“I Should Know Where That Verse Is”

When you’re reading your Bible and you think of a passage that is related to what you’re reading, do you sometimes get the thought, “I should know where that verse is. I shouldn’t have to use a search engine or concordance to find it.” In this post I will show how to make a couple of pages in a notebook into a tool useful for learning where the “I should know this” passages are in your Bible. I have been using this technique since at least 1995.

If I had a huge, U-shaped desk for Bible study no doubt I would use a full-sized notebook. But since I don’t I prefer smaller notebooks. In a suitable notebook, find a couple of blank pages. Fold the first page in two. Cut the page on the fold. I’m going to do an imperfect fold to show perfection isn’t necessary. For quicker access in the future, put a tape thumb tab on the 2nd page.

Using the edges of the two half-pieces of the first page, draw lines on the second page. For illustration, I used a blue pencil for the part still in the notebook and red for the cut off piece. If you did a better job of folding than I did you only need one line.

Date and title the second page if you wish, and add Scriptures you want to be able to find. References go in the left column, and “prompts” in the right.

To use the tool, cover the references column. Work your way down the list, looking up the references for each prompt in your Bible.

If you don’t remember, slide the cut off piece down to expose the references.

When you are reading your Bible and think of a verse you think you should be able to find, add a prompt. Record the reference when you find it.

Can you quickly find “The Lord’s mercies are new every morning” passage in your Bible, or is this a good one to add to your notebook? 😉

I’m about out of space on the page I have been using since last October.

I was surprised how often the Bible teaches to imitate. I ran out of space on the “Imitate” line and continued on the “Stubborn” line.

To know how well you know where your passages are, find them in several Bibles. 😉

I have found this a fast and easy way to increase my Bible knowledge. I hope you give it a try!

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You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
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Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

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Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Dissatisfied? Make an Investment!

If you are not happy with some part of your Christian walk, maybe you can make an investment that will encourage you and help you grow. Many times I have bought a new Bible to help revive my enthusiasm for Bible reading and study. Why buy something? Well, David said that he would not offer to the Lord something that cost him nothing.

24 Then the king said to Araunah, “No, but I will surely buy it from you for a price; nor will I offer burnt offerings to the Lord my God with that which costs me nothing.” So David bought the threshing floor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver. 25 And David built there an altar to the Lord, and offered burnt offerings and peace offerings. So the Lord heeded the prayers for the land, and the plague was withdrawn from Israel.
2 Samuel 24:24-25 NKJV

Back in the 1980’s I knew I should take notes in church, that it would help me grow. Sometimes I took a spiral notebook with me to church. But I didn’t use it. It’s probably a flaw in me, but it just didn’t “mean” enough. So one day I stopped by an art store and bought a hardbound notebook.

This simple investment was enough. I’ve never looked back. The first date is 20 September 1987. I was in the US Army at the time so I formatted dates the Army style, Day – Month – Year.

Sometime after this I felt the need to take notes of my Bible study, and again, I just didn’t use cheap spiral notebooks. I would go a day or two, but it was just so easy for me to skip a day — or ten! Daytimer products were the solution.

The Bible references at the left side of the top of the right side pages are the readings for the day from The One Year Bible. When I missed a day — or ten — the Daytimer format made it obvious.

Missing days of Bible study was an opportunity to learn to forgive myself, forget the past, and drive on.

12 Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. 13 Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, 14 I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.
Philippians 3:12-14 NKJV

For a righteous man falls seven times, and rises again,
But the wicked stumble in time of calamity.
Proverbs 24:16 NASB

Sometimes, however, the investment you need to make is more time than money. For example, if you use the KVJ and you haven’t tried the KJV paragraphed “normally” instead of paragraphed on each verse, I highly recommend you visit this post and make yourself a booklet. You may find it helps you better understand Romans!

My main point: Make it easy for you to succeed!

So, strengthen the hands which hang down and the weak knees, and make straight paths for your feet, lest the lame be turned aside, but instead, to be healed.
Iḇ`rim (Hebrews) 12:12-13 TS2009

I would like to think that if I am ever on trial on the charge of being a Christian, these notebooks would help convict me! 🙂

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

My Blessed Dollar Store Experience

I needed some binders and other things for my paragraphed-Romans project. I was making a list for a trip to an office supply store. But as I was making the list I clearly heard on my inside, “Dollar store.” I’m not a huge fan of the various dollar stores. There are some items that are ok, but many things I have bought in them were just junk that fell apart.

