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My Memory Bank is Wiped Clean

As I write this, Jim and I are staying in a motel while he is preaching at a Gospel Meeting. It has been a very pleasant stay so far with a spacious room and a great breakfast provided every morning (I could get used to this!).

All of the staff members here have been very nice to deal with, but one lady who helps with breakfast has been very pleasant to talk to. She has told us about her children and grandchildren, about the job she has, and why she has it. She’s a very hard worker and gets extremely tired every day.

The other morning, while discussing how tired she is at the end of the day, she made this statement to us: “At night, my memory bank is wiped clean. Each morning begins a new day.”

I thought that statement over for a while and came to the conclusion that it would really be nice if we could wipe our memory bank clean – at least concerning some things.

Wouldn’t it be nice to forget…

-that hateful comment someone made to you?

-those words of discouragement you heard that day?

-those disparaging remarks about someone you love?

-the bitterness and disappointment in the voice of your sister in Christ?

-the grumbling and complaining you heard about your elders or preacher or both?

-that sarcastic tone in your brother/sister’s voice?

-being left out by those who are supposed to care about you?

But if my memory bank was wiped clean every night, I would lose those great moments that I experience every day.

Things like…

-laughter with a friend.

-a smile on my grandchild’s face.

-that hug my husband gave me this morning.

-witnessing a baptism or restoration.

-seeing that older member coming through the door at church on their walker, or in a     wheelchair, to worship God.

-teaching a class and seeing that light bulb of understanding come on in the eyes of your student.

You see, I really think the last part of what that sweet worker said is most important: “Every day is a new day.”

I can choose to hang on to the negativity of yesterday, or I can focus on the good and thank God for a new day.

The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;

His mercies never come to an end;

they are new every morning;

great is Your faithfulness.

“The LORD is my portion,” says my soul,

“therefore I will hope in Him.”

(Lamentations 3:22-24)


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AUTHOR: Donna Faughn

Cost vs. Value

It was one of those statements that was written in a derogatory way, but it jumped off the page at me. I was reading an autobiography, and the writer was talking about a nemesis who made what he considered to be terrible decisions.

His reasoning was that the man knew all the spreadsheets and financial calculations, but he was never with the people to hear their stories and to understand how all these figures and facts worked themselves out. But the way he worded it is what made it stand out to me.

The statement was this: “He knew the cost of everything, but the value of nothing.”

I just wondered how often that can be true of me.

I am a detail-oriented guy. I live by the clock and the calendar. I’m one of those nerds who actually enjoys making things like organizational charts and who will type up a multi-page proposal to present to the elders about a new program idea, instead of just sitting around and “workshopping” the idea. It’s just the way my mind works.

And I want to know every detail when I do these things. What I can’t figure out will drive me nuts!

Having admitted that, though, I wonder if I ever think about the why in all these charts and figures. Who are these things trying to help? How will this benefit people in their walk with Christ? Will this touch lives, or will it just check something off the list as “done?”

In other words, what is the value of this?

How would this play out? Here are a few areas it might help.

When a congregation is planning an event like Vacation Bible School or a Gospel Meeting, there needs to be someone who can figure costs and areas of service. But before any of that occurs, there needs to be another question answered: Why are we doing this? What is the purpose of our VBS or our Gospel Meeting? How will this touch lives and impact them for eternity?

When a family is thinking about putting their child in another sport or activity, often the only question is “how much will this cost?” But should there not be some other, very important questions asked? Will this impact the amount of time a family can spend together? Is this going to take away–or severely reduce–time spent in family devotionals? Is this adding important value, or is it just something to fill more time?

When elders are working on a congregational budget, do they just look at the bottom line and see that all the money is going “somewhere,” or do they ask how the money is impacting souls? It might mean that a program is discontinued, or that some other difficult conversations have to take place. But the value is what matters; not the cost.

And on and on we could go.

As I said, I am a detail guy, so this is a difficult article to write for someone like me! But, no matter what I am doing, I need to step back from all the details and see more than just the costs (the facts, figures, and charts) and see souls. After all, they are of infinite value, and they are what matter in the end.


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

Serving God but Not Obeying Him

 

Several years ago I drove my good friend William Woodson to a luncheon at Freed-Hardeman University. Brother Woodson had been called to speak on the topic of the Restoration Movement. He spoke without notes and I remember being fascinated by his knowledge of the subject. On the drive over we talked about many spiritual and Biblical ideas. But there is one part of that conversation in particular that I will never forget.

