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Scriptural biography

Certain Bible passages reveal God's hand in our lives

One of the most exciting revelations in my life is how Scripture both accompanies and haunts me. I experience this as the work of the Spirit, raising up specific scriptural texts at different points in my life.

BibleI have come to speculate that this is one of the most direct ways that God communicates with us, using the inspiration of Scripture to both question our lives and call us into deeper reflection and companionship. This is the power of Scripture and the reason why studying it is so important—and so dangerous.

I call this lifetime procession of texts a “scriptural biography.” Here’s how this has worked in my life.


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