What in the World??


I’m no stranger to long Bible reading plans. I recently did a 3 times a year reading plan (or 4 – I can’t remember. There was a TON of chapters a day I had to read!).

But Logos recently threw me for a loop. I’m currently on a once a year reading plan to work on all my clippings, passage lists and commentary. I’ll probably be doing this for a couple of years.

So, I was reading… and suddenly I hit Proverbs 3.

Through 20.

Yes, I had to read seventeen chapters of Proverbs!!!

And tomorrow, back down to 3 chapters of Old Testament a day.

What in the world????

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Quickverse 2010 Update


The illustration by Eugene Peterson is a good example of why I hate sermon illustrations

I’m really stubborn about getting a computer program to work. Quickverse 2010 comes with an annotation ability, such as Bible Explorer used to have, and Wordsearch had (and apparently now has again).

Why I’m putting this much work into it , I really don’t know. Logos is my go-to Bible program. I just really remember having Quickverse back in the 90’s, and it was the industry standard Bible program. I’ve had the Platinum package since 2016 (I think) and… while it’s great, I can’t copy and paste without having to fiddle with it, and the annotation feature (as I’ve mentioned about 563 times) never worked.

I’ve tried everything at this point. Tried using Quickverse 2009 to make annotations, copy and paste over or import over my annotations. The annotations still don’t work, and didn’t in the 2009 edition either.

I can write in the user books, and those actually work BETTER than the Wordsearch user book functions.

The only way I think I can use is to openly edit the db3 annotation file, but here’s where it doesn’t work – you’d have to know the lookup. Each entry in the db3 database has an index key, called a lookup. I could enter it as john1.1, john1:1, Jn1.1, Jn1-1, etc. Without knowing how Findex intended for it to work, the annotations functions remain useless.

What it really is, honestly, is nostalgia. I think it’s just a comfortable feeling of poking around in a Bible program I knew well and could use (kind of silly that I actually had Logos back then, and never read the user manual, back when software came with printed user manuals).
Also, it’s got to be that I’ve got a HUGE library of books in Quickverse platinum, and I’m reluctant to just let that go. I’m just frustrated that the overall design was not bad, and could have been useful… but it’s not working.

So, frustrating as it is, I really need to stop wasting time trying to get the annotation function to work.

I only use Quickverse as it is for one or two things, and should just keep working with Logos.

If you find Quickverse 2010 Platinum, and you decide to make it your go-to, just know you’ll have to constantly edit your Bible quotes, and you’ll need to use your Bible user books to do commentary and study notes in.

The Pastor’s Study


I’ve talked about this program before.

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The Pastor’s Study – Click the graphic to download!

Here’s a list of sermons I did a few years ago.

I think this program is indispensable. You can track your visitation schedule, contact info for congregation, library, journal entries, Sermon illustrations, and interact with your chosen word processor, presentation program, and even open your chosen Bible program – all from within this program! This literally is a Pastor’s office inside a single program!

I keep my download files (most of the time) so I could offer it – but i’d need his permission. And there’s no way to reach him right now. UPDATE 2017: HERE IT IS!!!! Click Here to download! (thanks to Worthy of Praise for changing my web hosting plan to accommodate this!)

Anyway, it’s possible to write your sermon in this program, and then print out the pages. I never used it for that, I just used it to catalog all my sermons.

If you’re the author of this program, I’d love to hear from you.

Anyway, what I did was write it in Wordsearch (now that I’m used to Logos’s much better word processor, the Wordsearch one seems hideous to me), and then open The Pastor’s Study and enter it in there.

The interesting thing for me is to begin to see how I’ve preached the verses 1 Cor. 10:13, 1 John 1:9, 1 John 2:6, 1 Kings 19:4, 1 Kings 19:18, 1 Peter 1:23, 1 Peter 3:15, 1 Thess. 4:14, 1 Thess. 5:23-24, 1 Tim. 4:6, 2 Thess. 2:13-15, 2 Tim. 2:11-13… and many more.

