Charles E Whisnant
I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008. I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969. I have four grown children. Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio
- "God has filled my mind with zeal to spread his Kingdom and to further the public good. I am also duly clear in my own conscience, and have God and the angels to witness, that since I undertook the office of teacher in the church, I have had no other purpose than to benefit the church by maintaining the pure doctrine of godliness."
John Calvin, To the Reader (1559), Institutes of the Christian Religion
- "Perhaps the duty of those who have received from God fuller light than others is to help simple folk at this point, and as it were to lend them a hand, in order to guide them and help them to find the sum of what God meant to teach us in his Word."John Calvin, Subject Matter of the Present Work (from the French edition of 1560), Institutes of
“I had perceived by experience, how that it was impossible to stablish the lay people in any truth, except the scripture were plainly laid before their eyes in their mother tongue, that they might see the process, order, and meaning of the text.” William Tyndale, 1530
MISUNDERSTANDING THE BIBLE, OF ANY TRANSLATION, WILL LEAD TO A MISUNDERSTANDING OF THE ORIGINAL INTENT OF WHAT GOD WANTED TO SAY IN THE FIRST PLACE.
- Let me say this: That inspiration and authority is ascribed to the original manuscripts alone: The Old Testament in Hebrew….. and the New Testament in Greek…. Being immediately inspired by God..are therefore authentic; so as all controversies of religion the church is finally to appeal unto them.
- Any and all English versions without exception is dependent on, subordinate to, inferior to and subject to correction by the original texts of the Scripture in Hebrew and Greek. Nor is any translation singled out as the standard by which all other translations are to be judged; such a position would usurp the unique and sole authority of the original language of Scriptures
- WE CAN STILL HAVE THE CONFIDENCE THAT GOD HAS PRESERVED ENOUGH OF THIS WORD THAT IN WHATEVER TRANSLATION THE BIBLE HAS BEEN TRANSLATED INTO, THERE IS ENOUGH TO BRING ABOUT THE SALVATION OF THOSE WHOM CHRIST DIED FOR ON THE CROSS.
HOW CAN WE DECIDE WHAT A ‘GOOD’ BIBLE TRANSLATION IS?
Let’s start with what the Bible itself provides us with some crucial guidance, not necessarily with specific instructions about how to translate, but with the foundation, explaining why Bible translation is part of God’s plan for the church
TRANSLATION BASED ON BIBLE’S COMMAND:
- Does not mean merely translating the Bible and then throwing the completed version at some prospective disciple. We need to include evangelism and a process of growth that involves much teaching.
FIRST THERE NEEDS TO BE A TRANSLATING:
- to reproduce a written or spoken text in a different language while retaining the original meaning.”
GOD GAVE US HUMAN LANGUAGES:
- “A system of communication with its own set of words.”
Do you try to connect with God the Santa Claus way or the Jesus way?
The Santa way says,
You better watch out,
You better not cry,
You better not pout,
I'm telling you why,
Santa Claus is coming to town.
The Jesus way says,
"I lay down my life for the sheep" (John 10:15).
"Whoever comes to me I will never cast out" (John 6:37).
Watch John Piper commend the Jesus way:
Bad News: Santa Claus Is Coming to Town
We live in parallel worlds. As Philip Yancey says,
- "One world consists of hills and lakes and barns and politicians and shepherds watching their flocks by night. The other consists of angels and sinister forces and somewhere out there places called heaven and hell. One night in the cold, in the dark, among the wrinkled hills of Bethlehem, those two worlds came together at a dramatic point of intersection. But the few eyewitnesses on Christmas night saw none of that. They saw an infant struggling to work never-before-used lungs."
Christmas: When God left Eternity and Invaded Earth in Human Form
One of my favorite Christmas verse is from Matthew 1:23 which quotes the Old Testament prophecy that says, "He shall be called Immanuel, God with us." Yes, God came to visit the earth. That's an awesome sentence because there are people who do not believe there is a God. And there are others who have a belief in a god that I could never believe in. I would be an atheist if I were taught to believe that God is what some people believe. Then there are the agnostics who don't know what they believe. So when you get down to the bottom line, you have to start with the word "IF," because it takes faith to believe. And it takes faith to say, "If there is a God, can you imagine an eternal, invisible, intelligent, SOMEBODY coming into a material form?"
