Jimmy Phillips

writes from Bakersfield, California, where he is director of marketing and communications for San Joaquin Community Hospital.

You Can’t Sharpen Your Own Sword

Sometimes we tend to read the Bible in pockets. If you grew up in a Christian home, it’s probably impossible for you to count the number of times you’ve heard the stories about David and Goliath, Daniel and the lions’ den, and Moses parting the Red Sea. But unless you’re a Bible scholar, you probably can’t rattle off the messages of all the Minor Prophets, or recite the historical time line of Paul’s New Testament letters.

I’m not saying this is a bad thing; certain passages—especially stories—are innately more interesting and hold our attention. That being said, when it …

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