He referred to an article written by David Lipscomb in the Gospel Advocate entitled, “Serving God, not Obeying Him.” This article was published on November 11, 1897. Originally the question in the article Lipscomb was addressing had to do with the issue of fellowship. But the underlying principle he wanted to convey was that he had discovered an attitude among believers at that time that there were many individuals who wanted to offer God service but few who actually wanted to obey His will.

Over the years I have thought about this remarkable insight from Lipscomb. How correct he was! As a person who spends the majority of his time trying to interact with people on a spiritual level, I have found that what Lipscomb understood about human nature was right on target. And I have gathered that this truth he found is probably replete in every generation of people who have ever recognized God and attempted to approach His throne.

You see it is not enough to offer service to God. God is not some community project. He is not sitting around waiting for us to perform what we would consider to be good deeds. The Apostle Paul said God doesn’t “dwell in temples made with hands nor is He worshiped with men’s hands as though He needed anything, since He gives life and breath to all things” (Acts 17:24-25).

Yet many people treat God as if He is subject to our whims or wishes concerning how we might define love and devotion. Many sincerely believe that whatever we offer to God with our hearts God is ready and willing to accept. Many believe that acts of service are enough for God to think that we are inherently good and therefore worthy of a place in the heavenly kingdom. But in reality, we are all unworthy. And no deed we do will ever be good enough.

Jesus defined love this way, “If you love Me, keep My commandments” (John 14:15) To the Lord, service and obedience are the same thing. The reason why confusion exists within the Christian system is because some people love serving more than obeying. Somehow subconsciously they have made a distinction. Lack of obedience begins with a lack of knowledge, but it is enhanced by an attitude that says as long as I bring some kind of gift to the altar then God is going to be pleased.

God doesn’t need our service. But He does want our love. He has defined our love to Him as obedience. In the end, it will be the ones who obeyed God who truly served as Jesus served. It will be the ones who obeyed God who truly loved as Jesus loved.

“Behold, to obey God is better than sacrifice, and to heed than the fat of rams.” – 1 Samuel 15:22


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AUTHOR: Jeremiah Tatum

The Silent “E” In Delegate

I’ve heard a number of synonyms for the word and the concept of delegation. I’ve heard some people in leadership positions talk about empowering others. The idea behind this seems to be that, if some of the workload is delegated to others, it will facilitate the growth of the individual being given those responsibilities. 

I’ve also heard the word equipping used in this way. Somebody in a leadership position will believe (rightly so) that delegation is one good way of giving others some necessary tools and freedom to accomplish a task. 

Maybe another good word that can be used in this context is encouraging. If a leader delegates some responsibilities to others, there is, indeed, an element of encouragement. The person given the assignment will believe that he or she has some qualities that are being appreciated. That is encouraging. He or she will begin to think that somebody in authority sees some potential. That, too, is encouraging.

I suppose that there are many other ways to describe the process of delegation, but it seems to me that many of them may leave out something that I believe to be vitally important. In my opinion, delegation is not best done by drawing up organizational charts. Delegation does not go smoothly by barking out orders. Delegation does not “just happen.”

It seems to me that things such as leadership, responsibility, dependability, etc. are “caught” better than “taught.” Small children soon pick up on things that indicate consistency (or a lack thereof) between the behavior expected from the child and the behavior exhibited by the parent.    

Adults can pick up on exactly the same thing. This situation and atmosphere can exist in a factory, an office building, an athletic team, or in any number of other settings – including a local congregation of God’s people.

In every setting, there is a need for what I’m calling here the silent “e” in “delegate.” The best leaders learn one important technique that requires few, if any, words. Poor leaders never seem to grasp the importance of this “e.”

This “silent ‘e’” shows up in the eighteenth chapter of Exodus. This is the chapter in which we read about a suggestion made by Moses’ father-in-law, Jethro. He had observed how much time and effort that Moses was giving to judging the people and suggested that some of this responsibility could and should be delegated to others. Please notice the point that Jethro observed the work of Moses before he made his suggestion. 

This “silent ‘e’” is a major part of our Lord’s earthly ministry. It is hinted at in His invitation to some men to follow Him. As they saw some of the sacrifices He made, including that of His life on the cross, they should more easily understand the reason for some of the sacrifices He required of them. 

As they observed Him praying, His followers wanted their prayer life to be better. As they watched Him interact with others, they were learning how they should interact with people after He went back to heaven and “delegated” some major responsibilities to them. 

