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Don’t Let Historical Knowledge Replace Your Relationship With Jesus

In the information age there is a temptation to gather various data concerning all sorts of things and I would encourage exploration, but never lose sight of the words of Solomon. “The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body. The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person” (Ecclesiastes 12:11-13).

Learning things outside the Bible is a must if we are going to earn a living and contribute to our families by making money and teaching them how to interact in the world in which we live, but every pursuit should have God in mind. We should be most concerned about what he thinks and desires. He created us and not the other way around. It is in God’s love that he desires our prosperity and enjoys our praise and worship. Never forget that Jesus died on the cross for our salvation. His death was the payment for our sin and we inherit salvation when we repent and believe in the work that Jesus did on the cross for us. If we refuse the gift of Jesus Christ we will inherit damnation and no amount of self-help books or the power of positive thinking will help you.

In all your pursuits remember it is Jesus who is the way, the truth and the life. If you ever lose sight of him, you lose sight of everything that will matter when you pass from this life unto the next.

How to “Spend” Your Tax Refund

Planetary Nebula NGC 2818, Hubble Space Telescope
Spring is a dangerous time of year for your financial security. I know so many of you will be getting a tax refund; some of you may be getting money back from both Uncle Sam and your state. The danger is that you blow the money on a want, rather than focus on your needs.

And that’s a shame, because chances are your refund could be a serious chunk of change. The average refund last year on federal returns was nearly $2,800.

Don’t you dare spend that money on a vacation or a new flat screen. Or anything that qualifies as a “want”. You are to focus on needs first.

My short list of important needs:

  1. Pay off high-interest credit card debt.
  2. Pay-down a high interest car loan.
  3. Pay down student loan debt.
  4. Build up your emergency savings. 8 months of living expenses is the ultimate goal.
  5. Fund a Roth IRA.



bolsxyzSometimes your interrupted sleep may be an angel. It may be the prayer prayed or the fast you have committed to. Answer it. Get out of your bed and pray a short prayer of your desire. If your are with your spouse in bed, go downstairs, bathroom, or hallway. You need not take to long. The angel is busy. Pray and then go back to sleep. I assure you, the nudge you experience will be no more. Do not miss these opportunities.


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Simply put hermeneutics is the method of interpreting scripture for present day translation and explanation of the Biblical text. These methods and principles, however, are often drawn from outside of scripture in historical, literary, or other fields.[1]

The role of the interpreter would be most significant as the affect is felt on today’s reader as the original readers are neither present as well as the authors. Today we live and act on what we interpret the scripture to mean and thus create for ourselves either major pitfalls or success in our walk with Christ. Hence, the interpreter in our reading “A woman explained to her therapist that God had told her to divorce her husband and marry another man (with whom she was romantically involved). She cited Paul’s command in Eph 4:24 (KJV), “Put on the new man,” as the key to her “divine” guidance. As humorous as this sounds, she was absolutely serious.”[2] This interpretation changed the course of this woman’s life.

The interpreter faced with a difficult passage of scripture one in which he doesn’t want to follow and has seen another Christian not follow will read into the text something less abrasive. Instead of interpreting the scripture that says love your neighbor as yourself, meaning love mankind, they interpret it to mean love only those who love you. This impact could be bad when dealing with enemies because then you would not show them the love of God.

How important is this component? It is important to note that “though we will argue that objective certainty in interpretation will always elude our grasp, we do propose a critical approach that will provide standards and tactics to guide us in navigating through the variable and subjective human factors.[3]


[2] H. L. Bussell, Unholy Devotions (Grand Rapids: Zondervan, 1983), 119.

[3] Klein & Blomber & Hubbard, Introduction to Biblical Interpretation (Thomas Nelson, 1993, 2004), 8.