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One-on-One Online Bible Study: A Ministry Suggestion! (a new update)

Friends: I believe this challenge is worth issuing one more time!

How do we encourage and minister to other believers when we can’t be together face-to-face? One way that has encouraged me is to do a kind of online Bible study together. I’m not talking about buying some expensive curriculum or installing some new “app” or software on your computer. Here’s what my friend and I have done:

We read a chapter of Ephesians each week. That’s it! We read the chapter once each day and then send a brief email to each other on Sunday sharing a thought or two that we’ve gotten from our “study.” Granted, it’s not in-depth, but there is no substitute for the reading and re-reading of God’s Word!

So, just a thought — is there someone at a distance that you could discuss this idea of doing an online Bible study together? You’ve got 66 books in the Bible to tackle! Or you could follow a theme together (such as the glory of God or the parables of the Lord Jesus, etc).

I’m looking forward to the next topic or book my friend and I choose to read together. Want to try this idea with us?

 

 
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Posted by on August 17, 2020 in Bible study

 

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Virus-Driven Reading of the Bible — Some Satire from the Babylon Bee!


BURLINGAME, CA—Local Christian Tim Kabara has grown extremely bored during this whole Coronavirus quarantine thing. He has already watched every show on Netflix, done 6,000 push-ups, and read every book on his shelf—every book except for his dusty old Bible.

Kabara grew up in a conservative Christian family and goes to church every Sunday, so it only makes sense that this is the only book on his shelf that hasn’t been read. He is actually quite surprised that it’s still up there.

“Okay, fine,” Kabara said to himself—and to his grandpa, who is in Catholic heaven. “Let’s open this bad boy up, see what’s in here.” Amazed, Kabara read the Good Book for nearly six hours straight.

“Wow, so that’s the book of Genesis,” Kabara said to himself. “Only 820 pages left! I can’t wait to tell all my friends about this!”

It took Kabara a full sixteen hours of quarantine to read the Five Books of Moses, but after that, taking the advice of a good Jewish friend, he just skipped on over to the New Testament.

Kabara is now an entirely new person, thanks to the Coronavirus quarantine forcing him to read the Bible. He has learned some new things, like how to betray your friends, how to get away with murder, and whose feet to wash in an emergency.

Kabara knows deep down that if it weren’t for this year’s Coronavirus, he would have never read the Bible at all. So he did something he hasn’t done since that home run in sixth grade—he thanked God. “Thank you God, for bringing us the Coronavirus.”

 
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Posted by on March 28, 2020 in Bible reading

 

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Habits of Holiness: #1- Working in God’s Word

Imagine that I went to my doctor yesterday and he said that I only had six months to live. [I didn’t, so don’t panic!]. But imagine that I received that kind of news. What would I do for the next six months? How would my life change? What priorities would take center stage in my life? How would such news impact my relationship with others — my unsaved friends, my fellow Christians, my wife, my children and grandchildren?

I’ve been going through the book of Ephesians through email with a good friend in New Jersey. In Ephesians 5 we read, “Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil.” No one needs to prove that these are evil days, do they?

If I want to live these last six months as wise, not as unwise, then I need to make the most of every opportunity! So I will be using the next few posts as the chance for me to think out loud. What spiritual disciplines ought I to practice as I get ready for the next life?

The first holy habit that occurs to me is investing myself in God’s Word! What am I doing with the Bible on my desk? For me the question is what am I doing with the Bible I can access in a nano-second on my laptop ((BibleGateway.com)?

Here’s where having a daily blog really helps me stay in the Word! I’ve committed myself to writing a post everyday, so the discipline of spending time in the Word is going pretty well. I would encourage everyone to start their own blog (it’s free at wordpress.com) — and you don’t have to worry if anybody else reads it! It’s for you. And the Lord, of course.

I enjoy studying a book of the Bible for several weeks or writing a series of preliminary sermon outlines (such as my study of Titus from the perspective of the spiritually healthy family). I know I should do more unit-reading of the Scriptures (this refers to reading through an entire book of the Bible at one sitting. Quite useful for 65 out of 66 books — not recommended for the book of Psalms!).

Mind if I give you an assignment? Unit-read a book of the Bible and write down which book you read in the comments section below. Deal?

