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Category: Personal Spiritual Disciplines

Top Ten Apps for Spiritual Growth

1.       You Version Bible

There are other good versions available such as Logos and Blue Letter, but this is my favorite.  You can change versions easily and lots of options on Bible Reading plans.


2. The Theology Program Credo House

This is my favorite app and the only one that will cost you money.  It is seminary at your fingertips.  This is not a substitute for seminary, because I believe it is impossible to learn ministry behind a computer screen.  But for those who would love to take a formal class in theology but didn’t have the time or opportunity, this is something to consider.  You may not agree with every jot and tittle presented, but you will find it a great way to learn the basics of theology and to explain what you believe and why you believe it.


3.       Got Questions?

Do you have a question about God, Jesus, the Bible, or theology?  Have you ever needed help understanding a Bible verse or passage?  Are there any spiritual issues in your life for which you need advice or counsel?  Again, this is not to be a substitute for your Pastor, if you have questions that you are dealing with I would love to discuss it and help you work through it.  However, this is a great resource if you need a question answered quickly or to help you double check what I say is accurate and to see other point of views.  For example, I had the question if we that believe the Bible only believe the earth is at the most 10k years old, how can we see light from stars millions of light years away?  I did not know the answer and did not have any resources to go to, but the website was able to help me get put back on the right direction.

4.       Twitter

Surprise!  This social networking app can help you grow spiritually if you follow the right people.  However, beware of the false profiles and you do not have to follow everyone that follows you.  If you keep who you follow clean, then this can be a very encouraging and informative tool to help you grow spiritually.  I will make a separate post later to give you an idea of who are the best pastors to follow, but until then here is a link to my profile where you can see who I follow here.

Here is a link to an article by Thom Rainer on how Twitter has made him a better leader.

5.       itunes U

This is an app that provides you the ability to get into theclass rooms at the leading universities across the country for free.  This can help you grow spiritually because there are some seminaries that put their class on here for you to view.


Westminister Theological Seminary: Many notable guests such as Francis Schaeffer, Mark Dever, John Piper and D.A. Carson, also has notable Professors such as Sinclair Ferguson and David Powlison.

Reformed Theological Seminary:  This one is my favorite although it is a Presbyterian seminary.  My favorite course is the History and Theology of the Puritans by JI Packer.  If you want to grow like Christ then you have much to learn from the Puritans.  Other notable professors:   D.A. Carson (The New Perspective on Paul), Wayne Grudem, John Frame, and Alistair Begg (A Seminar on Expository Preaching).

Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary:  John Stott Lectures

Dallas Theological Seminary:  Although I do not agree with the school on some issues, I found the course Leadership Dynamics by Howard Hendricks to be helpful.


6.       Fighter Verses

A great app to help you memorize scripture.  You get a new verse each week and helps that will provide an easier way to memorize scripture.

Watch video Here.


7.       The Desiring God

A great app that provides you the ability to watch or read almost every sermon John Piper has given in his great ministry.  Also, book and articles that he has written.

Watch Video Here.


8.       Vimeo

This is an app that is similar to YouTube, but allows longer videos so now you watch sermons.  And my favorite channel to watch on here is the Southern Seminary channel.  On this channel you can watch past chapels and conferences.  I also keep up with Valley View Church on with this app, which is a great blessing to Kaley and I since that church meant so much to us while we were in Louisville.

9.      Ask Pastor John

Great app for those who have questions about the Christian life, from the simple to deep theological questions get answered here.  You can Email your own questions to AskPastorJohn@desiringGod.org

10.   Podcasts

With this app you can listen or watch sermons from the best preachers from all across the country.

A list of my favorites Can be seen here



A Call to Plan. Sermon Given 1/6/2013


What I would like to do here is to try to persuade you to set aside time each week in the coming year to plan—and specifically to plan your life of prayer and devotion and ministry.

That’s right I said your ministry.  We all are called into the ministry.  When Jesus told us to go and make disciples.  He meant everyone.  There are people in your life that BJ & I will never be able to reach for Christ, but God has placed them in your life for a reason.  For you to be a witness to them.

The same Holy Spirit that works inside of pastors also works in you and the same Bible that we preach to you is available to you.  The Gospel that we preach to you is the same Gospel that you will share with others.

We Pastors might be able to define the Gospel a little clearer, but we will never be able to preach a better Gospel than the same one you received from Jesus Christ.  The bulldozer of God’s Spirit often arrives at the scene of our heart ready to begin some great work of building, and he finds that due to poor planning there are piles of disordered things in his way.  I am afraid that one of the reasons why this community is 85% unreached is because Christians have failed to plan.  I believe that the Spirit of God wants to move on this place, but We are not ready for Him.

