I’m a creature of habit. I really don’t mind change all that much. However, when something works for me, it’s really hard for me to try to change and do something different. This couldn’t be any truer than when it comes to my Scofield Study Bible. My mother gave me this Bible six years ago for my birthday. I’ve had Bibles given to me before as gifts all through my years, but this was given to me when I got back in church and began my ministry. Continue Reading…
I simply love the office supply stores. I don’t go to the computer section, I don’t go to the ink aisle, I go straight to the notebook and pen aisles. I have a plethora of notebooks and pens that I use daily. I only use one type of pen, but when it comes to notebooks I choose whatever I’m in the mood for.
I have three notebooks I’m currently using on a daily basis. All three serve a certain function for my writing needs. I could use just one notebook for all three functions, but I’ve found that this works for me to keep me organized. Each notebook can be drawn from and then transferred to a file folder on my computer. You will see I’m very organized, and I’m almost a little OCD when it comes to routine, schedule and organization. I just can’t function without organization. I don’t like clutter on my desk or office, I keep my bookshelves in alpha and genre order, and I only use one type of pen. You’ve now been exposed to my OCD side, I hope you enjoy. HA! Continue Reading…
Studying the scriptures and preparing for teaching and preaching there are many avenues we can take. From dictionaries, to encyclopedias, to reference works and of course Bible commentaries. When it comes to preaching and preparing, there are so many books we can draw from, that our search could never be exhaustive, and if not careful we can spend too much time in places where we will never draw from.
I love books, I love old books and I especially love different types of commentaries. I own a few set of actual commentaries, but the majority of the commentaries I use are on PC Study Bible. The majority of my preparation is done on PC Study Bible on my MacBook, and I don’t find it feasible to buy the actual physical commentaries of the ones I use on PC Study Bible. Maybe one of these days if I can find them super cheap and I have the room to store them, but for now I’ll just go to PC Study Bible. Continue Reading…
Ecclesiastes 12:12 And further my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
When I’ve read that or heard Ecclesiastes 12:12 quoted it’s almost always in a negative tone. “Too many books, and study wears you out.” That’s how it has come across. I’ve heard preachers quote this as to why they don’t study to preach.
The writer of this small book in the Old Testament was Solomon, one of the wisest men to walk the earth. Solomon even calls himself ‘the preacher’ in this book. I’m positive Solomon read quite a bit considering how wise he was, and how much he wrote. Reading in Proverbs Solomon admonished us to seek after understanding, knowledge and wisdom. And how we grow in these areas is through studying, along with prayer.
Yet he writes that studying is a weariness of the flesh. And I can agree, much study can wear you out. I’ve had those long nights of studying for tests and for preparing messages and studying can make you tired. In depth studying can be rather exhausting.
I heard Pastor Jeff Arnold say one time “The scripture says much study is a weariness to the flesh. That may be so, but my Spirit is on fire!” That quote has inspired me so many times over the years.
John Piper said of Bible study; “Raking is easy, but all you get is leaves. Digging is hard but you might find diamonds.”
Studying is hard, toiling in the Word of God can be taxing but the rewards of finding those diamonds is worth the price. The Word of God is a fountain life and we must constantly strive to live by it.
Yet, we must remember that the flesh is our greatest enemy when trying to grow in the Spirit. Jesus told the disciples that the flesh was weak but the Spirit was willing. The Spirit within us is willing to grow us in the Word of God, but the flesh is a threat to seeing that accomplished. We must feed the Spirit and starve the flesh.
Galatians 6:8 For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.
Solomon is correct, study can weary the flesh and I believe that is the point. We need to weary our flesh with Bible study. The places in our life where the flesh has a strong hold must be broken down with God’s Word. We need to let the Word of God be engrafted into our lives and we need to hide the Word of God in our heart that we might not sin against God. I know the more I study the scriptures for longer hours I can feel the Holy Spirit gaining strength in my life, and the flesh begin to lose control.
Let’s take to heart that much study is a weariness to the flesh and that might just be what our flesh needs and what our Spirit desires.
I purchased the iPad in April of 2010. I was traveling full time evangelizing. One of the biggest problems for me when I traveled was not keeping a printer with me. I just didn’t have the room to haul a printer in the trunk of my car. So when it came time for me to print off sermon notes I was hoping and praying the Pastor’s study had a printer or that the church had an office printer. I want to give a shout out to those I emailed sermons and had you print them off for me and bring them to church. I hated hand written notes. My first sermons were typed and printed, so I became a creature of habit.
So when the iPad came out claiming to be able to read PDF files, and not only reading PDF’s but COLOR too!! The Kindle worked for me as a PDF reader for a few months, but it’s screen was too small and the plain black and white screen didn’t give me the emphasis points that I had typed. So I purchased the iPad with great hopes of being able to effectively preach from it. All of the other features of the iPad take a back seat to my being able to use it as a digital notebook. It’s been one of the greatest purchases for me in the last few years. Continue Reading…