a new study Bible…

CSBMy wife says that I have a problem.  That problem is that I love collecting and reading different Bibles.  She has threatened to hurt me if I buy any more.  While not prone to violence, I think I may believe her!  Just kidding.

Anyway, earlier this year I made the switch to the Christian Standard Bible for my main personal Bible.  I really like the fact that it is a great mixture of accuracy and easy to read.  Falling right in the middle of most of the very literal and easy to read versions.  I even got my daughter the CSB kids version because it’s easy to read to her and I know the truth of the Word is not compromised in anyway.  I highly recommend the CSB to anyone looking for a great modern translation.

A few weeks ago, I saw that CSB has released their new study Bible.  It’s a beautifully done Bible that has very detailed notes and study helps.  Not only that, but the color pictures, maps, and design are awesome.  After looking at the Bible I knew that I needed one, but didn’t want to risk my life.

I happened to be on Facebook and one of those ads where they offer you a deal on something you were googling popped up for the CSB Study Bible.  It was to click here to get a free CSB Bible.  I clicked on the link to a Lifeway page and saw that the deal was for people who work in churches, mainly pastors, to get a copy of a regular CSB reference Bible.  However, there was a link to contact Lifeway if I had any questions.  I figured what could it hurt to send a note to Lifeway so I clicked the message link.  There I informed Lifeway that I am in Full Time ministry with FCA and was wondering if I could get a free promotional copy of the CSB Study Bible.  I figured the worst they could tell me is no, so what did I have to lose?  Lifeway responded pretty quickly and informed me that they didn’t normally give away promotional copies of the Study Bible, but would be happy to send me one!

Within a week I had my free hardback copy of the the CSB Study Bible!  And I have to tell you that I love it.  The pages are thick, glossy, and high quality.  The amount of work and detail in the notes is awesome and I know that this is going to aid me both in personal study and preparation for Bible studies and speaking opportunities that I may have in the future.  The only negative with this Bible that I may have is just that it is large and heavy.  So while great for personal home and office study, I wouldn’t want to pack it to church and other places very often.  Hopefully they will come out with a more personal size version in the future.  That being said, I would highly recommend it to anyone wanting a great study Bible.  And a big thanks to Lifeway for the gift of this amazing study tool for sharing God’s Word!

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after school Bible study…

bible_study2Today, I have the privilege of heading back to our local high school to start another year of meeting with students every Thursday for an after school Bible study.  I am so thankful for this opportunity to work with the students and to help them dive deeper into God’s Word.  Please be in prayer today and through the upcoming weeks for our students.  Pray that they would come and come ready to study.  Pray for myself and the teachers that join us each week that we will be prepared to encourage and equip our students.  Pray that the words we speak will be words of wisdom from God.  I will keep you posted on how things go in our Bible study and in the mean time keep praying!

what study Bible do you use???

My wife has said that I have become a collector of Bibles.  I have several different versions that I enjoy reading from and studying.   But when it comes to which one I take with me to church and use for group studies, I really haven’t been able to make up my mind which I prefer.   I do prefer in all of my studies to us the ESV translation as I really appreciate both it’s accuracy and readability.  It’s the study Bible portion that really confuses me as to which I like.

I originally had an ESV study Bible that Erin got me a couple of years ago that I loved.  The problem with it was that it was like lugging a huge piece of luggage around with you.  Great for home study, but not so much for travel to church.  Recently they have came out with a personal sized ESV study Bible and I have been using it for the past few weeks and really like it, but sometimes it’s almost too small of a Bible for taking notes.   I also have enjoyed using the Ryrie ESV study Bible.   While I agree with most of the notes and theology that Ryrie holds to, I often find it frustrating that he doesn’t go into more depth on some challenging scriptures the way other study Bibles do.  I always find myself wanting more from Ryrie’s notes  I do really like the size and ease of carry of the ESV Ryrie study Bible.   The last study Bible I use regularly is my ESV MacArthur study Bible.  MacArthur does a great job of giving me detail

I guess that for the time being I am going to stick with my person ESV study Bible and see if I can get past the lack of note space.   But, what about you?  What study Bible has made the greatest impact on your personal and corporate Bible study?   I’d love to hear your thoughts….s in his notes and also the size of the Bible is not overwhelming to carry.  This may sound crazy, but the thing I don’t like about using my my MacArthur study Bible at church or in other Bible studies is the fact that so many people have them, that when you try to have a discussion, everyone has the same notes they quote.   I like to be able to get a different perspective than the rest of the group had to foster deeper conversation rather than immediate agreement with out discussion.

math makes my head hurt…

As most of you know this school year we have been homeschooling a student at the Rec Center in order to help get him back into public school next year at the same level as his classmates and also to have the opportunity to share all about Christ with him.  For the most part I have taught most of the subjects in the curriculum, especially the Bible and History classes which are two subjects I really enjoy.   However, I must admit I have done my best to avoid the math portion of the class day.   Wayne who has been one of my co-teachers enjoys math whereas I, well, I don’t.

I’ve always had a lack of love for mathematics.   Generally speaking I have done well in math classes, but really have not enjoyed them.  One of the perks of going to a Bible college was that I was able to CLEP out of Math.  To tell you the truth I haven’t had any Math classes since the first semester of my senior year of high school, fourteen years ago.  That might explain why my head hurts so much today.

As we have approached the end of the school year with my student, we have moved him pretty far along in most of his subjects and are close to finishing.  In Math though we have a little bit more to do than the rest of the subjects.  So for the past week I have been trying to help with the math classes.  And not having used most of the skills I am teaching in fourteen plus years, I am basically learning with my student.  By the time I was done with the math classes today, my head was feeling like I had this big fuzzy cloud around me.   The head hurting cloud made me long to jump back into the boring lesson on the Articles of Confederation we were studying earlier in the day!

Over the next couple of weeks I know there will be more geometry and algebra lessons that I am going to have to re-learn and more foggy cloudy head aches to come.  Pray that I can teach it to the student through my own confusion so that he understands!   Thankfully I will have my history and Bible lessons to give me some energy.

In all seriousness as the school year winds down please pray that the seeds that have been sown through our year of teaching will have taken root with our student.  We hope that study habits and a desire to learn have been fostered, and most importantly that the desire for a personal relationship with Christ has been planted.   When you think about the possibility of a life being changed for Christ, I guess those math head aches aren’t so bad!