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.
Mensa, otherwise known as The Society of Know-It-Alls, admitted little Elise Tan-Roberts into their club in 2009 when she was only 845 days old.
At 2-years old, her IQ was 156, just short of Albert Einstein’s 160. Not too shabby.
She could talk at 5-months old.
She could recite 35 of the world’s capitals at age 2.
Imagine what God’s IQ is if it could be measured?
God is the ultimate Know-It-All. The One and Only.
There’s nothing more comforting than knowing the One in charge of it all knows it all.
But what does it really mean that God is All-Knowing, and what difference does that make in our lives?
Let’s take a look. more »
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.
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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. 
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
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 »
Nothing 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 »
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.
The only way we can be certain to the spiritual meaning of any number, color, or material in the Bible is if the Bible specifically states it.
Thus, some of these are absolutely the spiritual meaning. Others are merely best guesses based on biblical resources I’ve found.
I’m going to go back through this list soon and site the resources, but until then (and even after then), please know that this is NOT to be considered infallible. This is only to get us thinking.
ONLY use the Bible as your source for 100% accuracy.
NUMBERS IN THE BIBLE & THEIR SPIRITUAL MEANING:
1 – Beginning, Unity, that which is sovereign
2 – Separation, Division, Difference, Witness, Incarnation
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
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
COLORS IN THE BIBLE & THEIR SPIRITUAL MEANING:
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
Oil: Light, divine wisdom
Precious Stones: Christ’s priestly perfections
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