The Restored Orchard

Why the Bible is a Window, not a Mirror

The Bible is like a window. It gives us a view of the redemption story like this picturesque scene through a large window. Yet oftentimes, we read the Bible as if it was a mirror.

We look through the pages with the primary purpose of seeing ourselves. We approach the Word of God looking for answers about who we are and what we should do, instead of looking to see God. We have to remember that the Bible is about God for us. It gives us insight into God’s character and gives us glimpses into who we are in light of who He is. When we approach the Bible as a mirror, looking at it to see ourselves in the pages, we risk misinterpretation and misunderstanding the promises of God.

On a Personal Note – Praying in Expectation

We all pray in expectation. However, I’ve realized that the what of our expectations vary. Some believers are praying in expectation for God to do exactly what they asked for; while others are praying simply for God to respond.

Why We Should Keep God at the Center

By monitoring our distractions, we can evaluate where we are and take steps to shift God to the center of our lives (Proverbs 4:24). Romans 12:2 is a call to not be conformed to this world. Yet the only way we can do that is to know what the Word of God says and filter what we allow to pour into us. How often do we take inventory of the voices that speak into our lives, the places we frequent, and the content we consume on the internet?

Theology Thursdays

We are so excited to be launching a new focus for Thursdays!

Studying the Bible can seem intimidating, especially when people start tossing around words and concepts that you’re unfamiliar with, but understanding certain Biblical terms and concepts can add so much depth to your regular Bible study. We understand that we all lead busy lives and referencing multiple commentaries and other works is not always feasible.

Starting next week, we will be diving deeper into Theology and dissecting terms, doctrines, and beliefs to help us give context to our Christian walk. Our prayer is to make some concepts less intimidating and more accessible for your own Bible time which makes studying more fruitful!

So be sure to check us out next week when we will be breaking down, Why We Should Keep God at the Center.

Weekly Meditation – Genesis 42:6-12

God’s word provides clear instruction to His children. As we meditate on His Word, we find exactly what we need to continue our journey through this life. This week, our passage for meditation is Genesis 42:6-12. Since Joseph was governor of all Egypt and in charge of selling grain to all the people, it wasContinue reading “Weekly Meditation – Genesis 42:6-12”

Weekly Pruning – Pausing in Gratitude

Self care Saturday – Pausing in Gratitude – It is God that allows us to live, move, and exist. How often do you stop in your day and notice it? How often do you pause in gratitude for life?

On a Personal Note – Wallowing in Self-Pity

Have you ever met a person with a “poor pitiful me” attitude? They fail to embrace the promises of God, and so there is always something to complain about or some misfortune that they’re dealing with. Oftentimes, their perspective is limited and self-centered. Self-pity is a vicious little thing. Once you begin to focus on your own troubles, it sends you headed down a black hole of unnecessary suffering. Jeremiah teaches us that if you wallow in self-pity too long, it causes you to question the goodness of God.