The way I hope to motivate you to do this is to give four examples of planning in the Bible.  First, some illustrations from the Proverbs; second, the planning of the apostle Paul; third, the planning of God; and fourth, the planning of Jesus.


In other words, we see that not all goals are equal.  It is not good enough to have goals, but that those goals help you get more joy out of your relationship with God so that you in return will be able to glorify Him more.


What makes this especially significant is that as far as we know the plan fell through.  He was arrested in Jerusalem.  He went to Rome as a prisoner and probably never got to Spain. It’s just like we saw in the Proverbs.  God is the one who finally makes the future.  But we plan nevertheless.  God uses our planning even if he aborts it.

For example, if Paul had not planned to use Rome as a base of operations for a trip to Spain, he probably never would have written the greatest letter the world has ever known—the letter to the Romans. Planning is crucial in Christian living and Christian ministry—even when God overrules our planning.

And we all probably have similar examples, when I was planning on becoming a physical therapist, God still used that degree to get me into seminary.  When we had planned on getting done with seminary as fast as possible and returning home to Knoxville.  But God used my planning and preparation to fill a position in Flemingsburg at just the right time.


The ultimate reason for planning is that God is a God who plans and we are created in his image to exercise dominion in the earth under his lordship.

I do not think it is even possible to conceive a God who does not act according to his own eternal planning—that is, a God who has knee jerk responses to circumstances rather than deliberate actions that fit into a wise purpose.

When Adam failed in the garden, it did not catch God by surprise.  Jesus entering this world to die for our sins was not plan B.  When the Romans lifted His Son on the Cross, it was not God just trying to make the most of a bad decision.  No, from the beginning of time, God prepared a way for you to be able to come to Him and be forgiven of your sins, because he loves you.  He loves you so much, that it looks like he hates his one and begotten Son by comparison.

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Make Planning a Regular Part of Your Life

But it won’t work just to plan something tonight or tomorrow.  Planning must be a regular part of your life.  When I make my goals for the year I fold them and place them in the book that I am reading that way, I am able to look frequently at my goals to see if I am accomplishing what I had set out to accomplish for the year.  If you only look at your goals once then you will most likely never achieve them unless you are setting the bar too low.

So my plea to you is that you set aside time each week to plan, especially to plan your life of prayer and Bible study.  For example, since Sunday is the first day of the week (not the last day of the weekend!) and belongs to the Lord, take ten or fifteen minutes each Sunday and think through when you will pray and what you will study that week.  Give some thought how God might want to use you that week in a special way.  Plan the emails you need to write, the Bible verses you want to memorize, the visit you want to make, the book you want to read, the neighbor you want to talk to, etc.

The Proverbs teach us to plan.  The greatest missionary who ever lived was a planner.  God is a God who does all things according to plan.  And Jesus set his face to go to Jerusalem because of the most loving plan ever devised.

He planned for our joy; we ought to plan for his glory.

Now as we plan for our time of invitation, I want to be clear.  My message this evening is not try harder by your own will power to be a better person in 2013, but to put yourself in position to be used mightily and supernaturally by God this year.  God promises that our work for Him will not go in Vain; it might not go as we planned, but it will go for His glory and our good.

How to Fight Temptation (Gen 3 & Matthew 4)

–          So from the very beginning we see that the enemy is more crafty than any other beast of the field that the Lord God had made.

  • Why is that important for us to know?
    • It is important because if we try to defeat the enemy with our own wits and intellect we will fail every time.

–          In order to know how to defeat an enemy you first need to know how the enemy is attacking.

–          Here we see that that Eve passes the first test.  The enemy comes and challenges God’s Word and Eve responds by quoting God’s Word back to him.

–          This is important for us to know because here we see that we have to know God’s Word in order to save us from falling into temptation.

  1. We all are bent towards thinking that we are the most important being in the universe.
  2. Illustration of how our frustrations and anger shows how we believe we could be a better god.
  3. The irony of the serpent’s remarks should not be overlooked. The couple, unlike the serpent, has been made in the image of God (1:26–27). In this way they are already like God. Moreover, being in the image of God, they are expected to exercise authority over all the beasts of the field, which includes the serpent. By obeying the serpent, however, they betray the trust placed in them by God. This is not merely an act of disobedience; it is an act of treachery. Those who were meant to govern the earth on God’s behalf instead rebel against their divine King and obey one of his creatures.

