Bible Posts

Is It OK to Complain to God?

Is It OK to Complain to God?

Many people fell like that they do not have the right to complain to God. That complaining to God is wrong and shows a lack of faith. I think it is ok to complain, even to God. I was driving in to work today and I heard a clip of a Pastor saying how we should be happy, and thank God for our blessings even during the bad times. He made the point by talking about how David had a hard time a lot in his life. His King that he had only ever been loyal to, wanted to kill him. He had to live out in the wilderness for years, and run from the King just to stay alive. The pastor quoted a passage from psalms that praised God and thanked him for all Blessings. I do not remember what the exact passage was, but I do not think it was important, because there are a lot of psalms that have a similar pattern. The pastor went on to say we should act the same as David does in this passage and thank God even in bad times.

How to Manage and Grow from Stress

Stress management ball

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Stress enters everyone’s lives for multiple reasons. I know I have battled stress, and I am sure everyone else has too. There are several ways to handle stress. Some good some bad. It is important to handle the stress well, and if possible grow from the stress. This post will go through some things that help me handle and grow from stress.

Stress Management

I have not been posting for a while, because I have been sick. I have not felt like writing posts with a sinus infection. I have also had a lot of stress in my life, which has probably made me sick, and made it harder for me to get over my sickness. It has been hard to get through, so a few of my next posts will be about stress management. I will go into more detail later but here are some quick tips. Read some Psalms:  David had some hard times and it is good to hear what was going through his mind. Also, pray . . . hard. Let your feelings run their course; fighting them does not help. Finally, talk to people. Bottling up things is a sure-fire way to get an ulcer. Times of stress are opportunity to grow, but it is obviously hard.

What Does “I Desire Mercy and Not Sacrifice” Mean?

I desire mercy and not sacrifice

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I am currently going through Matthew, you can read my notes here. Several times I read Jesus saying, “I desire mercy and not sacrifice”(Matthew 9:13, Matthew 12:7). I did not really understand what those words meant. I understood that Jesus wanted us to show mercy, but I also knew Jesus required sacrifice (Matthew 10:16-25, Matthew 10:34-39, Matthew 16:24-26, Mark 8:34-38). I did not really understand what he was saying in these verses. I am ashamed to say that I merely skipped over these verses. I figured it would just go into the pile of biblical verses that I do not understand. Well I was reminded today of those verses.

Outline of the Bible

Outline of the Bible

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My current bible study technique is to outline the Bible. It helps me remember what I have read. Also, it helps me with my long-term goal to have the locations of the topics of the bible memorized. I currently am working on Deuteronomy and Matthew. You can see my work so far here. I’m hoping by putting this on the Internet, it will give me more motivation to do it. The outline will obviously leave stuff out, and I am not trying not to put my interpretation of the bible in the outline. I am trying just to explain what is happening in the verse. My outline is currently averaging about 25% of the words in the original text. So it is not exhaustive, but it is not sparse either. This will helpfully help someone else with their bible study, too.