Inspiration

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New Advent Reading Plan

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For this coming Advent Season there is a new free reading plan available for
The Bible Study App.

 

What is Advent?

Advent is what we call the season leading up to Christmas. It begins four Sundays before December 25, sometimes in the last weekend of November, sometimes on the first Sunday in December. This year it begins on December 1st.

During these days, it’s as if we’re re-enacting and remembering the hundreds and even thousands of years that God’s people were anticipating and longing for the coming of God’s salvation. That’s what advent means—coming.

To download this free reading plan go to the My Stuff section of the Bible Study App and click/tap on Reading Plans>Get More Reading Plans.

 

The Robertson’s

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Known for their hit reality TV show Duck Dynasty, the Robertson family has a story to tell and it’s one of grace, redemption, and faith.

Watch the entire film HERE!

We like beards almost as much as the Robertson family.

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My Daily Pursuit – Final Excerpt

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Tozer Daily PursuitNow Available for The Bible Study App! - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we’ve highlighted a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second herethe third here, the fourth here, and the fifth here.

Here is the sixth and final excerpt:

February 23

I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: marvellous are thy works; and that my soul knowest right well. Psalm 139:14

Certain passages in Milton and Shakespeare are so great that the average rank and file cannot rise to take it in. It is too big and wonderful. When we admire enough, it becomes a delightful pain. It becomes an enjoyable agony within the bosom. Why agony? Because we are not big enough inside.

God’s desire is to make us bigger. He is going to make us all call upon Him to enlarge our hearts in order to take Him in, in all His fullness.

He wants to make us big enough to admire Him with wonder and delight. This wonder and delight is followed by sheer fascination. This is to be filled with the moral excitement that only God can bring.

I often wonder why many people who sing hymns are not affected by them; why they hear the Scriptures and are unaffected by them. When they pray, it is in a monstrous drone. Nothing seems to affect them. Nothing seems to excite them. Nothing seems to rise up within them with admiring excitement and wonder.

To be dead on the inside is the curse of sin.  But for the man or woman who has been made alive on the inside, hymns, Scripture and prayer take them to heights of delightful admiration of the Godhead.

So shall it be at last, in that bright morning,
When the soul waketh and life’s shadows flee;
Oh, in that hour, fairer than daylight dawning,
Shall rise the glorious thought, I am with Thee.
—Harriet Beecher Stowe (1811–1896)

O God of glory, my heart is thrilled to sing of Thee. My heart rises to heights of delightful praise and worship as I meditate upon Thee. Amen.

Bearded Theologian Month

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This month we celebrate the spiritual fathers of facial hair and the faith!

We also want to honor you. If you have one already or are planning on growing a beard, share a picture and be entered to win a Charles Spurgeon collection – valued at over $200. Simply click the link below to submit your picture and you’ll be automatically entered to win.

 

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My Daily Pursuit – Fifth Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second herethe third here, and the fourth here.

Here is the fifth excerpt:

January 31

So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God. Romans 10:17

Heretics do not necessarily want to teach that there is no Trinity, or that God did not create the universe, and that there is no judgment. The very word “heretic” means one who picks and chooses.

The Samaritans were heretical in that they chose certain parts of the Bible. They had a Pentateuch and accepted it, but they rejected David, Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, 1 and 2 Kings and the Song of Solomon. They rejected all of Scripture except the Pentateuch.

The Samaritans went one step further: they translated the Pentateuch.

You can translate anything to prove what you are out to prove. All you have to do is say you know Greek or Hebrew, and after that, you are on your own. The Samaritans translated the old Pentateuch in a manner that proved Samaria was a place of worship. Because of that, they were very hostile to the Jews who claimed that Jerusalem was the place to worship.

The Samaritans accepted the Bible, but they just accepted as much of it is they wanted. When you pick and choose, you can believe just about anything.

Remember, it takes all of the Bible to make it the Word of God.

Oh, send Thy Spirit, Lord,
Now unto me,
That He may touch my eyes,
And make me see;
Show me the truth concealed
Within Thy Word,
And in Thy Book revealed,
I see Thee, Lord.
—Alexander Groves (1842–1909)

O Holy Spirit, open my eyes today that I may see that which You have for me. Blind me to those ways that lead me away from Thee. In Jesus’ name. Amen.

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

My Daily Pursuit – Fourth Excerpt

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Coming soon to The Bible Study App - My Daily Pursuit – A Daily Devotion based on the writings of A.W. Tozer.

Thanks to the careful curation of James L. Snyder, a pastor in Tozer’s church denomination who has exclusive access to a treasure trove of unpublished Tozer content, we have Tozer’s teachings on a vast number of topics. And now, for the first time, there is a new daily devotional featuring never-before-published content. The famed evangelist Leonard Ravenhill, who knew Tozer personally, said, “To enter into Dr. Tozer’s presence was an awe-inspiring event.” Now, with My Daily Pursuit, readers will be able to do even more as they enter into the presence of Jesus every day through this awe-inspiring book.

To celebrate this upcoming release we will be highlighting a few sneak peeks into this new work. You can read the first excerpt herethe second here, and the third here.

Here is the fourth excerpt:

January 20

I am the Lord thy God, which brought thee out of the land of Egypt: open thy mouth wide, and I will fill it. Psalm 81:10

A potter sets about to make a beautiful teapot; and while it is spinning on the wheel, he runs into some problem, and it falls apart. It is broken and not useful anymore, and it does not look like a teapot. It has no artistry, and the soul of the artist is not in it, and cannot be in it, because it has broken. For the potter, however, it is a simple matter to take up that material again, take out the offending parts and fashion it into another vessel.

He could not do that if he was working with iron or a rock. But he can do it with the clay, because clay is the material with which he works. It was broken the first time, but he can restore it using the same material.

God made us in His image; and while we are not altogether clear about what that image of God is, I know that the human soul is like God. In succumbing to the temptation that took place in the Garden, man fell apart; he lost the artistry, the beauty and the holiness of God. He did not lose the potential to become godlike again if he got into the hands of the Divine Artist.

Redemption is taking on the material of fallen man by the mystery of regeneration and sanctification and restoring it again so that he is like God and like Christ. Redemption is not just saving us from hell, although it does that; it is making us so that we can be like God again.

Have Thine own way, Lord!
Have Thine own way!
Thou art the Potter,
I am the clay.
Mold me and make me
After Thy will,
While I am waiting,
Yielded and still.
—Adelaide A. Pollard (1862–1934)

Dear heavenly Father, I yield to the pressure of Thy touch as you make me into that vessel most pleasing in Your sight. In Jesus’ name, amen. 

The anticipated release date for this new work has been set for November 4th.  Stay tuned to our blog or subscribe to our newsletter to stay up to date.

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