Bible Study Tools & Fuel for the Journey ~ Adults

Every journey requires certain tools and fuel, which give us what we need to complete the journey and make it the wonderful experience we hoped it would be. Here you’ll find resources I’ve created to enhance your journey of faith.

Memorizing Bible Verses Just Got Easier — The Best Free Bible Verse Memory Apps

Jean Wilund : September 24, 2015 7:46 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults

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I never saw a purple cow. 

I never hope to see one;

But I can tell you, anyhow, I’d rather see than be one!


My high school English teacher quoted the Purple Cow poem constantly! 

Thirty-four years later, I still can’t banish it from my mind. 

Memorization works.

Over the years I’ve memorized many Bible verses, but my skills aren’t working as well as they used to. I’m glad I now have Bible Memory apps to help me.

Check out these Bible Memory Apps and download one today. It will be one of the best things you remember to do today. more »

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My Top Five Favorite Bible Study Apps

Jean Wilund : September 1, 2015 11:40 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

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Ever try to snuggle up with your Bible, an unabridged commentary, Bible dictionary, and a couple other resources? It makes me thankful to live in a time when we can hold an entire library in our hands. 

With the advancement of the internet and smart phones, I’m thrilled to have an app for that. I feel so free! 

Here is a list of my top five favorite Bible Study apps in no particular order: more »

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So You Need to Teach A Bible Study but You Have No Idea How? “Able to Teach” to the Rescue!

Jean Wilund : September 17, 2014 8:00 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults

If only the class could see what you see? Teaching isn't as easy as it seems.

If only the class could see what you see? Teaching isn’t as easy as it seems.

 

Excited, you’re sharing what you learned recently about Joseph in the book of Genesis, but the only response you’re getting is blank stares and a few head tilts.

You’ve lost them.

It all made sense in your head, but it got lost somewhere between your brain and your tongue.

Whether you’re a teacher or just a regular human, you’ve most likely been in a similar situation.

If you’re in one of the following situations (and I guarantee you are), I have help for you:  more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip — Ten Fingers for Handling God’s Word To Keep It Active & Alive

Jean Wilund : September 10, 2014 7:54 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog, Resources for Adults

The Ten Fingers for Handling the Word of God.

The Ten Fingers for Handling the Word of God.

 

Have you ever said, “I just can’t seem to get excited about studying the Bible?”

Come on. I know you hate to confess it, too, but surely we’ve ALL uttered that feeling at one time or another.

In those times, the Word of God has become “dry as dust, dead in our hands.” 

How can that be? more »

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Bible Study Tip #9 — If the Literal Sense Makes Sense Seek No Other Sense

Jean Wilund : August 6, 2014 8:26 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

Bible Study Tip #9 -- If the Literal Sense Makes Sense, Seek No Other Sense, Lest It Become Nonsense!

Bible Study Tip #9 — If the literal sense makes sense, seek no other sense, lest it become nonsense! Don’t twist the Bible into nonsense!

 

Literal Sense or Nonsense?

The Bible is filled with beautiful imagery designed by God to create stunning word pictures.

However, if we take it too far and assume that everything is merely symbolic imagery, and nothing is literal, we’ll end up twisting the Bible into nonsense.

Before we seek to determine what a passage in the Bible symbolizes, let’s first consider the possibility that:  more »

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Bible Study Tip #8 — Look for the Ripple Effect When Studying the Bible

Jean Wilund : July 30, 2014 9:40 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

Today's Bible Study Tip: Look for the Ripple Effect

Today’s Bible Study Tip: Look for the Ripple Effect

When you’re studying the Bible, look for what I call The Ripple Effect.

In previous posts I’ve talked about the fact that the Bible is not written for the purpose of giving us a lovely little collection of historical events or stories about God. [1]

Instead, the Bible was written, and given to us, so that we could know God and understand the one big story: God redeeming man back to Himself.

The Bible’s message is cohesive and ripples throughout the Scriptures from Genesis to Revelation.

J. I. Packer states this quite nicely, so I’m just going to borrow his words:

“Every text has its immediate context in the passage from which it comes, its broader context in the book to which it belongs, and its ultimate context in the Bible as a whole; and it needs to be rightly related to each of these contexts if its character, scope and significance is to be adequately understood.” ~ J.I. Packer (“The Interpretation of Scripture” )

Let me demonstrate by following one ripple out. more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #7 — Understanding The Big Story of the Bible

Jean Wilund : July 17, 2014 11:50 pm : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog, Resources for Adults

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I remember where I was when I saw the Big Story of the Bible for the first time. 

Maybe you’re like me and grew up thinking the Bible is just a bunch of different stories involving God combined into one big book.

I had no idea it’s all one continuous story: The Story of Redemption — God redeeming man from sin and restoring him back into a relationship with Himself.

