Sometimes you have to explain it a little better

The other night I told my 4-year-old to pick up the tablet that was on the floor.

She looked at me and said, “That’s not a tablet.”

Was I wrong? Was she right? Not a chance! We just had a little misunderstanding.

You see, when I told her to pick up the tablet I was talking about that thing that consisted of a stack of papers bound together with a spine. You old people know what I’m talking about right? When my daughter heard tablet, well, because of her age and life experience, all she thinks of is an electronic piece of equipment.

The point that I want to make is that many times in life (spiritually speaking), we may take our knowledge and understanding for granted when we mention things like church, baptism, sin, being saved, and what righteousness is all about.

Remember, there are a lot of people out there who think Christ is Jesus’ last name!

This is why I had a teacher tell me one time that, while teaching and preaching, I should never underestimate the ignorance of the listening audience. It’s a lesson worth remembering for all of us.

So the next time you mention a biblical principle to someone and they make a weird look with their face – they may not disagree with you; they just may not understand what you’re talking about.

So Philip ran to him, and heard him reading the prophet Isaiah, and said, “Do you understand what you are reading?” And he said, “How can I, unless someone guides me?” And he asked Philip to come up and sit with him.” (Acts 8:30-31)

#bible-ignorance, #bible-knowledge, #spiritual-illustrations, #teaching, #understanding

Hugh’s News & Views (Knowing The Bible)



Once upon a time there was a church without a pastor. (Here I appropriate the use of the word “pastor” as it is used in most denominational churches, not as it is used in the New Testament.) The Board of the church had interviewed several prospective ministers, but so far none were to their liking. Some were too bold, some were too quiet, some were too harsh, some were too flashy, and some, they thought, were just not pretty enough. Continue reading

#bible-knowledge, #hughfulford, #illustrations

It’s No Jigsaw Puzzle But It Does Have A Lot of Pieces

Here’s a picture of a bulletin board that I did not too long ago. I thought it might be a little inspirational for someone else. You can make up whatever words you want, as long as they’re in the official rule book – aka the Bible. If you decide to make a bulletin board like this make sure you start out with a really long word that you can build on. It’s a lot of cutting and planning (I should have done a little more), but if you do it right it’ll be worth it because a triple word score on this board will be the sweetest ever!

Scrabble Bulletin Board

A merry heart does good, like medicine,…” (Proverbs 17:22)

#bible-knowledge, #bulletin-board, #ideas

Hell is not the Devil’s Domain

Many people in the world (both religious and secular alike) misunderstand what the Bible teaches concerning the one called Satan and the place called Hell. Many are under the impression that the Devil sits upon some throne ruling over the place of punishment. What they fail to realize is that this place of punishment will be taking its toll upon the Devil too. Hell isn’t a place prepared by the Devil – it’s prepared for the Devil!

Then He will also say to those on the left hand, ‘Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels:” (Matthew 25:41)

#bible-knowledge, #devil, #hell, #punishment, #satan

Bible Riddle

Short and simple is the best way to put some riddles. Let’s see if we think that after hearing this one:

I have four legs but no tail! Usually I am heard only at night! What am I?

Four legs but no tail? You don’t see that very often, but it can be seen! So what’s the answer? Do you need a hint? If you do you can read Exodus 8:1-13 and look for the answer there.

And remember, if you don’t want to know the answer then be careful about clicking on the comments if there any because there are a few riddle masters who hang around here.

Have a great day!

#bible-knowledge, #bible-riddle, #bible-study, #fun, #games, #riddle

Bible Riddle

Just to show you that Bible riddles are “biblical” it’s time to do the “original Bible riddle” that also challenges your Bible knowledge. Today’s riddle comes from none other than the man Samson, one of the great judges of Israel. He gave people seven days to find the answer to this riddle:

Out of the eater came something to eat, and out of the strong came something sweet.”

What was Samson talking about? Do you remember the answer? If you do, you don’t have to worry about any consequences for sharing it with everyone because I didn’t promise anyone a prize.

If you don’t know the answer, but you’d like to know what it is, you can find it by reading Judges 14:5-17.

Have a great day!

#bible-knowledge, #bible-riddle, #bible-study, #fun, #riddle, #samson

Bible Riddle

How much wood could a woodchuck chuck…just kidding! Are you ready to put your thinking cap on? Here you go:

Soft and fragile is my skin, I get my growth in mud. I’m dangerous as much as pretty, for if not careful I draw blood. What am I?

