WELCOME TO THE BIBLE
Dipping into the Bible One Toe at a Time
The Bible. Millions own one, but how many know what to do with it? Approaching this thick book can be a daunting task. How do you even start? Welcome to the Bible answers these questions and many others.
With easy-to-understand explanations, you’ll discover who wrote the Bible, why they wrote it, and what to do with it now that you know.
You’ll dip into every book of the Bible with super-short summaries and less-than-super-short summaries.
And you’ll learn The Red Thread Bible Study Method, an easy, three-step technique for studying the Bible.
By the time you’ve dipped all ten toes into the Bible, you’ll be ready to dive in on your own.
This series is still being developed and written. Return often as I keep studying, writing, and editing. And please, contact me with any questions you’d like me to answer in these posts: Email Jean.
Dead Man Walking The credibility of the New Testament hangs on one event -- the resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus could have lived a perfect, sinless life and died on the cross, but if He didn’t rise from the dead and walk out of the grave, the entire New Testament...read more
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Theme Verse for I & II Samuel: But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the...read more
talking donkey, a global flood, and a virgin birth. These sound like the stuff of fables, not facts. But the Bible includes them as historical events. How can we know the Bible is inspired, trustworthy, and infallible when we read about phenomenon...read more
Welcome to the Bible Tour -- And Willy Wonka I'm starting the New Year with a Bible Tour blog series: The Welcome to the Bible series. And naturally, I'm introducing the series with Willy Wonka. Ok, maybe not so naturally. In fact, this may be the first article...read more
RUTH ~ Book #8 Super-Short Summary: In Ruth, God uses an unlikely romance to spotlight His faithful...read more
In the Beginning . . . “In the beginning, God created the heavens and the earth” (Genesis 1:1). And thus began the story of the Bible. It took God only six days to create the world but about 1,500+ years to complete the Bible. In my first post in the Welcome to the...read more
How Are the Books of the Old Testament Organized? Are you like me? Did you assume the Old Testament is in chronological order? It starts out like that in Genesis. "In the beginning . . . Day one . . . Day two. . . Then . . .Then . . ." It continues like this through...read more
Confused Yet? If you were brand new to the Bible and started in the New Testament, it might confuse you at first. My friend Ray received a New Testament and started at the beginning -- like most people do with any book. He loved the story of Jesus in Matthew and...read more
Welcome to the Bible: Chapters and Verses Bring Convenience and Challenges ~ Part 1 ~ Handy, But Not God-Inspired
John, Chapter 3, Verse 16 I bet you can quote John 3:16. For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life. You may know that verse, but do you know who to thank for giving it an...read more
Welcome to the Bible: Chapters and Verses Bring Convenience and Challenges ~ Part 2 ~ Context Matters
God Inspired the Bible. Man Added Chapters and Verses, And a Few Challenges: Loss of Context. I’m thankful man added chapters and verses to the Bible. I'm also thankful I learned about the challenges that come with them. Last time we looked at the first of three...read more
Dine, Don’t Snack, on Scripture ~ Welcome to the Bible: Chapters and Verses Bring Convenience and Challenges ~ Part 3
Does this ever happen to you? Life gets busy. Too busy to do much more than the most urgent, like drink coffee so you can do everything else. Reading the Bible falls off your plan for the day. And the next day. And the next. Ugh. You move through the week and lament...read more
Sixty-Six Books, 1,189 Chapters, and 31,173 Verses The Bible has 66 books, 1,189 chapters, and 31,173 Verses. Oh, my! At least in the New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation, it does. There are many different translations of the Bible. If there...read more
Dipping Our Toes Into Each Book of the Bible To dive in and fully explain each book of the Bible would take, well, a book. Instead, we’re merely going to dip our toes into the 66 books of the Bible, not bathe in them. I’ll give you a super-short summary of each book...read more
Book #1. GENESIS “In the beginning, God created...” ~ Genesis 1:1 Super-Short Summary: In Genesis, God created mankind to know and enjoy Him forever. But since we’d rather be our own God than serve the one true God, sin entered the world and set in motion God’s...read more
2. EXODUS "The blood shall be a sign for you, on the houses where you are. And when I see the blood, I will pass over, and no plague will befall you to destroy you, when I strike the land of Egypt." ~ Exodus 12:13 Super-Short Summary: In Exodus, God shows what...read more
3. LEVITICUS Super-Short Summary: In Leviticus, God calls Israel to be holy as He is holy, exposes mankind’s inability...read more
Book #4 ~ NUMBERS Super-Short Summary: In NUMBERS, God reveals the stubbornness of man’s...read more
Book #5 ~ DEUTERONOMY Super Short Summary: In Deuteronomy, God prepares Israel...read more
JOSHUA ~ Book #6 SUPER-SHORT SUMMARY: In Joshua, God gives Israel the long-awaited Promised Land through a spectacular series of battles...read more
JUDGES ~ Book #7 Super-Short Summary: In Judges, God reveals the stark reality that there’s no depth of evil to which mankind won’t sink unless God’s...read more
“You will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”