  1. Up to this point in history, Eve had barely even noticed the tree that they were not to eat from.
  2. They were not lacking anything; therefore, they had no needs that could be met by adding this one fruit to their diet.
  3. This all changes when it is promised to make her wise.  Now all the other fruit in the garden appears to be dull and nothing will satisfy her, but the forbidden fruit.

In this passage, we also get a glimpse of how men and women will act differently towards temptation.

–          God has created men to be Leaders, Protectors, and Providers.

–          However, what do we find Adam doing in this passage?

–          That is right you almost forget Adam is there, but we know that he is there because he takes of the fruit in verse 6.

–          Here we see that in the face of temptation men will be tempted to respond with passivity.

–          That is why the enemy first goes to Eve to tempt her, he is challenging God’s created order.

Christianity is not a spectator sport.  It is something in which we become totally involved.  And we know this to be true, we do not become better at football by sitting on the sidelines watching the game, we get better by training and participating.

Passivity is one of the main enemies of biblical masculinity and it is most obvious where it is needed most.  It is a pattern of waiting on the sidelines until you are specifically asked to step in.  Even worse than that, it can be a pattern of trying to duck out of responsibilities or to run away from challenges.  Men who think conflict should be avoided, or who refuse to engage with those who would harm the body of Christ or their family, not only model passivity but also fail in their responsibilities as protectors.  If our sinful desires are allowed to run wild, then it will ultimately destroy human beings.  Not only yours, but also those around you as we see in our passage today.  (Stinson & Dumas, 2011)

Summary of Genesis 3:1-6

–          Here we see that Adam was tempted in paradise, but failed, Jesus will be tempted in the harshness of the wilderness, but was victorious.

Could Jesus have sinned?

–          By a show of hands who thinks Jesus could have sinned, now who thinks that Jesus could not have sinned?  Well you both would be right.  Jesus is fully man therefore he was fully tempted.  However, Jesus is fully God, therefore, God cannot be tempted.  To help you get your brain around this difficult truth, I want you to think of someone that you love most on this earth.  Now I want you to picture imagine that someone wants you to murder them.  Although you could physically murder them, at the same time it would be impossible for you ever to do it.

  1. Jesus beats this temptation by using Deuteronomy 8:3 which shows us that spiritual nourishment is more significant than physical nourishment.

  1. In the second temptation (Mt. 4.5-7) Satan misapplied Scripture (Ps. 91.11,12) in an attempt to get Jesus to jump from the highest point of the temple as a means to test God’s faithfulness to His word, i.e., to protect Jesus from physical harm.  The main point of this temptation is to show us that God is not to be tested concerning his faithfulness.
  2. Jesus refused to create an artificial situation to test the faithfulness and protection of God.  His reply teaches us that the Son of God would live in a relationship of trust that needs no tests.  Jesus rested in the shelter of the Father’s unshakeable security.
  3. Adam and Eve fail to trust in God’s Word for their good, Jesus affirms God’s Word and His goodness by not even needing to put it to the test.

  1. Adam and Eve were tempted to be as wise as God, Jesus is tempted to exchange the end-time exaltation by the Father for a right-now exaltation of a snake.
  2. We too need to compare our eternal joy that God offers us with the short-term pleasures that the world offers.

Summary of Matthew 4:1-11

–          Jesus not only faces the same temptations that we face and that Adam faced in the garden, he defeats them while being physically weak from the wilderness.

So we have answered the questions Why is There Evil in this World and Why Does Temptation Even Exist?

–          We know that evil exists in this world because the sin of Adam separated us from God and allowed sin to come into this world.

–          We know that we are tempted because the problem is not that we sin, the problem is that we are sinners.

–          The reason why some of us keep falling back into sin is because we keep trying to deal with sin as a verb instead of sin as a noun.  We try to fix a particular sin, instead of trying to change our hearts.

What can be done to fix it?

–          Adam was the first man and failed when he was tempted causing all humanity to inherit his sinful nature.

–          Jesus is the new man and is victorious against temptation and provides a way for all humanity to come back into the right standing with God.

So what is the main point of this message?  Try harder at not being a sinner? 

No, this message is not a self-help sermon on how to defeat temptation and sin. 

–          I am not calling us to legalism because legalism says God will love you if you change.  I am calling you to respond to the Gospel, because the Gospel says I will change you because I love you.

