A Message to the Church in Smyrna (A Fragrant Church)

The city of Smyrna was located approximately thirty-five miles north of Ephesus. It was a prosperous city with a population of over one hundred thousand in John’s day (c. A.D. 95). That location had been inhabited for over three thousand years and no one knows for sure who founded Smyrna or exactly when it was established.

BIBLE INTERPRETATION: Context, Context, Context!

Have you ever been quoted out of context?  Sometimes people quote something you said, but by ignoring the context of what you said they can claim that you said something different—sometimes exactly the opposite of what you actually meant!  We often make this same mistake with the Bible.

You Took that Bible Verse Out of Context

In discussions concerning interpretations of the Bible, we often hear the phrase, “you took that out of context.” In fact, we often hear that in discussions outside the Bible, as when the media quotes a politician and the politician feels he or she has been unfairly treated. In its popular usage, the phrase seems simply to mean, “You got that wrong.”

Methods of Bible Study

Most people who read the Bible do so without a clearly defined goal. It is better to study the Bible with a more defined purpose in mind, for its subject matter and its intended meaning.

CHRISTIANS: How to Discover the Light in God’s Word?

Herein I will help you find the path to continued understanding of God's Word. You might be asking yourself sometimes, “How is it that I, desire the light of God's Word, and I have yet to fully discover it? Why do I feel like a blind person groping for the wall, and yet stumble around at midday as if it were midnight?

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