How would God step into time? How would God enter mankind’s world? Isaiah 7:14
PASTOR/TEACHER CHARLES E. WHISNANT
“O Come, O Come, Immanuel, and ransom captive Israel, that mourns in lonely exile here until the Son of God appears….” . 12 century hymn writer.
JUDAISM by the time of the Roman Rule was fragmented by exhausted internal fractions; the true teachings became obscured by mountains of religious trifles, details, minor unimportant things, created by teachers who had missed the whole point of what God was doing among His people.
ISRAEL – JEWS – JUDAISM – was almost lost to the whole idea of the coming of the Messiah. Lam 1:12.
- 400 years had passed since the last prophet had been on the scene to tell the story of the Messiah’s birth.
- The voice of God would be soon heard in the sound of an infant’s cry. Deity was about to invade humanity. Would they be ready? Would they know? Would they hear?
GOD’S DIVINE INTENTIONS FOR THE INCARNATION HAD NOT BEEN OBSCURED IN THE OLD TESTAMENT SCRIPTURES. God taking human form as Jesus Christ is about to happen.
GOD WAS ABOUT TO ENTER INTO TIME - The single greatest creative act since the birth of humanity .
THE PERSON: Matthew 22:42 42"What do you think about the Christ, whose son is He?" They said to Him, "The son of David."
THAT QUESTION NEEDS TO BE VOICED IN EVERY GENERATION IN EVERY AGE TO EVERY PERSON:
THE JEWISH LEADERS MISSED THE POINT ALTOGETHER:
They felt the Messiah would come and restore Israel to the place of blessing. They felt He would be everything except the Divine Son of God.
Yet ISAIAH 7:14 says: “Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Matthew 2:23 “GOD WITH US”
Isaiah 9:6-7 For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor,)Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace. There will be)no end to the increase of His government or of peace, On the throne of David and over his kingdom, To establish it and to uphold it with)justice and righteousness From then on and forevermore The zeal of the LORD of hosts will accomplish this.
THE WORDS ARE CRYSTAL CLEAR, THE INTENT IS PRECISELY ARTICULATED. ALL OF ISRAEL’S HOPE AND MANKIND’S HOPE WAS TO BE SECURED IN THE MESSIAH’S COMING. BUT HE CAME….AND HIS OWN RECEIVED HIM NOT John 1:11 He came to His own, and those who were His own did not receive Him.
Israel was listening to the wrong leaders…… leaders who put their interests above the interest of the people.
- But the angels proclaimed it in Luke 2:10-11 JESUS IS LORD.
ONLY GOD AS JESUS CHRIST COULD MAKE IT POSSIBLE TO REDEEM US:
- Psalms 22, Isaiah 53
GOD HAD TO TAKE ON HUMAN FLESH: Hebrew 2:14-15
WHO DO YOU SAY JESUS IS?
The High Cost of Being (and Staying) Cool -- Rick Warren in a Whirlwind
Personally I love it. I would have rather had John MacArthur, Jr, or John Piper, or Dwayne Prossor, or a number of others. But Rick Warren will do just fine.
Of course the Separated Fundamentalist don't fellowship with Rick anyway, and the other side the Reformed folks don't like his position either. And even the Evangelicals are not all that in favor of Warren Sad. But since they don't really care about Warren's position, what do they care anyway. They don't.
- Joe Solmonese, President of the Human Rights Campaign, a group that promotes homosexual rights, sent a letter to the President-elect protesting the choice of Warren.
As Americans we have to get alone or stay at home. That is why we have so many cities and towns, and communities, we have so many view. That is why there are 1000's of different churches, because we can't agree every well on most issues.
Most unsaved people in America have no clue that Rick Warren might have different views than John Piper, or Bob Temple, Sr. Unsaved people wonder why there is a invocation at the inauguration in the first place.
Most Christians in the pew don't have a clue if Rick Warren has different views than their own pastor. Only unless the pastor raves against those pastors who don't hold their personal views. In their eyes they are the devil's servant anyway.