–          Asking you to defeat sin with your own will power is impossible because we face a war on 3 fronts.  We are tempted to sin by our own flesh, we are tempted to sin by the world, and we are tempted to sin by the enemy.

The Importance of Planning

Here are the Bible Reading Plans that were recommended in Sunday School yesterday:

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Here are the documents on goals that we discussed:



Here are the scriptures I used to backup my claim that it is important to plan and to take dominion of your life:

Illustrations from Proverbs

Proverbs 6:6-7, “Go to the ant, O sluggard; consider her ways and be wise. Without having any chief, officer, or ruler, she prepares her food in summer, and gathers her sustenance in harvest.”

The ant is an example not only because it works so hard, but also because it plans ahead. It takes thought in summer that there will be need in winter, and this forethought provides its needs in winter.

Proverbs 14:15, “The simple believes everything, but the prudent looks where he is going.”

The difference between planning and not planning is whether you look where you are going in the future or whether you focus all your attention on the immediate right in front of you. If you are not a planner, then you will be at the mercy of others who try to give you counsel about how to act now so as to be happy in the future.

So “the simple believes everything, but the prudent looks where he is going.” He considers the days to come and what they are bringing and thinks about how best to prepare for them and use them to accomplish his purposes.

Proverbs 15:22, “Without counsel plans go wrong, but with many advisers they succeed.”

Here the wisdom of planning is taken for granted, and the writer simply gives us advice for how to make plans that succeed. He says, Don’t be so independent that you think yourself above counsel. Read the wisdom of others who have gone before you. Talk to experienced and wise people. Watch the way others do things and learn from their mistakes and successes.

Proverbs 16:3, “Commit your work to the Lord and your plans will be established.”

Again planning is taken for granted and the issue is: How can you plan in such a way that what you produce will have abiding value and not just pass away overnight? Answer: Commit it to the Lord. That is, always seek the Lord’s guidance and strength in your planning. Trust his wisdom and not your own. Then your plans will bear fruit that stays.

Proverbs 24:27, “Prepare your work outside, get everything ready for you in the field; and after that build your house.”

This probably means that it is important to be able to support yourself by the productivity of the field before you establish your own household. Perhaps we would say to a young person today: get a job before you get married. Or at least plan how you are going to support the new household you are establishing.

Proverbs 31:15–16, “She rises while it is yet night and provides food for her household and tasks for her maidens. She considers a field and buys it; with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.”

Here the model homemaker is a model planner in two ways. She gets up early and assigns tasks to her maids. You cannot assign tasks to your maids if you have no plan about what you would like to be accomplished that day. And she considers a field and buys it. What does she consider? She considers how it will fit into the plan of the household.

Conclusion from the Proverbs: Careful planning is part of what makes a person wise and productive. Not to plan is considered foolish and dangerous. This is true even though the Proverbs teach that we do not know what the future may bring. “A man’s mind plans his way, but the Lord directs his steps” (Proverbs 16:9). The fact that the Lord is ultimately in control of the future does not mean we shouldn’t plan. It means we should commit our work to the Lord and trust him to establish our plans according to his loving purposes.

The Planning of the Apostle Paul

We will take just one example of Paul’s planning from the many that we could take from Acts and from his letters. Romans 15:20-28

I make it my ambition (i.e., my plan) to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on another man’s foundation . . . But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be sped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a little. At present, however, I am going to Jerusalem with aid for the saints . . . When therefore I have completed this, and have delivered to them what has been raised, I shall go on by way of you to Spain.

Here is a typical example of how the apostle Paul carried out his mission. And I think we should learn from him that planning is essential to a productive ministry. And I mean your personal ministry as well as the more complex organism of church ministries. Paul was the greatest church planter who ever lived. He accomplished more in his life for the spread of the reign of Christ than any other person. So I think we would do well to take seriously his method. Part of his method was his planning.

He had a general guideline: he wanted to preach where no one had preached before. Then he developed a specific plan from this guideline: he would take the gift to Jerusalem; then he would go to Rome to establish a western base, from which he would then go to Spain.

What makes this especially significant is that as far as we know the plan fell through. He was arrested in Jerusalem. He went to Rome as a prisoner and probably never got to Spain. It’s just like we saw in the Proverbs. God is the one who finally makes the future. But we plan nevertheless. God uses our planning even if he aborts it.

For example, if Paul had not planned to use Rome as a base of operations for a trip to Spain, he probably never would have written the greatest letter the world has ever known—the epistle to the Romans. Planning is crucial in Christian living and Christian ministry—even when God overrules our planning.

