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

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? [Read more…]

The Ten Fingers Of Powerful Prayer I Learned From Anne Graham Lotz

To Get a Firm Grip on Powerful Prayer, Start Here

To Get a Firm Grip on Powerful Prayer, Start Here


There has always been a need to pray. Sometimes the need stands up and shouts. This is one of those times.

A mere glimpse at the headlines and the nightly news is enough to convince you that God’s children simply must stand up and pray — and pray with power.

This is not a time for wimpy prayers or wimpy pray-ers. It’s time for us to grow up into maturity in our prayer life, and when I grow up, I want to pray like Anne Graham Lotz.

I can’t see any way God won’t answer Anne’s prayers. It’s as if they’ve come straight from God’s heart into hers.

When Anne prays, I think of those hand chairs in my garden — the ones in the photo above, in fact: [Read more…]

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

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:  [Read more…]

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

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. [Read more…]

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

I Love to Tell the Story Seminar

I Love to Tell the Story Seminar

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! [Read more…]

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


Bible Study Tip 6: Use the Blue Letter Bible

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


I love!

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: Plus I like to read what the professionals have to say anyway.

What’s so great about The Blue Letter Bible? [Read more…]

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


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: [Read more…]

Today’s Bible Study Tip #4 — Remain Flexible


Bible Study Tip #4

Bible Study Tip #4

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