A Simple Trick for the Observation Stage of Your Bible Study

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.
Traditionally, Bible study consists of three primary phases:

  • Observation: Ask questions.
  • Interpretation: Answer questions.
  • Application: Apply answers.

In observation, we’re instructed to read the text numerous times from various Bibles while asking the journalistic questions: Who? What? When? Where? Why? How?

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The Complexity of Common Grace

ComonGraceCalvinists believe in total depravity: no one is untouched by the effects of sin and we all have mixed motives in what we do. How then would one account for the goodness, the beauty, the mercies, and the glories we see in this depraved world?

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How to Search Your Entire Logos Library in a Flash

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At the local library

“Hi, I’m looking for all references in this library to William Tyndale.”

“Sure, I’m a reference librarian, so I’d be happy to help you with that. Hmm . . . . Looks like we’ve got two books in the religion section with ‘William Tyndale’ in the title or description.”

“Well, that’s great, but I was kind of hoping for any reference to William Tyndale within your books. And not just in those two. I’m sure he shows up elsewhere. And don’t forget journals, magazines, encyclopedias, visual media. Just anything you’ve got on Tyndale, thanks.”

“Um . . . ”

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On Christian Trinkets and Bad Exegesis

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Internet meanderings recently landed me on the Amazon product page for the bookmark below. It’s the kind of bookmark you’re supposed to give to a friend or loved one, and it bears two Bible verses. Notice the citation from Genesis 31 in particular.

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5 January Deals You Don’t Want to Miss

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January’s monthly deals are here, and you can save on more than 100 products: commentaries, biblical and theological works, preaching resources, and more. Not sure where to get started? Here are five of this month’s best deals.

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What Does It Mean to Meditate on Scripture?

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This post is from Morris Proctor, certified and authorized trainer for Logos Bible Software. Morris, who has trained thousands of Logos users at his two-day Camp Logos seminars, provides many training materials.

As we begin the New Year with, hopefully, a determination to be students of Scripture, I want to share one of my favorite verses with you:

This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it. For then you will make your way prosperous, and then you will have good success.
—Joshua 1:8 (ESV)

When I memorized this verse years ago as a new Christian I focused on the word meditate, which I naturally assumed meant “get in a quiet place and think about the Word.” So I set out to apply this text to my life by pondering a little of the Bible every day. Certainly that’s a worthy and rewarding habit, but is that precisely what the Hebrew word translated meditate means?

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Make Daily Bible Study Your New Year’s Resolution

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The New Year is a time for new beginnings. This year, challenge yourself to make Bible study a daily habit. Not only will you be meditating on the Word of God every single day, but hopefully new insights and reflections will become apparent as you engross your daily life with Scripture.

With Connect the Testaments and DIY Bible Study, you’ll have two invaluable tools to help you study the Bible and apply it to your life. To encourage you to take on this challenge, Connect the Testaments is free for anyone who has a Faithlife.com account and DIY Bible Study is 40% off for the first two weeks of this month.

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Start the New Year with a Free 30-Day Bible Study Course

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UPDATE: We’ve made this free training even better! Now you can learn the essentials of inductive Bible study in even less time with the 10-day Challenge. Learn more.

A pastor friend told me not long ago, “I have Logos, but I probably use only 5% of its capacity.”

This comment came from someone under 40, meaning that he knows how to turn a computer on without fear or antagonism. It hardly counts as “technology” to him; a computer is just “normal” and “useful,” like a hammer is to others. So if this 5% figure is true of a seminary-trained pastor born after the great technological generational divide, at what percentage are the less technologically inclined? Have they successfully even logged in yet?

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The Sermon on the Mount: Finding Happiness in the Flood

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As a kid, maybe 10 or 12, I was leafing through my red-letter edition of the Bible and I noticed that there was one section of unbroken red text that was longer than any other. It was Matthew 5–7. I thought that was kind of cool, and if my memory serves me (sometimes it refuses), that’s why I read this sermon as a young pre-teen. I actually got to know it somewhat well, and I credit Jesus’ words with giving me a firm foundation in difficult times. That’s a vague way of saying it, but I have very definite instances in mind. Truly, the Sermon on the Mount became a rock for me to build my life on before the rains descended and the floods came.

Like all residents of my town, built around the Skagit River, I know it’s best to build your house before the rainy flood season. But even if you are in the middle of the floodwaters, you can reach out for the rock of Jesus’ words, clamber onto it, and find solidity in a world of difficulties. It’s never too late to heed the wisdom of this sermon.

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Mobile Ed Now Available on Your Roku & AppleTV

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The Faithlife TV app—available now on Roku, AppleTV, and iOS—makes it easier than ever to lean back and enjoy your Mobile Ed courses on the big screen in your living room.

Mobile Ed is perfect for me. I love to learn from the best Bible scholars in the world. I love the way the content is sectioned into easy-to-digest chunks, so I can watch a video or two if I have a few free minutes between meetings. And now, if I have more than a few minutes to spend drinking at the fountain of knowledge, I can do it from my couch.

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