(Disclaimer: I have not read every note of the listed Study Bibles, and some of the notes I would disagree with their interpretation. The purpose of this article is to give a survey approach of good study Bible options and what they have to offer.)
“Pastor, what study Bible do you recommend?” – that is one of the most frequently asked questions I get from new believers and growing Christians. I don’t claim to be an expert in the area of study Bibles. To be honest, I’ve always preferred a smaller Bible to carry and preach from (I’m currently using the KJV Ultraslim Bible by Nelson). Any study Bible I’ve ever owned has been for the purpose of home or office study, not necessarily to carry with me or use in church. There are numerous options available and it can be a little overwhelming trying to decide just which one would be good for you to use. Purchasing a study Bible is a lot like purchasing car, just a little cheaper! They all work toward the same purpose, but the one you choose will depend a lot on what you prefer.
I am naturally drawn to transparent people. I appreciate those who are honest about who they are and refuse to attempt being someone else or something they’re not. You know the kind? They aren’t afraid to admit their weaknesses and struggles, and they are really good at making you feel comfortable being you.
I see this in the Samaritan woman of John 4. She meets Jesus at Jacob’s well and after a lengthy conversation turns to Christ in faith. Her experience of grace drives her to return to the city exclaiming,
“Come, see a man, which told me all things that ever I did.” John 4:29
Don’t you love this? She tells them everything. She doesn’t pretend her life was perfectly fine as if she had it all together. No, she goes back to town and declares, “I met this man and He told me how wicked I was.” She acknowledged that her life was messed up and she had a multitude of problems, but Jesus changed everything.
Friday was Valentine’s Day, and this week our church will head to Myrtle Beach, SC for our annual Couples Retreat. With all this talk of love I wanted to dedicate this post to my wife. I don’t have enough gigabyte space to blog all the many reasons why I love my wife, but let me at least share with you ten reasons.
1. She genuinely loves God with her heart, soul, and mind. The most amazing thing about my wife is her love for the Lord. As a matter of fact if you’ve read Proverbs 31 recently you’ll find in that chapter a full description of Kathleen. She is my greatest spiritual advisor and she challenges me, personally, to a greater walk with God.