Single women were told they would only get to heaven through marrying and having a child. Married men could preach from the pulpit only if they were not wearing jewelry – not even a wedding ring. Lives were impacted in communist Romania by well-meaning Christian leaders who’d never received training in how to handle God’s word with accuracy. Entire doctrines had been built on single verses, taken out of context.
Entrust entered the scene, bringing training in how to rightly divide the word of truth (2 Tim. 2:15). We continue to equip men and women in ministry with skills like inductive Bible study and exegesis, because we believe the Bible is our authority, the whole Bible and all of its counsel. Pray we remain true to scripture and faithful to its counsel in all we do as we equip church leaders around the world.
Are you a millennial who is sick of churches trying to attract you with rock bands and coffee bars, tattooed pastors and greeters with nose rings? Had enough of church people who seem to want to impress you with how hip and cool they are? Tired of a watered-down, soft-sell gospel?
If so, you as a millennial might need to take some steps to show those people what you really want and need. Seek out churches where people teach and trust and follow the Bible. (By the way, not all churches with rock bands and tattooed pastors are watered down and soft-sell. But you’ll have to dive in to find out.) Get into conversations with people in those churches about what is important to you – doctrine, scripture, truth. Demonstrate your seriousness about spiritual reality by getting involved in a prayer ministry or a Bible study. Ask hard questions. Don’t accept pat answers. Show the church you are grown up. You might be doing everyone a favor!
Calcium, New York. Skidoo, California. Hygiene, Plastic or Parachute, Colorado. Ever heard of these towns?
What about people like Paige Turner, Barb Dwyer, Beverly Hill or the beloved family dentist, Dr. T. Staines? Of course we’ve all heard about the law firm Dewey Cheetham & Howe.
A name sometimes says a lot.
God refers to himself by several names in the Bible, each loaded with rich meaning. Old and New Testament writers call Jesus by many different names. Even the Holy Spirit is described in varied ways in the Bible. What names come to your mind as you think about our Triune God? What do those names tell you about him?
What comes to mind when you think of a mentor? What kind of person do you picture? Who has mentored you? Who are you mentoring?
A mentor can be many things: an example, a coach, a listener, a cheerleader, a trainer, a counselor, a guide, an advisor, a role model. The Bible describes several mentor relationships. Think of Moses with Joshua, Elijah with Elisha, Barnabas with Paul, Paul with Timothy, Jesus with his disciples.
At Entrust, we’re kind of in love with mentoring. It’s built into who we are and what we do. We draw our name and marching orders from 2 Tim. 2:2, a beautiful picture of mentoring.
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“This is the most narcissistic generation in the history of the human race.” – R.C. Sproul, theologian and author
It’s easy to call someone else a narcissist, harder to see the tendency in ourselves. But the fact is, all of us are narcissists. Webster’s online dictionary defines the word as simply, “egoism, ecocentrism.” In further explanation, Webster’s says the word can be used to describe anyone who is vain or self-centered.
We’re all selfish. We all look out for number one. And we all want it the way we want it. R.C. Sproul says this selfishness has seeped into the American church, where we sometimes replace God’s word with experience, with feelings, with entertainment.
Let’s get back to focusing on God’s word, the Bible – in our personal devotions, in small group studies, in group worship gatherings. God’s word is the best fulfillment of our deepest desires and the best antidote to narcissism.
Beauty ________ (fill in the blank – what comes to mind?). Beauty pageant. “Beauty and the Beast.” Beauty sleep. Most of us think first of human beauty when this word comes up. Quite normal. But consider this.
The word “beauty” appears 37 times in the Bible (English Standard Version), 35 of those in the Old Testament. More often than not, biblical references to human beauty include reminders that it doesn’t last (sorry, cosmetics people), and connects human beauty with various sins including pride, vanity and greed.
On the other hand, the Bible uses the word beauty to describe God (Psalm 27:4) and his surroundings (Psalm 96:6). God is beautiful. He is surrounded by beauty. He created beauty. Beauty is a good thing when we view it God’s way. If you’re tempted to think of yourself as less than beautiful, know that the all-beautiful God made you in his image (Gen. 1:27) and if you trust him as savior, you have a beautiful inheritance (Psalm 16:6). No wrinkles can mar that!
Some say the Bible is antiquated, nice literature maybe but no longer relevant, that Bible readers need to shed those rose-colored glasses and start looking at life through clear, modern lenses.
But what if, just what if, the opposite is true? What if the Bible is the correct lens for all of us? The perfect prescription for every set of eyes on earth. The filter through which we actually see reality.
What if non-Bible readers are missing the nuances visible only through the lens of scripture, the written words of the God of creation?