A really good Bible resource

In 2005 and 2006 I took myself through the Bible using Old and New Testament Bible Foundations. It is a DVD-Rom or computer program that takes you on an interactive journey of the Bible.

I found that in these two years I really improved my understanding of the Bible and how it all ties together. It impacted me so much that I decided to return full time to Bible College in 2008.

Today I thought I would share this resource as it really blessed me. It is one we are looking at taking our church through over the next year. Something I am really excited about!

Here is some of the blurb about it…

Know your Bible like never before

Do you want to know your Bible—really know it, far better than you ever imagined? Through the color and educational muscle of multimedia, the Biblical Foundations series lets you take your Bible study to a whole new, exciting level. Packed into two DVD-ROMs or available as a download to your computer, this innovative study tool guides you through a comprehensive, interactive survey of the Bible. It’s fascinating, enjoyable, easy to use, and perfect for both individuals and groups. No need to be a computer whiz. And you choose your learning level, pace, and, best of all, the time and place.

Know the foundational advantage

Each lesson takes you on a Bible adventure rich in multimedia resources that vividly enhance your learning experience. You’ll love the look and feel of Biblical Foundations. And just imagine the convenience of being able to carry an entire, virtual library of biblical resources in your bag or briefcase—instantly accessible to you anytime, anywhere!

Take an unforgettable journey through God’s Word

Travel by yourself—or take your whole family. Either way, you’ll make eye-opening discoveries that deepen your faith. Every screen brings greater clarity to the life-changing story that took place two thousand years ago. Best of all, you can learn at home at your family’s convenience.

Energize your small group with multimedia insights

Home Bible study leaders, you’ll value the detailed course outline and supplemental study helps. Renowned Bible scholars Dr. Craig Blomberg, Dr. Douglas Stuart, and best-selling author Philip Yancey guide you and your group through the entire landscape of the Bible. Interactive learning exercises invite discussion and invigorate group discovery.

If you are interested you can find out more information here.

God Bless,

Dave

Sermon on the Mount bookends

My wife and I finished reading the Sermon on the Mount from Matthew chapters 5-7 this morning. We really enjoyed reading one heading per day over the last few weeks.

An interesting thing we noticed to today was how Jesus started and ended His teaching. It was like it had “bookends”.

Jesus started with this…

Matthew 5:3 NLT says, “God blesses those who are poor and realize their need for him, for the Kingdom of Heaven is theirs”.

Jesus ended with this…

Matthew 7:24-27 “Anyone who listens to my teaching and follows it is wise, like a person who builds a house on solid rock. 25 Though the rain comes in torrents and the floodwaters rise and the winds beat against that house, it won’t collapse because it is built on bedrock. 26 But anyone who hears my teaching and doesn’t obey it is foolish, like a person who builds a house on sand. 27 When the rains and floods come and the winds beat against that house, it will collapse with a mighty crash.”

Jesus started with the idea that we need to realise our need for Him and He ended with the thought of building our lives on the solid foundation of His teachings.

I had never noticed that before. Today it really jumped out at me. It was a nice reminder.

God Bless,

Dave

Imagine if Jesus came to Merredin

This morning I was prayerfully preparing my message for church this Sunday. As I thought about the topic of being a disciple my mind started to wander and the words, “Imagine if Jesus came to Merredin” popped into my mind.

Imagine if Jesus came to Merredin. Wow that would be awesome! But then I started to think about the things He would do?

As my mind wandered I imagined Jesus starting His day on Merredin Peak. It is a solitary place overlooking town where He could pray to His Father.

When He came down where would He go? I suspect to where the people were. My first thought was Barrack Street where all of the shops are. I could see Him interacting with people. Preaching, teaching and healing like He did in the Bible.

Then I could see Him crossing Great Eastern Highway and going to Merredin Hospital and the Nursing Home. Praying for and encouraging people who were sick. Some would be miraculously healed and many would be set free.

After that I could see Him going to the western end of Barrack Street where the Christian Bookstore and the bakery are found. I could see Him encouraging the people in the bookshop then sitting across from the bakery waiting for the lunchtime crowd.

As people came and went I could imagine Him talking about the Bread of Life and having spiritual food that never runs out. People would forget their physical hunger and crave the spiritual food He would give.

From there I could see Jesus going to the primary school and shooting hoops and kicking the footy with the kids. When He was tired I could see Him sitting with all of the pre-school kids on His lap and even more gathered around. He would be sharing the Parables.

As day turned to night I could see Him looking for a place to sleep. I could imagine that rather than staying in the best hotel in town, I could see Him curled up in a doorway with one of the homeless people who sleep rough every night.

The next day He would wake and do it all again in Merredin… or move on to some other town that His Father in heaven showed Him.

If Jesus came to Merredin… I suspect it would be about people. It would be about blessing, encouraging, healing, loving and saving people – all people. It would be about showing God’s love and God’s Kingdom to everyone.

God Bless,

Dave

 

Imagine how different our world would be

I was just reading Romans 12 for a message I am preparing for Sunday.

As I came to verses 14-20 I couldn’t help wonder how different our world would be if we all applied these verses!

Here it is from the NLT version…

“14 Bless those who persecute you. Don’t curse them; pray that God will bless them. 15 Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep. 16 Live in harmony with each other. Don’t be too proud to enjoy the company of ordinary people. And don’t think you know it all! 17 Never pay back evil with more evil. Do things in such a way that everyone can see you are honourable. 18 Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. 19 Dear friends, never take revenge. Leave that to the righteous anger of God. For the Scriptures say, “I will take revenge; I will pay them back,” says the Lord. 20 Instead, “If your enemies are hungry, feed them. If they are thirsty, give them something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals of shame on their heads.”