Scripture for 11.23.2020 – Join us tomorrow on facebook live from 6-7pm pst (Tuesday) as we continue our journey through the Bible!

TORAH –  Toldot (Generations )  Genesis 26:26-35

PROPHETS
1 Samuel 6 & 1 Samuel 7

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS
Mark 10

WISDOM WRITING
PSALM of the Day 48
PSALM 38
PROVERBS 8:1-11


If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 38 or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on youtube. Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Below are the links to the book information & other resourses for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there as it is always nice to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information.


Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com

The following are the texts and commentaries we are reading and studing through. We have provided the ISBN numbers for your convenience. Please visit your local Christian book store!


 Bible 

Study Bible by John MacArthur 0849912229

Psalms
The Treasury of David by C. H. Spurgeon 0825437121

Proverbs
Proverbs by Charles Bridges 0851510884

Westminster Confession of Faith
9781848711099

Genesis 
Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison. Baker. 1976
0801028388

Mark

Mark, A Portrait of the Servant by  D. Edmond Hiebert 0802451829

1 Samuel

A History of Israel: From Conquest to Exile by John J. Davis & John C. Whitcomb
0884692388

Scripture for 11.18.2020

TORAH –  Chayei Sarah (The Life of Sarah)    Genesis 24:45-49

PROPHETS
Ruth 1 & Ruth 2

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS
Mark 5

WISDOM WRITING
PSALM of the Day 94
PSALM 33
PROVERBS 6:20-26


If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 33 or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on youtube. Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Below are the links to the book information & other resourses for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there as it is always nice to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information.


Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com


 Bible 

https://amzn.to/3g7Z1Kq

Psalms
https://amzn.to/3gib1JB

Proverbs
https://amzn.to/2Zq1Xfx

Westminster Confession of Faith
https://amzn.to/3e7B1VR

Genesis 
Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison. Baker. 1976
https://amzn.to/2WSgGyg

Ruth

The Book of Ruth by  Robert L.Hubbardhttps://amzn.to/3g999CB

Mark

Mark, A Portrait of the Servant by  D. Edmond Hiebert
https://amzn.to/3bShrLV

Scripture for 11.17.2020- Join us tonight on facebook live (or later on youtube) from 6-7pm pst as we read through the Bible together!

TORAH –  Chayei Sarah (The life of Sarah)    Genesis 24:29-44

PROPHETS
Judges 21

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS
Mark 4

WISDOM WRITING
PSALM of the Day 82
PSALM 32
PROVERBS 6:16-19


If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 32 or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on youtube. Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Below are the links to the book information & other resourses for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there as it is always nice to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information.


Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com


 Bible 

https://amzn.to/3g7Z1Kq

Psalms
https://amzn.to/3gib1JB

Proverbs
https://amzn.to/2Zq1Xfx

Westminster Confession of Faith
https://amzn.to/3e7B1VR

Genesis 
Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison. Baker. 1976
https://amzn.to/2WSgGyg

Judges 
Distressing Days of the Judges by Leon Wood

Ruth

The Book of Ruth by Robert L.Hubbard https://amzn.to/3g999CB

1 Samuel 


A History of Israel: From Conquest to Exile by John J.  Davis & John C. Whitcomb
https://amzn.to/3gep2HQ

Matthew

Toussaint, Stanley D. Behold the King, A Study of Matthew https://amzn.to/2AQJizi

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Scripture for 11.16.2020 – Join us tomorrow night 6-7pm pst as we continue to read through the Scriptures together!

TORAH –  Chayei (The Life of Sarah)    Genesis 24:10-28

PROPHETS
Judges 20

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS
Mark 3

WISDOM WRITING
PSALM of the Day 48
PSALM 31
PROVERBS 6:12-15


If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 31 or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on youtube. Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Below are the links to the book information & other resourses for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there as it is always nice to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information.


Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com


 Bible 

https://amzn.to/3g7Z1Kq

Psalms
https://amzn.to/3gib1JB

Proverbs
https://amzn.to/2Zq1Xfx

Westminster Confession of Faith
https://amzn.to/3e7B1VR

Genesis 
Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison. Baker. 1976
https://amzn.to/2WSgGyg

Judges 

Distressing Days of the Judges by Leon Wood

Mark

Hiebert, D. Edmond. Mark, A Portrait of the Servant https://amzn.to/3bShrLV

Disclaimer -The resources contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos and classes like these and keep them free. Thank you for your support!

Scripture for 11.15.2020

TORAH –  Chayei (The Life of Sarah)    Genesis 24:1-9

PROPHETS
Judges 19

THE GOSPELS & LETTERS
Mark 2

WISDOM WRITING
PSALM of the Day 24
PSALM 30
PROVERBS 6:6-11


If you are on the journey with us reading through the Bible, welcome to day 30 or if you are joining us now welcome and be prepared for a life changing experience.

(We have a 5 lesson introduction to the Bible on youtube) – https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLqqu9kmO73rhhVJDQQLR6hyPAqiP1XzP3 

There is a recap/coaching session every Tuesday night 6-7pm pst on facebook and after it will be put on youtube. Please share this reading schedule & resources with others. 

Below are the links to the book information & other resourses for your library for your lifetime of study.

The books, commentaries and film resources for the upcoming readings will be posted  here before we get there as it is always nice to be ahead and not behind. See the weekly class session posts for all the information.


Questions?  Please email us at: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com


 Bible 

https://amzn.to/3g7Z1Kq

Psalms
https://amzn.to/3gib1JB

Proverbs
https://amzn.to/2Zq1Xfx

Westminster Confession of Faith
https://amzn.to/3e7B1VR

Genesis 
Davis, John J. Paradise to Prison. Baker. 1976
https://amzn.to/2WSgGyg

Judges Distressing Days of the Judges by Leon Wood

Mark

Hiebert, D. Edmond. Mark, A Portrait of the Servant https://amzn.to/3bShrLV

Disclaimer -The resources contain affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links and make a purchase, we’ll receive a small commission. This helps support the channel and allows us to continue to make videos and classes like these and keep them free. Thank you for your support!

The Book of Acts

EGL2020. Although we are still reading through the Old Testament and will continue to do so at our present pace, we have finished our journey through the New Testament. However, we thought that it would be a profitable experience for those who choose to during the remainder of our reading year to experience what it would be like to plunge into an exposition of one book of the New Testament.

We have chosen the Book of Acts. We fondly recall as new believers devouring audio tapes each evening after work. With Bible and pen in hand, we intently listened at our little kitchen table in Santa Monica, California, to Pastor John MacArthur exposit the Book of Revelation and First John.

Much of our exploration of the Word this year has been built upon the foundation of our years at Grace Community Church listening to three live sermons by Pastor MacArthur each week as he taught through the Scriptures verse by verse on Wednesday evening, Sunday morning and Sunday evening. We have utilized his excellent Bibliography on commentaries and helps along with our experience of his multitude of references to historic resources of the church from Gurnall to Owen, to Spurgeon to Watson.

So here’s the plan. While we may not get through the entire Book of Acts, we will be reading the Word along with his two set commentary on Acts and each day posting the verses we will read accompanied by a link to the appropriate sermon on Acts. They are about 50 minutes long, but so worth your time as is the Word of Grace website which is a treasure house which you will want to visit over and over as you continue to mine the riches from God’s Word.

Before we plunge into the verse by verse study of the Book of Acts by Pastor MacArthur, we start today with his excellent introduction. You may not have his commentary set, but neither did we when we first started attending Grace back in 1985. You will definitely want to have your Bible, your pen, highlighters and pad of paper ready for a most profitable journey through this exciting Book.

We look forward to your comments and questions along the way. Please subscribe to this blog for the daily updates. And if you haven’t joined us before on the journey, Welcome aboard!

May God bless us all on this journey,

James and Elizabeth Stephens

Exploring God’s Library

An Introduction to the Book of Acts.

An Invitation to Join the Journey!

