Bad Lip Reading

Much like the hilarious videos in which producers take known videos and overdub humorous vocal work that appears to match the lip movements of the subjects, too often we experience misinterpretation when we perpetuate common phrases and mistakenly associate them with God and the Bible. Sayings like "the devil made me do it" or "when God closes a door, He always opens a window" might sound great, but our Bad Lip Readings with God's Truth can have real consequences and lead to skewed perceptions. How can we avoid getting caught up in the trap of common misreads and mistaken associations like these?

Bad Lip Reading :: The Devil Made Me Do It

October 29, 2017 Melissa Fisher

When you look around the world and see destruction, oppression, injustice, racism, and abuse, it seems as if there is something bigger at play. If there is a real war being waged in a realm we can’t see, and there are dark forces at work in this realm, should we be afraid? Can we really say “the devil made me do it,” or is this a battle we can win?

Bad Lip Reading :: God Never Gives More Than We Can Handle

October 22, 2017 Robb Overholt

When our friends or acquaintances are going through a hard time, most of us struggle to know what to say. Too often, we fall back on well-meaning clichés to try to cheer them up, but they often do more harm than good. For example, a common phrase we’ll offer is “God will never give you more than you can handle.” While we probably mean for that phrase to encourage others to trust God, is this old saying even true?

God Never Closes a Door Without Opening a Window

October 15, 2017 John Burke

When times get tough for people around us, it can sometimes be difficult to figure out what to say. We often resort to trite sayings like “God never closes a door without opening a window,” hoping to offer comfort and a sense of direction in times of uncertainty or disappointment. But since sayings like these are often misattributed to God and His Word, is the saying even true? When God does seem to close a door, how can we make sure that He’s the one guiding us to our alternate destination?