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A long time pastor and mentor of mine Greg Laurie brought up a good question. “What If We Treated Our Bible Like We Do Our Cell Phones?”

One can not help but noticed how much cell phones are a part of our lives today? Everyone has them, even the children, in fact studies show children now spend more time taking and texting on a cell phone than time with their parents.

Just think if people never left home with their bible, carried everywhere they went, to lunch, meeting, school, work, everywhere. What if we opened it as much as they used our cell phone.

How different our lives would be, the world around us would be do to the impact such a life would have.

So I sent out a few twitters on the subject, to hopeful get people thinking, here they are below.

The bible has more apps than iPhone & Android combined, & they are all free. What ever is going on in your life, there’s one for that.

God offers a unlimited voice & text messaging plan with 3G (God the Father..God the Son & God the Spirit) coverage with no dropped calls

What if we treated the bible like we couldn’t live without it next to us like we do our cell phones? What if we used it in case of emergency

What if we used our bible to receive messages from the text, as much as much as we text messages from our cell phones?

Ever wonder what would happen if we treated our Bible like we treat our cell phone? Never left home with out, used it just as much

twitter bible A new bible called “Twitter Bible,” which summarizes the over 31,000-verse Bible into nearly 4,000 short-form tweets, is being released at the Frankfurt Book Fair this week.

According to The Christian Post, this project was formerly named And God Decided to Chill. The German language book is the compilation of tweets by more than 3,000 German Christians who participated in the church project earlier this year.

The tweets were sometimes entertaining, such as the tweet describing God’s day of rest after creation: “Thank God! It’s Sunday!”

Melanie Huber, portal manager of the Protestant Web site www.evangelisch.de, which launched the project, said about the initiative: “We want with this action to encourage a debate about the Bible and to simultaneously show the modern possibilities that exist to receive and make known the Word of God,” according to Ecumenical News International.

Guess we should have seen this one coming.

Read the full story here on The Christian Post.com.

One of my fellow Twitters ask the question “Is there such thing as too much bible study? If so, what are the signs?” My short answer: No

My full response (more than 140 Character) would be this:

“So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.” Rom 10:17

Our faith comes from hearing the word of God, and studying is the same thing as hearing, it is the main thing that builds up our faith. Instructs us in God, who He is, His will, His mind, His plans, His promises to us, and so much more. The more one studies and knows the word of God, the deeper they know God, and even know their self. I have always seen a direct correlation between how much time someone spends in the word of God, to the level of faith they have.

Great amounts of study, resulting in great knowledge of Gods word, always equaled great faith, lives of great faith.

The greatest men of God in history, where always lovers of God’s word, and diligently studied and lived by His word. Men like D Moody, George Muller, Wesley, Knox, Tyndale, Wigglesworth, Ravenhill & Spurgeon and many, many more.

To say one can have too much bible study, is to say one can have too much faith according to the verse above, they are linked together. And is that possible, to have too much faith? I think not.

And because as someone once said “we are leaky vessels” the word must be constantly replenished in us. Other wise it will slowly leak out of us, and it will be replaced with the philosophies, beliefs and ways of the world. The spirit of the antichrist is constantly after us with so many bad theologies, filling our ears daily. And as the word leaks out, they rush in to fill the void. Not to mention we are at war with our own flesh and thoughts, and they are ether being influenced with a constant flow of the word of God, or the beliefs of the world. We will lose faith, become week. This too I have seen, witnessed in the lives of others and myself. We must maintain a constant replenishing of the word of God in us.

Also consider this verse:

“Your Word is a lamp to my feet, and a light to my path.” Ps 119:105

So can we have too much light of God on our paths then? I say no.

As for me I love the word of God and can not get to much of it, love to study it night and day.

fight-club-book I learned of a new booklet, men’s ministry called Fight Club this week. It is based on a Free Booklet by Jonathan Dodson, pastor of Austin City Life, called “Fight Club: Gospel-Centered Discipleship” which will be e-published for free first The Resurgence, with a print on demand option.  Dodson also mentioned that they are working on a website that will expand the booklet through interaction, blogs, and articles. and ultimately have it published as a hard copy.

