Get grounded in WORD: a Bible study on Psalm 119

Get grounded in WORD: a Bible study on Psalm 119

My good friend, Lyn Smith, has just published a new book titled, “Get Grounded in WORD: a Bible study on Psalm 119,” which serves as “a catalyst for knowing God, WORD inspires you to grow deeper and serve stronger in Jesus’ name.”

As the materials suggest,

Confident godliness comes only one way – through a consistent, intimate relationship with Jesus Christ. This six week study, with video downloads, will nourish your soul and give your faith deep roots.

Dig into Psalm 119, and discover the strengthening power of God’s Word.

Designed to be done by individuals or groups, the book contains study and discussion questions. Teaching videos to go with the book are available for purchase at www.lynsmith.org. While structured as a six-week study, it contains 22 meditations so it can also be used as a personal devotional.

Below are some quotes from the book that may inspire you to use it …

Peace comes when we understand that we are thoroughly known and absolutely loved.

 

God is the best one to open ourselves up to because His responses will always be right and filled with love.

 

Our job is to stay at His feet, to bask in His presence, and to let Him fill us.

 

Praise becomes a habitual response of our spirit and soul to His magnificence.

 

Because God’s Word cannot and has not failed, it has been the foundation of millions, if not billions, of lives.

Click on the image below to get your copy today.

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If you have not read Lyn’s blog before, here is a short bio.

lyn_smith_bioLyn Smith is a Bible Activist who is passionate about God and His Word. She teaches Bible studies, speaks at conferences, and writes. Lyn has co-authored two books: The LeadHer Challenge and Think 4:8, a collaborative effort with Tommy Newberry. WORD is her latest release. Lyn lives with her husband and three children in Oklahoma.

Logos 6 is Here… Which Package is Right for You?

Logos 6 is Here… Which Package is Right for You?

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For the past couple months I have had the chance to work with the new Logos 6.

What’s New

Logos 6 offers a host of new features and tools for language study, Bible study, research into ancient cultures, and literature. However, the most amazing part of Logos 6 are the host of new visual tools that help teachers of the Bible better communicate the content to a broader audience.

I could write a lot on this, but instead of reading about it, watch this short video which shows a lot of the new features in Logos 6.

Recommendations

If you are new to Logos, you may be overwhelmed with all the options, books and features. You can check out each package for yourself at anytime, but to make it simple, here is my recommendation for which package is right for you.

Personal Study and Devotion = Bronze

If you are someone who wants to dig deeper into the Bible and sites like Bible Gateway just don’t provide enough, then I recommend starting with Bronze. Some of the important features here are listed below.

  1. Atlas (first set of maps)
  2. Cultural Concepts
  3. Before and After: Ancient and Modern Biblical Archaeological Sites
  4. Virtual Tours: Narrative Character Maps
  5. Beitzel Photo Library
  6. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 1 (English)
  7. Logos Stock Media
  8. Logos Media Archive
  9. Faithlife Study Bible Media

Bible Teacher (pastor or professor) = Silver

For anyone who regularly teaches the Scripture in either a Sunday School or college/university, the Silver package offers some tools beyond the Bronze that you will come to rely on.

  1. Ancient Literature tool
  2. Atlas (2 volumes)
  3. Clause Participants Section
  4. Propositional Flow Outline
  5. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 2 (English)
  6. Artifacts from the British Museum
  7. Preaching Theme Slide Art
  8. The Cultural Context of the Bible

Bible Student and Language Study = Gold

If you are a Seminary student or professor with an interest in ancient languages, then Gold is the best package for you.

  1. Atlas (includes all 3 volumes)
  2. Logos 6 Maps, vol. 3 (English)
  3. Sense Section
  4. Textual Variants
  5. Lexham Textual Notes on the Bible
  6. Online Textual Variants Manuscripts
  7. Textual Analysis Tools: Form and Structure of the Psalms (Psalms Browser)
  8. Textual Analysis Tools: Proverbs in the Hebrew Bible (Proverbs Browser)
  9. Lexham Glossary of Semantic Roles

Also, be aware that Logos offers a 30% academic discount to anyone who is a student or professor so be sure to call and get the best price when you order.

Baptism In The Holy Spirit 2 Volume Collection on Logos Bible Software

Baptism In The Holy Spirit 2 Volume Collection on Logos Bible Software

In the Baptism of the Holy Spirit Collection, J. R. Miller seeks to heal the division in the body of Christ caused by ambiguity, bitterness, and denominational rivalry in understanding the baptism of the Holy Spirit. Miller explores Scripture and church history, seeking to unify Christians through understanding of the promise of Christ’s baptism in the Holy Spirit.

