Benefits of Loving One Another


Loving One Another. A previous post on this topic was some of the hardest words I’ve put on this blog. If you got convicted, you were paying attention.
But why? The Lord commanded us, but there’s other reasons. Ready to see?

  • Your Church won’t be Dead. Just the fervent in spirit one. If every one of us in our Baptist church would just be fervent in spirit, just that one alone, the churches will seem alive, vibrant.
  • No more Cliques. If we prefer one another, just that one, and if we could maybe work on the condescend to those of lower estate, just those two, there’d be no more cliques. The problem with Cliques is that very often there aren’t any, just people who’ve known each other for a long time, and the rest of the people perceiving it as a clique.
  • Room for everyone in Ministry. “How can I help” would no longer be seen as interfering, but genuine concern.
  • Renewed commitment to the Great Commission. Your church would finally begin to grow with SAVED Christians, not pretend tares – because you’d reject the Great Omission and instead begin the Great Commission.
  • You’ll Hear ‘Well Done’. I want to hear those words. You want to hear them. If we keep going on the way we both are, neither one of us will. Instead, we’ll be as one with smoke clinging to us, ashamed.
  • People Will stop leaving the church. Everyone wants a church with no problems. That chance stopped the minute you joined! But a vibrant church who cares for one another and is engaged in outreach will seem exciting.
  • You might actually get mistaken for a Christian from time to time. Most of us bring more contempt to the Gospel than glory. This ought not to be. Let’s start acting like Jesus Christ, and how He wants us to act. There’s no WWJD speculation – just open your Bible to exhortations like I listed yesterday, and use them as a checklist.
Conclusion

There are so many benefits to loving one another, it’s time we got on with it instead of making excuses. Are you Christian or aren’t you? It’s time to start acting like it!

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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!

 

More Hurricane Readiness tips


Okay, let’s look at it in a logical, calm way.

If you live where a category 5 hurricane is headed directly at… you need to leave yesterday. If not, be sure to take a black permanent marker and write your social security number on your forearm. That way the police can identify you, and notify next of kin.

Category 5 hurricanes are total devastation. Yeah, we’ve seen buildings survive, but… what if the one you’re in starts coming apart? Debris being flung at 185 miles an hour is like running across the field during an archery match.

Okay, here’s what to expect. Wind. Rain. Power will go out. Do you have candles, flashlights? A big box of Shabbes candles will last you a few days. Remember to leave SAFE DISTANCE between the candle and anything around it.  A neighbor of mine learned the hard way that a candle will set a glass windowpane on fire. She lost everything she owned in the fire – after passing through a hurricane unscathed.

you need to have water prepared and ready. Fill every sealable container with water. Keep them in the fridge for now. Hours before the hurricane hits, TURN YOUR FRIDGE UP AS HIGH AS IT WILL GO!

And yes, if you have any frozen unbreaded fish in the freezer, you can cook it with lemon juice. No heat required. Just dump the thawing fish into a sauce pan, pour lemon juice on it, cover, sit. In 6 hours it will be fully cooked.

If the roof comes off the house, do not go into a basement (if you have one) to avoid the storm! Flash floods mean death, long before you can reach safety. Flash floods means that if you see an inch of rainwater in the driveway, the water will be high enough to choke out your car by the time you back out of the driveway.

Imagine being in a basement with GALLONS of water rushing down steps!

Safety, Safety, Safety!!!!

If you have doubt… then there’s no doubt. If you live in Florida, and you’re reading this tonight, turn off the computer, get in the car, and leave right now. Finish this tomorrow night somewhere in Tennessee!

UPDATE 9/8/17 – It seems the storm is making a beeline for Tennessee… run somewhere else!

Florida is in bad shape to evacuate from… there’s only two major highways out of the state. You almost could make better time getting in a boat tonight and motoring it out of the harbor tonight!

I’m working on my surviving the tribulation web site right now… remember to print out pages right now so you know what to stock up on, what to buy. Why are people buying bottled water at vast sums of money, when you can buy soda bottles, wash them, fill them with tap water, and store them?

Don’t forget, if you have a bathtub… fill it with water before the hurricane gets there. That’s going to be flush water.

Update 9/8/17 – fill plastic sandwich bags with ice cubes, and keep doing it. Saves you money on buying bags of ice, and keeps your freezer stuff chilled.

And pray for everyone in the storm’s path.

The Results!


The Results are in!
A couple of you have spoken, and the squeaky wheel gets the grease!

I’m going to go back to my old rambly style of posting, because people said they liked it better.

Plus, it takes FAR less time to write than does the kind that gets blog hits.

So, here’s what I’m going to ask of you… Since I’m going to abandon the style that gets people in and spreads the message, here’s what I’m asking…
…you all invite friends and enemies to join! I really do this out of a desire to serve the Lord and share what I’m learning or driven to write… but it gets heartbreaking to write so many blog articles and get so few likes and so few reads!

If on the other hand, you’re one of the people that joined with the new style and you don’t want it to go away, speak up now!

If nobody speaks up for the new manner, then… it’s the old Philip again!