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Our invitation to join us on a life changing journey:


EGL2020

Beginning on Saturday, October 26, 2019 and ending on Friday, October 16, 2020

Background. Elizabeth and I, James Stephens have profited greatly over the past thirty four years through reading the Bible and from sitting under excellent expository preaching from gifted teachers. Over the past four years we have done a significant amount of research and experimentation looking at various Bible reading programs and studying the history of the Bible in the English language.

We have also experimented using online programs as well and while various assets are quite helpful, we felt we were slowly losing touch with our own Bible. While we were disciplined in reading the One Year Bible for our morning devotions, we recognized that we had lost the opportunity for grasping the order of the Word by using our own personal Bible on a daily basis. We missed that familiarity as one experiences with an old friend who knows many of our fears, trials and joys. Indeed, a well-marked book signifies a relationship with its author.

Some nights, I ask my wife Elizabeth what she’s reading and she will say, “my favorite passages” whether it’s the Word of God or a novel like Ben Hur or Jane Eyre. I do the same with many of my marked books where I underline and mark passages that I want to savor once again. They are a source of encouragement whenever I’m discouraged, perplexed or need a dose of inspiration. Their authors have become our historical mentors. But we still miss many elements in our daily reading either because our mind gets distracted with the tasks of the day or because we don’t take time to study the passage in its context.

Elizabeth related to me that when she was growing up without access to a Bible, she found one in the school library and checked it out, but soon returned it because she couldn’t understand it. Her situation parallels that of the Ethiopian eunuch who was sitting in his chariot reading from the Prophet Isaiah and found himself at a loss. God knowing his need called on the Apostle Philip who, “ran to him, and heard him read the prophet Isaiah, and said, do you understand what you are reading?”

The Ethiopian eunuch replied, “How can I, he said, unless someone explains it to me? So he invited Philip to come up and sit with him.” Then Philip guided him through the Scriptures. (Acts 8:26-40).

Several years ago, while I was taking my morning walk, I was admiring a beautiful flowering crape myrtle and a man who I never had met came up behind me and asked me what I was looking at. I replied, “I’m admiring God’s wonderful creation.” He then asked, “Would you like to walk with me?” I replied, “Sure.”

It turned out he had been the Minister of Education in Nepal and was directly responsible to the King of Nepal. For the next nine months, during his stay in California while his wife recuperated from a surgery, we would walk together three times a week. Each day we would talk about a wide range of things from California to Nepal. He also was quite interested in the proverbs, stories of creation, family stories of Abraham and Jacob, and Joseph and Jesus. At the end of nine months shortly before his departure back to Nepal, we were able to find him a copy of a Nepali Bible which he had requested. During that time we developed a friendship as we exchanged ideas and stories on various topics.

Recently, I spent time with three old friends who all came from various religious backgrounds and each told how they were reading the Bible prior to becoming believers. One took a course on the Bible and had many questions. Another friend who worked in Mongolia, was told by an administrator who had been under Soviet rule for years and although he had given him a rough time about his Christian faith, that he was so impressed by his joyful attitude that he secretly read the entire Bible.

Others say that they would like to read the Bible, but are too busy, but have time during their morning and evening commute to listen. But they desire to find a way to do so.

How Much Time Will It Take Me a Day?

Elizabeth estimates that you are able to read the entire Bible by reading proscribed passages each day in about twenty minutes. So, it doesn’t take that much time, but it does take personal discipline. The passages are laid out like this: 1) One short passage from the Torah (first five books of the Bible written by Moses); 2) A passage from the Historic Books or the Major or Minor Prophets also from the Old Testament; 3) A Chapter from the New Testament Letters; 4) A Daily Psalm which the Jewish community reads each day, followed by another Psalm; and 5) A short Proverb.

Why is it called Explore God’s Library?

The Bible is not just one book, but rather composed of 66 different books written by a number of different authors moved by the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. Some have called it the Bibliotheca, or Library.

