It’s the Bible, Not a Telephone Game

The Recovering Legalist

Dear friends,

This afternoon I was skimming through posts on Facebook and came across a discussion on the reliability of the Bible. A lady named Shannon questioned the claim that the Bible we have today is the same scripture from thousands of years ago.

Shannon asked, Ever play the game telephone? Try doing that over a course of a couple of centuries and a few languages.” 

Well, I felt I should engage Shannon, so I offered her some resources I thought might be helpful. I want to share them with you guys, too.

First, please try to find a copy of the book God’s Word In Our Hands: The Bible Preserved for Us. I have a copy in my library and let me tell you, it is an invaluable resource.

Click on the picture of the book for a link to Amazon.

Secondly, if you can take…

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VerseD: Psalm 119:11

I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.
Psalm 119:11, ESV

This goes beyond memorizing Scripture.

We read, study, and share the Word of God that the Word of God (Jesus) dwells more deeply in and through us.

What Are Your Expectations?

You can expect some solid teaching from Anthony today. What is a good expectation?

Daniel

Proverbial Thought (& More)

Proverbs 11:23

“The desire of the righteous is only good: but the expectation of the wicked is wrath.”

Righteous People

When we think of the term “righteous,” think of someone who is fair and just, for that is what the word entails. We’re not necessarily talking about a pious saint, or something, but a decent, God-fearing man or woman.

What are the characteristics of this type of person? The proverb says they “desire…only good.”

Now, some interpret this verse in such a way as to say, “The godly can look forward to a reward,” as in the New Living Translation. The ESV says that the desire of the righteous “ends only in good.” But I think it is better to interpret this verse as saying, “The object of the desire of the righteous is good.”

Righteous people are good people; they want good things to happen. And usually, because of their…

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VerseD: Galatians 5:1

For freedom, Christ set us free. Stand firm then and don’t submit again to a yoke of slavery.
Galatians 5:1, CSB

Sin binds us and drives us into the ground (figuratively and literally, to death).

Christ has freed us by His blood from this, to be able to freely choose to love Him.

VerseD: Hebrews 12:14

Strive for peace with everyone, and for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.
Hebrews 12:14, ESV

We should neither be contentious nor rude. However, we seek truth and to share truth. The Truth is Christ, through whom we have salvation, and He offends those set on sin.

Are You Glad?

VerseD: Exodus 20:16

“You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.”
Exodus 20:16, CSB

Lying about or to someone, failing to defend someone, and falsely reassuring someone (such as saying to a non-Christian everything will be okay …) is slapping the image of God within them in the face.

Lying to a person is attempting to lie to the God of Truth.