Of course I knew that the Bible teaches about God redeeming man, but I thought the story went like this: 

Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden. A lot of other unrelated stuff happened for a long time, and then Jesus was born to redeem man from sin. Jesus went to heaven and will return one day. The End.

Please tell me I’m not the only one who thought this! more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #6 — The Blue Letter Bible: 7 Reasons to Use this On-Line Bible Study Tool

Jean Wilund : July 2, 2014 9:00 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog, Resources for Adults

 

Bible Study Tip 6: Use the Blue Letter Bible

Seven Reasons to Use this Bible Study Tool: Blue Letter Bible

 

I love BlueLetterBible.com!

The Blue Letter Bible (BLB) is as valuable to my Bible study as my pen — and I love my pen.

(That’s “the pen” in the photo above. It’s the Zebra nuSpiral CC Ballpoint Pen – 0.7  mm — my favorite pen for writing very small, clean lines in the margins. That was a Bible Study Tip freebie for you.)

When I study a chapter of the Bible, I first read through it carefully in my Bible word by word, phrase by phrase and make my own personal notes with my awesome pen.

My studying will often produce questions I can’t answer, so I turn to my current favorite resource: BlueLetterBible.com. Plus I like to read what the professionals have to say anyway.

What’s so great about The Blue Letter Bible? more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #5 — Three Questions to Ask as You Read It Word by Word, Phrase by Phrase

Jean Wilund : June 25, 2014 8:54 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

 

Today's Bible Study Tip

Today’s Bible Study Tip

In Today’s Bible Study Tip #1, I recommended reading the Bible like a novel in order to get the overall picture of the Bible. 

In Today’s Bible Study Tip #5, I recommend the opposite.

With the backdrop of understanding the Bible’s story, now read it carefully:

Word by word,
Phrase by phrase.

I’m not talking about just reading every word, but noticing the specific words chosen, each individual phrase, and the order of the words in the phrase.

You’ll begin to notice phrases you blew right past before and ask questions you never thought to ask before. At least I did.

I underline or circle each word or phrase to visually set them apart from each other. If I only do it mentally, I’m more likely to miss something.

While I’m setting them apart with my pen, I ask myself these questions: more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #4 — Remain Flexible

Jean Wilund : June 18, 2014 8:43 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

 

Bible Study Tip #4

Bible Study Tip #4

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #3 — Creatures of Habit

Jean Wilund : June 13, 2014 8:52 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

 

Bible Study Tip #3

Bible Study Tip #3

Of all the activities abounding in the world, none will do more to give you the life you’ve dreamed of, if you knew enough to dream of it, than personal one-on-one time of studying the Bible.

In-depth, personal Bible study changes you from the inside out as you come to understand the true character of God and His ridiculous grace and love revealed so powerfully through Jesus.  more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #2 — Creature Comforts

Jean Wilund : June 4, 2014 6:13 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

Today's Bible Study Tip

Today’s Bible Study Tip — Creature Comforts

I wake every morning to the sound of harps.

It’s much better than the blaring horn my daughter uses to rouse herself from sleep.

I like better.

After confirming that the harps are coming from my iPhone, and that I have not just woken up in heaven, I stumble through the dark to the kitchen and grab two coffee mugs.

As I soak in the aroma of the fine dark roast, my morning instantly gets better.

I like coffee — No, I love coffee.

I pour my husband and myself a mug, place his on his bedside table, and carry mine into the den, where I settle into the corner of my down-stuffed sofa facing the window that’s perfect for watching the sun rise.

I love sunrises.

I don’t know what it is about Lexington, SC, but we have the most beautiful sunrises and sunsets.

We also have some of the most oppressive heat, but if the weather’s nice, I’ll tote my coffee out onto the screen porch and curl up on my mom’s old wicker sofa with the soft foam cushions. There I can hear the world waking up, enjoy the fragrance from my garden, and watch the sun rise over my garden.

I love my garden.

Now that I’m cozy, I pull out my Bible, my favorite pen and reading glasses, dream about getting Lasix surgery, and begin to dig into the Bible and pray. 

I love studying the Bible and praying with fresh coffee and a sunrise.

I’m now awake and eager to see what God has waiting for me in His Word, just like almost every morning of my life in Lexington. 

This leads to . . . more »

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Today’s Bible Study Tip #1 — Read the Bible Like a Novel

Jean Wilund : May 28, 2014 8:04 am : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

~ Isaiah 40:8 ~

~ Isaiah 40:8 ~

 

As you know, if you follow my blog regularly, Bible Study is kind of my thing.

In fact, it’s the whole point of my blog. I want everyone to Join the Journey with me into God’s Word. 