He held a one-day conference this Sat Aug 1st to introduce men to it and I got to set in on via Twitter, good things where being said. I highly recommend that men download the pdf book and read it. Then start a Fight Club in their own church, of with some close friends. I really excited about it and am seeking to start one myself.

The Purpose of Fight Club 09 is to challenge men to fight for the radical transformation of the gospel of Jesus Christ in their personal lives. This would include how Jesus expects men to take responsibility and lead in their homes, their families, their churches, and culture; to be responsible and honor Christ in their use of time and their finances, to be wise in career and life decisions

Chapter One lays out a biblical case for fighting the fight of faith, which I hope stirs you up to fight the fight of faith. Once the fighting begins, it is easy to slide into fighting people instead of sin. We start beating one another up with judgment, fighting the wrong things with the wrong motives. We fight against the church instead of with her.

Chapter Two explores where we go wrong in our fighting by uncovering legalistic and licentious patterns in discipleship.

Chapter Three calls us away from these extremes into a gospel-centered discipleship. With the gospel at the center of discipleship, we can live as Jesus intended—fighting the good fight of faith which leads to true change. However, if weren’t not careful we’ll start to fight on our own. Failure to grasp the community focus of the gospel can cut us off from the grace God gives through his people, the church.

Chapter Four reminds us that discipleship is a community project because the gospel is community focused. Jesus created and redeemed us as people in relationship, people who need one another in the fight of faith. Instead of fighting against the church, we can fight with her, to live a life that is motivated by all that God is for us in the Spirit and the Son.

Chapter Five offers a practical way to apply the gospel to everyday life. It is a call for Fight Clubs—small, simple, biblical, reproducible groups of people who meet together regularly help one another keep the gospel at the center of their discipleship.

Download the pdf book here.

I was asked why I do not like study bibles. (in reference to my post on finding a new bible read here )

1. When I read the bible I want God to speak to me though what I am reading. The comments in study bibles interfere with that.

2. I rely on the Holy Spirit to enlighten the word to me, not someone else’s interpretation of what it says.

3. I interpret the word of God with the word of God just as God taught me to do, that is, I read the entire bible, ever verse related to every verse, the concordance is my main study aid. Study bibles can make one lazy and just rely on the notes instead of reading every Word.

4. Study bible are like Cliff Notes, someone else’s summery filtered threw their interpretation, theology and beliefs. So study bible leave you at the mercy of whom wrote the notes, do you really want to trust your spiritual life, put your understanding of God and His word in the hand of someone else? I do not.

5. Study bibles make people lazy as to never engage in real bible study, read every word, study the history and languages of the bible. Not want to take the time to actual study, learn, know and discover for themselves what the word of God says.

The only study notes you find in my Bible are my notes that I have written in, what God said to me about that verse, or word study notes. Study bibles can have there place as a study aid for quick reference. But for me never as a primary source for study or to use as my daily bible I read and study.

Set out on a quest this past weekend to get a new bible, mine is worn out, starting to fall apart, I usually have to replace mine about every 4 or 5 years. And I must say it has been a journey of frustration and disappointment looking for a new one for two reasons, the choice of verity of style and the quality of the bibles.

First, I will start with the quality, one only has to read the reviews on Amazon to see what I mean. Shabby quality, poor binding, poor paper and printing quality. I found this in every bible I looked at, for all most every publishers. I think one review summed it up well, bible are now being printed in China by the lowest bidder on each printing. Publishers take note, this is the bible, the word of God, not some cheap paperback romance here. Great care should be given to print the highest quality bible as possible.

Second, verity, selection and I am not speaking in terms of versions/translations here. I will only use two translations, the NKJV and the NAS Updated, for the last 20 years I have used NJKV bibles. I prefer word for word translations of the word of God so I use only those two. I am speaking of layout and features.

It seems that today Study bibles are dominating the market now, there are so many versions of them out there, it’s like if you want a bible now days you have to get a study bible. I do not like or want a study bible, why:

When I read the word of God I seek God to speak to me though it. So I stay away from study bibles becouse I do not want all the clutter and noise of someone’s personal opinion and theology in the way while I am reading the word. I’m actual one who studies the word of God and does not rely on someone to do it for me and give me the cliff notes on it, and trust they are right.