What do you think? If you need a hint you can read Luke 8:4-15; John 19:1-6 and Hebrews 6:4-10 for a clue. Just look for the word that all the scripture references have in common.

In case someone gives the answer and you don’t want to see it, be careful about clicking on the comments.

Have a great day.


#bible-knowledge, #bible-riddle, #games, #riddle

Bible Riddle…See if You Can Figure it Out

Here’s a tough question, but the answer is so simple once you hear it (if you haven’t heard it already):

It is greater than God and more evil than the devil. The poor have it, the rich need it and if you eat it you’ll die. What is it?

If you need a clue to figure out the answer it can be found somewhere in Matthew 10:25-33. The question isn’t “straight” from the scriptures, but the word that answers the question is found in the referenced “clue” scriptures. Have fun!

Spoiler Alert – If you don’t want to know the answer then don’t click on the comments.

#bible-knowledge, #bible-riddle, #games, #riddles

Hugh Fulford: Biblical Illiteracy

A number of years ago I was teaching an adult Bible class and made the passing remark that many people think that the forbidden fruit of which Eve ate was an apple but that the Bible does not actually identify the fruit.An elderly lady from the back of the class spoke up and said that the Bible did say it was an apple.I kindly suggested that we turn to Genesis 3 and read the account.Of course, when we did so, it was easy to see that the kind of fruit of which Eve (and, later, Adam) ate is not identified.Not to be outdone, the good lady said, “Well, it could have been an apple!”We all had a good laugh, but the point was made that many people often think the Bible says a certain thing, teaches a certain doctrine, or authorizes a certain practice when, upon investigation, many of the things frequently attributed to the Bible are not actually found in the Scriptures.

Tradition says that three wise men came to visit the child Jesus, yet when the biblical record is consulted one does not find the number of the wise men given (Matthew 2:1-12).The title “Reverend” is commonly applied to preachers, yet the word appears but once in our English translations (Psalms 111:9), and there it is applied to God.And while it is true that the root from which the word comes is found in many places in scripture to refer to holy and sacred things, Jesus forbade the wearing of religious titles of distinction (Matthew 23:8-9).

When I was a very young preacher I was conducting a meeting in a southern state and staying in the home of one of the leaders of the church.He was a good man, loved the church, and had raised a good family of faithful Christian children.How shocked I was when one evening after the services he asked, “Hugh, how old was Jesus when He joined the church?”Since I thought he was being facetious, I came within a gnat’s whisker of laughing in his face.I caught myself just in time to realize that he was dead serious.Now, it is certainly true that Christ and the church enjoy an intimate relationship.The church is the body of which Christ is the head.For an understanding of Christ’s relationship to the church one needs to read and digest the first three chapters of Ephesians.But the church did not exist in historical reality during the earthly ministry of Christ, and Jesus never “joined” the church in the sense in which people today talk about “joining” the church.In fact, the whole concept of “joining” the church is deserving of deeper study, for the Bible speaks more in terms of a person being saved from his or her sins and being “added” to the church than it does of “joining” the church (Acts 2:41, 47).

In a certain city where I once lived a preacher of a particular denomination conducted a daily radio program designed to spread the beliefs of his church.His knowledge of both the Scriptures and basic grammar was highly suspect.On one occasion he cited Paul’s admonition, “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may stand against the wiles of the devil” (Ephesians 6:11).He then observed, “Yes, the Bible says the devil is wild, and he is getting wilder ever’ day!”While his observation likely was true, there is a vast difference between the “wiles” of the devil and the fact that the devil may also be “wild.”

We need to be diligent students of the Bible.People sometimes show their ignorance of the Bible by speaking against things the Bible clearly endorses.Desiring to appear to know more than they do, they oppose things the Bible commends.At the same time, not everything that is said to be taught in the Scriptures is actually taught in the Scriptures.Of the Bereans it is said: “These were more noble than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and searched the Scriptures daily whether these things were so” (Acts 17:11).Paul exhorted: “Test all things; hold fast what is good” (I Thessalonians 5:21).We need to be diligently engaged in such today.

Hugh Fulford

Hugh’s news and Views

April 24, 2012

#bible, #bible-knowledge, #ignorance

An impressive number joined to memorize Scripture

The 100 Days of Scripture now has over 1,900 people signed up to Jon Warnes’s program on the Facebook events page. That’s an amazing number. On the email list, there are now 52 of us getting it by email, also a great number for so few days to be up and working.

Thanks to Richard H. for sending the emails to the latter site/list, which we’ve also set up to show up automatically here on TFR. Nifty, isn’t it?