The Logos Bible Software edition of the Baptism in the Holy Spirit Collection enhances your study with innovative research tools. Scripture passages link directly to your preferred English translations and original-language texts, and important theological concepts link to dictionaries, encyclopedias, and a wealth of other resources in your digital library. Powerful topical searches help you find what other authors, scholars, and theologians bring to this conversation.

BUY IT @ Logos.com!.

If you don’t own Logos Bible Software, you can still order the print copies through Amazon Author’s Profile.

2001 Tweetable Quotes

2001 Tweetable Quotes

I love a good quote. Over the past 15 years I have collected my favorites and now I tweet them out on a regular basis through @jrmiller777. But for those who don’t like to take their smartphone into the bathroom, I wanted to offer a more traditional way to enjoy these quotes… thus an actual book with pages you can turn (unless you bought the Kindle version and then you are out of luck).

From Mark Twain to Margret Thatcher, the diversity of quotes in this book is sure to entertain, challenge, and inspire you. Most quote books are organized into categories, but make for very boring reading. This book is different because all the quotes; from Poets, Musicians, Theologians, and Philosophers, have been randomized so every time you pick up the book you will find fresh inspiration.

BUY IT @ Amazon.com!.

or

BUY IT for Kindle!
Praying in Community: Giving Voice to the Heart of Our Father

Praying in Community: Giving Voice to the Heart of Our Father

This 6 lesson series is designed to help every disciple of Christ master the art of communal prayer. So much of our culture emphasizes the private nature faith, that we have forgotten the power of praying in groups. This series has been used in my own ministry to help both the brand new Christians and the mature Christians experience the power of praying as a church Family. Each lesson is designed to last 1 1/2 hours. Unlike most group studies, this material puts an equal emphasis on teaching the mind and engaging the spirit. Each lesson teaches one of six disciplines;

  1. The Prayer of Jesus
  2. The Prayer of Brokenness
  3. The Prayer of Evangelism
  4. The Prayer of Healing
  5. The Prayer of Intercession
  6. The Prayer of Persistence
BUY the Leader’s Guide @ Amazon.com

And

B UY the Student Journal @ Amazon.com

 

Top Theological Works By Doctrinal View

Top Theological Works By Doctrinal View

I recently listed my Top 5 Systematic Theologies, but there has been some interest in a larger list that not only lists the books, but also helps folks discern the theological background of each author. Listed below are general works in the area of theology that I use in college and graduate courses and should be a good starting place for your theological studies.

  • I have put a check-mark beside those resources that are considered most reliable and accessible within their theological tradition.
  • Where possible, I linked the title of each book to give you both a paper and a Kindle option.

General

  1. Davis, John Jefferson. Theology Primer: Resources For The Theological Student. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Book House, 1981.
  2. Elwell, Walter A., ed. Evangelical Dictionary of Theology (Baker Reference Library). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker \Book House, 1984. ✔
  3. Enns, Paul. The Moody Handbook of Theology. Chicago, IL: Moody Press, 1989.
  4. Grenz, Stanley J., David Guretzki, and Cherith Fee Nordling. Pocket Dictionary of Theological Terms. Downers Grove, IL: InterVarsity Press, 1999.
  5. Grudem, Wayne, Grudem, Elliot. Christian Beliefs: Twenty Basics Every Christian Should Know. Grand Rapids, MI: Academie/Zondervan Publishing House. 2009
  6. Leith, John H., ed. Creeds of the Churches: A Reader in Christian Doctrine from the Bible to the Present. 3rd ed. Louisville, KY: John Knox Press, 1982.
  7. Lewis, Gordon R., and Bruce Demarest. Integrative Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Academie/Zondervan Publishing House, 1987-1994. ✔
  8. Sawyer, M. James. Survivor’s Guide to Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2006.

Arminian AND/OR Wesleyan

  1. Arminius, James (Jacobus). The Works of James Arminius: The London Edition (3 Volumes). Grand Rapids, MI: Baker \Book House, 1986.
  2. Carter, Charles W., ed. A Contemporary Wesleyan Theology. 2 Vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Francis Asbury Press, 1983.
  3. Dunning, H. Ray. Grace, Faith, and Holiness: A Wesleyan Theology. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 1988.
  4. Finney, Charles G. The Works of Charles Finney, Vol 1 (15-in-1) Power From on High, Lectures on Revivals of Religion, Autobiography of Charles Finney, Revival Fire, Holiness of Christians, Systematic Theology. Amazon Digital Services, Inc. 2012
  5. Grider, J. Kenneth. A Wesleyan-Holiness Theology. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 1994.
  6. Miley, John. Systematic Theolgoy. 2 Vols. Hendrickson Publishing. 1998.
  7. Oden, Thomas C. Systematic Theology. 3 Vols. New York, NY: Harper & Row, 1987-1992. ✔
  8. Wiley, H. Orton. Christian Theology. 3 Vols. Kansas City, MO: Beacon Hill Press, 1960.

