Life application study Bible

One of my favourite resources that I use daily is the Life application study Bible (LASB). I have it on my iPad and in book form.

I find it really useful to read a passage and then read the notes. Like the image above I have the notes on the right hand side.

I find that it just gives me some extra thoughts to help me reflect on the passage and as it suggests – apply it to my life.

I now give the LASB to new people as their first Bible. I find the notes help new Christians understand the tricky texts a bit easier.

The good thing about the LASB is you can get a number of translations of the Bible. If you like the NLT, NIV NKJV, TPT etcetera you can get it.

The official website where you can check it out is here.

Our Daily Bread

Here is a devotion from a great free resource I have used a lot over the years – Our Daily Bread. I found it encouraging today. I especially liked the statement about self control that I bolded…

A hole in the wall

Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control. Proverbs 25:28

Something was eating my flowers. The day before, blooms proudly lifted their heads. Now they were headless stems. I prowled the perimeter of my yard and discovered a rabbit-sized hole in my wooden fence. Bunnies are cute, but the pesky animals can mow down a garden of flowers in minutes.

I wonder, might there be “intruders” shearing off the blooms of God’s character in my life? Proverbs 25:28 says, “Like a city whose walls are broken through is a person who lacks self-control.” In ancient days, the wall of the city protected it against invasion from enemies. Even a small opening in a wall meant that the entire city lay open to attack.

So many of the proverbs are about self-control. “If you find honey, eat just enough,” wrote the wise man (25:16). Self-control is a fruit of the Spirit that guards us, protecting us from losing ground to impatience, bitterness, greed, and other pests that can intrude and destroy God’s harvest in our lives (see Galatians 5:22–23). Self-control is a healthy-mindedness that watches for the holes in the walls of our lives and keeps them patched.

When I inspect the perimeter of my life, I can at times see vulnerable holes. A spot where I give in to temptation over and over. An area of impatience. Oh, how I need the healthy-minded self-control of God in my life to guard me from such intruders!

Dear God, please grow the fruit of self-control in my life that I might be protected from intruders. Amen.

Got questions?

As a School Chaplain and previously a Pastor you get asked lots of questions. I have had questions about heaven, hell, the Bible, Jesus, salvation, the Holy Spirit and more.

Often the questions are easily answered and people are happy with the answer. Sometimes they are a bit more tricky and take some real thought or research before I get back to the person.

One of my favourite resources that I often refer to is GotQuestions.org. They have nearly 700,000 answers to questions and many have short videos to explain them.

Sometimes I will watch their video and do more research or sometimes I just send a link to the person who asked the question. Most times people are happy with a short video and that answers their question.

If you are interested you can find their website here at GotQuestions.org

Blessings
Dave

Biblical meditation

I read this simple explanation about meditating on God’s Word today. I found it quite useful in explaining what Biblical meditation is…

Many Christ followers don’t understand what meditation actually means. When we meditate on something we are simply focusing our thoughts. To understand what it means to meditate on God’s Word, let’s read Pastor Rick Warren’s description. He says, “Surprisingly, if you know how to worry, you already know how to meditate on the Word of God. Worry is when you take a negative thought and think on it over and over and over. When you take a passage of Scripture and think on it over and over and over, that’s called meditation.”

(From Making time to Rest plan on the Bible app)

Give freely

I was reading these verses as a part of my devotion today. Then I looked at the notes for them in my Bible. I thought I would share them both today…

Proverbs 11:24-25 NLT
[24] Give freely and become more wealthy; be stingy and lose everything. [25] The generous will prosper; those who refresh others will themselves be refreshed.

Notes from Life Application Study Bible
11:24-25 These two verses present a paradox: How can we become richer by being generous? The world says to hold on to as much as possible, but God blesses those who give freely of their possessions, time, and energy. When we give, God supplies us with more so that we can give more. In addition, giving helps us gain an accurate perspective on our possessions. We realize they were never really ours to begin with; they were given to us by God to be used to help others. What do we gain by giving? Freedom from enslavement to our possessions, the joy of helping others, and a deeper relationship with God through an increased awareness of our dependence on him.