The Planning of God

The ultimate reason for planning is that God is a God who plans and we are created in his image to exercise dominion in the earth under his lordship.

I don’t think it is even possible to conceive a God who does not act according to his own eternal planning—that is, a God who has knee jerk responses to stimuli rather than deliberate actions that fit into a wise purpose.

Isa. 46:910, “I am God, and there is no other; I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose.'”

Ephesians 1:910, “God has made known to us in all wisdom and insight the mystery of his will, according to his purpose which he set forth in Christ as a plan for the fullness of time, to unite all things in him, things in heaven and on earth.”

Acts 2:23, “This Jesus [was] delivered up according to the definite plan and foreknowledge of God.”

Since God is a God who does all things according to plan it befits us to approach the most important things of life with forethought and plan, not haphazardly.

The Planning of Jesus

Jesus had a mission to accomplish, and he finished it with forethought and planning.

When his mother urged him to do a miracle at the wedding in Cana, he said, “My hour is not yet come” (John 2:4). There was a planned and appointed hour for the revelation of his power. He would stay with the plan. Luke 9:51 says, “When the days grew near for him to be received up, he set his face to go to Jerusalem.” He knew that the plan meant death in Jerusalem and he didn’t shrink back from the plan.

But he wasn’t driven against his will. The Father’s plan was his plan. He said in John 10:18, “No one takes my life from me, but I lay it down of my own accord. I have power to lay it down, and I have power to take it again; this charge I have received from my Father.”


Very specifically my plea to you this new year is that you take time to plan the most important things in your life.

Christ planned for our joy; we ought to plan for his glory.


Couple of Sunday mornings ago, I talked about the importance of Prayer and since yesterday we were at the Prayer for the Nations event, here is the notes for the sunday school lesson for everyone to see.

I first became aware of my need for a better way to pray on a trip to Nashville, TN for a Passion Conference. During this conference, they had a prayer room where they wanted there to be continuous prayer for the conference for every hour of the day. Therefore, my mentor, Bert Solomon, and I selected an hour that would stretch us and picked to pray for a 15-minute time slot at 3AM.

When we knelt to pray, I prayed for everything I could think of and looked up at the clock and realized it only took around 2-minutes. I then suffered through 13 minutes of fighting sleep, aimless prayers, and staring at the clock. I felt defeated in my prayer life. To pray for 15minutes felt like an eternity, and my mind wandered much of that time. “I guess it is me,” I concluded. “I am just a second-rate Christian.” Because my mentor appeared to not had any problem with praying.

However, I realized if I was indwelled by the Holy Spirit and generally seeking to live in obedience to God’s Word, then the problem likely is not me, but my method. Of course, there is no method that will enliven prayer for those who do not have the Holy Spirit. But those who are indwelled by the Spirit have received from God “the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, ‘Abba! Father!’” (Rom. 8:15; Gal. 4:6).

Those who have been given the Holy Spirit have by that Spirit a new Fatherward orientation, a new Heavenward orientation. In other words, those indwelled by the Holy Spirit really want to pray. And yet, while I believed in prayer and wanted to pray and I could not imagine ever totally abandoning prayer, when I did pray it was frustrating. My heart was often cold, my mind could not stay focused on prayer, and frankly, prayer was often boring. Thus I concluded, “I’m a second-rate Christian.”

I also became aware of my need not to say that same prayer over-and-over again because I was starting to get on my on nerves. I would say the same prayer at night before I went to bed, before eating, and before athletic events. It made my prayers boring. In addition, there was a deacon at my old church in Knoxville, that would say the same exact prayer right before taking up of the offering every Sunday. I was determined not to pray like him.

Therefore, during the lesson that I gave to the youth a couple Sundays ago, we first talked about how to pray through the book of Psalms. Since there is 150 Psalms, you can read 5 Psalms a day for a month and you will have completed the book of Psalms. How you pray through the book of Psalms is take the day of month as your first Psalm. Then keep adding 30 to that number until you get 5 Psalms. So on the 15thof the month, your first Psalm is Psalm 15. To Psalm 15, add 30 to get the next one, Psalm 45. These would be followed by Psalm 75, then 105, and 135. (On the 31st, use Psalm 119.) Take 30 seconds to scan these five Psalms, then choose one to pray through. One advantage of this method is that gives you direction when it is time to pray and defeats aimlessness.

You can also do this with Proverbs. Since there is 31 Proverbs, you can pray through a Proverb a day.

The Advantages of Praying Through Scripture.

