Thankfulness is an important quality for all people, especially for Christians.
Put simply, thankfulness is recognizing good things that have happened to you, and acknowledging the people who made those good things happen.
In the Bible, thankfulness is recognizing who God is and what he has done.
I’ve written a bit on the topic of thanksgiving: including giving a definition of thanksgiving from the Bible and exploring which book of the Bible speaks about thankfulness most. But I haven’t written a great deal about what the Bible says about giving thanks . . . so let’s change that. =)
So here’s a big list of Bible passages about being thankful. Specifically, I’ve pulled together Scriptures with either examples of people expressing gratitude or outright instructions to be thankful. (I may have had a little help.
I’ll start with a list of biblical examples of thanksgiving, and then follow up with some things the Bible explicitly tells us to be thankful for. Continue reading “Thankfulness in the Bible: 17 passages about giving thanks”
After I reviewed Logos Bible Software 6, they went and made a sparkly new version. So this post is updated to reflect some of the new capabilities of Logos 7, as well as some awesome features that Logos has had for a long time now.
I’ve received a few emails and comments about the tools I use for Bible study, and I need to give credit where it’s due. I couldn’t do this kind of stuff without Logos Bible Software.
A lot of research goes into this site, and without Logos Bible Software 7, it would be way out of my league. I’ve yet to find a better, cooler, higher-tech tool for this kind of stuff—it’s the Batmobile of Bible study.
I know a lot of you Bible geeks are doing similar Bible studies yourselves, so there’s a good chance you’ve heard of Logos. I just want to give you my take on it. It has its pros and cons, but overall, I’m really happy with Logos Bible Software.
How about a tour of Logos?
Before I launch into a full-on review of this Bible software, let me get a few things out of the way.
- I hate fine print, so I’m telling you up front: I’m an affiliate of Logos. If you decide it’s right for you based on my recommendation, they give me a kickback.
- Logos Bible Software isn’t for everyone. Like the Batmobile, it’s too expensive and high-tech for most people.
- But if it is for you, I can get you a sweet discount.
I really think a few of you Bible geeks should get this tool. Like I said, it’s the coolest gadget I own. But remember: I’m calling Logos Bible Software the Batmobile of Bible study—not the Batman. Why? Because like the Batmobile, Logos is a force multiplier. Continue reading “Logos Bible Software 7 review: do you REALLY need it? (Flow chart)”
We’ve taken a look at the shortest books in the Bible, but what about the longest book in the Bible?
If you’d asked me about it in Sunday school, my answer would have been a quick, confident “Psalms!” I figured this because the book has 150 psalms, and the runner-up in chapter count would have been Isaiah, with a meager 66 chapters—that’s less than half of what Psalms has. Continue reading “What’s the longest book of the Bible? Not Psalms!”
We’re in a privileged position.
The Hebrews had to wait decades (or centuries) for prophets to show up and tell them what God had to say. And on top of that, there was time that passed between a prophet’s ministry and their writings being included in the Scriptures.
The early Church had it a bit easier: most of the documents that became our New Testament were written in the first 50 years after Jesus’ resurrection. And the Christian leaders didn’t waste much time spreading those documents around.
But us? We get to reference every book from Genesis to Revelation all at once. Many of us are even free to buy, read, talk about, and blog about the Bible publicly.
I’m grateful for this. But it also comes with a few drawbacks.
One of those drawbacks rears its ugly head a lot, especially when we read the Old Testament: We know the spoilers. Continue reading “Spoilers: They’re Messing with Our Bible Study”
If you’ve been following along the last few months, you’ve seen four songs crop up—one for each of the first four Psalms.
Confession: we’re a good deal farther along on this project than we’ve let on. ;)
We’ve created a new site dedicated to music based on the Bible, called AnthemBible.com. Right now, Jeffrey and I are focusing our energies on writing a song for each of the Psalms, but we hope to create some other projects in the future (like an instrumental piece for each book of the Bible, for example).
But not only are we writing a song for each psalm—we’re packaging up a suite of resources for the worship leaders and musically-inclined among you to be able to download and use for free.
Each song package includes an audio recording, a lyric sheet, a chord chart, and sheet music that lays out the parts in the recording.
Oh, and we’re actually eight songs in, not just four!
You can check them all out here:
Continue reading “8 songs now ready—AnthemBible: the Psalms”
Overview of the book of Hebrews
Should Christians ever turn away from the faith, or should they hold fast to it? Why?
The book of Hebrews is a long list of reasons to cling to Jesus. Hebrews was written for Christians who had been in the church for a while. These folks knew about angels, the Old Testament heroes, the devil, and Moses’ tabernacle, but someone thought they needed to know a little more.
So someone wrote Hebrews—we don’t know who (more on that later).
It’s a word of exhortation (Heb 13:22), a message that comforts us and motivates us to obey God. Continue reading “Hebrews: Jesus is greater, so hold fast to Him”
Answer me when I call, O God of my righteousness!
You have given me relief when I was in distress.
Be gracious to me and hear my prayer!
That’s the first verse of Psalm 4— an evening prayer, written by David. Jeffrey’s written a melody, and I created an arrangement of the song. It’s free for the church to use in worship services, retreats, and more.
Sheet music, lyric sheets, and chord charts are coming soon. You can take a listen to the recording here:
Get lyrics and more on Psalm 4 at AnthemBible.com.
The origins of God’s people and God’s law
The first five books of the Bible are known as the Pentateuch, or the Law of Moses. Moses is traditionally recognized as the author of Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, and Deuteronomy.
These books convey three main kinds of information: story, records, and law. Continue reading “Guide to the Pentateuch”
TL;DR: Zondervan sent me a copy of the NIV Cultural Backgrounds Study Bible to check out, and I liked it enough to write about it. =)
You know what I think my biggest obstacle is when it comes to studying the Bible?
It’s not the cryptic language in the prophets.
It’s not the boring genealogies.
It’s the fact that the Bible was written by people who lived thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away . . . to more people who lived thousands of years ago and thousands of miles away.
I have almost nothing in common with these people when it comes to culture. We’re not reading the same stories. We’re not weathering the same international political climates. And as far as I can tell, Jeremiah isn’t binge-watching the same Netflix shows I am. Continue reading “NIV Cultural Background Study Bible: Why I Really Like It”
Overview of the book of Galatians
Paul is angry.
Some false teacher has pressured the churches in Galatia (a region in the Roman Empire) to follow the Jewish Law. They’re teaching that salvation comes through the Law of Moses, and not through Christ—the exact opposite of what Paul had taught them. So Paul writes a letter to bring them back to the truth.
This letter isn’t about Paul’s ego or preferences: it’s about understanding why Jesus had to die and how it affects us. Continue reading “Galatians: our new freedom in Christ”