Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Commentary Sale!

My favorite commentary set right now is the Expositor's Bible Commentary. While, I can't vouch for all the content I own the New Testament volumes and some of the Prophets as well. I consistently find it clear and readable with important information on history, background, and textual issues but an emphasis on exegesis and the meaning and interpretation of Scripture. These commentaries contain the full text of Scripture as well as the notes and are written in a more popular style. This makes them great for reading as well as reference.

Right now a number of volumes of the Expositor's Bible Commentary are on sale for $4.99 on Kindle, including my favorite commentary on Jeremiah by Dr. Michael Brown. I highly recommend the commentary and purchased a second copy on Kindle (I already own a hardcover). I also grabbed the Isaiah commentary.

You can check out what volumes are on sale at Amazon.

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Abiding in Christ - Character Studies

Two church planters in Houston, Texas Andrew and Carlee Coker shared some studies they made on Abiding in Christ, and they are awesome!

You can check get the study here.

But here's a preview:

Abiding in Christ - Character Studies


Passage
Who is this passage about?
What were some of their character traits?
How did they abide in God?
Daniel 6.3-4,10
Daniel
     Consistant
     Persistant
     Distinguished
     Extraordinary Spirit
     Blameless
     Trustworthy
     Faithful
     Attention to details
     Thankful
     Prayed 3x daily
     Steadfast in the face of persecution
     Thankful
     Godly example

Jonah 2.1-33
Jonah
     Humble before God
     Wise
     Persistent in the face of death
     Remembering the Lord
     Yields to God
     Thankful
     Faithful
     Resentful
     Self absorbed
     Vengful
     Prayed
     Repentanted
     Obeyed God
     Gave thanks
1 Samuel 3.1-10; 7.10-17
Samuel
     Teachable
     Humble Servant
     Listens
     Quick to Serve
     Obedient
     Remembering the Lord
     Dependant on the Lord
     Faithful to the Lord
     Persistant
     Enduring
     Strong work ethic
     Not attentive to details
     Worshiped
     Remembered the Lord
     Listened to the Lord
     Ministered before the Lord
     Quick to Obey
     Finishes well
Nehemiah 1
Nehemiah
     In touch w reality
     Compassionate
     Disciplined
     Works hard
     Persistant
     Knows God and His Word
     Repentant
     Trust the promises of God
     Humble
     Bold
     Trustworthy
     Prayer
     Acted out compassion
     Trusts God
     Confession
      
Luke 10.38-42
Mary
     Humble
     Attentive
     Hungry
     Teachable
     Focused
     Wise
     Listening
     Being with Jesus
     Jesus First!
Matthew 4.1-2; Luke 5.15-16; 6.12-13
Jesus
     Holy
     Obedient
     Committed
     Disciplined
     Compassionate
     Seeks Solitude
     Consistant
     Enduring
     Focused
     Encouraging
     Leader
     Model
     Pace Setter
     Spiritually Strong
     Humble
     Level Headed
     Led by the Spirit
     Obedient
     Prayed
     Spent lots of time w the Father
     Fed and Led the Flock
     Loved the people
     Persistent in doing the right thing






Friday, May 5, 2017

Back to my Notebook


This year I moved from taking notes in my margins back to my taking notes in a notebook. This week, I finished the notebook I started in January. I'm following The Cornerstone Reading Plan: 2 Chapters in the Old Testament starting in Genesis 1 Chapter in the Old Testament starting in Psalms. 1 Chapter in the Epistles and 1 Chapter in The Gospels/Acts (although I'm mixing that up with a Gospel Harmony study).

My notebook entries include the date, the chapters I'm reading and notes on each chapter. I follow a general rule that I have to write something down about each chapter even if it's obvious. I don't always do a good job with this, but it helps me slow down.

I usually do a verse by verse or topical study along with this and am memorizing First John. It's a lot, but I'm full time and need to give myself to the Word and prayer (Acts 6:4)

I have four months of notes in one notebook. I'm excited to start another. I'm not done taking notes in my Bible, but I will save that for another post.


Tuesday, April 18, 2017

From Sorrow to Hope Project

One of my goals for 2017 was to read a commentary on Jeremiah. I recently finished Jeremiah and Lamentations: From Sorrow to Hope by Philip Graham Ryken.


It was very clear and readable with an emphasis on God's glory and application to current events. It read like a series of sermons rather than an academic text, but drew from scholarship.
If I were to recommend a commentary on Jeremiah, it would be Michael Brown's from the Expositor's Bible Commentary series, but Ryken's was a very good read, and by far the most accessible commentary on Jeremiah I've seen.

I was looking for a commentary I could read daily in small sections, and Ryken's is formatted in ten page chapters for each section of verses tackled. It worked well as a daily devotional reading. It may be a little more academic than what most people want for daily reading, but I would like to see more folks try this. Not all commentaries are reference works. Some are meant to be read cover to cover and this is one of them.

One of the things that has helped me read through larger academic volumes is Goodreads.com. Goodreads lets me track my progress with update bars. After reading, I enter in the page number and watch the percentage and progress bar advance. It may not work for everyone, but I find small mental rewards like this motivating and rewarding. I hope you find a readable commentary, maybe the Preaching the Word series, a shot.


Sunday, April 9, 2017

Palm Sunday Readings

This morning we went through a series of Palm Sunday readings. This is the first time I've read through these passages back to back and was powerfully moved by the experience. We read up to John and then prayed together after each passage. I was choking back tears at the end as we rejoiced together and looked forward to the coming of Jesus Christ our King and His Kingdom here on earth as it is in Heaven.


2 Kings 9:13


Zechariah 9:9


Psalm 11:25-26


John 12:12-19


Prayer


Mark 1:1-11


Prayer


Matthew 21:1-11


Prayer


Luke 19:11-40


Prayer


Revelation 19:11-21
Revelation 21:1-7


Prayer

Monday, April 3, 2017

Updated Giving Options

There are new electronic giving options available on my website, Including Stripe and recurring giving options. Thank you! :) Check them out here.