All I’m asking for is a nice verity of the bible, just the bible, the word of God, not a book full of someone opinions of what the word says

  • Great cross references
  • A nice concordance with more than 3 or 4 references per word
  • Full size bible with pages large enough to add a few lines of notes here and there, say like 7 x 10in
  • Font big enough you do not need the eyes of an eagle or magnifying glass to read, like a 9 font
  • Some nice maps, maybe helps like a list of the Harmony of the Gospel, the Parables, Major Payers, Prophecies of the Messiah fulfilled in Jesus, daily reading plan, est.
  • And 5 or 10 blank pages in the back for our own references & notes.

Just a high quality bible that contains the word of God (with out someone’s comments) with cross references, that is bigger than a box of cracker jacks is that to much to ask, I mean really.

At Mars Hill Church in Seattle, they use a lot of war expressions and metaphor to describe the mission of the church and the way they organize community. The Bible uses all kinds of war metaphor and imagery to describe the spiritual battle that we find ourselves in as believers on a mission (i.e. Ephesians 6), we must understand that we are in a battle against our sin and against the enemy, for the hearts of people that God is calling to himself.

Their latest sermon series, Trial: 8 Witnesses from 1&2 Peter, is a great example of that effort to connect the War we find ourselves in individual and as the church. Mars Hill is handing out a 200+page study guide in book form free-of-charge to every attendee of the church. I have obtained a copy and it is impressive. Here is the link to download:

Trial: Study Guide – This study guide outlines all details for this series of sermons, including Group Resources, Group Discussion Questions, Family Resources, Pastoral Parenting, Family Dinner Bible Study and more.

In the wake of this new series, many pastoral teams from other churches have been asking how to plan and strategize such an endeavor. Thankfully, Mars Hill is continuing to give away helpful information on how it structures its leadership, manages its programs, and generally leads the people God has called to participate in the church. To see how Mars Hill works from Bible book selection to fully themed sermon series, check out the 1&2 Peter Battle Plan.

Drafting a Battle Plan Downlaod.

Information obtianed and provieded by Deo Gloria

Someone shared with me this New Testament Challenge, which is a challenge to read through the New Testament in the next 63 days. It is a good challenge, care to take it, join in? If so journal or blog your daily reading, what God says to you, what you get out of it. And even at the end of the night, blog how it effected your day, how you applied it to your life that day.

* It will take about 20 minutes per day, that’s about 1% of your day.

* Can you think of a better use of this 1% than to read Gods words of life?

* You will read around 130 verses per day.

* And I would add for you to read through the book of Revelation once a week. It states: “Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.” No other book makes that claim.” Rev 22:7

Here’s the daily reading plan:

(Supplemental reading, read three chapters of the book of Revelation a day, repeat tell weeks 58-63.)

