The Day in News 1/31

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Teenage student wounded in Atlanta school shooting (Reuters)

Hagel Has Rough Outing Before Ex-Colleagues (New York Times)

Snowmobiler Caleb Moore dies after X Games crash (Fox News)

Cardinal Mahony removed from public church duties (LA Times)

25 killed in blast at Mexican state oil company headquarters (CNN)

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The Day in News: 1/30

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I hope to make this a daily feature that will feature a few of the day’s top stories.

Israel launches airstrike in Syria (The Washington Post)

Alaska senator again proposes renaming Mount McKinley to Denali (Fox News)

X Games snowmobiler from Krum appears near death after crash (Dallas Morning News)

1953 Pittsburgh Pirates Autographs Uncovered In Bible Donated To Sacramento Library (CBS Sacramento)

Gun control debate intensifies in Senate hearing (LA Times)

Student-loan delinquency rate hits danger zone, report says (LA Times)

Inductive Bible Study

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On Saturday, I was fortunate enough to attend an Inductive Bible Study seminar taught by Dan Finfrock. I was blown away by the IBS study method and the realization that their is so much in the Bible to break up and study in depth.

The basic premise of the similar was to take notes using the OIA method. First make observations of the text, then interpret the text, and finally how to apply the text. We also learned how to outline text.

The course is usually one week long and this session was only a day. So clearly those who attended the seminar just got a taste of what the IBS method is all about.

So I bought the DVD set that was has the full week of studies and am going to start going through it this weekend. Should be fun.

If your interested in purchasing the workbook and DVD set, click here. If you would like to see if a seminar is coming to your area, click here.

Keep a Christian Library

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I feel it’s important to have a personal library of books and studies to read daily along with your Bible.

The Bible is God’s word and should always be No. 1, but other books could help you in your walk in understanding doctrine and other Christian essentials.

Above are some books I have acquired over the past two years. They don’t take precedence over the Bible, but are helpful when studying the word and learning more about the Christian faith.

God’s Grace Is Sufficient

2 Corinthians 12:9-10: And He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for My strength is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me. Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

This is a scripture that I’ve really been meditating on and just praising God for his grace that saved me.

I’ve been battling with what doctors call cluster headaches for the past month or so and is one of the reasons I haven’t been posting as much recently.

But the Lord’s grace is sufficient and it’s fine if I have to battle with these migraines for the rest of my life because His will be done.

I’ve grown so much this year in The Lord and I encourage all of you who may be reading this to get deeper in your word and just surrender everything to The Lord.

So keep me in prayer, that The Lord would heal me from these headaches.

We are all a work in progress in our Christian walks. We all fall and stumble, we all hurt, we all have wants and needs and we all suffer heartache. But God’s grace is sufficient and he will carry you through all your trials and will wipe away every tear.

Go through The Entire Bible This Year, Maybe even twice

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The above chart is a reading plan to read through the bible in 90 days. I’m planning to do it, and I challenge you to read through the Bible at least once this year from Genesis to Revelation. Many plans exist to assist you and below are some examples.

Beginning to end click here
Read the Bible from start to finish, from Genesis to Revelation.

Chronological click here
Read the Bible as its events occurred in real time.

Historical click here
Read the books of the Bible as they were written historically, according to the estimated date of their writing.

New/Old click here
Read through the New Testament first, then read through the Old Testament.

Old and New click here
Each day includes a passage from both the Old Testament and New Testament.