Instead of a deep look at Scripture this post is going to be more of an update – though I would like to began with a relevant Bible passage.
All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work. – 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (NKJV)
My Take on this Passage
As a former New Ager working to free myself from years of spiritual deception, Scripture has been – and still is – my lifeline. Like Timothy I have found Scripture profitable for doctrine, reproof, correction and instruction in righteous.
Over the last year and a half, the Word of God has done all those things by helping to define my belief system, alerting me when I going off course, helping me find my way back when necessary and and suggesting practical strategies to for living my life and keeping my focus on God.
While I don’t consider myself fully equipped I do feel that I’m making progress and I hope that my blog and podcast will inspire others to dive into the Word of God in order to better equip themselves, as well.
So here is what’s coming up for the rest of the month!
Michael Heiser Study
Michael S. Heiser, PhD is a Semitic language scholar who helps others understand the supernatural worldview of the ancient biblical writers. For those of us who have had our own supernatural experiences in the New Age or occult, this is good news – because his work can help put some of what we have done and seen into perspective.
Currently my good friend Tara Maria and I are studying Supernatural together and I’m happy to announce that she will be joining me to discuss our study at some point in the future.
Bible Journal Update
As most of you know, I’ve been using the SOAP note approach to Bible journaling for some time now. While I like the structure and idea of SOAP notes, however, I have made some changes to the traditional Scripture, Observation, Application & Prayer format. There were a couple reasons I did this.
One, is that I like to pray for God to illuminate his Word prior to studying. Because I routinely do this, the Prayer section at the end my SOAP note seemed unnecessary.
The other reason, is that the old SOAP acronym didn’t have a section for analysis, research or interpretation. Because this is a big part of my approach to Scripture, I felt that an additional section was called for.
My new SOAP acronym stands for Scripture, Observation, Analysis and Practical Application. I will updating my SOAP Note How To article accordingly. Please check back next Sunday to see my first Bible Journal post using the new and improved SOAP note method!
I also wanted to let everyone know that I updated my writing site last week. I am still hard at work on both books but since neither one is finished I decided to put more info on my media on the site. You can get to all my other stuff from there. It is at the same domain, BarbaraGraver.com.
Thanks for reading. May God bless your week!