Can we take the quick growth of this memorization program as a sign that people feel a need to know the Scriptures better? Obviously, it’s a testament also to the power of social media. And the latter fact bears some serious thought.

Sure, some people are joiners and will jump into anything with no real commitment. The church sees them all the time, too: they’re baptized and then never show up for meetings or disappear completely. But these yes-folk don’t negate the good signs we can see in this effort. I for one am greatly encouraged by it.

#bible-knowledge, #scripture-memorization

Maybe it's just me …

… but it seems like:

  • We prefer to keep our traditions, rather than sacrifice them in order to reach the lost;
  • More prayers are being offered for the American military — who greatly need prayer — than for those who work in the gospel;
  • More is known about and talked about TV stars and shows and sports figures than the facts, commands, truths, and promises of Scripture;
  • Things excite us more than our eternal hope.

Maybe I’m just in a Sunday night low …

#bible-knowledge, #evangelism, #spirituality

Kevin W. Rhodes writes in his last blog …

Kevin W. Rhodes writes in his last blog post, “The Learning Curve:”

One of the more frustrating situations people can encounter when they become Christians is the feeling that they are so far behind everyone else in biblical knowledge, understanding, application, and just life itself. Whether this is accurate or not depends on a whole lot of factors—age, background, and upbringing among them—but where you are when you begin your walk with Christ does not really matter that much. Everyone must begin somewhere and sometime in order to have a relationship with God. Therefore, it is more important that you recognize the value in beginning and persevering than worrying about how much you have to learn.

His site doesn’t provide the usual page links, but you can read the rest by clicking HERE, then clicking on the link, “From Faith to Faith.” This post will be at or near the top. Worth your time.

#bible-knowledge, #growth, #learning

Oft times when we read the Bible we will…

Oft times when we read the Bible we will read right over something. I believe I was doing this until I done some further investigation into “The Way”. “But Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” – Ac 9:1-2.

Today it is common to use terms referring to the people of God such as the church of Christ, the church of God – Ro 16:16 “Greet one another with a holy kiss. All the churches of Christ greet you.”; 1Co 1:2 “To the church of God that is in Corinth, to those sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, both their Lord and ours:” Also the body of Christ, the kingdom of Christ – Ep 1:22-23 “And he put all things under his feet and gave him as head over all things to the church, which is his body, the fullness of him who fills all in all.”; Col 1:13 “He has delivered us from the domain of darkness and transferred us to the kingdom of his beloved Son,”. And also referred to as the temple of God, the bride of Christ – 1Co 3:16 “Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit dwells in you?”; Re 19:7-8 “Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready; it was granted her to clothe herself with fine linen, bright and pure”– for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.”

But in the early days of the church, they were also known as people of “The Way”… Saul of Tarsus persecuted those of the Way – Ac 9:2 “and asked him for letters to the synagogues at Damascus, so that if he found any belonging to the Way, men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.” ; 22:4 “I persecuted this Way to the death, binding and delivering to prison both men and women,”. Others spoke evil of the Way – Ac 19:9 “But when some became stubborn and continued in unbelief, speaking evil of the Way before the congregation, he withdrew from them and took the disciples with him, reasoning daily in the hall of Tyrannus.” At Ephesus there was a riot about the Way – Ac 19:23 “About that time there arose no little disturbance concerning the Way.” Paul confessed to worship God according to the Way – Ac 24:14 “But this I confess to you, that according to the Way, which they call a sect, I worship the God of our fathers, believing everything laid down by the Law and written in the Prophets,”. Felix the governor gained accurate knowledge about the Way – Ac 24:22 “But Felix, having a rather accurate knowledge of the Way, put them off, saying, “When Lysias the tribune comes down, I will decide your case.”‘.

Today the expression “The Way” is rarely used, except by parachurch organizations, individual congregations, and even some cult groups. But what did it mean in the early days of the church…? Let’s take a closer more detailed look at the meaning of the Way. A probable origin of the name could have come a teaching by Jesus. He taught about two ways – Mt 7:13-14 ‘”Enter by the narrow gate. For the gate is wide and the way is easy that leads to destruction, and those who enter by it are many. For the gate is narrow and the way is hard that leads to life, and those who find it are few.” The broad way leads to destruction while the narrow way leads to life. Jesus claimed to be the way, the way to truth and life, the only way to the Father – Jn 14:6 “Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” — It seems likely that Jesus’ statements led to the use of “The Way” Are You a part of the Way”?