By David Watson

Benchley, December 24, 2017

  • The need for reading
    • Exodus 24:3, 7; Joshua 1:8; 8:30-35
    • Judges 2:7-10, 20-21; II Kings 17:13-14
    • II Kings 22:8, 10-11
    • II Kings 25
    • Ezra 7:6, 10; Nehemiah 8:1-8, 18; 9:3; Luke 4:16; I Timothy 4:13
    • Across history, when people fell away from God, it was because they were not reading.
  • I have several plans for getting through the hard parts.
    • Just read, don’t study.
    • Use the Bible Reading Companion.
    • Use a different translation.
    • Send me a request.
    • Read with a partner.
    • Use an audio Bible.
    • If you get behind, skip that section.
  • I have a strategy for keeping my interest level high: using what I read!

Godly Families, Part 20

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 15, 2017

  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to love others (continued):
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Love enemies Matthew 5:41-45; Luke 23:34; Romans 12:14-21; I Peter 3:8-9 When someone hates, respond with love; “Remember he has a soul.” Not natural – must be deliberate choice. Revenge, hatred
  • Train children to know God’s word
    • Hosea 4:6
    • What was going on in the first century?
      • Acts 18:1-18
    • Luke 17:20-21 – The kingdom of Christ is in the hearts of men.
    • The story of Corinth is representative of the overall movement recorded in Acts:
      • Acts 1:1
      • Acts 4:2
      • Acts 5:21
      • Acts 5:28
      • Acts 5:42
      • Acts 11:26
      • Acts 13:1
      • Acts 15:35
      • Acts 17:19
      • Acts 20:20
      • Acts 28:31
    • 1st century: tons of teaching about Word à Many people believed with zeal and passion!
    • 21st century: the same will happen!
    • Do you suppose it will work for our kids?
    • When you start making an excuse for yourself, remember Timothy!
      • Grew up in Lystra, which was full of heathens. Acts 16:1-2
  • (Grand)parenting applications: training children to know God’s word
Specific Goal Passage(s) to discuss & guide Ways (grand)parents can exemplify and teach Temptations and hindrances Behaviors to correct
Genuinely love the Bible Psalm 119; Mark 4:3-20 Look forward to Bible reading and teaching; talk about its benefits If we’re not actively applying and teaching, it’s hard to read.  Appreciate its treasures! Read the news, novels, sports, homework, etc. all the time … and the Bible a few minutes on Sunday
Read the Bible Psalm 1; I Corinthians 14:19 (point is to read and understand) Read it yourself!  Read together or aloud.  Help through difficulties in habit forming, understanding Be aware; judgment needed with translations and paraphrases Reading it just to check a box.

Becoming the New Me!

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By David Watson

Benchley, January 1, 2017

  • Ezra 7:10
  • My spirit is empowered!
    • I must believe that change is possible.
    • Genesis 4:4-8 – Cain could choose to do good!
    • “Repent!” – Acts 17:30; Matthew 3:2; 11:20-21
    • Old self – new self: Romans 6; Ephesians 4; Colossians 3
  • My mind is informed!
    • I must learn what the goals are!
    • Colossians 3:16-17
    • Ephesians 5:10, 17
    • Romans 7:7
    • Please read your Bible!
  • My goals are planned!
    • I must make a map to my goals!
    • Example: Nehemiah – Nehemiah 6:15
    • Get specific: Who?  What?  When?  Where?  Why?  How?

Tested by Fire, Part 12

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By David Watson

Benchley, July 3, 2016

  • I Peter 2:1-3 – “Like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the word.”
    • In this mixed up world, we need a healthy dose of truth!
      • II Peter 1:12-15; 3:1-2
      • Jude 1:5, 17-18
      • Philippians 3:1
    • In this negative world, we need a healthy dose of good news!
      • Jude 1:14-25
      • Read Psalms of comfort.
      • Read Proverbs for wisdom.
      • Read the minor prophets to strengthen your resolve.
      • Read John so that you may believe.
    • Jeremiah 10:23
    • I Peter 1:6-9
    • Our response
      • Stay rooted in the Word of God – Psalms 119:1-8
      • Stay active – James 1:22

By David Watson

Benchley, January 3, 2016

  • Psalms 119:97-104
  • Try a different translation.
    • I Corinthians 2:12
  • Follow a new plan
    • Revelation 22:18-19
    • Just the New Testament
    • Just the New Testament in two translations
    • Daily genres
    • Master a few books
  • Use a new plan
    • Luke 4:16
    • Listen to an audio Bible.
    • Read it out loud.
    • Journal as you read.
  • Renew your motivation
    • What am I doing this?
      • So I can recall scripture when I am being tempted.
      • So I can teach and train.
        • II Timothy 3:14-17
      • So I can put myself in my place.
        • Hebrews 4:12
        • James 1:25
      • So I know the truth.
        • I John 4:20-5:3
      • Because this world is full of trash, and I need some treasure!

