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What is everyone’s thoughts on the Thompson Chain Reference Bible? I really did not like it the first time I saw one, but now I’ve come to realize that it is a great tool for getting into God’s word and digging into it. I have found it stimulates my devotional reading and is very helpful for digging into the different topics in a particular text. I like that it causes you to just move around in the Bible day apart from some notes in the back it has basically no theological bias.
I’ve been interested in starting one of those plans where you are sent a study on each part of the Bible every day, until you get through the whole book, in a year. Has anyone done one of these? I want to make sure I use one with Biblically sound studies. Has anyone followed one that they trust?
As many of you know, we are commanded to "Study" to show ourselves approved. God places a priority and a premium on personal Bible Study. So my question is how do you study your bible? what methods do you use? I find myself constantly using my iPad to look up Greek and Hebrew words, as well as searching for words and verses. One thing that I like doing us taking a particular book of the Bible and reading it over and over and over again until I really understand the main focus and layout of the book, I often would read through different commentaries on the book in addition to my daily reading in the actual book. I particularly like H.A. Ironside or Oliver B. Green. How about you?
11 Tim 2.15: Study to show thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not be be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. James 1.5: If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that giveth to all men liberally, and upbraideth not; and it shall be given him. At first reading these verses seems to contradict each other. 11 Tim 2.15 tells us to study and James 1.5 tells us to ask God for wisdom. Now we all know that the Bible does not contradict itself; therefore how do you apply these verses? Some thoughts to ponder: Does one need wisdom to rightly divide the word of truth? Does wisdom give one the ability to rightly divide the word of truth? In Timothy, Paul is talking to one man. In James it talking to "all men".