Here are 3 resources you’ll find helpful when studying the Bible:
Erich’s note: take some time today to browse around all the great options and tools these websites provide to help you dig deeper in your study of God’s Word.
Your turn… What are some other online resources you use for Bible study?
So, a lot has been written about Noah the past few days since the release of the movie. Today I thought I would simply share 3 passages that frame the story of Noah (spend some time reflecting on these today):
The Lord saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time. The Lord regretted that he had made human beings on the earth, and his heart was deeply troubled. So the Lord said, “I will wipe from the face of the earth the human race I have created—and with them the animals, the birds and the creatures that move along the ground—for I regret that I have made them.”
But Noah found favor in the eyes of the Lord. This is the account of Noah and his family. Noah was a righteous man, blameless among the people of his time, and he walked faithfully with God.
But God remembered Noah and all the wild animals and the livestock that were with him in the ark, and he sent a wind over the earth, and the waters receded.
Note: you can read the rest of the story in Genesis 6-9 and Hebrews 11:7 to learn about his obedience, his faith, God’s covenant, and Noah’s sinfulness in the end. Here are three other passages worth looking at relating to Noah and God’s love and His judgment: 1 Peter 3:19-21; 2 Peter 2:4-6 and Matthew 24:37-39.
Your turn: What scriptures stand out to you the most from the life of Noah? What do you learn from these 3 passages?
I was really looking forward to seeing the movie Noah. I was hopeful it would be a fair treatment of the story found in Genesis; in spite of the fact the director is an atheist (I know, I know). I walked away very disappointed (this adaptation had too many strange and bizarre detours from the truth and that is putting it mildly; hopefully, it will lead lots of people back to the Bible to read the story for themselves). Here are 3 articles you might want to take a look at (the first one is a CNN article focusing on the controversy and the last 2 are detailed reviews of the film):
Your turn… What are some other articles focusing on Noah that we should take a look at?
Here are 3 blogs you should follow:
Some people discount everything Rob Bell says because they don’t agree with some things he says. I’m not one of those people. Rob’s current series, What is the Bible?, is a great series to read (begins here). I think you would enjoy following his blog even if you don’t agree with everything he says.
Michael’s blog focuses on intentional leadership. Make sure you check out his Evernote series, A Handy Index to All My Evernote Posts. You can learn more about Michael Hyatt here.
Seth is the author of 17 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. His blog is one of the most popular in the world.
Your turn… What are some other blogs worth reading?
The New Year is a great time to commit to reading the Bible on a daily basis. The YouVersion Bible App provides hundreds of great Bible reading plans. Here are 3 I’m currently going through:
Sometimes it seems like the only way to keep up with all the demands on our lives is to run at maximum capacity—and then some. But there is another way, one where we have room to breathe and space to respond to what God brings our way. This reading plan features a variety of devotional readings, video teaching from Craig Groeschel, and videos of everyday people living with margin in their lives.
Erich’s note: you can watch this 4 week series by Craig Groeschel here, Margin.
In this BibleX study, you will explore the wisdom books of Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and Job. You will study portions of Scripture, learn the key points by viewing a short video, and grow by applying the Scripture’s teachings to your life. BibleX is a free resource to help expand your knowledge of the Bible.
Erich’s note: I shared more about YouVersion and BibleX here: Resources from LifeChurch.tv
You might think, rich is the other guy. Rich is having more than you currently have. If that’s the case, you can be rich and not know it. You can be rich and not feel or act like it. In fact, most of us are richer than we think. We just aren’t very good at it. It’s one thing to Be Rich. Andy wants to help us all be GOOD at it!
Erich’s note: you can watch this 4 week series by Andy Stanley here, How to Be Rich or buy the book here, How to Be Rich.
Your turn… What are some other Bible readings plans we should take a look at?
The Bible is full of amazing truths, great stories, and stunning statements. Perhaps none more stunning than these 3:
- “I am Joseph! Is my father still living?” Genesis 45:3
The first 3 words of this verse may be the 3 most stunning words in scripture, “I am Joseph!” Imagine the shock on the faces of his brothers when learning that the one they sold into slavery and presumed to be dead for years was now the second most powerful person in Egypt.
Note: for a great book focusing on the life of Joseph, check out You’ll Get Through This by @MaxLucado
- “The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood.” John 1:14 (The Message)
Amazing, God became one of us in order to save all of us. The creator of the universe became one of the created to bridge the great divide. Note:
take a look at these 3 books focusing on the life of Jesus.
- “He is not here; he has risen, just as he said. Come and see the place where he lay.” Matthew 28:6
The women went to the tomb that morning to anoint his dead body with spices NOT to see if he was ALIVE! Try to fathom their emotions when they discovered the truth of the resurrection (“they didn’t see that coming!”).
Note: take a moment to watch this short video by Rob Bell called Resurrection.
Your turn… What are some other stunning statements found in Scripture?
I spent the afternoon watching football and surfing the internet. Here are 3 interesting articles I came across:
Your turn… What are some interesting articles you’ve come across lately?
Back in July I shared Three Sermon Podcasts You Will Enjoy and listed several honorable mentions for people to consider. Today I am going to share 3 from that list that have been blessing me a lot recently (I think you will enjoy them too):
Erich’s note: Jonathan is the Preaching Minister at the Highland Church of Christ in Abilene. I’m really enjoying his series the Sequels series right now (it focuses on a new perspective on love, sex, marriage, and dating). He is a very creative communicator. You can follow Jonathan’s blog here.
Erich’s note: Dave is the Vision & Teaching Minister at Ethos Church. You can learn more about the story of Ethos Church here. I discovered him earlier this year when Rick Atchley recommended his podcast to me. He is a very authentic communicator (very transparent). Dave has been teaching through the Bible in 2013 so go back to the beginning of the year and enjoy).
Erich’s note: Robert is the Founding Senior Pastor of Gateway Church. Since it began in 2000, the church has grown to more than 26,000 active members. I have been listening to his sermons for a few years now and I’m always blessed, challenged, and encouraged by his messages. I believe you would really enjoy two of his most recent messages: The Star and The Plot (from the series The Show). UPDATE: Robert started a new series called Free Indeed on September 21 that’s going to be great. I listened to the first lesson today, Under The Influence.
Your turn… What are some sermon podcasts you enjoy listening to?