Guest Post – The Importance of Daily Devotionals

I read somewhere that “the gospel brings a person to God and daily devotionals keep them near to God.” We may ask ourselves this question, “Why is it important to have daily devotions?”

I have been a runner off and on ever since I was a junior in high school. Once I begin running it did not take me long to realize that long distance running was something I truly enjoyed. I graduated high school in 1979 and ran my first 5K race in July of that same year, though I had not been running for months. I did really well in that race and a guy took me under his wing and helped me to develop the needed skills to become a fairly good racer.

In 1989 I ran my first marathon and my goal was to break 3 hours and 30 minutes, I actually ran the race in 3 hours and 23 minutes. The only issue that I had with racing rather than running was that I would lose the joy that I had for just pure running because I had to do regimented training to excel at racing. I would go fanatical in my training when I was dedicated to running and before long, I would just quit running. Why? I would get burnt out!

It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness. – Lam 3:22-23 KJV

The same can be said with those of us that continually read the Bible for “sermons, for preaching, and for teaching.”  If we are not careful we will burn ourselves out due to chasing after sermons and our lives will grow cold, crusty, and calloused to God, the church, our family, and our relationship with Christ.

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A Favorite of Preachers & Teachers

The Tyndale Commentary Series has long been a favorite of preachers, teachers, and serious students of God’s Word. Carefully staying true to the Bible text, each commentary in the set walks through every passage one at a time, making sure to stop at each significant Greek or Hebrew word. Aiming to be fully understood by everyone, including those with no experience in biblical languages, this series is easy-to-understand, but it also digs deep into the text.

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Explore the World of the Bible Writers

The books of the Bible were written in specific geographic locations during specific times in history, and these factors affect how the book should be understood and interpreted. Often, the authors assumed that their audiences already understood the context, so they don’t spend time describing these details fully in their books.

The Crossway ESV Bible Atlas strives to fill in these details to help re-create the context. It is a comprehensive collection of highly accurate, aesthetically appealing resources that present geographic and historical information in a way that is easy to use and not filled with overwhelming technical details.

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Read, Feed & Lead with God’s Word For You

God’s Word For You wants to help you read, feed, and lead. Not just a commentary, the 16 complete volumes are expository guides through Scripture, verse by verse.

A flexible resource, God’s Word For You can be used in preparing sermons or lessons, read simply as a book that will teach you, encourage you, and challenge you, or as a daily devotional, complete with reflection questions. Difficult verses or concepts are explained in user-friendly language, and helpful themes and illustrations are included, along with suggested applications.

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A Systematic Theology for the 21st Century

The Christian Foundations seven-volume series is a comprehensive, systematic theology for the twenty-first century. Author Donald G. Bloesch contributes significantly to late modern evangelical theology, exploring what an ancient faith has to say to perplexing new times.

In each of the volumes, Bloesch begins with Scripture then proceeds to dialogue with church tradition and contemporary theology. He also gives special attention to historical background.

Faithful Discussions of the Issues Dividing the Church

Christian Foundations is focused on the work of the Spirit in renewing the church and shaping the Christian life. In doing so, the volumes highlight the issues that are dividing the church in our time.

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Find the Relevant Information in Your Commentaries

Welcome to our Tips & Tricks series! This series is meant to help you get the most out of using Wordsearch. Hopefully you’ll find out something new with each tip and be on your way to deeper Bible study. This week’s tip will help you with the commentary carousel tool.

In a previous tip we talked about the Bible carousel and how it could be used to give you easy access to your Bible translations. The Wordsearch program also offers another carousel to give you easier access to your commentaries.

The commentary carousel not only houses all of your favorite commentaries, but it will also peruse them as you cycle through, only showing you commentaries that have relevant information on the passage you are studying.

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