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An Ordinary Pastor named Erik reminds us of how Christians become godly.

If you have been spiritually lazy and not giving the Bible its rightful place. If you have been banking on the “Get spiritual quick” schemes then you can make the change. You can realize that you cannot microwave your holiness. You don’t start talking like John Piper or DA Carson by simply saying “I’d like to be a godly man.” You and I have got to decide to walk the slow, winding narrow path of biblical faithfulness day after day. Then, after a period of time we will turn around, and, by God’s grace, say, “God has changed me.” This is how he does it.

Read more from a short post called The Compound Effect

 

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Great article by John Piper that starts out talking about how much information we produce now and how much the average American has to process every day. But he applies this particularly and specifically to Christians:

“Here’s my point: “a wealth of information creates a poverty of attention.” And a poverty of attention is spiritually dangerous. The writer of Hebrews warns us:

Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it. (Hebrews 2:1)

Hear that: less attention may result in our drifting away. We Twenty-first Century western Christians should tremble.

There is no shortcut to paying closer attention. It requires prayerful, careful listening to every word that has come out of God’s mouth (Deuteronomy 8:3), especially, what his Son, the Word speaks (John 1:1). And such prayerful, careful listening and thinking requires time — undistracted, focused time.

And undistracted time will likely not come to us. We will need to carve it out and protect it. Paul tells us to “[make] the best use of the time, because the days are evil” (Ephesians 5:16). Make the time. It’s going to take some work because part of the evil of our day is the locust swarm of information that will eat up our time if we let it.

So let’s fight for faith today by paying less attention to the whirring words of the world so that we may pay more attention to the Word. Let’s choose wealth, not poverty. After all, our Father said, “This is my beloved Son; listen to him” (Mark 9:7). Let’s do what he said.

Read the first half of the article as well

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I have been looking at some of the Bibles I had while I was growing up and noticed that I used to mark them up and write in them a lot more.  In recent years I have migrated to more electronic versions of the Bible so I don’t mark up my hard copy so much as I once did.  But    I think it might be a good idea to do that more.

I know that those who are in Precepts Bible Studies have learned a system to mark up their Bibles or at least the portion of Scripture they are studying. It really helps you analyze a text and make connections well.

Jim Hamilton, a professor at Southern Seminary shares his practice.  He begins:

Do you have a system for marking your Bible as you study? Over the years, I’ve found that if I want to layer reading upon reading and go deeper each time, it helps me to mark my Bible and build on my earlier study notes.

As I read the Bible, I try to make note of repeated words, resumed themes, quotations of earlier passages, and other key ideas. But I don’t want simply to see them and move on. I want to highlight them. This helps me recall connections I’ve seen, and helps me find those key ideas later. Whenever I want an uninfluenced, fresh reading of a Bible passage, I use an unmarked copy.

I try to read large chunks of Bible all at one sitting, whole books if possible, and thoroughly mark them up as I go. Doing this book after book brings out the interconnectedness of individual books and the thick intertextuality of each book of the Bible with all the others.

So, here’s what I like to do when marking my Bible.

Keep reading to learn how he does it.  Quite a system he has.

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