What does the Bible say about its own inner meaning? Regardless of whether we prefer a literal or symbolic interpretation, it makes sense to look at how the Bible interprets itself.
It's nice to be loved. What about the reverse?
We need to marry a desire for good to a true understanding of how to be good. The search for this union is the basis of spiritual rebirth.
If our culture is broken, what should we do?
Our spiritual life changes gradually. Not all at once. Are we heading in the right direction? How can we be spiritually reborn? It's a process. (See 2 Peter 1:5, and many other places in the Word.)
Life is full of "slippery slope" problems. Human beings have to learn to deal with them, AND... human beings are designed, evolved, and equipped to do exactly that.
King Ahab is almost a comical figure in his complaining about the bad news he always hears from a prophet of the Lord. Amazingly, he seems completely unaware of the fact that he is personally responsible for the evil prophecy that always comes his way.
Jesus's parable of the Good Samaritan is sparked by a man who asks a fundamental human question: "What shall I do to inherit eternal life?" Rev. Jim Cooper ties Jesus's answer to another place in the Gospels where that question is asked.
In this story, Jesus quizzes Peter - in the curious - 'Feed my Lambs' conversation. Then He tells 7 disciples a short parable, and squelches a flash of competitiveness.
In a deep sense, the gathering together of the twelve disciples, before sending them out as apostles, represents an important step in our spiritual development.
The opening phrases of the Sermon on the Mount hold some of the Bible’s most beautiful and best-loved poetry. It's inspiring, and yet not clear... what does it mean for us?
When Jesus died on the cross, the veil of the temple in Jerusalem was "rent in twain" from top to bottom. It was a watershed event in spiritual history.