My name is Sheryl Stinchcum.  I am a writer who writes fiction and non-fiction.  My other blogs are The Prince in the Tower and John Gilbert, St. Elmo, and Me.  I decided to create this blog because spiritually is at the core of my being.  Since I was born-again in 1980,  I have a desire to live a life pleasing to God, so that one day I may to hear Him say “Well done my good and faithful servant.”   I know that means total surrender, but as Jesus said, “The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak.”  The key is to “love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength” (Deuteronomy 6: 5 GNT).

I do not have a degree in Bible, although I often make comments on scriptures that I post.  Take the Bible as God’s Word, but do not take my comments as gospel.  All of us are human, which makes us prone to mistakes.

Let the Bible interpret the Bible.  Pray for the Holy Spirit to guide you and read the Bible in context.

“Test everything” (I Thessalonians 5: 21 NIV).  Compare what you hear and read with the Word of God.  Whatever doctrine  or interpretation does not agree with the Bible is not of God.

the word of God
the word of God (Photo credit: jangkwee)

Theology can be enlightening, but it can also be incorrect. When theology conflicts with the Bible, hold fast to the Word of God, and disregard the other.  In the same way, learn to discern between “the doctrines of men” and the Word of God.  Jesus upheld the Torah (Matthew 5: 17-19) but condemned “the doctrines of men” (Matthew 15: 9).

Originally, I named this blog “Delight Thyself in the Lord” from Psalm 37: 4.  The new title is “To the Jew First and Then the Gentile” from Romans 1: 16.  The entire verse reads, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes: first for the Jew, then for the Gentiles” (NIV).

In Romans 11: 11, the Apostle Paul reminds his Gentile audience that “salvation has come to the Gentiles to make Israel envious.”  In verse 15, he explains, “For if their rejection is the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?” (NIV).




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    1. Thank you so much, Alisa! I appreciate the recognition. Actually, I received this award awhile ago. Perhaps I could state that I have been nominated for the award twice and put a link to your blog. Blessings to you!

  1. Very True Sheryl Jesus is our only Teacher and we can know without doubt what we share is His Truth but if we don’t have assurance, we don’t share.

    Yes there is a way to know God’s Truth and not doubt it, we cannot reject Scripture for our own understanding or because of what we have been taught by others, regardless of who they are and how long it has been wrongly believed, we must seek God’s understanding not mans and there is a way to do this that gives us full assurance that it is God’s Truth we share.

    Christian Love in Christ Jesus – Anne.

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