I only view several hundred Bloggers, but I have yet to come across one that will show their tables in their house. Why on earth would I do that anyway? Last Sunday Charity and I invited the church family over for dinner. When you have a small church you can do that. We had a great time of fellowship, sitting around the tables. We brought out more chairs and I believe around 27 came to eat with us.
Had I had a Kodak EasyShare in those days, would that have been the coolest. I would have a number of photos of those daying in our home. WILD.
#1 - If church isn’t that important - then why does Matthew 16:18 say that Jesus built it? Would the Son of God actually spend time building something that was worthless?
#2 - If church isn’t that important - then why does Scripture in Acts 20:28 say that Jesus shed His blood for it? Would the Son of God have been willing to endure the suffering He went through for a meaningless organization?
#3 - If church isn’t that important - then why does Ephesians 1:22 & Colossians 1:18 say that Jesus is the Head of it? Would Jesus REALLY be the Head of something insignificant and trivial?
- I am God's child (John 1:12)
- I am Christ's friend (John 15:15 )
- I am united with the Lord (1 Cor. 6:17)
- I am bought with a price (1 Cor 6:19-20)
- I am a saint (set apart for God). (Eph. 1:1)
- I am a personal witness of Christ. (Acts 1:8)
- I am the salt & light of the earth (Matt 5:13-14)
- I am a member of the body of Christ (1 Cor 12:27)
- I am free forever from condemnation ( Rom. 8: 1-2)
- I am a citizen of Heaven. I am significant (Phil 3:20)
- I am free from any charge against me (Rom. 8:31 -34)
- I am a minister of reconciliation for God (2 Cor 5:17-21)
- I have access to God through the Holy Spirit (Eph. 2:18)
- I am seated with Christ in the heavenly realms (Eph. 2:6)
- I cannot be separated from the love of God (Rom 8:35-39)
- I am established, anointed, sealed by God (2 Cor 1:21-22 )
- I am assured all things work together for good (Rom. 8:28 )
- I have been chosen and appointed to bear fruit (John 15:16)
- I may approach God with freedom and confidence (Eph. 3: 12 )
- I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me (Phil. 4:13)
- I am the branch of the true vine, a channel of His life (John 15: 1-5)
- I am God's temple (1 Cor. 3: 16). I am complete in Christ (Col. 2: 10)
- I am hidden with Christ in God (Col. 3:3).. I have been justified (Romans 5:1)
- I am God's co-worker (1 Cor. 3:9; 2 Cor 6:1). I am God's workmanship (Eph. 2:10)
- I am confident that the good works God has begun in me will be perfected. (Phil. 1: 5)
- I have been redeemed and forgiven (Col 1:14).
- I have been adopted as God's child (Eph 1:5)
- I belong to God
DO YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE?
Thanks Bill (Hobo)
Kirk Cameron Interviews John MacArthur, Pt. 2 of 3 (www.gty.org)
MacArthur's line at T4G this year has stuck with me: "Hard truth makes soft people." I think these videos are exhibit a in support of that statement. Who loves the truth and yet can remain hard at such clear, Christ-exalting teaching?!
People always point out my spelling! They are programmed to read to see if I have misspelled a word in my sermon outline or the church bulletin or on this Blogger.
They have Obsessive Compulsive Find Misspelling Disorder. They can't read without looking for misspelled words. Really.
What I learned, just because something is grammatically correct and correctly spelled is not necessarily well written communication.
Example: Ever tried to read government memos, or the guarantee for your new digital
refrigerator. The grammar and spelling are OK, BUT THE COMMUNICATION IS LOUSY.
It's been mentioned that I would most likely not be an acceptable preacher in a certain church where there were a number of teachers in the membership.
Since I am very aware of this weakness in grammar and spelling and pronouncing words, a lot of times this affects my preaching ability.
Of course I have learned my writing is different from my preaching. And that my preaching is not necessarily good if I preach like I write. Think of that.
Now I want to speak correctly and spell correctly of course; but if I don't, it doesn't mean I am not preaching well nor writing well. Really! Cool, huh.
So I am reading some articles on this issue before us today. What is good preaching and what is good writing?
Some tell us that short sermons are better sermons. Remember the saying of Mark Twain on the Dec 12 post: “Few sinners are saved after the first 20 minutes of a sermon.” And I totally disagreed with that statement. I went off on that statement.