Guide on the Side. We are not theologians, but followers of Jesus Christ and have a desire to read His Word and introduce others to the most influential and perhaps controversial book in all of human history. This in some ways is like a literary group except that we are reading and studying 66 books in a year (The Bible). It is for people who want to read through the Bible and would like to join others in the process. We are not the sage on the stage, but are simply guides on the side to help guide you through the process.

Markers. Our method of facilitating this exploration of the Word is by the application of what we call “Markers” which point out aspects of a passage. The idea parallels an exercise I would give to my students when visiting a religious site where I would assign each of them some observation lesson such as “look how hands are used.” This heightens their awareness and assists them in discovering new insights which might otherwise be overlooked. Likewise, we will highlight various passages within a particular reading which may tie into a prophecy or other marker. For example, while reading Genesis 12, we would call attention to the third verse by providing a Marker #27-Prophecy which points out-that through Abraham’s seed, God will bless all nations.

Resources. Over the years we have discovered many wonderful teachers, films, links and resources which have contributed to our understanding of the Scriptures, and while there may be some disagreement, they all help us understand the precious Word of God and the breadth of resources which are available. We hope to be able to procure major films such as The Passion, The Nativity, Joseph, The Ten Commandments and other films for private screenings for those who are local and links for those who live at a distance.

Recordings. We have also procured the right to use the recordings of Alexander Scoursby so that you may listen to the proper pronunciation of each term by a master reader.

What’s required of me?

The only cost would be to purchase a Bible. We do recommend theMacArthur Study Bible, New King James Version because of its copious and excellent study notes written by a pastor teacher who has faithfully taught and studied the Scriptures for over 50 years. The choice again is up to you. We have no membership fees.

At the same time, we will recommend the best commentaries and other resources, which you may want to purchase or not, depending on your own goals. The year does provide an opportunity for a small church or pastor or Bible Study or individual to build their own library for a lifetime of study.

Ground rules. We do ask for an open heart and consideration of others who may want a place or opportunity to study God’s word. It is designed to encourage those reading the Bible for the first time as well. So while we are in group sessions each Tuesday evening via Facebook Live or on conference call.com, we ask it not be a place for evangelism or sharing our own particular view of Scripture or personal philosophy. Any questions are welcome, but may not only be answered that evening time permitting. It is recommended that if you have questions during the week which you desire an answer tat you send us an email and we will do our best to get you an answer or find someone who can address your question. We are not suggesting that there is no place or time for a theological interchange, but that would best be done at other times individually.

One of America’s founding fathers, Benjamin Franklin hosted a group called the “Junto” which met weekly with an eye upon self-improvement. One of their standard questions was, “Do you love truth for truth’s sake, and will you endeavor impartially to find and receive it yourself, and communicate it to others?”

Differing perspectives will arise as a matter of course, but please recognize that the diversity of this group necessitates a certain set of ground rules for it to run smoothly so that everyone feels supported in freely exploring God’s Library. We realize that it is a personal discipline and want it to be a place where others feel free to share various helpful links to resources for us to understand the Word of God. It is a time and place to share the discoveries from the reading and study of God’s Word and encouraging one another along the way.

When Do We Start?

We begin on Saturday, October 26, 2019. We will be sharing via Facebook Live on Exploring God’s Library Group each Tuesday from 6-7pm Pacific Standard Time. You may request the Bible Reading Guide by sending an email to: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com.

If you have a Facebook Account you can join Exploring God’s Library. It is a closed group so that no one from the outside may see who is a member of the group or what they post unless they have been invited. You may post anytime. Please post according to the readings assigned that week. Logistical questions of course are welcome.

Again, Facebook Live session Tuesdays 6PM-7PM Pacific Standard Time.

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/exploringgodslibrary/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/GodLibrary

youtube: https://youtu.be/kgw6BgzaDCg

Email: exploringgodslibrary@gmail.com.

Please email us and we will send you a Daily reading chart for each period. We will also be sending out a form which you may want to print out with the “Markers” and also a form for taking daily notes.

Welcome aboard!

James and Elizabeth Stephens

Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. — Izaak Walton