Luke 17: 1 out of 10

Greetings,

Luke 17 gives an account of 10 people with leprosy who asked Christ for healing. They were told to present themselves to the priest and they were cleansed. However, only 1 of the 10 returned to give glory and praise to God. We are told that the one individual who did return to give thanks was a foreigner and because of his faith was saved. The other 9 received healing but scripture does not state they received salvation. The man who came back bowed down to Christ and recognized he owed his restoration to Christ. He accepted Christ as the source of his salvation. While the others were cleansed and witnessed the power of Christ firsthand their hearts remained hardened. Today, things are not so different. People are confronted by Jesus Christ, and they witness his power firsthand. Unfortunately, they leave their encounter with Christ to never return to him, they will never hear the words, your faith has saved you.

God Bless

If God Really Exists, then why does God not make his existence clear?

There is a question posed by non believers and even believers that goes something like this, “if God is real why does he not come down and make his existence known”? They argue that God should clear the air and make his existence known to everyone, especially if salvation hinges on the correct belief in God.

Today I was reading Psalms chapter 10 and found this same question was being asked by a believer. David asks why does God allow immoral people to live without consequences. David asks “Lord, why do you stand so far away? Why do you hide in times of trouble?”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭10:1‬ ‭

David mentions immoral men who do not fear God act as they wish because they do not think God exists. The thoughts of David are clear, God will you please make your existence more obvious to these men.

This question on the “hiddenness” of God has occupied theologians and apologist as well as atheistic philosophers for centuries. There are some good answers to this question which make sense in a Christian worldview.

I will be posting a follow up blog to address this important question asked not only by skeptics but by believers. Please note this is not a apologetics blog but a pastoral blog. There are many great apologetic blogs that deal at length with objections to Christianity.

Therefore, my response to this question will be pastoral. I will be answering this question using scripture to encourage the Christian or seeker onward in the faith.

God Bless

Daily Devotional: Colossians 3:12

“Therefore, as God’s chosen ones, holy and dearly loved, put on compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience,” Colossians‬ ‭3:12‬

A lot can be said about us based on how we treat others. Scripture calls Christians to a specific way of conduct. We are to be kind, humble, not rash or angry spirited, showing gentle patience.

God Bless,

Wendell Phelps

Walking With God

He has told you men what is good and what it is the Lord requires of you: Only to act justly, to love faithfulness, and to walk humbly with your God

Micah 6:8

To walk with God is to live your life in accordance to His will. We are to love and show others the love of Christ. This can be difficult at times after all we are still in a fallen world and subject to sinful actions. However, we only fail when we do not learn from our actions and grow in our faith. Scripture is clear about how we are to interact with the world around us, we are to act justly and love faithfulness, and be humble in our walking with God.

How to Study the Bible: Five Tips To Enhance Your Scripture Study

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Studying the Bible can seem like a daunting task to the most mature Christian. The Bible is composed of 66 books and it’s broken down into 2 main sections, the Old Testament and New Testament. I have received comments from Christians throughout the years that they want to study the Bible but just don’t understand it. This is understandable, as the Bible was written over a large portion of time and contains aspects of 3 different languages. The 2 main languages being Hebrew and Greek, and the third language being Aramaic. However, scholars have done the hard work for us and provided English translations that we can use when reading the Bible.

Step#1 (Prayer)

They say the best way to eat an elephant is to do it one bite at a time. With Bible study it is best to take it one verse, chapter, and book at a time. The first step of scripture study is to first spend time in prayer. Ask God during this time of prayer to have the Holy Spirit help you understand the truth of scripture during your time of study.

Step# 2 (Stay in 1 Book until finished)

 The second step is to select one book of the Bible. The mistake many Christians make is they simply open the Bible and began reading and then the next time they study the Bible they open it up and begin reading and never study one particular book, but just simply read a portion of the Bible here and there. The best way to approach Bible study if you are new Christian is to start in the New Testament, I would recommend reading the book of Matthew. The reason I recommend starting in the New Testament in particularly one of the gospels is because the gospels are a historical account of the life of Jesus Christ.

Step #3 (Historical context)

The 3rd step is to understand that in order to properly understand any ancient writing one must understand the context in which it was written. Therefore, an individual studying scripture needs to familiarize themselves with the context of whatever book they are studying of the Bible. For example the book of Matthew was believed to be written somewhere between mid 50s and early 60s AD. The purpose of the book was to preserve an eyewitness testimony about the ministry of Jesus Christ, secondly it demonstrates Jesus as the Messiah. The reason you find Matthew as the 1st book of the New Testament is because Matthew frequently uses the Old Testament in his gospel account. Matthew does this to demonstrate how Christ is the fulfillment of the OT scriptures. This brief background will provide a reader with a frame of reference to understand the book of Matthew better then they would otherwise. This background information for Matthew can be easily found on the Internet from reputable sites and in many study bibles. Taking just a few minutes to gain a brief understanding of the context will help any individual have a firmer grasp on the Bible

Step#4 (Read then Reread the same book)

When starting a study of a particular book of the Bible. An individual should first read the entire book without stopping to study the text further. This does not have to be done in one study session. What I mean by this is to simply do a surface reading of the book before slowing down to actually study the individual book. Using our example of Matthew a reader would read Matthew chapter 1 through Matthew 28 and then go back to Matthew chapter 1 and read the book slowly. The surface reading of the book may not give the reader an in depth knowledge but it will aid greatly the second reading, as the reader will be better prepared and will retain more knowledge because they will have some what of a familiarization with the book.

Step 5 (Outside Resources)

The 5th step to Bible study is to bring in outside resources as a companion to your reading. Now these secondary resources should never substitute for scripture reading. However when studying a book of the Bible it can be a useful tool to purchase a secondary resource on the book you are studying. Using the example of Matthew a person studying this book could look to purchase a layman’s commentary to help them dig deeper into the book of Matthew. Another great resource to utilize and often can be found free online is to look for sermon series on whatever book you are reading. These outside resources can help a person gain a deeper understanding of the book they are studying.

In conclusion an individual should start their scripture study in prayer. They should select a particular book and study it the whole way through. As part of the study a person needs the gain a historical understanding of the book their studying. The individual should read and reread whatever book of the Bible they’re studying. And lastly an individual should bring in outside resources as a way to supplement their scripture study. By utilizing these 5 tips an individual scripture study will be enhanced.