Category Archives: General Bible study

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

Are people blessed when you enter the room or do they run the other way as fast as possible to avoid you?

 

 A stone is heavy, and the sand weighty; but a fool’s wrath is heavier than them both.  Proverbs 27:3

 כֹּֽבֶד־אֶ֭בֶן וְנֵ֣טֶל הַח֑וֹל וְכַ֥עַס אֱ֝וִ֗יל כָּבֵ֥ד מִשְּׁנֵיהֶֽם׃

A stone is heavy  – There are many heavy things to deal with in this life.  We are introduced to two very weighty items.  This proverb speaks of the denseness and heaviness of rock and of sand.  It also speaks of something even heavier, the weight of being around  a foolish, easily annoyed person.

A fool’s wrath  –  The word “wrath” here is the word  “כַ֥עַס“.  This word speaks of one who is easily annoyed or irritated.  It is somebody who is easily provoked to anger.  We find that the foolish person is very quickly drawn into a dispute with others.  It does not take much to set them off.  We sometimes say that such a person has a “short fuse”.  Those around them “walk on eggshells” to not cause them to snap.

What kind of person are you?  

How patient are you with others?  

How much “give” do you allow others who are annoying you?

Learning to be “slow to anger” needs to be on the priority list of every child of God.

 

Heavier than them both  –  We have all experienced situations at times and  people that have weighed us down with care, burdened our thoughts and generally made us feel very tired.  How often do we consider that we might be the very person that is giving someone else trouble, making their lives difficult?  If we give into our sin nature and allow ourselves to be easily provoked, we will miss many of the blessings that God has for our lives.  In this passage the foolish person was heavier than the combined weight of stone and sand together.  The word for heaviness “כָּבֵד”  refers to something with a lot of weight attached to it.  

The word  “כָּבוֹד”  (glory) comes from the same root word in Hebrew.  It also refers to weight in worship, having worship that is real and solid.  Worship is not meant to be some light fluffy thing where we are driven by our emotions.  True worship is where we listen and obey the true God with all of our hearts, בְּכָל־לְבָבְךָ֥ (all of your innermost being, your mind, your will), with all our souls,  בְכָל־נַפְשְׁךָ֖ (all of your breath, your life, your being, all of what makes you who you really are on the inside) and with all of our might, בְכָל־מְאֹדֶֽךָ  (all of your might, all of your strength, all that you have and are).  As you can see worship demands not just your mind but all of your body and soul as well.  Worship of the Lord is not for wimps.

 

In the case of having כָּבוֹד in our worship, weight is a good thing.

In the case of being a heaviness כָּבֵד to others because we are a foolish person, it is a bad thing.

Be the person that God would have you to be.  Stand for what is right and be solid in your resolve.

In short, be a blessing and not a burden.