1.) Keeps you from saying the same old things about the same old things. Which in returns keeps you from becoming bored with prayer.

2.) Gives you direction when it’s time to pray and defeats aimlessness. Which allows you to stay focused and pray longer without being distracted.

3.) You will find yourself praying about things that you had forgot about, but scripture reminded you of.

4.) You will find yourself praying about most of “the same old things,” but in brand new ways.

So How Do You Pray Through Scripture?

Let the words of Scripture become the words of your prayers. For example, if you pray through Psalm 23, read, “The Lord is my shepherd,” and thank Him for being your shepherd. Ask Him to shepherd your family that day, to guide, protect, and provide for them. Pray that He will make your family members His sheep; that they will look to Him as their shepherd. Ask Him to shepherd you through the decision you must make about your future. Pray for Him to bless the undershepherd at your church, shepherding him as he shepherds the church, etc. When nothing else comes to mind, go to the next line—“I shall not want”—and continue to pray. Simply go through the passage, line-by-line, praying what you find in the text or what it brings to mind. If nothing comes to mind, or if you do not understand the verse, go to the next. You might choose to linger long on one verse. Conversely, there may be only a handful of matters that prompt prayer as you go through many verses. Nothing says you have to pray over every verse.

Continue in this way until (1) you run out of time, or (2) you run out of Psalm.

We also discussed an acronym that I use almost every day for those that I love, and when I am asked to pray in front of groups. This acronym keeps me focused and on track so that I do not stumble my way through prayer. It based off of Four Psalms. The acronym is IOUS.

I– incline (Psalm 119:36) Incline my heart to your testimonies, and not to selfish gain!

O– open (Psalm 119:18) Open my eyes, that I may behold wondrous things out of your law.

U– unite (Psalm 86:11) Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name.

S– satisfy (Psalm 90:14) Satisfy us in the morning with your steadfast love, that we may rejoice and be glad all our days.

I hope that you find these techniques as helpful as I have in my prayer life.

Christian Meditation

Christian Meditation:

The art of studying God’s Word


§Empty your mind

§Desires mental passivity

 §Visualization in order to “create own reality”


§Fill your mind

§“Seeks to find truth in reality

§Requires mental activity

§Link meditation with prayer and action to see changes

Methodsof Meditation on Scripture

First, select a passage for meditation from your time in God’s Word.

Choose a verse or phrase that attracted your attention, or

Choosethe theme verse or a key verse from the passage

Repeat the verse or phrase with emphasis on a different word each time.

Whatever He says to you, do it (John 2:5).

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Whatever He says to you, do it.

Rewrite the verse or phrase in your own words.

Look for applications of this text – what should you do in response to it?

Pray through the text.

Ask the Philippians 4:8 questions.


When meditating on an event, an experience, a thing, an encounter, etc., and especially on a story or event in Scripture, ask:

1.) What is true about this, or what truth does it exemplify?

2.) What is honorable about this?

3.) What is right about this?

4.) What is pure about this, or how does it exemplify purity?

5.) What is lovely about this?

6.) What is admirable, commendable, or reputation-strengthening about this?

7.) What is excellent about this (i.e., excels others of this kind)?

8.) What is praiseworthy about this?

Ask the “Joseph Hall” questions.

“The Joseph Hall Method”

1.What is it (define and/or describe what it is)?

2.What are its divisions or parts?

3.What causes it?

4.What does it cause, i.e., its fruits and effects?

5.What is its place, location, or use?

6.What are its qualities and attachments?

7.What is contrary, contradictory, or different to it?

8.What compares to it?

9.What are it’s titles or names?

10.What are the testimonies or examples of Scripture about it?

Discover a minimum number of insights into the text (you set the number in advance).

Find a link or common thread between all the chapters or paragraphs you’ve read.

Use Meditation Mapping

The Key Elements of “Meditation Mapping”

1. Put the verse(s), phrase, word, or topic to be meditated upon in the middle of the page. (When possible, this should be done in picture form.)

2. Allow insights, ideas, and thoughts to come quickly and freely.

3. Use key words to represent your ideas.

4. Connect your key word ideas to the central focus with lines

5. Use as few words per line as possible.

6. P-r-i-n-t all words for easier reading.

7. Use COLOR for emphasis and recall.

8. Make frequent use of symbols and pictures in addition to words.

For more information see:

ØBuzan, Tony. The
Mindmap Book. New York: Plume/Penguin, 1996.

ØWycoff, Joyce. Mindmapping. New York: Berkley,

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