Thomas Schnaars was born in Walsrode, Germany in 1984. He got deeply transformed by the love of God, when he met Jesus in 2004 in the midst of serious life struggles. Thomas permanently moved to the US in 2011. He currently writes for the RISE Blog, teaches the church periodically and leads the Deeper:Foundations Class. Thomas is married to Brandy Schnaars and has two children, Noah and Riannon.
The more we hide from one another, the more lonely we get, in fact. And that’s why the gospel speaks to the core of loneliness. God did not hide himself from us, but in Jesus Christ made himself fully known. He revealed his very heart toward humanity, and his deep desire to save us. He displayed the most perfect image of his glory, his beauty and majesty, yes his very nature when he gave his son. God, in Jesus, exposed himself completely and was vulnerable to the point of being murdered by a humanity that would rather hide than to be fully known.
Have you ever tried to explain a hard truth from scripture to your child? There are some hard truths in scripture, and because of that, there are times we can not only explain some of those truths in overly watered down terms, but also omit teaching them entire concepts.
Approaching the Bible can be a difficult task. In my personal experience however, the breakthrough usually comes when I have specific intentionality while I read. Instead of reading out of obligation, I open the Word with earnest expectation and intentionality. Our minds are designed in such a way as to soak in the most data when our learning is connected with authentic interest.
Here are a few suggestions on reading the Bible with intentionality--so that it flows more easily into our everyday life. In all these approaches, underlining, highlighting things, as well as taking notes is very helpful. Praying for God to guide us to the places we should go in our reading is also very good to do.
Peter urges you in his writings, "to abstain from the passions of your flesh, which wage war against your soul.“ (1 Peter 2:11)
There is a war going on. And it starts every morning when you open your eyes (sometimes even in your dreams). It’s real!
For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.
So, what exactly are these enemies of our soul trying to do?
This time I would like to look at a slightly longer prayer in the Bible and talk about its meaning in your life.
First the prayer:
This is my last article in a series on prayer that strategically aims for our faith to become more effective.
And today it’s all about love.
Many of us might already believe that love is more than an emotion, that love is shown in action. We believe that our faith shows itself in our deeds of love.
We therefore might think that love is not something we need to pray for, but that we must do.