How do you introduce yourself? What things about you are the most important to tell someone first? Do people know about your prayer life before they get your business card? Do they know of your passion for God before they know your job title? For Nehemiah, being part of the people of God was his identity. His job was an afterthought. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/nehemiah1/
Five years after starting http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/, I have 342 podcasts in 34 series. They have been downloaded a total of 62,715 times, an average of 183 times per podcast. The most popular podcast is 03 James 1:9-18 - Who is better off: the rich or the poor?, which has been downloaded 496 times. I am averaging 10,000 listeners/year. THANK YOU!
You may have been taught to create a list of questions, using the “5Ws and H” (who, what, when, where, why, how). If you need some help learning how to use the "5Ws and H", here are some questions to get you started. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/biblestudy101-5wh/
When learning how to study the Bible, you've probably heard the expression "context is king", meaning context is the arbitrator that rules a particular interpretation valid or not. Learn how to use context to decide between possible interpretations. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/biblestudy101-context/
Word studies are one of the basic tools of Bible study. If you want to understand the author's intended meaning, you need to understand the words he chose in his original language. Here's how to do a word study. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/biblestudy101-word-studi…/
How do you know if you've successfully understood a passage of Scripture? Start by understanding and embracing these basic interpretative convictions. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/biblestudy101-convictions/
Wondering how to put all the tools and pieces of Bible study together so that you can tackle a specific passage of Scripture? Here's the overall procedure.
In Jeremiah 38, we talked about how doing the right thing sometimes leads to punishment. But what about the people doing the punishing? When Babylon destroys our city or we get thrown into a cistern of mud, what happens to the guys doing the destroying or throwing? Will the bad guys get what's coming to them? And, is it okay to want that to happen? http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah16/
Sometimes we despair over our sinfulness and turn the Lord for mercy (Psalm 130). But other times, we do the right thing and are punished for it. That's the situation we find in Jeremiah 38:1-13. Jeremiah has spoken the message that the Lord asked him to speak and others are seeking to kill him for it. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah15/
You don't pick up a cookbook looking for the same things you would find in history textbook or vice versa. You expect a different kind of experience from a "beach read" and a suspense-thriller or from a travel guide and a self-help book. What do you expect from the Bible? What kind of book do you think it is? What do you hope to gain from reading it? Jeremiah 36:1-32 records a story about Scripture and reveals part of the process of how it was written down. In looking at why God instructs Jeremiah to write down His words, we're going to answer, "What's so special about the Bible?" http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah14/
With the Babylonian army threatening their border, Jerusalem was a place with little to no hope. How could that hope be for real? To teach His people that hope is real, the Lord told Jeremiah to do something crazy. In fact it was perhaps the most ridiculous move anyone could take - unless hope is true. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah13/
Jeremiah warns the people of Judah that God is about to let the Babylonians conquer Jerusalem and deport them because they have disobeyed God. That raises the question, "If God really is going to let our city be destroyed and send us into exile, what good is believing in Him? What good is faith?" In Jeremiah 31:31-34, God tells Jeremiah to reveal more about His plan and show His people where faith will eventually lead them. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah12/
Jeremiah 29:1-14 is addressed to people from Jerusalem who have already been deported to Babylon but before Jerusalem itself has been completely destroyed. These people want to escape. They want the exile to end and they want to get back home. Jeremiah writes the letter in this chapter to set them straight. Surprisingly, he doesn’t tell them how to escape; instead he tells them how to endure. What do we do while we await the not-yet? What’s there to do in Babylon? http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah11/
We live in a world of a million conflicting voices today. You can be constantly updated with tweets, texts, alerts and notifications. Which voice has authority? Which voice can be trusted? In Jeremiah 23:9-33, God addresses this issue of these different voices, criticizing those prophets who claim to speak for Him, but really don’t. In 23:1-8, the Lord called out Judah ’s political leaders; in this section He calls out her spiritual leaders. http://www.wednesdayintheword.com/jeremiah10/