 
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Posted by on April 9, 2019 in spiritual disciplines

 

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Ten Habits That Are Helping Me in My Christian Life (Habit #1)

The Christian walk isn’t easy, is it?  There are temptations all around to settle for less than an energetic, focused, committed, joyful pursuit of the Lord and the things of the Lord.  Spiritual lethargy and status quo living are the default for many who are, nevertheless, genuinely saved.

What holy habits ought to mark the serious believer?  Let me tackle this subject from a personal point of view.  These practices are helping me to stay enthused about the Word of God and eager to put into practice what He is teaching me.

The first practice, for me, is a daily time in the Word.  This, of course, shouldn’t surprise anyone, but I need His Word as much as I need my next lungful of air.  After our house fire in 2003, Linda and I both felt that His Word needed to have a much more significant role in our lives.  We now consider the Word of God our spiritual oxygen.

So many of us live off second-hand sermons and Bible studies done by others,  Don’t get me wrong.  I believe we need authoritative teaching of the Word of God that comes from His messengers.  But where am I getting into the Word of God, the BIble, for myself?

I’m a big believer in what is called unit-reading.  Unit-reading a book of the Bible means reading it through in one sitting!  Really!  Not all of the 66 books of the Bible should be read that way, but most can.  And should.  I’ve done that on my blog as you can see if you go to: https://larrydixon.wordpress.com/wp-admin/edit.php?s=unit-reading&post_status=all&post_type=post&action=-1&m=0&cat=0&paged=1&action2=-1.

We’re so fortunate to have the Bible in so many formats.  My wife uses the Two-Year Bible.  I’ve used the One-Year Bible for years.  I think someone should produce a One-Week Bible!  You’ve got one week to read the entire Word of God!  Wow.  That would be a test.

May I ask you, my friend, how’s your Bible reading?  A daily time in the Word is a holy habit you will not regret developing!

Scripture:  Jeremiah 15:16- “When your words came, I ate them; they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty.”

 

 

 

 
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Posted by on January 1, 2018 in holy habits, Uncategorized

 

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Time for a Great Quote: A.W. Tozer on Bible Reading and Study

 
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Posted by on October 10, 2017 in Bible reading, Bible study

 

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Daily Bible Reading? — or a Slow Fade (thoughts from my son)

Friends:  My son posted this the other day on his Facebook page.  It was Screenshot 2015-12-10 06.59.42so good, I had to steal it, I mean, borrow it!

“For years I’ve struggled to read the Bible consistently.
It seemed like just another “should” in my life. Like avoiding potato chips and doing a few push-ups each day.
Do you know what finally opened the door for me?
The movie War Room.
I know, it probably sounds ridiculous to say “a movie changed my life.”
But that movie really caused me to think about “the compound effect” in my heart and mind.
See, I understand that eating a handful of potato chips each day adds up to 47 large bags of potato chips each year. No thanks.
And one beer each night adds up to 31 gallons of beer each year. Disgusting.
But not reading my Bible each day leads to…
I wasn’t clear on what.

 And motivation comes from clarity.
When we are clear on our vision for the future and who we want to become, we make daily decisions and take tiny actions in that direction.
It’s either a slow fade or a slow build. Either way the process is slow.
The movie “The War Room” led me to consider the necessity of having a place in my home dedicated towards assisting in my own spiritual growth.
A place set aside where I can read, pray, and plan.
It’s only been a few months, but I’m starting to see the results of the power of habit.Screenshot 2015-12-10 07.05.36
And one of these is my knowledge of and confidence in the Bible.

 There is so much foolishness in our world today.
So much distraction.
Starting my day with the Bible has begun to open my eyes to so much that is broken in my own life.”

“All Scripture is inspired by God and is useful to teach us what is true and to make us realize what is wrong in our lives. It corrects us when we are wrong and teaches us to do what is right. God uses it to prepare and equip his people to do every good work.”
2 Timothy 3:16-17 NLT
‪#‎whatthebibleactuallysays‬ ‪#‎whowereallyare‬ ‪#‎letterstotimothy‬

 
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Posted by on December 13, 2015 in Bible reading

 

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