When people heard Jesus say “…My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work” (John 4:34, ESV), they should have had no trouble hearing Him challenge them to “…seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness…” (Matt. 6:33, ESV).

There is one statement made by our Lord that seems to sum up much of what His relationship with His followers was about. It is spoken during the event that is sometimes referred to as “the last supper.” 

As you may recall, in that culture, a servant could (should) have been expected to wash the feet of those who were to eat. On this occasion, no servant had done that. Neither had any of the apostles thought to do that. The Creator (cf. John 1:1ff; Col. 1:16; etc.) was the One who performed this menial task and then said this to His apostles:

For I have given you an example, that ye should do as I have done to you (John 13:15, KJV).

Did you catch the “silent ‘e” in that quotation? 

The “silent ‘e’” in delegate is example!!

I have either read or heard somewhere that our current president sleeps only four hours each night. I heard him tell and interviewer that vacations bore him. He said that he prefers to work. 

Do you think that it would bother somebody in his administration if the president were to ask him or her to put in a little “overtime?” Do you think that the reaction might be different if that person knew that his or her leader was a one who only delegated and did nothing himself?

I had heard (and used) the following quote before. I did not know until I did a little research recently that they are the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. I think that he must have recognized the “silent ‘e’” in delegate.

“You cannot teach what you do not know,

And you cannot lead where you will not go.”


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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn

Episode 79: 100 Verses Resource, Expenses Parents Don’t Need, Surprising Parenting Statistics, and More! [Podcast]

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On our latest podcast, Adam and Leah spend some time sharing family updates, then discuss a great article about how parents can cut expenses by thinking about what is most important. Finally, they discuss some research from the Kaiser Family group that is a bit surprising (and sad). Find the links below.

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100 Verses to Know from 1st and 2nd Corinthians [pdf from A Legacy of Faith]

8 Kid Expenses that Are Not Worth the Money, According to Real Parents [Healthy Way]

Sex on TV 4 [pdf from Kaiser Family Foundation]

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Why We Like Year-Round Lads to Leaders Events

The national Lads to Leaders convention has just been completed. Countless hours were spent preparing for this big weekend, and our kids had a blast! We came home excited…but also exhausted.

So why am I already writing about preparing for the 2018 convention?

Because we love the year-round events, and today I want to encourage you to be involved in them (even if you are not involved with Lads to Leaders!).

What are Year-Round Events?

When most people think of Lads to Leaders, all they consider is the convention that is held annually on Easter weekend. At that convention, young people are involved in speech, debate, song leading, oral Bible reading, art, Bible bowl, and puppet theater. These events gain a lot of attention, of course, because they happen at the convention itself and so much work has been put into preparing for these.

However, there are many other events that young people work on throughout the year at home. Personally, we like these events a lot. They can be done on your own time, at your own pace, and you can start working on them right now.

Some of them take a long time to complete, while others can be done in just a few hours’ time. Thus, they are “year-round,” because they are not done at the convention, but at home throughout the year.

What Can We Do?

Our family tries to emphasize several of these events with our kids each year. Sometimes we complete them; sometimes we don’t. Either way, they show our kids that Lads to Leaders is more than just “a trip,” and it also is teaching them to be involved in growing in their faith 12 months out of the year; not just in preparation for one weekend event.

Here are some of the events we have tried, with a short explanation of each. [For a complete explanation, you can download the pdf of the Lads to Leaders rulebook here.]

Centurion of Scripture. This is my favorite event for the kids to do. In Centurion, students memorize 100 verses of Scripture. They can even do this one verse at a time! This is perfect for family Bible time, and it is a joy to watch your children meet this challenge.

Good Samaritan. We have done this event off and on, but the students earn “points” for doing acts of service throughout the year.

Junior Leaders. This event for K-5 is one that was new to us this past year, and I was honored to teach our congregation’s Junior Leaders. Students meet for a class on leadership four times during the year, learning about a different Bible leader. Then, they also complete at least four service projects as a group. I loved meeting with our leaders!

Keepers. Based on Proverbs 31, Keepers helps young ladies prepare to be able to do certain things in their homes in the future, such as table setting, sewing, gardening, and more. This is a wonderful event to have mentors for, so there is intergenerational interaction in the congregation.

Providers. This event is the same as Keepers, but is for young men, and emphasizes some skills they will need in their adult years, such as basic plumbing, financial basics, and more. Make note of the fact that boys can do one Keepers event each year, and girls can do one Providers event each year. For example, this past year, all our Keepers and Providers learned about First Aid kits.