By David Watson

Benchley, January 4, 2014

  • I Thessalonians 4:1,10
  • I Thessalonians 1:3, 6-10 – Paul compliments the Thessalonians on their faith.
  • I Thessalonians 2:13-19
  • II Thessalonians 3:4
  • I Thessalonians 4:1, 9-10 – Excel still more!
  • Take the initiative and stay busy!
    • I Thessalonians 5:14-18 – These are all things that we must be active in seeking out and doing. These tasks won’t just fall into our laps!
    • Titus 2:14
    • I Thessalonians 4:11; II Thessalonians 3:7-12
  • Demonstrate love for others!
    • I Thessalonians 3:11-13
    • I Thessalonians 4:13-18 – They were to comfort each other with these words.
    • I Thessalonians 5:11
  • Read God’s word and hold to it!
    • II Thessalonians 2:15-17; Exodus 24:7 – We must stick to what God has told us.
    • I Thessalonians 5:27 – Paul wanted his letters to be read – not just put on a shelf.
    • II Thessalonians 3:6,14-15 – Stay away from people who does not obey God’s commandments.

Growing Stronger in 2015

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By David Watson

Benchley, December 31, 2014

  • Colossians 1:9-12
  • Pray
    • Colossians 4:2; I Thessalonians 5:17; Romans 12:12
    • Proverbs 30:8-9 – Prayer must be a sincere thing.
    • We must keep in mind our need for God.
    • Matthew 6:7-8 – Do not use meaningless repetition in your prayers.
    • Luke 6:12
    • Acts 1:14; 2:42
    • Acts 10:9
    • Suggestion: plan a special, focused prayer each day
      • Monday: leaders – I Timothy 2:2
      • Tuesday: praise – Psalm 8:1
      • Wednesday: Christians – Acts 12:5
      • Thursday: family – Ephesians 5:25
      • Friday: miscellaneous – Philippians 4:6
      • Saturday: myself – Psalms 19:14
    • Ways to do this:
      • Make a prayer list
      • Designate a time
      • Use an app (Prayer Notebook, Prayer Mate, etc.)
    • Read!
      • Hosea 4:1-6 – The importance of knowing God’s word
      • Deuteronomy 17:18-20 – the benefits of reading the word of God
      • Suggestion: choose a Bible reading plan for 2015
        • Nothing will give you an overarching understanding of the Bible story like reading the Bible itself.
        • Nothing will familiarize you with the Bible like reading it.
      • How to do this:
        • Choose a good translation: KJV, NKJV, ASV, NASB, ESV
        • Designate a time
        • Decide on a plan
          • The classic: just pick it up and read it
          • Use a special daily reading Bible
          • Use a daily reading plan
          • Use an app
            • YouVersion
            • OliveTree
            • Logos

Doesn’t the Bible Say…?

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By David Watson

Benchley, June 22, 2014

 

  • II Timothy 3:16-17
  • We need to know what’s NOT in the Bible so we can treat it that way.
    • I Corinthians 1:20; 2:1-5; Acts 17:28
    • God helps those who help themselves.” – From Aesop’s fables, via Benjamin Franklin
      • See Romans 5:6
    • This too, shall pass.” – From a 10th Century English poem
    • God works in mysterious ways.” – Paraphrase of an old hymn. Compare Deuteronomy 29:29
    • Blessings in disguise.” – Compare James 1:2
    • Cleanliness is next to Godliness.”
    • To thine own self be true.” – Shakespeare, Hamlet
    • I Thessalonians 2:13
  • We need to refine our knowledge of what IS in the Bible so that our thinking is accurate.
    • Almost in the Bible
      • Eve ate an apple.
      • A whale swallowed Jonah.
      • There were three wise men.
      • Pride goes before a fall.”
      • Spare the rod, spoil the child.” – Compare Proverbs 13:24.
      • Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.” – From Roman Catholic Catechism. Compare Luke 6:31
      • Money is the root of all evil.” – Compare I Timothy 6:10
      • I Corinthians 2:12-13
  • We need to challenge ourselves to read and learn the actual Bible!
    • John 12:48; Ephesians 3:1-5; 5:15-16
    • Are these in the Bible?
      • Infant baptism?
      • The Sinner’s Prayer?
      • Idle hands are the devil’s workshop?”
      • The Lord’s Supper?
      • Hate the sin, love the sinner?”
      • Once saved, always saved?
      • Elders, deacons, preachers?
      • The Pope?
      • Keeping the Sabbath?
      • Homosexuality?

 

By David Watson

Benchley, June 15, 2014

 

  • Exodus 4:21-23 – When God killed Pharaoh’s son, that finally touched him.
  • Be nice to the Walmart greeter
    • Colossians 3:12
    • There are little eyes watching us!
      • Abraham and Isaac? Genesis 20:2; 26:7
      • Solomon and Rehoboam – I Kings 11:4; 12:13-14
      • Jeroboam and Nadab – I Kings 12:28-29; 15:25-26
    • The Bible shows the power of examples
      • I John 3:11-12
      • John 15:12
      • I Corinthians 11:1
      • Philippians 3:17
  • Read a chapter of the Bible aloud
    • God wants His people to read His word
      • Exodus 24:7
      • Jeremiah 36:1-6
      • Nehemiah 8:2-3,18
      • Luke 4:16
      • Colossians 4:16
      • I Timothy 4:13
    • What are the benefits of reading aloud to children?” (Jim Trelease)
      • Simply put, reading to the child amounts to a commercial for reading.”
        • Isn’t that also true for Bible reading? Matthew 6:21
      • It stretches the attention span…” Nehemiah 9:3
      • Reading aloud enlarges vocabulary…”