19 Ways to Learn How to Love One Another


“Let love be without dissimulation. Abhor that which is evil; cleave to that which is good. Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another; Not slothful in business; fervent in spirit; serving the Lord; Rejoicing in hope; patient in tribulation; continuing instant in prayer; Distributing to the necessity of saints; given to hospitality. Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not. Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep. Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits. Recompense to no man evil for evil. Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9–21, KJV)

  1. “Let love be without dissimulation.” Show the same care for every Christian the same.
  2. “Abhor that which is evil;” That’s not too hard to figure out, you’d think… apparently, it is. So I’m reminding everyone.
  3. “cleave to that which is good.” You should associate with like-minded Christians!
  4. “ Be kindly affectioned one to another with brotherly love; in honour preferring one another;” This one I shouldn’t have to explain. Let the other person get the glory, not you. Let someone else go first most of the time. Learn to serve, not to be served.
  5. “Not slothful in business;” Work hard for your employer! Trust me! What you do for your employer is what you do for God!
  6. “fervent in spirit;” How is this loving one another? By being a good role model Christian, you will help boost the spirits and morale of those Christians around you. Be the exception, not the rule!
  7. “serving the Lord;” no kidding, I shouldn’t have to explain this!
  8. “Rejoicing in hope;” Remember to thank God when things go good. They just might start going good for you a lot more often!
  9. “patient in tribulation;” Instead of whining or complaining!
  10. “continuing instant in prayer;” You knew I’d bring prayer into this, right?
  11. “Distributing to the necessity of saints;” The church benevolence fund is a good place to start. Get a pushke for your home, start dropping spare change and bills in there for the less fortunate!
  12. “given to hospitality.” This isn’t an American trait, but it sure is a Jewish one. Learn to accept guests into your home, if your home is big enough.
  13. “Bless them which persecute you: bless, and curse not.” I didn’t say this would be easy!
  14. “Rejoice with them that do rejoice, and weep with them that weep.” This is one of the most single best ways in this list to show brotherly love!
  15. “Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate.” I’m tired of seeing the more well-to-do in the church catered to. It’s not Biblical. STOP IT.
  16. “Be not wise in your own conceits.” Oh, wow! A verse for Philip Dean!
  17. “Recompense to no man evil for evil.” That’s tough. But see the last one, and rejoice.
  18. “Provide things honest in the sight of all men. If it be possible, as much as lieth in you, live peaceably with all men.” I never said this list would be easy!
  19. Dearly beloved, avenge not yourselves, but rather give place unto wrath: for it is written, Vengeance is mine; I will repay, saith the Lord. Therefore if thine enemy hunger, feed him; if he thirst, give him drink: for in so doing thou shalt heap coals of fire on his head. Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” (Romans 12:9–21, KJV)

Print this out, put it some place you can see every day. You should be good at items #1-5 by the time the Lord Returns!

How to Configure your Bible Software


I’ve realized over the years that Bible Software is written with possibilities in mind. Wordsearch, as I’ve commented before, has a lot of useful tools, as does just about all of them.
I’ll give the big shout out and say, I think Logos was written by people who USE it, and ran into “Wouldn’t this be nice” features! And then they worked them in.
I get the feeling that the people who write Quickverse from edition 5 until 2010 didn’t use Bible software. Or if they did, they were using something else.

Like Logos.

What can your Bible software do?
  • Notes. A primary feature of Bible software MUST BE to make notes on what you study. This is your first and PRIMARY function of Bible software. Utilize it! I’ve written some VERY wordy articles (2,500 + word articles) on how to do this, what to look for, what to notate. 2017 was supposed to be the year of doing notes on your Bible, if you weren’t playing along! Next year, we’re going to do this again, because unless you’re devoting 2 hours a day to Bible study (wow, that sounds like a DREAM!) you had time to make perhaps 3 notes a day on Bible study. That’s less than a thousand verses, and for realities’ sake, I’m going to cut that number in half and say you managed to get only 450 notes. Logos makes note files that are separate. Quickverse and Wordsearch do annotations in a special file that opens beneath the Bible text. At least, that’s the idea… I can’t find a way to get the annotations in Quickverse 2010 to work! Apparently, it only worked in Windows 95. By the time Wondows ME, XP, and Vista came along… it was broken, and Findex never bothered to fix it.
  • Clippings/Notecards. Logos and Wordsearch have the ability to copy things right from what you’re reading into files. I’ve found you can’t just have one major file on your computer unless you get super processors and 64 gigs of ram. Better to split up your work into multiple Clippings! I was going to make 2018 the year of the Clippings, but we’re going to leave this as year of the notes part 2 instead. What you SHOULD be doing, is as your reading things in the add on libraries, you should be sending things you consider important to a clippings file. This way, you’re not forgetting that important quote! Two days ago, I did an article entirely from notestack clippings I’d made in Wordsearch. Quickverse and Accordance cannot do clippings.
  • Highlighting. The two Bible programs with the best highlights are Logos and Accordance, hands down. Both Wordsearch and Quickverse feature usable highlighting. The Quickverse ones tend to completely obscure what you’re highlighting. You only can use about 6 of the colors. Wordsearch is about the same. Logos you can actually make your own highlighter colors and patterns. Like notes, Highlighting your bible program can take about 2 years to get it where you like it.
  • Personal Books/Journal: This is a habit I wrote about recently, and it got zero likes. Trust me, I was dumbfounded to go through my ministry journals in Wordsearch and Quickverse and see what the Lord has been doing in my life. I’ve come to the conclusion long ago that like the Apostle Paul, the Lord does not LEAD me, He DRIVES me. Personal books can be done in Logos, but it’s not as user friendly. It requires you to write it in Microsoft word, then tag it, and import it. I personally would write it in Scrivener, compile it, open in Word and tag it, THEN import it! Quickverse takes one step longer to do it than Wordsearch, but actually my 8 year old Bible program does it far better than others, because I can add Greek and Hebrew if I need to in my Journal! In addition, Wordsearch and Quickverse allow you to make dictionaries and commentaries that feel a little more like, well, the real thing!
Conclusion

Buying and installing your Bible software is only the beginning. Believe it or not, you won’t even begin to get the maximum benefit out of them until you’ve used them for at least 3 years! Start doing the above, and you’ll start getting the maximum benefit from your Bible software in 3 years!

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!