What does your desk look like when you are studying?

I have always loved getting deep into a passage.  It is not always a matter of quantity but of quality.  Each verse is profound store of treasure.  Psalm 119:11, “Thy word have I hid in my heart that I might not sin against Thee.” (hid, צפן  Treasured up, reserved)

You can get to the heart of any text with your Bible, Greek and Hebrew Bibles and resources.
This stack of books is the result of studying out one verse.  You can get to the heart of any text with your Greek and Hebrew Bibles and lexical resources.

The resources pictured to the side are what I consider to be the essentials for getting deep into a passage of scripture.  These tools include:

 

Someone may ask the question, why are you carrying all of these books around instead of just using a computer or a tablet?

There is something to be said about a slower more methodical Bible study than just having all of the information at your fingertips in electronic format.  When you individually look up each verse in a search the information tends to stick with you better and longer.

I actually have all of my paper resources on the computer and the tablet as well, but prefer the feel of a physical Bible and Lexicon.  If you are curled up on the couch or waiting in the waiting room somewhere, it is much easier to use the tablet.

The main point is to use the method of internalizing scripture that you can and will use every day to strengthen your walk with the Lord.

Call out the man of God in your son

 

As parents it is our responsibility to call out the man that is in our sons.  It is a patient, gradual process of teaching and training over several years.  It is not the work of a night.  You must begin when they are born by putting the Lord first in all things and to bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.  We must seek every opportunity to make them better prepared for all of the problems and situations of life that we are able.Joshua_preaching

Raising your sons to be men can often be an humbling task.  You will many times see them learning the same lessons that you had to learn at the same age.  You will see them making mistakes that you, yourself may have made in the past.  Each mistake that they make is an opportunity to either crush them down or to teach them a better way.

Last month on September 20th my oldest son, Joshua, had publicly announced his call to the ministry.  It was a decision that he did not come to lightly.  He had been praying about it and seeking the will of the Lord for the better part of the year.  He had always been very eager to give a devotional or teach a lesson whenever an opportunity presented itself.  I enjoyed seeing him willingly volunteer at church camp to bring devotionals and just do whatever had been asked of him.  Last year, I suggested that he pray about giving the Sunday school devotional before each class on Sunday mornings.  He began doing just that and continued to grow in his faith and in knowledge.  At the beginning of the year I had asked him if he was willing to teach the adult Bible study that we had on Sunday night.  After prayer on the subject, he accepted the challenge and began studying and preparing at a deeper level.   He came to me recently with the firm conviction that it was the will of the Lord for him to preach.  That evening the church showed full support to his decision and voted to license him to preach.

The next Wednesday he preached his first sermon at Fostoria Oaks Missionary Baptist Church in Cleveland, TX.  He preached on Proverbs 22:6  “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”

An audio copy of his message can be found here:  First Sermon

The Sunday following, he preached at his home church, during the morning service.  His message was from Ephesians 2:8-10

 “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:  Not of works, lest any man should boast.  For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus unto good works, which God hath before ordained that we should walk in them.

An audio copy of his message can be found here:  Second Sermon

We are currently having a special Bible study together each week as we look at  wisdom from God’s word that will be beneficial to him in his life and ministry.  The gleanings from this study will be put together in a series on this website called:

Advice to young preachers

Preaching the word of God in Argentina


 

Here is a video of me preaching in Pilar, Argentina on September 21, 2014.  It was a great service that day.  The Sunday school had divided into the men and the women.  I enjoyed meeting some brethren from Peru and from Paraguay that were there at there church.

There was a older couple that was visiting for the first time at the  church.  After the preaching that morning,  a woman prayed to receive Christ.

Later that day we went to the park to pass out tracks and talk to people about the Lord.  The people that we talked to were very receptive.  I spoke with a man who had a speech impediment from his past injuries in a bad motorcycle accident.  I spoke to him about Jesus and invited him to the church that I had preached at that morning.  He was deeply touched that someone would invite him to come.  That day was the only opportunity that I had to talk with him.  I wonder what had become of him.  Maybe one day  I will see him again in this life and even better if I see him in heaven.  There are millions just like him that are waiting for someone to reach out to them and care.