripture will transform us.
The way we approach reading the Bible matters. Before we ever open the great, big Book, we need to take a moment to ask God to meet us and reveal Himself in Scripture. It’s as simple as asking God to speak to us through His Word. And as we read, we need to do so with a humble heart.
This isn’t about reading to simply gain more knowledge or to prove a point, but to encounter God and experience transformation.
As we read and study the Bible, we can know with confidence that God wants to speak to us, transform us, and make us more like His Son, Jesus.
While rewarding, reading the Bible can also be challenging, especially for those who are new to it. If you’re struggling to read the Bible, it may be because of the translation that you’re reading. Consider looking for a new translation — one that’s much easier to digest, such as the New International Version or the New King James Version.
If reading in general is challenging for you, one idea is to consider listening to the Bible. We’re blessed to live in a time when even if you can’t read the Bible, you can still enjoy listening to an audio Bible. Listening to the Bible allows you to dive into the big story of God wherever you are. It’s also important to remember that some parts of the Bible are much more difficult to read than others. That’s where a study Bible can come in handy and help unlock some of the history and context of the time in which the book was written. With a little background, passages that seemed strange and hard to read can become clear and accessible and applicable to your life.
Like any new spiritual practice, studying Scripture may seem hard at first, but know that with practice it will get easier, more enjoyable, and more exciting. ....
Even in Jesus’ time, reading and studying Scripture was an esteemed practice. Each week, people traveled to their local synagogue to read the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament) and some of the prophetic books out loud.
At the start of His ministry, Jesus traveled to the synagogue on Sabbath and stood to read from the book of Isaiah. The passage He read was a specific prophecy of the people’s long-awaited Messiah.
Read Luke 4:16-20
16 He went to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day he went into the synagogue, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written:
18 “The Spirit of the Lord is on me,
because he has anointed me
to proclaim good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners
and recovery of sight for the blind,
to set the oppressed free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”[a]
20 Then he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant and sat down. The eyes of everyone in the synagogue were fastened on him.
How did Jesus fulfill the words of the prophet Isaiah and bring good news?
Scripture is one way God chooses to reveal Himself to us. Through Scripture, we catch a glimpse of God’s character, unrelenting love, and faithfulness. ... Continue Reading... The Gift of Scripture
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- Posted by Vickie Gurney on 02/08/2014
Women's gathering February 21, 2014.
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- Posted by Vickie Gurney on 02/06/2014
Pastor Ray will be leading us through Return to Me says the LORD on Wednesday nights@ 7:00 PM. This is a book by Dr. Frizzell who has pastored churches, authored books and conducted hundreds of prayer/revival conferences. His life-long research is prayer, evangelism, leadership and spiritual awakening. Join us on Wednesday nights after our supper.
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