Friday, May 23, 2014

milking stool meetings: about bibles and journals and psalm 51


Now that we've got our hearts in the right place, it's time to lay down some of the logistics... Especially if we're going to get started on reading the book of John this next week. (Yes, you read that right, we're going to do a bible study together!)

Let's talk about bibles because you need one. Not simply to do a bible study with the Milking Stool babes, but because they're essential for life in general -or so I believe. Then, I'll let you take a peek at my journal and cover the strategy for this week's time in John 1.


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As you can imagine, there's a bible for every occasion and every person. I actually have four of these bibles on my bookshelf (or in my bedside basket) and have loved them deeply over the years. Right now, I'm adoring the single column NIV and, of course, I've got a picture for you.

For this week, get a bible babes. If your finances are tight and you're not sure how to get one, there are websites (like this one) that'll send you one for free. You should also be able to pick one up at your local church if you'd prefer not to wait. 









Let's Talk About Translations:

NIV - New International Version: This is the most popular use (as far as my church experience goes). It's the bridge between our modern use of English and the formal language of the New King Jame's version.

NRSV - New Revised Standard Version: I had a few friends who loved NRSV because it's a bit more formal (linguistically) than NIV but not quite New Kind James either. It doesn't come in many study bibles which means less space for notes and highlights. 

ESV - English Standard Version: If there was an "up and coming" category in bible translations this would be it. It's still got the formal bible language feel to it but uses diction familiar to all of us. 

MSG - The Message: A friend once said whenever they read The Message translation they felt like they should be rapping. I giggled, but I get it. This is like reading a novel. It's casual and sometimes the lessons feel off or watered down. Regardless it helps break down really difficult parts of passage because the language is accessible. 
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Now for a peek at my journaling for Psalm 51 as well as the homework for next week which is reading John 1. Don't feel pressure to read the entire book in a single sitting because, well, it's rich and awesome. Take your time and allow yourself to interact with the text (maybe by journaling). 

While you're reading jot down structure or emotion themes that strike you (those are numbered 1-4 in my journal for Psalm 51). Under that add a Point A with the verse (or bits of verse) directly from His word. If a paraphrase is more space Then Point B write how it's applicable or important or vital to you -be it encouraging or convicting. 

If you're struggling to understand the context of a passage or just need a little push start, I find Matthew Henry's commentary to be thorough (almost too much sometimes) and motivating while still allowing me to apply it to my life all by myself. Application can be the hardest part because translating the cultural context and language of bible times to America today is, well, difficult. But, we can do it. 

23 comments:

  1. I love how you break down the reading! It really allows you to think and dive into the context deeper rather than just reading words and not actually absorbing it. Happy Friday!

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  2. I love how you breakdown the verses to better understand and apply the meaning! I get stuck in application as well, so your tips are very helpful :) Looking forward to reading John 1.

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  3. This just makes me wish I did not live on the opposite coast so we could sit down for a coffee & Jesus date. "This is not your source of life, this is your source of inspiration." So good!!

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  4. Melissa McMurchyMay 23, 2014 at 7:25 AM

    Love this!! Can't wait to get started. Loved seeing your journal and how you break it down as well.

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  5. I'm so excited to start this! Picking up my journal today! :)

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  6. At work so I can't watch the vlog right now but I'm in love with the post and the way you journal what you read. I read Psalm 51 about 3 times yesterday, now tonight I plan to read it again while journaling. You are so inspiring I can't wait to learn with you and from you!! xo

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  7. Love this :) Can't wait to link up with you!

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  8. I have a few bibles. I have one that the cover is pink that I liked at the time but now I dont really care for it. I say that b/c the more bibles I see out here the more I like the others and there's so many. The version I have is NIV or something. Are those tabs in that bible or is that sticky notes or what?

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  9. Oh yes! I've been meaning to share about those, but they're tabs that I bought and then put on each of the books for easier navigation! :) I LOVE them and have put them on all my bibles because, well, convenience! :)

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  10. Girl, I was debating whether it'd be worth it to put up a link-up, but YOU'VE SOLD ME. :)

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  11. Girl, yes. Yes to so much of this. But coffee and Jesus the most. :)

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  12. Thanks Melissa! I'm so, so glad that you're going to be a part of this. Your heart is so sweet and beautiful and fun. :)

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  13. Isn't it amazing how much you see each time you read it?!? I read it four times over the week and would be gob-smacked by the different things that I'd notice and love! :)


    So glad to have you in my life you dear friend.

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  14. GET IT. It's about to get real up in here boo.

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  15. The application feels so heavy and beings such a sense of responsibility with it that totally stresses me out sometimes. Then I remember He's looking at my heart and intention not for perfection and, well, that's really freeing!

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  16. Thank you! There's something about soaking in the truth that hits me most in each chapter that's made bible study feel more real and more interesting, but there's days I just want to be lazy and do NONE OF IT and those are the ones that feel so fruitless.

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  17. Next time I'm on the left coast I'm hitting you up.

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  18. ;) It's holding me all sorts of accountable now...

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  19. This is an awesome post, girl! I love how you covered "the basics" before really delving in! I also love that "Bible Draft" image! Great suggestions! :)

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  20. I love this. I have been slacking lately &!the Facebook group is going to be so helpful.

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  21. Thank you. Wasn't able to do this last week so am doing two at once! I love how you've broken it down, I'm going to definitely start doing this with our new series. Thank you again and God Blessx

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