It’s exciting.

I’m really tickled to see in my mind the outline of the Bible, and little check-marks where I’ve preached. This can help you to focus and think, “Okay, I’m always in 1 & 2 Timothy, and Matthew…” and start looking at quoting other texts too.

If your church is actually in a building, and not a rented place or a house church, I’d make the report list and print it on the wall right next to my computer. Maybe in a gilded fancy frame.

Because it’s a huge thing, to me able to meet the Lord face to face and tell Him, “I’ve preached from every book of the Bible.”

And of course, to see His smile, and the gentle response, “And you got every one of them wrong.”

But anyway, you tried!

Download this tremendously cool ( – and free!) program! You’ll be glad you did if you’re in the ministry!

 

How To Restore Wordsearch if Your Computer Crashes


My crash a while ago left me scrambling to try to recover all my data. Some programs, like Zotero, I tried EVERYTHING, to recover. It quite simply did not work. I’ve lost all my old research I’d stored in Zotero.

Evernote and Logos were the easiest ones. Just install, log in, go do something, come back. All installed. Yay!
Quickverse, I never made backups of. So every one of my highlights was gone… but oddly enough, all of my personal books I’d created were there.
But Wordsearch… I was flipping out about Wordsearch. For several years, this was my primary Bible program, and I had a LOT of work invested in it! And stupidly, I’d made two major errors.

  1. I hadn’t done any backups in 8 months.
  2. I’d changed my primary email address.

Why was this a problem? Because now only the backups ON MY HARD DRIVE were the only ones existing. Wordsearch apparently is unaware that if you change your email address, it only updates your licenses… and promptly deletes your “cloud” backups. Why? That email address is now shut down, as far as they’re concerned.

Okay, if you have to completely re-do your windows, here’s how to find and recover all your Wordsearch information… It’s been a month since I did this, and my advice to you right now is to change how Wordsearch does business right away.

Prevent a Data loss NOW

Sign up for Drop Box. Drop Box is absolutely the best. I’ve been using One Drive as a backup, but it’s not as good. Get Dropbox. Trust me.
Change the BACKUP path on your Hard Drive IMMEDIATELY to “Dropbox”.
Make sure you backup your Wordsearch work EVERY SUNDAY. It could be Saturday, I don’t care. But Sunday is the first day of the week, and for me, that’s the ideal time. Start a new week, backup your old work.
Switch to Logos, and you won’t have these problems!

Recover your old Wordsearch info.

If you’ve been backing up regularly… just restore from cloud. Then make sure you do an “unlock purchased books.”

If you were like me and weren’t backing up regularly, here’s the secret way to do it!

Look for C:Windows.old
That folder is where all your old data is.
Open it, and open another folder. Go to C:/Users/yourname/appdata/local/Wordsearch11 in one window, C:/Windows.old/Users/yourname/appdata/local/Wordsearch11 in the other window.
Go to the window with your old data in it. Right click on the Wordsearch11 folder and choose “Copy”.
Now go to the users/yourname etc folder, right-click on the blank space, and choose paste. YES to overwrite! You WANT to overwrite the new Wordsearch11 folder with the OLD one. Now, reopen Wordsearch 11, make sure you’ve set the backup locations as above, and BACKUP to Dropbox.

All your old notecards and sermon illustrations should be back in now.

Make sure you backup once a week now!

5 Quotes on the Inspiration of the Bible


If the words of the Lord are pure words, refined silver, tried seven times, and the Holy Spirit has, with all care, dictated them accurately, it was on this account the Saviour said that not one jot or tittle of them should pass away.” — Clement of Alexandria, quoted by L. W. Munhall, “Inspiration,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 2. Inspiration”.

