I believe in Scripture – David Bowden

I love the Bible. I’ve studied it all my life. Moreover, I am a Bible Professor at a university. I get to lead hearts of gladness and curiosity into the embrace of the Bible. It’s an honor. And a joy.

I particularly like this man’s words about the Bible. Enjoy! And feel free to share videos, songs, etc which celebrate the Bible. Let’s stir each other up with more love, more perspective, and more strength.

When God Calls You By Name (PART 1): an excerpt from my book


God always has a pot of milk and honey tea on somewhere in a back room. The fragrance wafted toward me when I was seventeen. I was at a winter camp with my youth group. Late one night, everyone was in groups praying and crying after the message. I didn’t feel like joining a group. Instead I grabbed the Bible underneath the chair next to me (which happened to be a different version than my own) and headed for the stairway. There on those uncarpeted wooden slats I opened unintentionally to Isaiah chapter nine. Verses one and two grabbed me.

“But there will be no gloom for HER that was in anguish. In the former time he brought into contempt the land of Zeb’ulun and the land of Naph’tali, but in the latter time he will make glorious the way of the sea, the land beyond the Jordan, Galilee of the nations.” (Revised Standard Version)

I knew I had come to God’s exact words for me at that moment. And I heard Him say, more loudly than ever, “I am bringing this depression to an end.” In my emotional rawness I was equally assured and equally indignant, “Oh yeah!? You have been telling me that for ten years! WHEN? When are you going to bring it to an end!?” With the weight of a large bag of rice dropped from a shopping cart TEN STORIES UP, He said, “SOON.”

Later I read verse two in my own Bible, which was the New International Version, it beautifully says, “The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has DAWNED.”

God called me by name.

It wouldn’t be the last time.


part two coming tomorrow . . .

some Holy Spirit thoughts…

A friend sent me some great reflections on the Holy Spirit. It’s so loaded with significance I wanted to share an excerpt.


There is one key we have been given, one key we have ignored.  He is a member of the Trinity:  Holy Spirit.

Knowing Him is as simple as transportation.  What would you say if you arrived in a city where no one rode in their cars, but everyone got in back of their cars and pushed them around?  The people would look tired.  They would be exhausted.  They would barely have enough energy for their own families and jobs and not much for anything else.  The population growth of that city might come from having children, not from people moving there because it is the absolute best place to live.

Much of the time, these people would feel discouraged.  They might hear frequently that their car was their greatest gift.  It wouldn’t feel that way though.  That car is heavy.  Sometimes they would wish they could just walk somewhere on their own, without lugging that car around.

That description might fit us if we believe in God, if we read the Bible and try to follow it, and do so in ignorance and without knowing Holy Spirit personally and intimately.  He is the key to that car, that lets us turn the motor on and speed away to the destination God dreams for us.  We will never get there if we walk.  We will never get there if we continue to push the car around one something even less than one horsepower.

Holy Spirit is God the Father’s Gift to Us, Given to Us as Jesus asked

In Luke 11:13, Jesus says,

So if you sinful people know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask Him.

Jesus sent Holy Spirit to us:  “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised.”  (Luke 24:49)

How important is Holy Spirit?  Next to salvation, He is the most important gift we have ever received and the most important daily fact about us. And yet, we might not even know Him.  We might range from thinking of Him as an energy force, i.e., an “it,” to a silent, mysterious stranger.  The generality is that most of us don’t talk with Him, and if we don’t have any communication with Him, it is hard to say we have a relationship with Him.

We acknowledge He lives in us, but aren’t able to say anything meaningful about who He is according to our own experiences—which are a lot more relevant than merely being able to recite Bible verses, which is something many in First Century Israel were able to do as they completely ignored the fact that the Son of God, God’s own Son, was walking among them and eating the same food they ate, right in their midst.  Like them, we are also capable of knowing the Bible and ignoring and rejecting God so close to us.

In John 14, Jesus tells His disciples that He is going to the Father (v. 12).  Jesus is going, though He is not leaving us as orphans because He, “will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate, who will never leave you.” (v.16).  In verse 17, Jesus says that Holy Spirit will live inside us.  This is stated clearly multiple times, over and over again in the Bible.  It is throughout the New Testament and prophesied in the Old.  For example,

1 Corinthians 6:19 says:

Don’t you realize that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit, who lives in you and was given to you by God?

