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Keeping Up

Posted: July 28, 2010 in Reading List
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Lately I have been reading a lot about blogging; how to blog, how to get your blog noticed, etc. One of the things I learned was that if you keep up with what’s going on in the news and write about it, or somehow tie it to your blog, then you will have a better chance of getting noticed by search engines and so forth; makes sense. It’s important to stay up to date on issues and reading, whether it be blogs, news reports, books, or whatever, is in my opinion the best way to do that.

The reason I started writing was to encourage students in my youth group to read. I began by writing weekly devotions and sending them out by email to encourage students to continue in their own personal devotions. I really just want them to get into a habit of reading God’s Word which can be very difficult when many people would rather go to the dentist than read a book (no offense to dentists, I’m just saying). I have been blessed (at least in my opinion) to have enjoyed reading ever since I was kid. The kinds of things I enjoy reading has changed but my love for it hasn’t. As I mentioned, I’ve been spending a lot more time reading blogs lately and I have been encouraged and challenged and have learned some things. I still enjoy reading books too and have a decent personal library.

Many of the books I have were handed down to me by two dear pastors that I had the privilege of serving with before their retirement from pastoral ministry. Many people would look at some of these books and wonder why anyone would want to read them I’m sure and the truth is many are books that only a pastor would care about. The great thing about these books is that though many were written a long time ago there is a timeless value to them. I recently finished a book by W.A. Criswell called Why I Preach That the Bible Is Literally True written over 40 years ago and I’m about halfway through The Pursuit of God by A.W. Tozer which was written over 60 years ago. These books are very different from each other but at the same time there is a common thread between them. One is a great apologetic of the Word of God while the other is more of a journey about drawing close to God. The thing is, I have benefited from both of them because you can’t separate a personal knowledge and experience with God from the revelation of Him through His Word. When I open the pages of one of these treasures that have been handed down to me I do it with an eagerness to devour the words written there. There have been some godly people who have walked before us that have a great deal to share with us if we’ll listen (or read). Criswell puts it this way, “The Old Testament prophets had a habit of calling their people back to the remembrance of their forefathers. For examples, Isaiah lifted up his voice and cried, ‘Look unto the rock whence ye are hewn, and to the hole of the pit whence ye are digged. Look unto Abraham your father, and unto Sarah that bare you’ (Isa. 51:1-2). Let us do this with regard to our Christian heritage and with regard to the reverence of our predecessors for the infallible Word of God” (Why I Preach That the Bible Is Literally True,p.155).

It’s important to keep up with what’s going on and there are many great blogs and new books being written that will encourage and inspire us but let’s not forget about those who have gone before, as Tozer has said, “Hearts that are ‘fit to break’ with love for the Godhead are those who have been in the Presence and have looked with opened eye upon the majesty of Deity. Men of the breaking hearts had a quality about them not known or understood by common men. They had been in the presence of God and they reported what they saw there” (The Pursuit of God, p40). Read anything good lately?

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New Bible

Posted: June 15, 2010 in Reading List
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I’m going to be preaching a sermon in our series on Summertime Psalms in a couple of weeks so I went to Lifeway to get the New American Commentary: Psalms. I have a ton of Bible study resources but I don’t seem to have a lot on the Psalms. Anyway, they didn’t have it but I did get an ESV (English Standard Version) Literary Study Bible for like $10. It’s a hard cover so I probably won’t use it to preach from but I was pretty pumped just to get an ESV so cheap. Bro. Jack has been preaching from it so I did a little research and it’s a superb translation as well as being very readable. I will definitely be using it in my study time and will eventually get one with a leather cover that I can use for teaching and preaching.