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A study I did, based upon the book "The Shack". Because it challenged me.

The Shack - a bible study
Based on the book "The Shack," by William Paul Young.

A very quick overview of the book - After the tragic loss of a child, Mack struggles for answers and finds redemption in God’s love.

There are things in the book that will challenge your understanding of who God is, how you deal with anger, judgment that you pass upon others, and how much God loves you. In an effort to walk you through some of those challenges, I will attempt to give you theological reasons to believe. My hope is that you find yourself more in love with the Creator of the universe, God, Papa if you will, than when you started.

How many paths are there to God?

One of the biggest deceptions being told right now is that there are many paths to God. I am convinced that God can find you and draw you in no matter what path you may be standing on, but it was not the “path,” necessarily that brought you to Him. John 6:44 RV Says, “No man can come to me, except the Father which sent me d…

Thoughts on foundations and faith (Hebrews 6:1)

Wherefore, having left the word of the beginning of the Christ, unto the perfection we may advance, not again a foundation laying of reformation from dead works, and of faith on God, (Hebrews 6:1, YLT)

The writer has not broken the thought process, but the translators have by inserting chapter and verse indications. Hebrews does not back down a bit from the superiority of Jesus Christ and why he is so.
There are two stages to our growth in Christ: babes or as one translation puts it, inexperienced and those who can be called mature.
".. who because of the use are having the senses exercised, unto the discernment both of good and of evil."1 Hebrews 5:14.

When I began attending a particular men's bible study, a man in the group quickly tried to attach himself to me because I said something that he latched on to. (Others in the group had been talking to him about his personal behaviors, and he was just arguing with them, and trying to justify what he was doing.) To listen…

Thoughts on Meat and milk (Hebrews 6:4-6)

Hebrews 6: 4-6

It is impossible for those who have once been enlightened, who have tasted the heavenly gift, who have shared in the Holy Spirit,who have tasted the goodness of the word of God and the powers of the coming age,if they fall away, to be brought back to repentance, because to their loss they are crucifying the Son of God all over again and subjecting him to public disgrace. (Hebrews 6: 4-6, NIV)

Impossible is a very rare word in God's vocabulary for there is nothing that is impossible with God.
Where then does the impossibility come from? Let's look at scripture and see if it interprets itself.

"for those who have once been enlightened,"
Enlightened is the Greek word photizo, which means to shed light upon, or to be illuminated.
The obvious point here is that the people in this reference were instructed and furnished with a clear view of Gods life. Hopefully that life was a part of them.

It seems that you cannot have a discussion about this without Judas Iscar…

Contentment - thoughts based loosely upon 1Ti 6:6-12 GW

This was a piece I wrote some time ago.


I believe that we all desire some form of contentment but the question is what is it and what is the cost.
In my opinion our lack of contentment stems from unmet desires, so the beginning question to ask is what is the basis for our discontent.

God made man and gave him dominion

Then God said, "Let us make man in our image, after our likeness. And let them have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over the livestock and over all the earth and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth." Gen 1:26 ESV
Gen 1:28 And God blessed them. And God said to them, "Be fruitful and multiply and fill the earth and subdue it and have dominion over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the heavens and over every living thing that moves on the earth."

Adam gave it all away.

And to Adam He said, because you have listened to the voice of your wife and have eaten of the tree, of which …

It's hard for you to learn (Hebrews 5:11)

We have much to say about this, but it is hard to explain because you are slow to learn. (Hebrews 5:11, NIV)

About what? "this".
Hebrews is in part an argument declaring the superiority of Christ and why. The cross plays a dominant role in this argument and here is why.

1. "His reverent submission."
Jesus, voluntarily became a man, set aside His glory and position with the Father, submitted to death not only on in his body but in his spirit, and he did all this as a man.

2. "The obedience learned from what he suffered."
There is more to this than what the eye can see. It will require you to think it through.

3. "and once made perfect"
Is there any doubt that He was perfect, he was at the least sinless, following exactly the will of the Father, and yet he, the Son, is being made perfect again. Johns gospel tells us that he is God, was with God, made all things by his word, and upholds all things by the word of his power. And yet Hebrews has God …