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Devotional Thought

For the Week of Sunday, February 19, 2017

“Boldness is critical.  Without boldness, my life story will be one of great deeds left undone, victories left unwon, petitions left unprayed, and timely words unsaid.  If I wish to live only a pathetically small portion of the life God has prepared for me, then I need no boldness.  But if I want my life to bloom full and loom large for the glory of God, then I must have boldness – and nothing so nourishes boldness in me like the gospel!   . . .   Additionally, the more I experience the life-transforming power of the gospel, the more confident I am in speaking it to others, both saved and lost (Rom. 1:15-16).  I know what the gospel can do in people’s lives if they would believe the fullness of it, because I see what it is doing in me and in others.  Therefore, I have increasing boldness to speak the whole gospel to others (Acts 20:26-27), even amid opposition (Acts 4:29-31).”  (A Gospel Primer by Milton Vincent, Focus Publishing, 2008, pages 50-51)

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General Faith Workout Recommendations

  • Bible — you don’t have to have fancy tools to study God’s Word!
  • Notebook — take notes as you read
  • Study Bible
    • ESV Study Bible — from a diverse team of 95 Bible scholars and teachers
    • The Jesus Bible — a new study Bible with notes/comments from men such as Louie Giglio, Max Lucado, John Piper, Ravi Zacharias, and Randy Alcorn
    • MacArthur Study Bible — notes/comments by John MacArthur
    • Ryrie Study Bible — notes/comments by Charles Ryrie
  • Commentaries
    • Warren Wiersbe — The Bible Exposition Commentary; the Be Series; the Wiersbe Bible Study Series
    • John MacArthur
    • Matthew Henry (classic)
    • Walvoord and Zuck — The Bible Knowledge Commentary (2 volumes)
    • The Smart Guide to the Bible Series
  • Bible Atlas
    • The Moody Atlas of Bible Lands
  • Bible Dictionary
  • Bible Encyclopedia
  • Software
  • Mobile Apps
    • Bible by YouVersion
    • Logos
    • Lumina Bible Study
    • Olive Tree
  • Websites