Know the Books. Starting with learning how to sing either the Old Testament books or New Testament books, students grow by being able to say the books without singing them, then learn a theme for each book. We have worked on this in our Pew Packers at 9th Avenue throughout the years, and it is amazing to see the kids learn these long lists!

Read the Word. The event is just what it sounds like. Students are challenged to read the Old Testament, New Testament, or both during the year. I’m proud that our two have both done the New Testament the last two years! This year, Turner is trying to read the Old Testament, and Mary Carol is making a run at the whole Bible!!!

Teach to Teach. Technically, Mary Carol was too young to be involved this past year, but we let her try it, and she will be involved this year. In this event, students learn how to teach a Bible class by sitting in with a teacher, then helping, then (eventually) teaching a lesson. A great mentor event!

Year Round Bible Reading/Study. We started this for last year’s convention, but did not finish. Students read the Bible to others, but must complete a certain number of readings by the deadline. This event’s highest level also incorporates the Advanced Bible Reader from Apologetics Press, which we wrote about in this article.

Year Round Bulletin Board. Students change their congregation’s bulletin boards a certain number of times each year. We have a zillion bulletin boards in our church building, so several of our Lads to Leaders participants have been “assigned” a board. Mary Carol and Turner both try to change their board about once each quarter.

Year Round Song LeadingTurner completed this event this year and was so proud. Students simply lead a few different songs throughout the year to different audiences. There is also an event for young ladies, and we hope Mary Carol will do that this year.

Bible Bowl Test. In addition to the Bible Bowl team event at convention, there is an individual test given in February over the same material. We also have our kids take this test as a way to see where they stand in preparation for the test at convention.

Mass Media. This has many different categories, and both Mary Carol and Turner wrote an article/editorial this past year. (Mary Carol’s won 3rd place!) We hope they will want to do an audio presentation this year, too. This is a great event for students who want to expand their knowledge of ways to present the Gospel.

There are other events that are also year-round that we have not yet done. Here they are:

GIFTS is an event for girls in grades 6-12, where they study a book together and complete projects. Mary Carol wants to do this this year.

GUARD is a similar event, but is for young men, grades 6-12.

Headed to the Office is for young men and is meant to prepare them for, one day, desiring to be an elder.

Second Langauge helps students learn to use a second language to speak simple phrases, as well as to teach the Gospel. (One of the coolest things I’ve seen was a couple of years ago where a student earned an award in Second Language, and her “second language” was English!)

Year Round PowerPoint Presentation lets students help in making presentations for sermons or classes at various times throughout the year.

Year Round Speech lets students present various speeches at different times during the year.

Pearls is a classbook that is based upon the Bible Bowl books for the year, but is more of a “topical” study, and a test is given in February on the book’s material.

Why Should We Try These?

That list can seem overwhelming, no doubt, but we love emphasizing these year round events. Picking even one or two can be of great benefit, even if your family is not involved in Lads to Leaders.

Why? Because they are organized, and provide you something to shoot for!

For example, if you choose to work on Centurion of Scripture, instead of just saying, “We’ll memorize some verses together,” you now have the challenge of memorizing 100 verses during the course of a year.

But if you are involved in Lads to Leaders, let me challenge you to pick a few of these events and get started! They help instill in your children the need to grow daily, and they continue to be thinking about Lads to Leaders throughout the year!


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AUTHOR: Adam Faughn

A Plaque and a Mirror

As may who read this probably already know, at the end of 2016 I retired from “full-time located preaching.” I am still serving as an elder. One of the reasons that I chose to retire from my other duties was that it would give me more time to do what I consider to be a vitally important role for an elder; being with and helping to shepherd people. Along with that, I am hoping to do some “fill-in” preaching, hold gospel meetings, etc. if and when I am asked to do so.

The decision to retire from what I had been doing for over thirty-eight years was not done without a great deal of prayer, thought, and communication. It was a major decision for Donna and me. It has had a major impact on our lives.

A few weeks ago, the congregation where I preached for the past 16 years decided to surprise us with a reception following our evening worship service. I suppose that it could be said that they were telling us that we had had some degree of impact on their lives.

During the events of that evening, three younger men presented me with a plaque.  You can see the plaque here:

I know these young men. I know the hearts of these young men. Each of these young men has worked with me in the ministry in some capacity. The fact that they thought enough of me to do this means more to me than I could ever express. I am confident that they are, in fact, “…faithful men, who will be able to teach others also.” In fact, each of them is, in his own way, already doing so.