So I ask myself, what makes a good sermon, and what makes good communication?
You know, this was not a course in Seminary. I was never asked to read any books that would help me be a better communicator. I don't believe I was asked to read any book on preaching! While I read books that the teachers were using, I don't remember reading other books that were suggested by the teachers.
So what is good and clear communication? The technical term that professional writers use is "what puts a noise in the signal?"
And since I write out my sermons, I am writing what I want to say when preach. I would not necessarily preach what I write, but in both cases I want to communicate clearly what I want to say, and say what people will read and listen when I preach. I know -- shorter sermons, and no misspelled words in the outline and speak grammatically correct. Right? Of course it helps with those who have that disorder.
- Communication involves more than the content of the statements you make. People who focus primarily on information when they converse will often be viewed as arrogant and uncaring. Conversely, others who tend to focus on social niceties at the expense of useful information may be viewed as boring and irrelevant. Successful managers are perceived by others to be competent and good colleagues when they are able to converse in a way that establishes a social connection while passing on useful and accurate information.
- The task is to learn to have right information said in a conversable way that will connect with those to whom you are speaking. What a task this is. At least for me.
1. It is written without prejudice. It is fair, both in spirit and in detail.
2. It is written from an impersonal, objective viewpoint.
3. It is written in good taste.
4. It has originality.
David Jeremiah 30:9
Daysman Job 9:33
Dayspring Luke 1:78
Day Star 2Peter 1:19
Deliverer Romans 11:26
Desire of all nations Haggai 2:7
Door, the John 10:7
Elect Isaiah 42:1
Emmanuel Isaiah 7:14
Ensign Isaiah 11:10
Eternal Life 1John 5:20
Everlasting Father Isaiah 9:6
Faithful and True Revelation 19:11
Faithful Witness, the Revelation 1:5
Faithful and true witness, the Revelation 3:14
Finisher of faith Hebrews 12:2
First and last Revelation 1:17; 2:8; 22:13
First begotten Hebrews 1:6
First begotten of the dead Revelation 1:5
Firstborn Psalms 89:27
Foundation Isaiah 28:16
Fountain Zechariah 13:1
Forerunner Hebrews 6:20
Friend of sinners Matthew 11:19
Gift of God John 4:10
Glory of Israel Luke 2:32
God (deity) John 1:1
God blessed forever Romans 9:5
God manifest in the flesh 1Timothy 3:16
God of Israel, the Saviour Isaiah 45:15
God of the whole earth Isaiah 54:5
God our Saviour 1Timothy 2:3
God's dear Son Colossians 1:13
God with us Matthew 1:23
Good Master Matthew 19:16
Governor Matthew 2:6
Great Shepherd of the sheep Hebrews 13:20
Head of the ekklesia (body) Ephesians 1:22, 23; 5:23; Colossians 1:18, 24
Heir of all things Hebrews 1:2
High priest Hebrews 4:14
Head of every man 1Corinthians 11:3
Head of the corner Matthew 21:42
Holy child Jesus Acts 4:30 Holy one Psalms 16:1
James Stewart, Donna Reed, Lionel Barrymore, Thomas Mitchell, Henry Travers, Beulah Bondi,
As much as TV and the Movies can made a movie that has a moral application, this movie has captured the spirit. Of course the movie was made 60 years ago and by today secular standard we have lost that time and place in our society as a hold.
Nevertheless its good once a year to watch a good movie on TV, a rarity today. Its a throwback in history that you don't see today.
Elohim means several things:
1. God as Creator, Preserver, Omnipresent, Omniscient, Transcendent, Mighty and Strong. This name implies God’s control over all things, His stamp on every stray molecule, pure sovereignty over the universe. If not for this, everything in the universe would be the same, and there would be no diversity. Ecclesiastes, Daniel and Jonah used Elohim almost exclusively.
Thus for us today we must never think of God as one-dimensional, that we can control Him by a simple understanding or category. Nor can we fully understand Him in a simple slogan, such as God is just Love. We cannot reduce God down to our choosing or understanding, but we can know Him as He revealed Himself to us. God is complete and “full’!
