Encouraging God’s People to Study the Bible Better!
Welcome to the (late, late!) August edition of the Bible-Student-Online.org e-zine, The Encourager.
Better late than never. That's what I've always said! Actually, it's only by the grace of God we got this e-zine out this month. God is good. More details in our feature article.
...without further ado...
Here are some of the useful little tidbits we’re offering to get your Bible study moving...
1. Tip of the Month – Supercharge your Bible study time with these great ideas.
2. Starters of the Month – Can’t find anything to study? Look here for “starter” ideas.
3. Study of the Month – We’ve posed a question that we would like you to answer by making a thorough study of the Bible. Feel free to use resources. But the applications need to be your own.
4. What’s New? – We have several projects going (and are we busy!) Find out the "new news" here at Bible-Student-Online.org!
Alright…let’s get to it!
Bible Study Tip of the Month
Don't Let Your Floors Rot!
William J. Brown
No, you haven't taken a wrong turn in the e-zine aisle. This month's feature isn't about fixing wet and dry rot. However, the title perfectly describes my last two-and-a-half weeks. Not exactly blissful weeks either.
About three weeks back I had just returned from a weekly staff meeting. Immediately on entering the house my wife made the comment, "I think we have a problem."
Now all you husbands out there know the significance of such a wifely statement. In my most understanding way (ha, ha) I asked my wife to dispense with the details and explain to me the problem.
She stepped on the kitchen floor. It squished. That's right. I said it squished. I stepped on the floor and just about sent myself through the floor to the crawl space below. Not a good thing.
I walked around the wall to the bathroom to find a fairly sturdy floor. However, when I stepped in the shower (one of those plastic kit jobbies) I heard a decided squish. Not good.
After receiving advice from my general contractor brother I started to remove the shower to find out what was going on. It didn't take long to discover the problem.
When I popped the drain cover off from the bottom of the shower all became dreadfully apparent: the drain pipe had pulled loose from the bottom of the shower, showering the sub-floor with used water.
Enough water had poured into the floor beneath the shower for long enough that the sub-floor had begun to rot away. A scurry down the crawl-space below revealed extensive damage.
I wasn't going to let this ruin our financial stability. So I decided to do the job myself.
The kitchen had the worst looking damage, but the damage restricted itself to a very small area. Easy fix there. The bathroom proved a much greater challenge.
I removed the whole shower which required me to remove the ceiling as well so that I could get my drill into the tight space above and remove screws holding the shower. I pulled the rotting sub-floor from its place and knocked out the completely useless, rotted floor joist.
I ended up replacing most of the floor joists and half the subfloor in the bathroom. I also found several leaks (which, of course, I had to fix). All in all, a project that probably should have taken me five days to a week to accomplish took me over two weeks to do. And it's still not completely done. The good news for us (and everyone in close proximity to us) is that we once again have a shower.
I just couldn't believe the damage a two inch pipe had caused. It didn't take long for that little pipe to become a huge problem.
Needless to say, I had to put off many of my responsibilities for that period of time (which also included writing this e-zine). But all wasn't lost.
I got to thinking about how this relates to Bible study. It seems like we have small leaks in our schedule that sap our time. We patch one only to find another until, before we even realize it, those small leaks rot away our whole day.
By the end we may have accomplished much. But at what expense? Many times it's our Bible study time that gets washed away during those "leaky days."
The simple fact is, we must make time for God's Word. That's all there is to it. That's our responsibility. Sure we may need to fix a few leaks before they become a big problem and wash out our whole day. But in all of it, we must remember our time with God.
Well, that's it for this month. I hope this was a help. We'll have more next month.
Keep up the good work. And...
Keep the faith!
Bible Study Starters of the Month
Here are a couple ideas to jump-start your brain for your personal Bible study…
1. Study the story of the Noah and the Flood. Starting in Genesis 6, read the account several times through to get a feel for the narrative. Did you notice anything you had never seen before? Write those thoughts down and ponder them.
2. Choose one of Paul's epistles (Romans through Philemon), and study its outline.
Many study Bibles already have outlines worked in to them. Also, Bible survey books and commentaries may contain detailed descriptions of content in Bible books. What did you discover from the outline of the book you chose? Keep this in mind as you read through the book several times.
Bible Study Project of the Month
Put on your thinking caps this month...
A hot-button topic in today's culture is the definition of marriage. For Christians, the answer to this issue must come from God's Word, the Bible. Begin in Genesis 2:24 and Matthew 19:5. What kinds of implications and applications do these verses reveal?
Find other references to marriage, as well as study any related issues. Carefully note what you've found.
And of course...
Contact us through our “Contact Page”, and tell us what you found. We're interested to hear what your studies turn up!
This has been a whirlwind issue. Hopefully, now that things have calmed down, we'll find a semblence of normalcy around here (fat chance!), but we still know that God is good.
If you've taken tests within the last month we humbly beg for your patience. We were getting caught up only to fall behind again because of circumstance beyond our control (mainly, rotting floors. See feature article above). We'll have those banged out as soon as possible.
Please continue to keep us in your prayers as we keep you in ours.
That about wraps it up for this month. We hope you enjoyed this e-zine provided by Bible-Student-Online.org.