I am hoping that they can teach others that being overly critical is hurtful.  It is hurtful to individuals.  It is hurtful to the cause of Christ. 

I have had some people question me about the phrase on the plaque – “Father in Faith.” They either said or implied that these young men had given me a religious title and/or were doing something that totally violated what our Lord said in Matt. 23:9.

That thought never entered my mind.  The reason that it never entered my mind is that – allow me to repeat –  I know these young men and I know the hearts of these young men.  I knew that their message was that each of them saw himself in the role of somebody who had, in some way, been mentored by me. While none of them would consider himself to be a modern-day Timothy and I certainly do not see myself as a modern-day Paul, that was the message the plaque conveyed to me when I first saw it.  It is still the message I see every time I look at the plaque.

I also see another message every time I look at the plaque and/or think about the plaque. In some ways, the plaque serves as a mirror for me. I’ve had to do some self-examination. 

I wonder if, over the years, I have been one who has been overly critical of a person’s actions or comments. I wonder if I see or hear something and begin almost immediately to put a negative spin on what I’ve seen or heard.   

Sadly, I know the answer to those questions. The answer is” “Yes.”

As we wonder whether or not a brother or sister has crossed all of the appropriate t’s and has dotted all of the appropriate i’s, we might want to spend some time with 1 Cor. 13. As I read that chapter about love, I find some interesting things said about love. For example, “Love is patient and kind…Love…believes all things” (vs. 4, 7). 

Our Lord said that His followers were to be identified by how much we love each other (cf. John 13:34-35). Since that is the case, it seems to me that we need to think the best about each other instead of impugning motives or actions. 

Years ago, I read a statement that I try to keep in mind. I even try to live by it. All too often, I fail in that attempt. 

I do not remember the exact wording, but what follows is pretty close. As I remember it, a man was told by his wife:

“________, your problem is that you judge yourself by your intentions and everybody else by their actions.”

I am thankful for those who “…contend for the faith that was once for all delivered to the saints” (Jude 3, ESV). The ones who questioned the wording of the plaque would be among those who are doing just that.  I would like to think that I am in that number.  I have no interest in introducing doctrines and practices that are without biblical authority.

At the same time, I have no interest in being known as a person who has set myself up as judge and jury concerning every other member of God’s family. If I have a motto as a gospel preacher, it is this phrase found in Ephesians 4:15: “…speaking the truth in love…”  If I am not speaking truth, I have no business speaking at all. The same would be true if I do not love.

As I write this, we are still in the process of getting our home office set up. When that process is complete, the plan is for the plaque/mirror to be displayed. 

Maybe you can come by and take a look – at it and yourself. I know I do both. 

I do not want the Lord to have the same opinion of me that He had of some of the people with whom He dealt while He was on the earth:

Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you tithe mint and dill and cummin, and have neglected the weightier matters of the law: justice and mercy and faithfulness. These you ought to have done, without neglecting the others. You blind guides, straining out a gnat and swallowing a camel! (Matt. 23:23-24, ESV)


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AUTHOR: Jim Faughn

[Quote] The Rich Young Ruler and You

SOURCE: The Journey of DesireJohn Eldredge, , page 84.

They’re Not Characters in a Story

“What was your story about today?” (a father to his child on the way home from worship)

“The character we are going to talk about today in our Bible story is ________.” (a Bible class teacher to her students)

“Turn in your Bible to the story found in ________.”  (a preacher of God’s word)

These statements and many others like them have been on my mind a lot lately. I keep hearing the accounts found in the Bible referred to as stories, and the people within those accounts referred to as characters in a story. We even talk about buying a Bible storybook for our children or grandchildren – right along with the fictional storybooks we may also buy for them.

Please forgive me if you think I’m being picky. I really don’t mean to be, but because we live in such an entertainment-saturated world, I want to make a point in this short little post.

The accounts found in my Bible are not stories, and the people who lived through those accounts are not characters in a book.

When I open the pages of my Bible I read about real flesh and blood people who lived hundreds of years ago and encountered some events in their lives which I’m not sure I could have handled. Noah and his family come to my mind, along with Abraham and Sarah, Moses, Joshua, Deborah, Esther, Ruth, Daniel, Paul, Jesus and this list could go on and on. 

They lived through events in their lives which we only read about. If we aren’t careful, we will begin to think of them as fictional characters and not as real flesh and blood people. We may begin to think about the happenings in their lives as fiction and not true accounts of real events. We won’t identify with the reality of what they encountered or suffered through as they maintained their belief in the one true God. We won’t recognize the mistakes many of them made (which serve as examples for us) if our view is that they are characters in a story.

