Pursuing Biblical God Blog

Pursuing Biblical God: reflecting on God, the Bible, his church, and us

False teachers slander what they don’t understand, and they will be destroyed Over the years I’ve heard many ministers talk about things they didn’t understand. Not biblical or spiritual things, but worldly things. Out of ignorance they condemn certain people … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Scripture is packed with instructions of how Christians should treat each other Last year I shared 13 Reasons Why I Love the Bible, and I periodically expand upon one of those thirteen reasons. Today we’ll explore how the Bible teaches … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 17, 2017, 10:00 am
Through Jesus we become his priests and his temple, which should change everything In the Old Testament the people go to the temple to encounter God. The priests help them in this; they act as a liaison between them and … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 13, 2017, 10:00 am
Jesus turns the celebration of Passover into the celebration of Communion As the Israelites prepare to leave Egypt, Moses instructs them to have a special meal with their families and neighbors. They celebrate the first Passover. From then on Passover … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 10, 2017, 10:00 am
Good deeds and right living don’t earn our salvation, but they do confirm it Paul writes to his friends in Thessalonica. He reminds them—and us—that salvation is a gift from God. We can’t earn it and can only receive it … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 6, 2017, 10:00 am
The Bible offers little support for a minister to preach a sermon to us at church Many changes occurred in church practices because of the Protestant Reformation some 500 years ago. One of those changes adjusted the emphasis of the … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: September 3, 2017, 10:00 am
The Bible isn’t the point, it’s the God revealed in the Bible Hebrews chapter 10 opens with a line worthy of contemplation. It says, that the Law—that is the Old Testament—merely hints at what we have to look forward to, … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 30, 2017, 10:00 am
Living for Jesus is simple, but we often make it harder than it needs to be Though some people try to turn their walk with Jesus into a complex set of criteria, in reality living the Christian life is simple. … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 27, 2017, 10:00 am
One of the reasons we learn about God is so we can teach others In the letter written to the Hebrew people who follow Jesus, there’s a short phrase that’s easy to skip over. The author, who I suspect is … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 23, 2017, 10:00 am
Jesus fulfills the Old Testament Law and Prophets when he gives new meaning to the old ways Jesus said he came to fulfill the Law and Prophets (Matthew 5:17). One way he did this, the most significant way, was to … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 20, 2017, 10:00 am
Angels often start by telling the people they visit to not be afraid The Book of Mark wraps up with three women going to the tomb of Jesus to anoint his body. They are Mary Magdalene, Mary the mother of … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 16, 2017, 10:00 am
Jesus does three things to complete what the Old Testament started Jesus drew people to him. The words he spoke and the hope he communicated attracted them. Some people assumed he had come to replace the Old Testament Law and … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 13, 2017, 10:00 am
Jesus wants us to fully forgive others so that we may be fully forgiven In asking the simple question, “Is God’s forgiveness conditional?” the answer seems obvious: “No! God’s forgiveness is unconditional.” I was taught that if I followed Jesus, … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 9, 2017, 10:00 am
We need to order our priorities with intention and do what matters most Whether we realize it or not, we form priorities to order our lives. For most of my adult existence my number one priority has been God. Though … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 6, 2017, 10:00 am
We are to go out and preach repentance under the power of the Holy Spirit After Jesus calls his disciples, he trains them and then sends them into the world. He gives them five simple instructions: Go out: To be … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: August 2, 2017, 10:00 am
The things religious leaders focus on may not matter to God at all The modern church measures success by attendance, offerings, and facility size. Perhaps this is because the world measures success by the number of people, amount of money, … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 30, 2017, 10:00 am
A grand adventure awaits us but only if we are willing to leave what we have behind The first chapter of Mark talks about Jesus calling his disciples. As he walks along the shore, he comes across two brothers fishing. … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 26, 2017, 10:00 am
We can learn to pray by following Jesus’s example, as long as we don’t misapply it When it comes to praying, there is no better teacher than Jesus. Perhaps that’s why many of his followers memorize the prayer he taught … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 23, 2017, 10:00 am
God will shine so brightly that we won’t need the sun to see As the epic battle in Revelation continues, just before Babylon—the symbol of all that’s evil—is about to receive her final punishment, an angel comes from heaven. John … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 19, 2017, 10:00 am
Through Jesus we can discover our response to violence and oppression Seldom a day goes by when we don’t hear of terrorists who commit violence and murder in the name of their faith. These religious zealots believe a higher calling … Continue reading
Author: Peter DeHaan
Posted: July 16, 2017, 10:00 am