Baptistic

  1. Grenz, Stanley. Theology for the Community of God. Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman, 1994.
  2. Grudem, Wayne. Systematic Theology: An Introduction to Biblical Doctrine. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1994. ✔
  3. Henry, Carl F. H. God, Revelation, and Authority. 6 Vols. Waco, TX: Word, 1976-1983. ✔

Roman Catholic

  1. Aquinas, Thomas. Summa Theologica. 5 Vols. Christian Classics. 1981. ✔

Dispensational

  1. Chafer, Lewis S. Systematic Theology. 8 vols. Dallas, Texas: Dallas Seminary Press, 1947. ✔
  2. Hodge, Charles. Systematic Theology. 3 Vols. First published in 1872. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1975. ✔
  3. Ryrie, Charles C. Basic Theology:A Popular, Systematic Guide to Understanding Biblical Truth. Wheaton, Illinois: Victor Books, 1986.
  4. Shedd, William G. T. Dogmatic Theology. 3 vols. Grand Rapids, Michigan: Zondervan, n.d.
  5. Strong, Augustus Hopkins. Systematic Theology. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: The Judson Press, 1954.

Lutheran

  1. Jenson, Robert W. Systematic Theology Vol 1: The Triune GodSystematic Theology, Vol 2: The Works of God. New York, NY: Oxford Univesity Press, 1997-1999.
  2. Thielicke, Helmut. The Evangelical Faith: The Doctrine of God and of Christ. 2 Vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1974.

Neo-Orthodox/Modern Continental

  1. Barth, Karl. Church Dogmatics (A Selection From the full 14 Volume set). Westminster John Knox Press, 1994. ✔
  2. Brunner, Emil. Dogmatics Vol 1, Dogmatics Vol. 2 & Dogmatics Vol 3. Trans. Olive Wyon (Vols. 1 and 2) and David Cairns with T. H. L. Parker (Vol. 3). Philadelphia, PA: Westminster Press, 1949-1962.
  3. Pannenberg, Wolfhart. Systematic Theology Vol 1, Systematic Theology Vol 2Systematic Theology Vol 3. Trans. Geoffrey W. Bromiley. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1991-1997.
  4. Tillich, Paul. Systematic Theology Vol. 1, Systematic Theology Vol. 2, Systematic Theology Vol. 3. Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 1951-1963.

Pentecostal/Charismatic

  1. Arrington, French L. Christian Doctrine: A Pentecostal Perspective Vol 1, Vol. 2, & Vol. 3.. Cleveland, TN: Pathway Press, 1992-1994.
  2. Hart, Larry D. Truth Aflame: Theology for the Church in Renewal. Rev. ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 2005.
  3. Higgins, John R., Michael L. Dusing, and Frank D. Tallman. An Introduction to Theology: A Classical Pentecostal Perspective. Dubuque, IA: Kendall/Hunt Publishing Co., 1993.
  4. Pearlman, Myer. Knowing the Doctrines of the Bible. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1937.
  5. Warrington, Keith. Pentecostal Theology: A Theology of Encounter. New York, NY: T & T Clark, 2008.
  6. Williams, Ernest S. Systematic Theology Vol. 1, Systematic Theology Vol. 2. Systematic Theology vol. 3. Springfield, MO: Gospel Publishing House, 1953.
  7. Williams, J. Rodman. Renewal Theology: Systematic Theology from a Charismatic Perspective. Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1996

Reformed

  1. Berkhof, Louis. Systematic Theology. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1941, 1949.
  2. Berkouwer, G. C. Studies in Dogmatics. 14 Vols. Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1952-1976.
  3. Bloesch, Donald. Essentials of Evangelical Theology. 2 Vols. San Francisco, CA: Harper and Row, 1978-1979.
  4. Calvin, John. Institutes of the Christian Religion. Signalman Publishing; 4th edition, 2008 ✔
  5. Erickson, Millard J. Christian Theology. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 1998. ✔
  6. Geisler, Norman. Systematic Theology. 4 Vols. Bethany House Publishers, 2005.✔

That is all for now. If you have suggestions for what books to add, then please leave a comment below with your suggestions and description.

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