Key Word Symbol – “baptize”


There is a danger in sharing the way I mark certain key words when doing Inductive Bible Study. The danger is that you will start thinking there is a right way and a wrong  way to mark key words. Nothing could be farther from the truth. When you are marking your Bible or observation worksheet, you should use symbols and colors that make sense to you, that are meaningful to you. There is also the danger of making too much of the tool and losing sight of the purpose of marking – which is to make you slow down and read with purpose, to help you see what the main idea of the text is through seeing repeated words, and to make it easy to compile a simple list of what you learn about each word.

With that being said, I like to share some of the key word symbols I use so that you won’t get hung up on trying to figure out a good way to mark a word and thus miss what you’re reading. Most of the time thinking of a color or symbol to use for a certain word is easy. But sometimes you just get stuck. So feel free to be a copycat. You have my permission!

You can find more great ideas for key word symbols here.


The Lighthouse


Apart from the Word of God, nothing has had a greater impact on my walk with the Lord than Christian radio. That is not an overstatement. Afterall, Christian radio introduced me to some of the most influential people in my life – Christian speakers, authors, and pastors such as Dr. James Dobson, Larry Burkett, Kay Arthur, Dr. Tony Evans, Elisabeth Elliot, Dr. David Jeremiah, among MANY others.

Never in a million years did I ever imagine that God would one day use me in the ministry of Christian radio. The Lighthouse is not just a radio station – it’s a family. It is not about the music – it’s about the ministry. That may sound like an odd statement to make about something that exists to play music. But at the Lighthouse the music is simply a means to glorify Christ and to minister to the community and to individuals.

You can listen here online anytime, 24 hours a day 7 days a week. You can listen to yours truly on Thursdays 1-3 pm.

The Prince’s Poison Cup

Normally, I post reviews of  favorite Christian biographies. Recently, however, I asked my Bible study students for some input on some of their favorite books – biographies or not. This one came highly recommended by Liz. It is The Prince’s Poison Cup by R.C. Sproul and Justin Gerard. It is a favorite of Liz’s daughter Anna. According to Liz, “It is a great book that goes through in fairy tale style what Christ went through when He died for us.”

Let me know what you think of this one if you have read it to your children. And let me know what some of your favorites are. I’m always looking for a good read!

Canon Comparison Chart


In this post I told you about a new magazine published by the people from Logos Bible SoftwareBible Study Magazine. It’s a good magazine and well worth the $14.95 for 6 issues per year.  They also have some interactive features on their site that are worth checking out. Click on the picture above or here to view the Canon Comparison Chart in its entirety.

According to Bible Study Magazine, “Jews and Christians throughout the centuries have produced bibles that vary in content and organization. This chart is a sampling of the different bibles used today.” The chart can be reproduced for personal use or for handouts in your Bible study as long as the copyright information remains at the bottom.

Keep checking back as I continue to highlight other interactive features offered by Bible Study Magazine and the awesome people at Logos.

If I Perish

Daniel Chapter 3 tells the story of 3 brave men – Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-nego. King Nebuchadnezzar had made a golden statue and at the sound of the music everyone was to bow down and worship the image. With death by fiery furnace a certainty, these 3  Israelites unhesitatingly refused to dishonor the one true God by bowing to the image. Their trust in Him was implicit: “Our God whom we serve is able to deliver us from the furnace. . . But even if He does not. . . we are not going to serve your gods.” (Daniel 3:17-18)

Esther Ahn Kim (Ahn E. Sook) was faced with a similar choice – bow to the pagan Japanese shrine or face imprisonment. Her defiance was obvious as the lone figure standing amoung thousands of kneeling people. The next 6 years brought unimaginable trials but through it all Esther stood firm in her faith. If I Perish is the story of this brave woman of God who survived the brutality and shame of prison while leading many to Christ.

Three Israelite men, one Korean woman. Four people who displayed a  Hebrews 11 kind of faith. Four people who could also be described as saints “of whom the world was not worthy.” (Hebrews 11:38)


Bible Study Magazine

I picked up a complimentary copy of this at an event at Precept Ministries. It is published by the same people responsible for Logos Bible Software. This is what they have to say about their new magazine: “Bible Study Magazine is a non-denominational publication dedicated to providing readers with tools and methods for Bible study, as well as insights from respected Bible teachers, professors, historians and archaeologists.”

I like that it isn’t terribly long (each issue is only 48 pages) because I simply don’t have the time nor the inclination to read another magazine cover to cover. (Southern Lady is totally worth it, though. Traditional Home, not so much.) The one issue I have contains some good information. I might actually pay money for my next one. Considering a year’s subscription of the bi-monthly magazine is only $14.95, maybe I’ll get 6 more. 

Click on the picture above to subscribe (no kickbacks here, I promise) or click here.

Lightning Study: Trust in God


Download a Lightning Study

Here’s another opportunity to give inductive Bible study a try. A Lightning Study takes about 10-15 minutes to complete and will give you fresh insights on familiar passages of Scripture. Click here, download, and print this study on Psalm 56. If you’re going through difficult times (and who isn’t?), let God’s Word give you peace, comfort, and hope.

Check this previous post for a Lightning Study on Psalm 23.