2 Timothy 1:14 says:

With the help of the Holy Spirit who lives within us, carefully guard what has been entrusted to you.



Romans 8:11 says:

The Spirit of God, who raised Jesus from the dead, lives in you.

Wouldn’t these Scriptures indicate perhaps the most surprising Fact of the Bible?  That a foremost consequence of salvation is that Holy Spirit dwells inside us.  This is gigantic like Jesus’ incarnation.  Instead of God the Son dwelling in human form, Holy Spirit is living inside us.  A book could be written about just that one sentence—in fact like the end of John says, the whole world could not contain the books that would be written about Jesus.

We are now those books.  As prophesied by Ezekiel (36:26-27), God would put Holy Spirit inside us, to cause us to walk in His statutes…this is how He makes us into new creatures.

Holy Spirit is how we experience intimacy with God.  Romans 5:5 says, “For we know how dearly God loves us, because He has given us the Holy Spirit to fill our hearts with love.”  If we are not feeling God’s love and presence in our lives, it might be because we are ignoring His presence inside us.  We have an underdeveloped relationship with the One who makes it possible for us to know God.

It is possible to know Holy Spirit and He is why and how the first believers were not just able to—they also wanted to do what they did.  Holy Spirit is the difference between then and now.  God has dreams for your life.  Every day as you wake up, He wants to see you live His dreams for you out.  Holy Spirit is God’s freedom to live out God’s dreams for you.  Now.  And He has larger dreams for you than you can imagine.  He wants to bring Heaven into your life right now and use you to change the Earth.  Even to change Heaven because of the people He will use you to share Jesus’ love with and their names will be written in the Book of Life.

It takes freedom to do this and 2 Corinthians 3:17 says, “For the Lord is the Spirit, and wherever the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”  Knowing Holy Spirit intimately and personally, being filled and immersed with His love and power, is the key to that freedom that Jesus died for us to have.

So go down Moses, down to Egypt-land, and be ready to follow a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  Both that cloud of God’s presence and that fire of His love are within you now.  Our destiny is to know God by experiencing Him more closely than we would ever ask or imagine.

So go down Moses because the first slave who is going to be freed is you, and that freedom will be knowing God by knowing Holy Spirit who lives inside of you.

(cornerstone tokyo, 2011)

the overwhelming preciousness

While worshiping Jesus at church today tears appeared on my face like dew on tulips in early morning. The sunlight’s tension yearning beyond the night’s cool, causing the droplets. My life’s hopes slamming into the embodiment of hope: Jesus Himself.

I am simply undone by the stirring brightness of Jesus. I can not fathom a better King, a truer lover, nor a deeper friend. I am infinitely thankful I know Him. For Him, I would do anything, go anywhere, and love anyone. My heart longs for the whole world to know Him, to really KNOW Him. He’s it. He really is. He’s the fulfillment, the treasure, the resurrection, and the life. And once you choose to follow Him, you are inseparable. A match made in heaven which will stay in heaven forever.

If you haven’t met Him, if you haven’t chosen to follow Him, you can decide to do so any time. Simply tell Jesus you want to follow Him and tell Him you are giving Him your life. You can talk out loud, if you want. Ask Him to tangibly demonstrate His love to you. Then listen for His direction. He’ll speak. Keep talking to Him- daily, hourly, constantly – chat with Him as you would a friend. He loves you. And the Holy Spirit will lead you into all truth. I recommend finding a Bible and reading it: starting with the book of John in the New Testament. It’s really scrumptious. The main thing is keep talking to God AND listen for His response.

(And if you choose to follow Him, let me know. I’ll throw some imaginary confetti and laugh with joy.)

“Yes, furthermore, I count everything as loss

compared to the possession

of the priceless privilege

(the overwhelming preciousness, the surpassing worth, and supreme advantage)

of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord

and of progressively becoming more deeply and

intimately acquainted with Him

[of perceiving and recognizing and understanding Him

more fully and clearly].

For His sake I have lost everything

and consider it all to be mere rubbish (refuse, dregs),

in order that I may win (gain) Christ

(the Anointed One)”

Philippians 3:8 (AMP)

things in the sky

“I really like things in the sky.”

– me, in response to a compliment about my earrings with hot air balloons on them

“Hahahaha. You sound like such a mystic.”

– Nick Moon, in response to the blank looks of the people I’d just spoken to

“Come up here.”

– Jesus (Revelation 4:1), in response to John as he gazes at an OPEN door in heaven