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.

pastors study
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!

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!

The 5 Best Commentaries for the Fundamentalist!


Commentaries are important. But there’s two errors associated with them!

  • Depending on them too much and
  • not using them at all.

There are problems associated with all the Commentaries. It doesnt matter if a Baptist wrote it. it does’nt matter if john the Baptist wrote it! If a man wrote it, there’s errors. You just have to know what their problems are, and you can duck them. Here’s the list!

  1. The Bible Knowledge Commentary. By far the best, but with MAJOR problems! It is Evangelical to the core, the authors believe in a Universal Church, and are opposed to separation from error, despite repeated Biblical injunctions to do so. The biggest flaw to it is Walvoord’s decision to base it upon the NIV. Besides these major problems, the BKC remains the best commentary.
  2. Matthew Henry. Calvinist, Amillienialist, post-tribulation rapture, and a tendency to view many prophetic passages as allegorical. Not surprising, as the angel was told to seal up the vision until the time of the end. In Henry’s time, VERY few men understood dispensationalism, as the Bible epxlains in Daniel that was sealed until the time of the end… and we’re in those days. Unable to understand 20% of the Bible, Henry still does a very good job at interpreting the Bible. He has many points to make ini it that are quite good.
  3. John Gill. Many of the same problems. I went through a John Gill phase in Seminary, it lasted about 9 months. Gill’s big thing was to go through the Talmud and other Jewish writings to research what they had to say about Scripture. Interesting, but not your first choice of commentary.
  4. Summarized Bible. What it says! weakness – doesn’t really give MUCH insight into scripture. not to be used as your only Commentary, but in conjunction with others.
  5. Numerical Bible. More interesting than what the title says!
  6. Pulpit commentary. This one is for pastors. Valuable insights on how to preach something.

If you have to pick one, get the BKC. It’s pricy. $49.95 is what I paid for it. I’ve bought it twice, once for Wordsearch, once for logos, and it came with my Quickverse Platinum package. Buying the BKC unfortunately means your logos Basic package (free) now goes up to $60, because you need another $10 for the King James.

8 Steps to Effective Bible Study


Here’s a way to do effective Bible study with Logos. As I’ve mentioned before, you can do a LOT with Logos 7 Basic. It’s free, and you can get the King James for only $10. Yes, they should offer it for free, but Logos has so many tools… Like many of you, I was opposed to Logos for many years (despite being a Logos user back in the 90’s), but yeah… once I tried it… I was sold on it. I don’t think I could go back to anything else. It’s funny though, I still find myself turning back to Quickverse out of nostalgia. This was how I started in Bible study with computers in 1994, Quickverse and Logos. I used to alternate between them every day. If Logos had offered the “How to use Logos” videos back then, I might not have used Quickverse as much.

So… how’s the first and easiest way to start Bible Study with Logos?

  1. Set up a one year reading plan… Twice through the New Testament in one year, once through the Old. this is the David Cloud reading plan. Go to Documents, start a new reading plan, choose Old Testament by pericope in the King James in one year by yourself (you can invite others as well…). Then do the same, but for the New Testament by pericope in the King James in six months by yourself. Go to the documents again, and COPY the NT reading plan, then open it and edit the copied one to have a July 1 start date.
  2. Start your Bible reading, by clicking on it from your home screen. Now, go to Layouts, and choose Bible Journaling.
  3. Open the TSK if you bought it or if you bought a package that has it. Keep it in your Bible window, not the Journaling one.
  4. highlight a single word in the verse, and choose “add note to Bible journal”. The entire verse will highlight by default, but in the context menu you still can choose the word if you just want to comment on a single word.
  5. Notate anything that is Law of First Reference (the first time it is mentioned in the Bible), if it is a contrast (today I’m reading Psalm 22, and David constantly and clearly contrasts his own situation with Christ’s), if it is a Hapax (something mentioned only once in Scripture). you don’t have to write commentary right now on the level of a John Walvoord here… you can just write “only time this word is mentioned” or “first mention of straw” or whatever.
  6. If you looked something up in Greek or did a word study on it, notate that. you’re trying to record your Bible study, and no, you WON’T remember what you just learned today!
  7. If you see in the TSK anything else in the Bible related to this verse or word, notate that as well.
  8. If you looked in a commentary and found anything of interest, HIGHLIGHT and DRAG that important part into your Bible Journaling window INTO the verse – otherwise, it ends up at the bottom. Logos is hard wired to have the right priority – Bible first, commentary second.

READING something in the Bible does not work. I attended schooling once where you were required after you got home to type up your notes that you took by hand. Why? It aided memorization.

you’ll find by USING these techniques, your understanding of the Bible will grow by leaps and bounds. But start TODAY, otherwise you’ll get the same results you got from your diet and exercise program… you’ll get very good at procrastinating and nothing else!