“The immediate results of [textual] criticism are in a high degree disturbing. So fat they have scarcely been understood by the average Christian. But the plain man who has been used to receive everything in the Bible as a veritable Word of God cannot fail to be perplexed, and deeply perplexed, when he is told that much of the Old Testament and the New is unhistorical, and when he is asked to accept the statement that God reveals Himself by myth and legend as well as by the truth, of fact. Mr. Balfour must surely know that many of the higher critics have ceased to be believers. More than twenty years ago the present writer, walking with Julius Wellhausen in the quaint streets of Greifswald, ventured to ask him whether, if his views were accepted, the Bible could retain its place in the estimation of the common people. `I cannot see how that is possible,’ was the sad reply.” W. H. Griffith Thomas, “Old Testament Criticism and New Testament Christianity,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 7. Old Testament Criticism and New Testament Christianity”.

The theory that inspiration may be affirmed only of the main views or positions of Scripture, but neither of the words nor of the development of the thoughts, cannot, it seems clear, be harmonized with the Lord’s teaching. William Caven, “The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 10. The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament”.

Dean Burgon, a man of vast learning, says: “You cannot dissect inspiration into substance and form. As for thoughts being inspired, apart from the words which give them expression, you might as well talk of a tune without notes, or a sum without figures. No such theory of inspiration is even intelligible. It is as illogical as it is worthless, and cannot be too sternly put down.” L. W. Munhall, “Inspiration,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 2. Inspiration”.

The inspiration of the Old Testament Scriptures is clearly implied in the many declarations of our Lord respecting the fulfilment of prophecies contained in them. It is God’s prerogative to know, and to make known, the future. Human presage cannot go beyond what is foreshadowed in events which have transpired, or is wrapped up in causes which we plainly see in operation. If, therefore, the Old Testament reveals, hundreds of years in advance, what is coming to pass, omniscience must have directed the pen of the writer; i.e., these Scriptures, or at least their predictive parts, must be inspired. William Caven, “The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament,” in The Fundamentals: A Testimony to the Truth, ed. R. A. Torrey and A. C. Dixon, (Los Angeles: Bible Institute of Los Angeles, 1917), WORDsearch CROSS e-book, Under: “Chapter 10. The Testimony of Christ to the Old Testament”.

These five quotes all speak to something that many teaxhers deny today, yet as you can see, ONE CENTURY AGO was accepted almost universally.

The Bible is inspired (θεόπνευστος Theo Nuptis, God Breathed), not in the ways that some emotionally pleasing art or writing is called “inspired”, but written by God.
The Bible is Inerrant, utterly without mistake, or error, or need of correction.
The Bible is preserved – no verse was lost, no original manuscript exists to offer correction, for NONE IS NEEDED.

Highlighting Your Bible


This was an odd practice for me to get into. In Judaism, to mark anything on the Bible was considered a desecration! Christians on the other hand do it all the time. I don’t think God considers this a sin… rather, a tool for all of us to be involved in!
There are a million schemes for it – you just have to find what works the best!

Minimal: This is the most common one, you just underline something that means something to you.
Alternating: I used this one for my hardcover Bible. I had four markers, and the system was fairly simple. Green was anything bad, then I alternated the next three colors. That way it wasn’t one big blob of one color on a page.
Systematic: David Cloud writes of this manner. You just have to determine what’s important. For instance, circle the verse number for each of the ten plagues if egypt. Underline Generations throughout Genesis. Circle the words “Day” in Genesis 1-2. Pencil underline every time the author refers to himself in an epistle. Highlight the word Hell in the gospels in Red. Use different colors for different things in different books. This way you can use 66 different meanings for a circled verse number, and you’re not trapped into something that may not work, or be too complicated.

Margin notes. DON’T write down notes on the Pastor’s Sermon in the margins of your Bible. It takes a lot of whiteout to remove those later. Trust me! Instead, get a Bible cover that comes with a notepad in it, and use that to write down notes on the sermon.
DO write down cross references. I’ve taken my hard cover bible and made notes on answering Jehovah’s Witnesses. I’ve written down cross references to share the Gospel. I’ve written down other passages that seemed to me to be speaking on the same subject.

