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Look Inside: New Anchor Yale Volumes

June 18, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

We’ve added 5 new volumes to our Anchor Yale collection: Revelation: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Koester Joshua 1-12: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Dozeman Judges 1-12: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Sasson Ruth: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Schipper Amos: Anchor Yale Bible Commentary – by Eidevall We thought this would be a perfect time to give you a look inside this classic resource. RESOURCE GUIDE As always, you can find content inside the Anchor Yale series that relates to the passage you have open. Just look in the Resource Guide! Then, you’ll be able to quickly navigate to which part of the commentary you want to read. The Anchor Yale series comes with its own translation, textual notes, dictionary entries, and commentary. CONTENT Here are some examples of the different kinds of content you’ll find inside the Anchor Yale Commentary Series. EXTRAS: INDEXES, MAPS, AND MORE The Anchor Yale Commentary Series also has maps sprinkled throughout it. These will also appear in the Resource Guide when a map in this series is applicable to the passage of Scripture you are reading. There are in-depth introductions for every volume. Outlines will appear in the Resource... View Article


Jesus’ Farewell

June 14, 2018 7:00 am Published by 3 Comments

Looking for something a little more in-depth than your average study Bible? The Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary is a single-volume resource that walks you through the entire Bible. We pulled this excerpt from the Baker Illustrated Bible Commentary to give you a small taste of the kind of information it offers. Mostly, being an ILLUSTRATED Bible Commentary, this resource is filled with charts, images, and graphics. So, keep reading, and discover more about Jesus’ Farewell in John 13-17. THE FAREWELL DISCOURSE Jesus’ Farewell: John 13:31–17:26 In the upper room, Jesus now turns to his faithful followers and instructs them at some length. The discourse runs from 13:31 to 16:33 without narrative interruption and then concludes with Jesus’s prayer (17:1–26), which precedes the arrest (18:1–11). The literary form of this section is called the “farewell speech” and was well known in Judaism at this time. For example, one can turn to the Testaments of the Twelve Patriarchs, an inter-testamental, extra-canonical work that records the final words of Israel’s patriarchs. The Assumption of Moses (first century AD) does the same for Israel’s prophet-leader in Transjordan. Each Jewish farewell speech shows similar elements that are found in Jesus’s farewell: There is a plea... View Article


Discipling Your Staff

June 13, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

When you think of discipleship, do you think of discipling your staff? The editors of the CSB Disciple’s Study Bible are PASSIONATE about teaching about discipleship. In this excerpt, they outline why you should disciple staff and how to do so effectively. And with the notes from this study Bible, you’re sure to learn and grow in your ability to make disciples. DISCIPLING YOUR STAFF Ministry leaders, especially pastors, should prioritize discipling their staff. Regardless of whether the role is full time, bi-vocational, or as a volunteer, the leader can follow Jesus’s example in disciple making. Unfortunately, the people under the direct influence of the leader can often be overlooked in the discipleship process. But leaders must be intentional with those who serve under them, just as Jesus was. I. WHY DISCIPLE STAFF? Why did Jesus walk with twelve men more closely than the masses? And why did he choose to walk even closer with three? It is clear that Jesus wanted to have a long-lasting impact on a few men who would go on to replicate the process. Every Christ-follower since is a result of what Jesus began with his disciples. Multiplication is certainly a key result of making... View Article


Praying for Lost Friends and Family

June 11, 2018 7:00 am Published by 10 Comments

Praying for lost friends and family is a difficult task. We so badly want to see them saved. But, at the same time, we don’t always see God answer in the way and timing that we want. Praying for lost friends and family requires endurance, strength, hope, patience, and love. The CSB Disciple’s Study Bible contains great articles on a variety of discipleship topics. Here is an excerpt from this study Bible on praying for lost friends and family. PRAYING FOR LOST FRIENDS AND FAMILY The purpose of the Disciple-Making Pathway is to help believers grow in their faith and become more like Christ. As we become more like him, we will be burdened for our lost friends and family and will desire to see them come to know Christ in a more intimate way. E. M. Bounds wisely said: “You can’t rightly talk to men about God until you first talk to God about men.” What this means is that our efforts to share the gospel must begin with and be saturated in prayer. Before we can even consider sharing the truth of God with those who do not believe, we must be diligently praying for them. Here are... View Article


Look Inside: Cornerstone Biblical Commentary

June 5, 2018 8:30 am Published by 4 Comments

CORNERSTONE BIBLICAL COMMENTARY One of the best ways to decide if a commentary is right for you is to read the general editor’s preface. This gives you an overview of why and how they created the commentary. Here’s what the general editor, Philip W. Comfort, has to say about the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary: The Cornerstone Biblical Commentary is based on the second edition of the New Living Translation (2015). Nearly 100 scholars from various church backgrounds and from several countries (United States, Canada, England, and Australia) participated in the creation of the NLT. Many of these same scholars are contributors to this commentary series. All the commentators, whether participants in the NLT or not, believe that the Bible is God’s inspired word and have a desire to make God’s word clear and accessible to his people. This Bible commentary is the natural extension of our vision for the New Living Translation, which we believe is both exegetically accurate and idiomatically powerful. The NLT attempts to communicate God’s inspired word in a lucid English translation of the original languages so that English readers can understand and appreciate the thought of the original writers. In the same way, the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary... View Article


Study Through the Summer [GIVEAWAY!]