- If I have observed anything by experience, it is this: a man may take the measure of his growth and decay in grace according to his thoughts and meditations upon the person of Christ, and the glory of Christ’s Kingdom, and of His love.”
- John Owen, quoted in A Puritan Golden Treasury complied by I. D. E. Thomas (Carlisle, Pa.: The Banner of Truth Trust, 1989), 184.
TODAY I AM PREACHING ON THE NAME THAT IS ABOVE ALL NAMES
Names and Titles Given to Jesus (God)*
Adam 1Corinthians 15:45
Advocate 1John 2:1
Almighty Revelation 1:8
Alpha and Omega Revelation 1:8
Amen Revelation 3:14
Angel Genesis 48:16; Exodus 23:20, 21
Angel of his presence Isaiah 63:9
Anointed Psalms 2:2
Apostle Hebrews 3:1
Arm of the Lord Isaiah 51:9, 10
Author and Finisher of our faith Hebrews 12:2
Beginning and end of the creation of God Revelation 3:14; 22:13
Beloved Ephesians 1:6
Blessed and only Potentate 1Timothy 6:15
Branch Jeremiah 23:5; Zechariah 3:8
Bread of life John 6:48
Bridegroom Matthew 9:15
Bright and Morning Star Revelation 22:16
Brightness of the Father's glory Hebrews 1:3
Captain of the Lord's host (army) Joshua 5:14
Captain of Salvation Hebrews 2:10
Carpenter Mark 6:3
Carpenter's son Matthew 13:55
Chief Shepherd 1Peter 5:4
Chief Cornerstone 1Peter 2:6
Chiefest among ten thousand Song of Songs 5:10
Child Isaiah 9:6; Luke 2:27, 43
Chosen of God 1Peter 2:4
Christ Matthew 1:16; Luke 9:20
The Christ (Messiah) Matthew 16:20; Mark 14:61
Christ, a King Luke 23:2
Christ Jesus Acts 19:4; Romans 3:24; 8:1; 1Corinthians 1:2, 30; Hebrews 3:1; 1Peter 5:10, 14
Christ Jesus our Lord 1Timothy 1:12; Romans 8:39
Christ of God Luke 9:20
Christ, the chosen of God Luke 23:35
Christ the Lord Luke 2:11
Christ, the power of God 1Corinthians 1:24
Christ the wisdom of God 1Corinthians 1:24
Christ, the Son of God Acts 9:20
Christ, Son of the Blessed Mark 14:61
Commander Isaiah 55:4
Consolation of Israel Luke 2:25
Cornerstone Ephesians 2:20
Counselor Isaiah 9:6
Covenant of the people Isaiah 42:6
I remember when I was a Youth Pastor, I would ask the kids to name as many names of Jesus Christ that they could. This was in 1966-1978, before Internet. But we did have Nave Topic Bible.
Grandma, I was trying to put my pennies in the bear jar."
Note about his death: here
(Stephen Tyng, "Practical Meditations")
"But where sin abounded--grace did
much more abound." Romans 5:20
What abundant grace has He displayed!
His forgiveness, how full and free it has been!
No sin remaining.
His justification, how complete!
No defect unforgiven.
His faithfulness, how unfailing!
No hour of my pilgrimage unwatched.
His forbearance, how tender!
No error of my life remembered.
His compassion, how affectionate!
No sorrow of my heart unconsoled.
His recompense, how abundant!
More than I have power to conceive.
What abounding grace has been thus
displayed to a creature so completely vile;
so destitute of all ground of hope or claim
What an amount of guilt has He pardoned!
It is impossible to overstate this.
My original debasement,
my wayward youth,
my rejection of His love,
my rebellion against His authority,
my forgetfulness of His goodness,
my backslidings from His way,
my inconsistent profession,
my vain and sinful example,
the wickedness of my unconverted state,
the errors of my renewed state.
Alas! every day and every act brings up its
separate testimony. And all condemn me!
But He has freely pardoned!
He has blotted out this whole fearful record!
He will remember it no more!
"But where sin abounded--grace did
much more abound." Romans 5:20
How to trim your sermons by Rick Warren
- "Pastors like to preach. And most of us would love to use everything we dig up in a week of studying when we deliver the sermon on Sunday. But as attention spans get shorter, the truth is a shorter sermon is often more compelling. In this issue, we’ll look at four ways to trim your sermon to make it more effective. " E mail today.
