Evernote for Ministry Research


I’m always on the lookout for anything that can assist me in cataloging and storing resources. When I first started this blog, I wanted to give appropriate references. What I needed was a reference manager, and I couldn’t find one. Now I have Zotero, but for a while there, all my research was lost. If that ever happens to you, I wrote an article on how to get it back. It takes like 21 steps.

I also have been looking for a way to save webpages. I’ve done it in Zotero, and I’ve saved to PDF. But often I’m in a hurry, and the endless “save to” “Save as” process of saving a web page to PDF was truly irritating.

And it left you with no real way to catalog what you saved. So to write an article sometimes took hours, if not days. The worst was when I saw an article on an official Seventh Day Adventist website where they credited the man who influenced Charles Taze Russell’s corrupt theology as being “A genuine Seventh Day Adventist.”

It created a hoo-rah of controversy when I published the post, and the SDA website pulled the quote from the article.

Enter Evernote. If I’d had Evernote, I could have saved it as an article, added keywords, and then clipped the address to Zotero. No kidding. Real quick to do.

If you’re involved in Christian ministry, Evernote is a tool you need. I think the best bet is to get the Plus membership, at $32 a year. I’ve gone a year with it at the free level, but some months I’m pretty much stopped cold by the 10th day because I’m almost at my free limit. I’m either going to get the Business level (which is on sale) or the plus level.

Get into the habit of clipping things. Have a default category, then plan out an admin day every month where you go through all your clippings and categorize them into the correct notebooks, and add appropriate tags, like “quote later” “Heretic”, etc.

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No Fear Of God


No fear of God before their eyes. (Ro 3:18)

Like many in today’s world. The famous atheists of History such as David Hume, profane, bitter, angry, contentious. They do what they want, without impunity. Having in their minds erased the existence of God, their actions are no longer tempered by the thought of a Judgment Day. And the human capability for evil is staggering when there is no longer any fear of God.

In Judaism, many devout actions occur that take place because of Yirat Hashem, the Fear of God. There are rituals of prayer, of action. I can remember being an Oyruf, a Sabbath Guest at my Rabbi’s house, and he found me and his sons drinking coffee in the kitchen. I won’t go into the complexities of how you got coffee on the Sabbath, but the point was the Rabbi scolding us, “I hope you all said the Shema before you rewarded yourself with coffee.”

That’s fear of God. Make sure you say a prayer before you even drink your morning coffee. Say a prayer upon leaving the bathroom for the first time in the day. Say a prayer before washing your hands in the morning.

Christianity has many rituals as well (an honest examination will show you how many we have as well, and most of ours are for a combination of Ahavat Hashem (the love of God) and Yirat Hashem (the fear of God). We may not have the fancy Yiddish and Hebrew phrases for our devotional acts, but we have them nonetheless.

Love of God drives the Christian to seek everything that’s got the label “Christian” on it, whether right or wrong. Fear of God drives us to seek to be saved, to seek forgiveness, to try to address wrongs we committed before we were saved.

Contrast your actions, thoughts and motivations with the unsaved.

There is no fear of God before their eyes.

The Effectual Bible Student #12


This is the last one!

If you were too busy and didn’t bother to watch these, go back… These are some of the most important videos you’ll ever watch – how to study the Bible from someone who is an expert in Bible study. I’ve graduated Seminary with a high GPA, and I can honestly tell you I learned some things watching this series!

Effectual Bible Student, Part 12 – Bible Study Software from Way of Life Literature on Vimeo.

The Effectual Bible Student #10


Effectual Bible Student, Part 10 – Rules for Interpretation (cont), Bible Study Tools from Way of Life Literature on Vimeo.