June 4, 2018 7:00 am Published by 4 Comments

The winter is so dreary in Spokane (where our office is located). The sun rarely makes an appearance. By the time March rolls around we are all desperate for blue skies, warm weather, getting outside and out-of-town—SUMMER. Praise the Lord that it’s almost here! Although summer is a fantastic for spending quality time with family, being active, and traveling, it can also distract you from important responsibilities. I doubt I’m the only one who procrastinates on getting into God’s Word from June – September. It’s easy to confuse short-term and long-term happiness. If I don’t think before making a decision, I will always choose a hike with friends or trip to Lake Coeur d’Alene over quiet time with the Lord. LET’S MAKE THIS SUMMER DIFFERENT How can we keep from making the same mistakes this summer? ONE: We have a bunch of reading plans in the app! These are a great way to kickstart your summer reading. Set reminders for yourself to get into the Word every day—even if it’s just for 15 minutes. TWO: Take your Bible study WITH YOU. Remember, Olive Tree Bible… APP. You can get into the Word from your phone or tablet wherever you are... View Article


Asking for Wisdom

June 4, 2018 7:00 am Published by Leave your thoughts

During times of trial, it is crucial that we ask for wisdom. The Book of James touches on how we should be praying, asking for wisdom, and that He will be faithful in giving it to us. Read through this excerpt from the Cornerstone Biblical Commentary for in-depth learning of this lesson. If you need wisdom, ask our generous God, and he will give it to you. He will not rebuke you for asking. But when you ask him, be sure that your faith is in God alone. Do not waver, for a person with divided loyalty is as unsettled as a wave of the sea that is blown and tossed by the wind. Such people should not expect to receive anything from the Lord. Their loyalty is divided between God and the world, and they are unstable in everything they do. — James 1:5-8 THE PROBLEM OF TRIALS James uses a “chain-argument” utilizing catchwords (“need,” 1:4b, 5a; “faith,” 1:3, 6) to bring together the problem of trials and their solution (wisdom and prayer). When faith is tested by times of affliction and suffering, the Christian must turn to God in prayer and find the wisdom to turn the trial... View Article


When Christians Disagree

May 31, 2018 7:00 am Published by 3 Comments

Christians disagree… a lot. And when Christians disagree, it can be very confusing and frustrating for believers and non-believers alike. How can the Church stay united and Christians continue to be known for their love while also disagreeing? Read this excerpt from the Wiersbe BE Series Commentary on Romans. WHEN CHRISTIANS DISAGREE: ROMANS 14:1–15:7 Disunity has always been a major problem with God’s people. Even the Old Testament records the civil wars and family fights among the people of Israel, and almost every local church mentioned in the New Testament had divisions to contend with. The Corinthians were divided over human leaders, and some of the members were even suing each other (1 Cor. 1:10-13; 6:1-8). The Galatian saints were “biting and devouring” one another (see Gal. 5:15), and the saints in Ephesus and Colossae had to be reminded of the importance of Christian unity (Eph. 4:1-3; Col. 2:1-2). In the church at Philippi, two women were at odds with each other and, as a result, were splitting the church (Phil. 4:1-3). No wonder the psalmist wrote, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity” (Ps. 133:1). Some of these problems stemmed from... View Article


What’s Inside an Archaeology Study Bible?

May 30, 2018 7:00 am Published by 1 Comment

If you’re like me, you hear the word “archaeology” and you primarily think of Indiana Jones. Then, if you toss the word “study” next to it, you know it will be nothing like Indiana Jones. Instead, you get a mental image of a lot of dirt being pushed around with tiny brushes. How riveting… but actually, it really can be riveting! But We are here to tell you what is inside an archaeology study Bible, and just how influential it can be on your study of God’s Word. THE IMPORTANCE OF BIBLICAL ARCHAEOLOGY But the truth is that history and archaeology are essential to Christianity. God created time and history The universe has a beginning and end The historical event of Christ’s death and resurrection is key to your salvation Your hope is grounded in a real place, at a real time… in history Archaeology is an area of study that helps us uncover more truths about history. It teaches us important details on the setting and background in which the story of the Bible occurs. A plethora of authors wrote the Bible over at least a thousand-year period, so this information is crucial to our understanding of the text.... View Article


Spiritual Gifts in Worship

May 29, 2018 7:00 am Published by 1 Comment

There has been, and probably always will be, a great debate over spiritual gifts and their role in the Church. Richard L. Pratt (and editor Max Anders) walk Christians through this 1 Corinthians controversy in the Holman Commentary. We’ve included an excerpt of this part of the commentary, but we did cut quite a bit out because it comes with SO much information. Every section has a meaningful quote, real-life stories, plenty of summaries, verse-by-verse commentary, introductions, application points, teaching tips, and lots of direction for further discovery. We couldn’t ask for more in a commentary! So, here are just a few parts of the Holman Commentary on 1 Corinthians 12:1-30. “Let us all then, considering these things, imitate the love of these members; let us not in any wise do the contrary, trampling on the miseries of our neighbor and envying his good things. For this is the part of madmen and persons beside themselves. Just as he that digs out his own eye hath displayed a very great proof of senselessness; and he that devours his own hand exhibits a clear evidence of downright madness.” — John Chrysostom IN A NUTSHELL In this chapter the apostle Paul turned to... View Article