Find what works for you, and don’t feel trapped you have to choose one system!

7 Reasons You should use Bible Software


Years ago, when I first got married, I didn’t have the money for a computer, or even Bible software. I started out with a word processor I bought from Office Depot (basically, a typewriter you could save documents to disc). It meant opening my Bible and laboriously typing in every Bible verse.
Then I got a Compaq Presario that I bought from my Rabbi, and it came loaded with Quickverse 2.0! A year later, I had a gift certificate to Egghead’s, and saw Logos on a CD rom (the one with the red cover), which I quickly bought. You wouldn’t believe how RAPIDLY my Bible knowledge increased after I got the Presario!

It remains a constant surprise to me when I meet Christians who refuse to own Bible software. “I’m a traditionalist.” I hear them say. Yet I’ve found most of them seem to be lacking in basic Bible knowledge – whether it’s the labor and time intensive effort to study the Bible, or whether the reluctance is due to a simple reluctance to spend time with the Bible, I don’t know.

The tools we have available to us today, with even the cheesiest Bible software available, would have made people like Matthew Henry envious. He developed his lifelong study of the Bible by firelight, loose sheets of paper, ink & quill, and hard bound volumes. It took most of his short life to develop the skills he had, and he passed on before he could pass on most of his acquired knowledge.

What would Matthew Henry say to us nowadays, who have available to us skills and tools undreamed of in Henry’s day? Don’t you think he’d be dumbfounded to know I can in mere seconds find every reference to any word in the Bible or in the Textus Receptus in English, Greek or Hebrew?

A Solution

There are several free Bible programs, such as Laridian’s Pocket Bible, Esword, The Word, Logos Basic and Olive Tree Bible Software. There’s Premium packages such as Logos Starter, Accordance, Quickverse 2010 Platinum (available on Amazon or on Ebay usually for $20), and others. Take some time, look at the options (I am a Logos and Quickverse fan, having been using them since the Presario), and get your choice. And begin USING THEM.

Why should you use them?

Seven reasons!

  1. No more thumbing through it for ten minutes trying to find a verse! Even the most basic Bible program like Olive Tree can save you valuable time searching. You can use any Bible program far quicker than opening your Strong’s and looking up 5 verses to see if they’re the right ones! Unless you have lots of time to waste?
  2. No more getting misled by reading a Bible verse out of context! If Bible software had been available when Joseph Smith or Charles Taze Russell came out, they’d have drawn only about three followers! 20 years ago, the Treasury of Scriptural Knowledge was almost unknown. Now, millions use it daily, doing research in minutes that people used to take months to do!
  3. Easier to use them when writing blog posts or posting to social media! Even my Quickverse 2010 has a feature to instantly paste verses to Facebook and Twitter!
  4. The TSK. The TSK was a simple book in hard cover format, showing you lists of verses sharing words. In Bible software, it’s suddenly a pilot that navigates your Bible study, and opens the concept of “studying in concept”. The Law of First Reference suddenly has daily application!
  5. Topical Bibles. Many of them were like the TSK, books with lists of verses. Many owned them, VERY few used them. NOW they’re a guide for Bible study. Used along with the TSK, suddenly it’s VERY easy to grasp the big picture of Bible teachings!
  6. You don’t just rely on books by Bible researchers! Four simple modules (the King James, Strongs, the TSK and a Topical Bible) and you can very quickly find out those stuffy old Fundamentalists were right about almost everything!
  7. You learn by writing notes! Every Bible program comes with a way to make notes on Bible passages. If you get into the daily habit of writing down your notes on your studies and your discoveries, you’ll find you understand and retain a LOT more of your Bible study!

Conclusion

You’ll find that if you take the time to begin using Bible software to replace much of your Bible tasks, your grasp of doctrine will grow enormously! I do have an article on why you should still own a hardcover Bible, and certainly Bible software will never completely replace hardcover Bibles – but every Christian needs to do Bible study, and it’s easier and faster using software!