- But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive [quickened us] with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions – it is by grace you have been saved. Ephesians 2:4-5
- “It is the Spirit who gives life; the flesh is of no avail. The words that I have spoken to you are spirit and life. But there are some of you who do not believe.” (For Jesus knew from the beginning who those were who did not believe, and who it was who would betray him.) And he said, “This is why I told you that no one can come to me [i.e. believe in me] unless it is granted him by the Father.” John 6:63-65
- You have been born anew, not of perishable seed but but of imperishable, through the living and abiding word of God..." 1 Peter 1:23-25
- Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God. 1 John 5:1
Faith in the living God and his Son Jesus Christ is always the result of the new birth, and can never exist except in the regenerate. Whoever has faith is a saved man.
Charles Spurgeon from the sermon “Faith and Regeneration”
- IF salvation is the implantation of a new, infinite life in the soul, it must be a work of God. Self-caused effects can never rise above the character or qualities of their cause. "Flesh gives birth to flesh but the Spirit gives birth to Spirit," Jesus told Nicodemus. This saving grace cannot be caused by the creature, it can only come from God. John Hannah from To God be the Glory (pg. 34-5)
- The inward offer is a kind of spiritual enlightenment, whereby the promises are presented to the hearts of men, as it were, by an inward word. William Ames
- Samuel Langhorne Clemens (November 30, 1835 – April 21, 1910), better known by the pen name Mark Twain, was an American author and humorist. Twain is most noted for his novels Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, which has since been called the Great American Novel, and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer. He is extensively quoted. During his lifetime, Twain became a friend to presidents, artists, industrialists and European royalty. The article is interesting reading.
- 1 Corinthians 10:17 2 Corinthians 9:10 John 6:32-35
- Proverbs 1:27-33
We are to ask for the heavenly bread–not physical bread. Christ told us specifically to not ask for food. “Do not set your heart on what you will eat or drink; do not worry about it” (Luke 12:29).
- Christ gives a treatise on the heavenly bread in John 6: 32-33 . The “true bread from heaven” was not manna which fell for the Israelites in the wilderness. They all died. But, My Father gives you the true bread from heaven (v. 32). The spiritual “bread of God is He which comes down from heaven, and gives life to the world” (v. 33).
- Physical bread is the staff of a physical life that ends. But spiritual bread is the staff of the spiritual life that never ends. This bread feeds the new inner spiritual man; it is our sustenance.
The Photos are of the bread made at Union Mills, and one of the meal Charity made for supper.
CHECK THE SIDE BAR FOR A BRIEF DESCRIPTION OF WHAT I DO DURING THE DAY.
- Stupid which could mean silly, or showing a lack of intelligence, perception, or common sense, it could mean dazed, could be used to express anger, annoyance or frustration.
A lot of people do not like reading anyway. We have a problem in America of people desiring to read anyway. I understand by the time kids get into the fourth grade, their reading falls off.
Reading is one idea, reading comprehension is an entirely a new ballgame. Most people can read, but fewer can understand what they are reading. Word meaning from the context is another problem that many have. What was meant by what was written is a problem also. That is why we had to read the book Great Expectations. Google will give me the website that will give me the summary notes. here. So I don't have to think if I don't want to. Where was the Internet in 1960. Crying out loud!!! So maybe there is a problem.
What could happen with our reading on the Internet, we are reading in bite-sized, digestible chunks. Sort of like watching ESPN sports. I really don't like bite sized news. Of course my sister Ellen has never liked bite-sized blogs or letters or talking. Sorry Sis.
This article by Maryanne Wolf said
- When we read online, we tend to become "mere decoders of information." So what happens our ability to interpret text, to make the rich mental connections that form when we read deeply and without distraction, remain largely disengaged.
Hereinis the problem. Why? Well, because as Believers our spiritual strength and life is directly linked to a Book. God has given His Words to me in a long, long, detailed book; and that Book requires deep reading and even deeper thinking. Psalms 1 gives us the idea of how we are to read the Bible. Point to Psalms and see the verses. We are to meditate on God's Word and God's law day and night. What a foreign concept in our text-message world. here