My devotional blog is just that – MY devotional blog. It is simply a record of things I am discovering as I study God’s Word and seek to know my God more intimately. It is meant more for me, to give me an outlet in which to release some of my excitement when I learn something I had never seen before.
That being said, if you happened to have stumbled upon this blog, there are a few things I want you to know before you get all bent out of shape if I have posted something you don’t agree with.
1. I am not a theologian or Bible scholar. I am simply a woman seeking a deeper relationship with Jesus. Though I am trying to learn more about God and asking daily for new insight into His Word, please do NOT mistake anything I post here for theology. That is not the point of this blog. (See above.) Any theological statements I might make will DEFINITELY not originate with me. They will be something I have learned from real theologians. If you want to learn more about Jesus and God’s plans for us, please, please, please, please, please read the Bible, not my blog. If anything I happen to write inspires you to do that, great!
2. I am not a preacher or teacher. If you have a question about something I wrote, I will try my best to answer any questions about my personal journey and why I came to certain conclusions. If you are motivated to study more about something I wrote about, that is AWESOME, find a good Bible study dealing with that topic (Lifeway has great resources), and have at it. But I am really not the person to ask when it comes to deeper questions dealing with theology. (See above). Please find a good pastor or professor or teacher that you can talk with. If you don’t have a good pastor (or a pastor 😉 ), there are tons of good, Biblically grounded authors whose books you can read to get you started. My favorites are:
- Josh McDowell – New Evidence That Demands a Verdict – great research resource for the Christian faith – in a nutshell, McDowell was an atheist who set out to disprove Christianity through research, and became a Christian when he was finished
- C. S. Lewis – pretty much anything he ever wrote – The Chronicles of Narnia are chock full of Christian truths, and there are several companion guides to go along with them to help you discover them. Yes, the are “children’s books”, but where better for a seeker to start? I try to reread the entire series at least once every few years. Mere Christianity is one of his non-fiction dissertations on our faith. It is a harder read than Chronicles, but it is, in my opinion, the single best example of Christian apologetics ever written. (Sorry, Paul.) I bet Lewis and Paul had some awesome conversations when they met in Heaven.
- Beth Moore – anything and everything – She has several studies in book form. I am reading Jesus, the One and Only right now. I am also taking her Psalms of Ascent study at my church on Wednesday nights. I like her because she is genuine and straightforward in her teachings. Her books and studies tend to be geared more toward women, but anyone would benefit from the truths she reveals. Most larger churches, at least Southern Baptist ones, will have a Beth Moore study going on at some point during the year. Find one and join.
- Max Lucado – absolutely everything – Like Beth Moore, he has numerous books and studies. He, more than anyone else, has opened my eyes to the heart of God. His writing is just incredible. His use of imagery rivals C. S. Lewis. He can explain deep things of God in a way that is so simple, yet so piercing.
3. Since this is my blog, I reserve the right to post my opinions. I will NEVER EVER give the impression that my opinion is theology. I will always say things like “I believe” or “I think.” I will never say “this means . . . ” or “God says” unless it is really, authentically, universally Biblically true and God really did say it. Theology is theology. It does not sway with opinion. The basics of our beliefs can never be changed. Our creed is not negotiable and nothing “extra” can be added to it. I have been in churches, though, where the basics get mixed up with people teaching their opinions as if those were Biblical truths. Legalism is the result. There are many things the Bible does not speak to – types or genres of music, tattoos, length of hair, what type of translation you use – just to name a few. All these things are matters of OPINION, and are really irrelevant if the person is truly following God and believe the truths set forth in scripture. Problems arise when people try to teach their opinions as scripture and then ridicule or shun people who have differing opinions. They become Pharisees who twist the message of God into something they can control, and we all know how Jesus felt about Pharisees. (If you don’t, check out Matthew 23. Yikes!) Since this is a pet peeve of mine, I promise to never do this. If I do, you have permission to flame me. But you may not flame me for stating my opinion.
4. I reserve the right to edit a post if I realize I have said something stupid. Warning: This may happen often. If I say something stupid and don’t realize it, you may lovingly point it out to me. If you point it out to me in a rude, condescending, or mean manner, I reserve the right to make it extra bold, surround it with exclamation marks and flashing neon lights, and put “How do you like it now, (insert your name here)?”
I am praying that God will supernaturally insert the word “sarcasm” in His list of spiritual gifts, but so far it has yet to appear in my Bible. Must ask Him about this in Heaven.
Disclaimer For Stuffy Christians: The preceding paragraph was a joke.