Story to Witness

Themes. I can’t find a way to study the Bible without running into more of them. A few months ago I read a book that emphasized a few select passages from Mark’s Gospel. As I read, a theme came to mind that made the whole book of Mark sink in like never before. That night I put down the book I was reading and have not touched it since.

The next morning I began a slow and steady dissection of Mark in order to discover this new theme.

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What is the Wrath of God?

Head’s Up: This post is not meant to be a complete answer to everything related to the wrath of God. In fact, if you read this, you will likely have more questions than answers. For example, I do not seek to justify God’s wrath in the Old Testament. Instead, the goal is to see how the writers of the New Testament approached the wrath of God as a whole in order to understand how we can internalize it as a theology that leads to godliness and a more powerful witness of the goodness of God.

If you’ve ever heard about the wrath of God you likely think about what is typically called Judgement Day. The writers of the scriptures typically refer to this day as “The Day of the Lord.” The Old Testament speaks to this too and it is that reality that many of the first Christians had to deal with. Many of the early Christians knew it would be a day of blessing for those who are in Christ, but there was still fear circulating the expectation of that day. People had many questions then too! When would it come? What would it be like? How bad would it be?

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When You Feel Lack

For this post, I want to discuss something that I think we all struggle with in one way or another. There is no hard and fast rule for this to be sure, but if you are reading this I promise what I am about to say can apply to you in one way or another. I can say that because I was going about my daily routine thinking that I didn’t need to hear this. I felt like I had wisdom, but I was wrong. It’s so nice when God shows up with wisdom that actually changes your thinking, your feelings, and your actions. We just have to be humble enough to receive it. (He’ll help us there too!)

In order to put us on the same page I would like to first define economy. For our purposes, economy will mean “all of our resources, including financial, physical, mental, relational, emotional, and spiritual ones, along with how they should be viewed and approached.” The phrase “Economy of Heaven” will then mean “all of our resources along with how they should be viewed and approached from God’s perspective.” My desire is for us to improve how we approach every aspect of our life, not just our finances, by coming from God’s perspective.

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Why the Page Name?

Welcome to my teaching blog! Please take a minute to read the following about why I named this blog page “Something to Chew On.”

If you’ve ever made the attempt to read the Bible in any detail, you may have discovered some themes that are woven throughout the text. While we often think of the verses that stand out to us because of their clarity, depth of truth, and relevance in our lives, I personally am blown away when I catch a hold of a theme that point to more of God’s character than any individual verse.

One of these such themes is seen in a handful of verses in the New Testament. Here are the main ones:

Like newborn infants, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, 1 Peter 2:2

I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. 1 Corinthians 3:2

In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Hebrews 5:12

These verses address believer using a metaphorical concept common to the time of “drinking milk.” We have all had milk at some point. It is necessary for our growth when we are young. When you are older, though, you should have moved on to a more well-rounded diet. Drinking milk all the time would make you miserable and likely stunt your growth.

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