in: Food for Thought
The other day my two boys – age seven and four – were playing at a playground when they both came up to me with sad and frustrated looks on their faces. They informed me that another boy had called my four year old a ‘chicken’. I could tell that my seven year old wasn’t going to let someone call his little brother a name again. I’ve always taught them that they are to use their strength only to protect and never harm someone – and this wasn’t a situation where I wanted him to clobber a kid over his little brother being called a chicken.
So I looked at my four year old and I said, “If he calls you a chicken again then flap your arms and start making some crazy chicken noises.” With amused smiles they both headed off to play again.
A short time later they returned with big smiles and told me that it had worked. The same boy called my four year old a chicken again and so my son promptly began to sound and act like a deranged playground chicken. Apparently this took any warped joy right out of the name calling and according to my boys he ran off (probably a bit weirded out) to find another kid to pick on.
So let me ask you this question.
Who’s the playground bully calling you a chicken?
It might not actually be a person. Maybe it’s a circumstance or habit. The affect is often the same though. Our reaction to tough situations is often fight or flight but what we really need to do is react in the opposite spirit.
Do you remember when Jesus was taken into the desert to be tempted? Here was Satan – a created being – trying to take down the savior of the world. What did Jesus do? He didn’t fight, he didn’t run, instead he responded in a way that baffled Satan. He used the truth of God’s word and eventually it was Satan who had to leave.
How about when Jesus says, “Do not resist the one who is evil. But if anyone slaps you on the right cheek, turn to him the other also. And if anyone would sue you and take your tunic, let him have your cloak as well.” Matthew 5:39-40
Talk about acting in the opposite spirit!
So as 2014 starts out what does acting in the opposite spirit look like for you? What’s staring you in the face that would normally cause you to give up or to fight? Maybe it needs a crazy chicken response instead.
Do you have a tough co-worker? Buy them a cup of coffee.
Are you lazy? Get up and go.
Has someone spoken a lie to or about you? Go to God’s word and let His truth work in your life.
Are you spiritually apathetic? Serve at your church or read through the Bible this year.
May the year 2014 be full of opportunities to act in unexpected ways and be amazed at the goodness of God!
It’s hard to believe we’re almost one full week into 2014! Many people have set new goals and are attempting to form new habits in the upcoming year. Maybe one of these goals for you is going deeper into your study of God’s word?
God’s word is truly alive and there is no doubt that as we saturate our lives with his truth, transformation happens! Here are two resources for The Bible Study App that will help you stay in his word and grow in your understanding.
M’Cheyne’s Daily Reading is a great FREE resource to add to your Bible Study App. Use this reading schedule to map your reading and study of God’s Word. This unique reading schedule created by Rev. Robert Murray M’Cheyne, a 19th century Scottish minister, guides readers through the New Testament and Psalms twice a year, and through the rest of the Bible once each year. Find it under in the Reading Plans under ‘My Stuff or click here for download instructions for the App.
Another invaluable tool to aid you in your study is the Treasury of Scripture Knowledge.
The Treasury of Scripture Knowledge is the best known and most widely used collection of Bible cross-references. Compiled by several authors, the work includes 500,000 Scripture references and parallel passages. It has been incorporated with most electronic Bible collections as a highly useful means of Bible interpretation. Click here to purchase this affordable resource to add to your Bible Study App.
in: App Tips, On Sale
On the second to last day of our 12 Days sale we highlight some great Theology and Academic resources by top authors. These titles are a must have and are a dynamic resource to use within The Bible Study App!
Watch this short video to see why eBooks are so great to read in the App.
in: Look Inside, On Sale
Bible Handbooks and Quick References are great resources that help you go deeper in your Bible study.
Here’s how we’ve enhanced these resources: (screenshots are from the Windows Desktop App. Click for a larger view):
Bring up your preferred Bible translation in the main window. (I have the New Living Translation open to Romans 12:1 in this example.) Click the split window button at the top right of the screen.
Click and hold to adjust the split window to your desired size. Next, click “Tools & Notes” to see the drop-down menu and choose “resource guide.” Please note that the split window opens to the last place that you had viewed, so if you were last in the library, the screen will default back to the library.
The resource guide keeps up with me as I scroll through the Bible text and searches through the books in my library for content related to the Scripture passage in the main window.
Scroll down to view “Places,” “Maps,” “Outlines,” and “Introductions.” All quick reference content will be displayed in these sections. In our example, after clicking “Rome” under “Places,” the resource guide shows me that I have two images available in my library. I can click these images to see a larger view or even view them within the resource from which the content is found, the
I can also see that there are Outlines and Introductions available in MacArthur’s Quick Reference Guide to the Bible and other resources that have related content.
By clicking the book covers for these resources, I can see all of the results within that resource for the Bible passage. In this example, I can see that there are three entries under introductions in MacArthur’s Quick Reference Guide to the Bible. Click the article or reference and I can read the content in the resource. Again, any Scripture verse becomes a hyperlink that I can view within the resource guide.
in: App Tips, Look Inside, On Sale
On the 9th day of our 12 Days sale you can get outstanding deals on Original Language resources for The Bible Study App. Watch the video below to see how the NA28 looks and works in the App and then click the link below to view today’s specials.
(The above uses The Bible Study App on a Mac with the NA28.)