Many are caught up in a world of fictional people and events via books, magazines, comics, TV, movies, video games, etc. Satan delights when people spend countless hours in this type of entertainment because they are filling their minds with many things that move their thinking away from reality.

Be careful how you refer to what or whom you are reading or teaching about from your Bible. They aren’t characters in a story. They are the people and the accounts which the men who were inspired by the Holy Spirit wrote about so that we could know our way to God.

“All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work.” (2 Timothy 3:16-17)


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AUTHOR: Donna Faughn

Treating the Bible Like a Flower

Spring has sprung in Alabama. Flowers are blooming. Trees are budding. Pollen is overwhelming.

It really is a beautiful time of the year as life is seen all around.

It is the time of year to stop and enjoy beauty. As flowers open up, it is gorgeous.

But have you ever considered how differently flowers can be treated, and how it relates to the different ways some treat the Bible?

Here are three ways we can view flowers that are similar to how some people view Scripture.

The Tourist

This is usually me as it pertains to flowers. I do not know much about flowers, but I like the beauty of them when they bloom in the springtime. So, because I like that beauty, I just look from flower to flower, visually jumping here and there, but not really concentrating on any one flower.

How many people treat the Bible the same way? They jump from passage to passage (and, quite often, the same few passages), but never think about the context or the larger picture of what is going on? They are not allowing the full picture of Scripture to be their focus, just the “pretty” parts they personally like.

The Botanist

You take a botanist to a flower garden and you can learn some stuff! That scientist will be able to tell you more about a flower than you thought was possible to know. Often, though, it is just academic stuff, maybe the latin name or how the systems inside the flower work. All of it is interesting, but it may not help you appreciate the flower itself very much.

Again, many people treat the Bible this way. Certainly, there are intellectual matters to consider as it pertains to Scripture. We must be thinking as we come to the Bible.

But if it is all “academic,” we are missing the point! Yes, our minds need to be renewed (cf. Romans 12:2), but that renewal must lead to a changed life. To put it in terms we often hear in Bible study, there must be interpretation, but there must also be application.

The Bee

You and I may appreciate a flower for its beauty this time of year, but a bee takes it to another level, doesn’t it? That bee sits down in the flower and takes in the pollen. The very life of this bee is dependent upon the flower and regular interaction with it.

That must be our attitude toward Scripture! We need to dig deeply into the Bible and find that our life seems incomplete without it. We need to hunger for the righteousness it gives (Matthew 5:6), and get our life from it (see Psalm 119:25).

Conclusion and Resources

So, how do you treat Scripture? Are you just a tourist, just floating here and there, but never taking in the full picture? Are you the botanist, learning all the academic jargon, but not letting it change you fundamentally? Or are you the bee, making certain that Scripture sustains your life?

If you are serious about digging deeper into the Word of God, here are some resources I have used, both in the past and some I continue to use, that help me in my Bible study, especially as it pertains to marking notes in my Bible. Maybe you can find something here to help you drink more deeply from the Scriptures.

Study Guide to Greater Bible Knowledge [Book by Wayne Jackson. Amazon carries this book, but it is very expensive. I would call a local Christian bookstore and ask about it, or contact ChristianCourier.com.]

Grasping God’s Word [Textbook by J. Scott Duvall and J. Daniel Hays. Note: The link is to the latest update (2012), but if you can find the 2001 version at a used book store, many say it is better than the update. It is the one I use.]

Notes from the Margin of My Bible [Book by Wayne Jackson. Again, Amazon only carries expensive used copies. Ask a local Christian bookstore for this wonderful volume. I treasure mine!]

ChristianCourier “Notes” search. [Wayne Jackson has released many of his “notes from the margin of my Bible” on the Christian Courier webpage. The link takes you to a search result for all of them.]

Bible Marking Topics” [Series of blog posts by Kathy Pollard on Come Fill Your Cup]

Pigma Micron pens [The best pens for marking your Bible. Archive quality, and they do not bleed through the pages. I keep one on my Bible at all times, ready to make a note!]

Crayola Twistables [I have not used these yet, but am getting ready to. They replace a highlighter and do not bleed through pages as much.]

The 66 Podcast [Drew Kizer and Andrew Kingsley walk through the Bible. Great material for Bible study and you will find yourself taking some notes along with them.]


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