Day #1 – Matthew 1-2, Acts 1-3

Day #2 – Matthew 3-4, Acts 4-6

Day #3 – Matthew 5-6, Acts 7-9

Day #4 – Matthew 7-8, Acts 10-12

Day #5 – Matthew 9-10, Acts 13-15

Day #6 – Matthew 11-12, Acts 16-18

Day #7 – Matthew 13-14, Acts 19-21

Day #8 – Matthew 15-16, Acts 22-24

Day #9 – Matthew 17-18, Acts 25-27

Day #10 – Matthew 19-20, Acts 28

Day #11 – Matthew 21-22, Romans 1-3

Day #12 – Matthew 23-24, Romans 4-6

Day #13 – Matthew 25-26, Romans 7-9

Day #14 – Matthew 27-28, Romans 10-12

Day #15 – Mark 1-2, Romans 13-15

Day #16 – Mark 3-4, Romans 16

Day #17 – Mark 5-6, 1 Corinthians 1-2

Day #18 – Mark 7-8, 1 Corinthians 3-4

Day #19 – Mark 9-10, 1 Corinthians 5-7

Day #20 – Mark 11-12, 1 Corinthians 8-10

Day #21 – Mark 13-14, 1 Corinthians 11-13

Day #22 – Mark 15-16, 1 Corinthians 14-16

Day #23 – Luke 1-2, 2 Corinthians 1-3

Day #24 – Luke 3, 2 Corinthians 4-6

Day #25 – Luke 4, 2 Corinthians 7-9

Day #26 – Luke 5, 2 Corinthians 10-11

Day #27 – Luke 6, 2 Corinthians 12-13

Day #28 – Luke 7, Galatians 1-3

Day #29 – Luke 8, Galatians 4-6

Day #30 – Luke 9, Ephesians 1-3

Day #31 – Luke 10, Ephesians 4-6

Day #32 – Luke 11, Philippians 1-2

Day #33 – Luke 12, Philippians 3-4

Day #34 – Luke 13, Colossians 1-2

Day #35 – Luke 14, Colossians 3-4

Day #36 – Luke 15, 1 Thessalonians 1-3

Day #37 – Luke 16, 1 Thessalonians 4-6

Day #38 – Luke 17, 2 Thessalonians 1-3

Day #39 – Luke 18, 1 Timothy 1-3

Day #40 – Luke 19, 1 Timothy 4-6

Day #41 – Luke 20, 2 Timothy 1-2

Day #42 – Luke 21, 2 Timothy 3-4

Day #43 – Luke 22, Titus 1-3

Day #44 – Luke 23, Philemon 1

Day #45 – Luke 24, Hebrews 1-2

Day #46 – John 1-2, Hebrews 3-4

Day #47 – John 3-4, Hebrews 5-7

Day #48 – John 5-6, Hebrews 8-10

Day #49 – John 7-8, Hebrews 11-13

Day #50 – John 9-10, Hebrews 14-16

Day #51 – John 11-12, James 1-3

Day #52 – John 13-14, James 4-5

Day #53 – John 15-16, 1 Peter 1-2

Day #54 – John 17-18, 1 Peter 3-5

Day #55 – John 19-20, 2 Peter 1-3

Day #56 – 1 John 1-5

Day #57 – 2 John 1, 3 John 1, Jude 1

Day #58 – Revelation 1-4

Day #59 – Revelation 5-8

Day #60 – Revelation 9-12

Day #61 – Revelation 13-16

Day #62 – Revelation 16-19

Day #63 – Revelation 20-22

When reading Mat chap 21 verse 19 really grab my heart yesterday. in it we see how passionate the Lord is for us to be fruitful, as well as in verse like John 15:16 and even in Mat 25:14-30 in the story of the parable of the 10 Talents we see this again where the Lord expects a return on His investment in us.

This made me consider myself with a deep and painful analyzing examination of my life, or more precise a look at the fruit of it. And what I saw I did not like, I noted the scarcity of fruit in my life the last year, I mean the kind Jesus is speaking of, expecting from our lives. And I cannot help but be sadden at the lack there of. Especially when I am filled with passion to produce much fruit, an all-consuming passion to build God’s Church and Kingdom on the earth, I do want to live completely for the Lord and bare His fruit.

Someone I read about a couple of months back had a bio of his life that read like this. He had planted 26 church in several countries, and has been pastoring a church for the last few years that has grown to more than 4,000 members now. Started a School of Church Planting. And founder and President of a network for new church plants. And as well he’s married with two children. Now that is a fruitfully life, the life Bio I wish was mine up to present.

I want Jesus fruit in my life, in abundance this next year, next 10 years, I want a bio like the one above in 10 years. I want Jesus pleasing, Kingdom advancing fruit, well done good and faithful servant at the end of my life fruit. Fruit that has eternal value, everlasting fruit. Jesus entrusted the keys to the Kingdom of heaven, the gospel, His word to us and one day He will ask what did you do with them, just like in the parable of the 10 Talents.

I do not want to be fruitless / barren or only have a scarcity of fruit when Jesus comes and checks for fruit. I want Him to need a pickup truck to carry away all the fruit when He wants a fig from this tree, me.

You can read my bible study notes on this verse here.