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Practical strategies for studying the Bible – 2 Timothy 3:14-17

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January 18, 2015
(My notes from a sermon by Dr. R.C. Sproul from the series Five Things Every Christian Needs to Grow)
Bible veterans must read the Bible yearly according to Martin Luther
“It’s important for every Christian to read the entire Bible each year to keep the winds of the whole blowing through your mind.” It’s easy to get lost in one portion of the Bible (which I know that I do). The whole context of Scripture is important in our lives. Think of it like a forest in which all the trees are planted. First you isolate certain groves, and then you pick out a particular tree, branches, twigs, leaves and so on.
Many Christians have never read the entire Bible
If we believe it comes from God, why don’t we do it? We fail because we don’t have a plan that’s practical.  Dr. R.C. Sproul says most get to Leviticus and it’s like running into a wall. It’s tedious reading (even though the details point forward to the coming of Christ). But for the person who doesn't understand this, it’s d…

There is more than this life

Ecclesiastes 12:8 Life is fleeting; it just slips through your fingers. All vanishes like mist.

Every Jan. 1 we get a clean calendar and a chance to get things done we want to do. But many don't see it as an opportunity to leave an eternal finger print in the world.

Instead, people focus on pleasures, work, challenges and making it from day-to-day without giving thought to their personal bigger picture.

It's this bigger picture that drives our quality of life when it's almost over. And, since most of us have seven to eight healthy decades - that's not much time.
Lately, this has been burning in my mind since I've only started setting eternal goals over the past decade.
2 Corinthians 4:17-18You see, the short-lived pains of this life are creating for us an eternal glory that does not compare to anything we know here.So we do not set our sights on the things we can see with our eyes. All of that is fleeting; it will eventually fade away. Instead, we focus on the things we…

Setting and achieving goals for a power-filled life

Living strong in the Lord 
Romans 12:11 Do not slack in your faithfulness and hard work. Let your spirit be on fire, bubbling up and boiling over, as you serve the Lord.  (This is my Scripture for 2015).
My main goal in 2015 is to go deeper in my spiritual journey with the Lord.
I never want to be satisfied in the place I am unless I am certain that God has put me there.
According the Dr. David Jeremiah, most of us think we're too busy and we are. But much of our “busyness” is the result of how we choose to spend our non-working hours. He goes on to say that Christians should step back and take a bigger and longer view of where we are in life.
I'm asking myself hard questions.
Am I still passionate about kingdom building and am I using that passion as a vibrant witness for Christ? Or do I need to be still and listen for other instructions?
Time isn't on our side - Psalm 90:10aWe may journey through life for 70 years; some may live and breathe 80 years—if we are strong.
In the …