In today’s journey, I’m sharing a Bible Study Tip — one simple way to get more out of the Bible. more »

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Free Books of the Bible Bookmark

Jean Wilund : February 5, 2014 4:40 pm : Bible Study Tools for Adults

ThyWordPs119Nothing has transformed me more than reading the entire Bible, so once again, I printed out another “Books of the Bible Bookmark” for myself this morning to help me keep track of what I’ve read thus far. It dawned on me as I sat at my computer that maybe you’d like to have one, too.  more »

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Numbers, Colors & Materials in the Bible and Their Spiritual Meaning

Jean Wilund : January 14, 2014 1:23 pm : Bible Study Tools for Adults, Blog

To help in studying the Bible and seeing some of the hidden treasures, I’ve compiled a partial list of numbers, colors, and materials in the Bible and—to the best of my ability and understanding—their spiritual meaning.

NUMBERS IN THE BIBLE & THEIR SPIRITUAL MEANING:

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Numbers in the Bible

1 – Beginning, Unity, that which is sovereign

2 – Separation, Division, Difference, Witness, Incarnation
(2nd Adam)

3 – The Godhead, Divine perfection; Divine completeness

4 – Earth, creation, world, humanity

5 – Grace, cross, atonement, life

6 – Man apart from God & Christ

7 – Spiritual perfection, completeness

8 – New beginning, super abound, salvation, resurrection

9 – Finality or judgment, (end of man & sum of all man’s works)

10 – Perfection of Divine order; Law, government, restoration, rulership, authority

11 – incompleteness, disorganization, disintegration, imperfection

12 – Divine government, governmental perfection, (3×4)

13 – Rebellion, apostasy, defection, corruption, disintegration, revolution, satan

14 – Passover, Number of David (D=4, V=6 DVD=4+6+4=14)
(Matthew: Generations of 14) , Double measure of spiritual perfection, Deliverance, Salvation

15 – Acts wrought by the energy of Divine grace.

17 – Perfection of spiritual order

19 – Perfection of Divine order connected with judgment

20 – Expectancy

22 – Double 11 — something doubled can mean either “intensified” or “certain”;
Psalm 22 Christ, the suffering Servant

24 – Priestly courses, heavenly government & worship (2×12)

25 – Square of 5 – essence of grace

27 – Cube of 3 — essence of Divine perfection

29 – Expectation and judgment

30 – Consecration; maturity for ministry, the right moment

31 – Deity

40 – Trials, testing (4×10 and 5×8); Judah (Eze 4:6)

42 – Antichrist (Rev. 11:2, 13:5), (6×7)

50 – Pentecost, liberty, freedom, jubilee

51 – Divine revelation

70 – perfect spiritual order (7×10), Restoration

75 – separation, cleansing, purification

120 – Perfect dispensation of time

144 – God’s perfect government (12×12)

400 – Divinely perfect period

490 – 70 x 7 Perfect Spiritual Order x Spiritual Perfection

666 – Antichrist, Satan (Rev 13:17,18), perfection of imperfection; the culmination of human pride in independence of God and opposition to His Son Jesus Christ

(To print a PDF of this list, click on this link, and then just hit print: Numbers in the Bible & Their Spiritual Meaning)

 

COLORS IN THE BIBLE & THEIR SPIRITUAL MEANING:

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Colors in the Bible

Blue: Heaven, Holy Spirit, priesthood, authority

Black: Sin, death, famine

Crimson: Sin, suffering

Gold: Divinity, glory, kingship

Purple: Kingship, royalty

Red/Scarlet: Blood, life, sacrifice, suffering, sin

Silver: Truth, atonement, redemption

White: Purity, righteousness, joy, light

Order of Colors in the Tabernacle:

     Blue, Purple, Scarlet (always in this order)
     Blue & Scarlet are opposite each other

     Purple is the blending of red and blue

MATERIALS IN THE BIBLE & THEIR SPIRITUAL MEANING:

Acacia Wood: Incorruptible, sinless humanity of Christ, not subject to death

Almond: Christ’s Resurrection

Brass/Bronze/Copper: Judgment of sin; sin; disobedience

Fire: Holy Spirit, judgment

Goat’s hair: Atonement

Gold: Divine glory

Leaven: Sin, non-biblical teaching

Linen: Righteousness

Oil: Light, divine wisdom

Precious Stones: Christ’s priestly perfections

Silver: Redemption

Spices: Christ’s fragrance to God

“Tachash” skin: Protection, Drab outward appearance (Is 53:2-3) (Uncertainty of exact translation of this type of skin)

Water: Holy Spirit, Word of God, Truth

Wind: Holy Spirit

Wine: Blood covenant, joy

(To print a PDF of this list, click this link and then just hit print:  Colors & Materials in the Bible & Their Spiritual Meaning)

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