I took my list and set off for the office supply store. But there was a dollar store on the way, Dollar Tree IIRC, so I pulled in to the parking lot. I remember praying, “Lord, I’m acting in faith.”

I got everything I needed for the prototype at that dollar store. I saved about an hour of time, 10 miles of driving, and lots of money.

But you know the best part? I know I’m a sheep who heard Jesus’ voice! That is worth more to me than all the money in the world!

My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me. And I give them everlasting life, and they shall by no means ever perish, and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to Me, is greater than all. And no one is able to snatch them out of My Father’s hand. I and My Father are one.”
Yoḥanan (John) 10:27-30 TS2009

Are you one of Jesus’ sheep? Do you have everlasting life?

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

What I Learned in January 2019

I now know the most important things from my January 2019 Bible study for each day, each week, and for the whole month.

This is a very, very powerful meditation technique. I reviewed my notes to pick out the most important things from each day. Then I reviewed those to choose the most important things for the week. Then I picked out the most important things for the whole month.

Often, the summaries do not directly correspond to my notes in a word-for-word sense. Not only do I make the summary entries as short but understandable as possible, the entries are often a synthesis of many notes over several days or even weeks. The summarizing process itself brings me insights and understandings. Yes, it’s work and it takes some discipline, but there are Bible passages that support those. 🙂

For receiving the discipline of wisdom,
Righteousness, right-ruling, and straightness;
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 1:3 TS2009

The fear of יהוה is the beginning of knowledge;
Fools despise wisdom and discipline.
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 1:7 TS2009

Become strong in discipline, do not let go;
Watch over her, for she is your life.
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 4:13 TS2009

He dies for lack of discipline,
And in the greatness of his folly He goes astray.
Mishlĕ (Proverbs) 5:23 TS2009

For more information, and to download the summary PDFs to make your own summaries, visit this post. Hearing God’s Voice Over Time.

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Note Taking Bible

I don’t highlight or take notes in my primary Bibles. I don’t want yesterday’s insights to get in the way of today’s fresh manna from heaven. But I would love to have a Bible in which to consolidate my understandings! The trouble is, I know of no Bible that has the room for notes. (The note taking Bibles I found online aren’t what I want.) So here is a really simple idea publishers could use. I have both a normal and a large print TS2009.

The idea: Print the normal size text on the large print pages. (Please excuse my novice PhotoShop skills.)

This would give me space to write! Simple, eh?

Other desired features.

  • Very light background lines, college-ruled or possibly a grid.
  • Heavy paper so highlighters don’t bleed through.
  • Seven copies of the book of Proverbs. Just repeat the pages numbers in each copy. The book after Proverbs should have the same page number in the “normal” Bible and the “notetakers” Bible.

It is important that the page contents are the same for both Bibles. As I use a particular Bible, I quickly learn to find specific passages by where they are on the page. They should be “the same Bibles,” just one has much wider margins, and six more copies of Proverbs.

If I had younger eyes, a “downsized” version of this idea would be fine. That is, give me the “pocket-sized edition” text printed in the “normal size” Bible.

When my eyes were younger, no doubt I would have wanted the pocket text on the large print pages. 😉

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

Free eBooks: Chronicles of Narnia

I was searching online for another C.S. Lewis quote from The Chronicles of Narnia for a post I’m writing, and discovered quite to my surprise the seven books are available for download, for free! Apparently the USA, where I live, is one of the countries “… where copyright is Life+50 or less.”

I downloaded all seven and skimmed them. They appear complete, and well formatted. (In stark contrast to some other free ebooks!) I didn’t see any pictures, but I have my print copy for those. The link:

epubBooks The Chronicles of Narnia

You now have no excuse. 😉

Are you following God's plan for your life?    
You should.
Your plan sucks.
It really, really sucks.
Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
Are you ready to meet Him?
Give your life to Jesus Christ.
Time is running out.

New! Improved! Romans Letter KJV Letter

I have never understood how something can be both new and improved, but I guess it is our American culture. 😉 So here is the New! Improved! Romans KJV Letter With Periodic Chapter:Verse References!

Please let me know of any mistakes and typos.

God reminded me there is an easy way I could put Chapter:Verse to the left of the text – margins and indents. Oh, duh! I would prefer a smaller font for the references, and to have the range of the references on the page in the header, but that needs an automated process to avoid both error and mind-numbing tedium. This version is fully usable. At least, I love it. 🙂

If you print on both sides of the paper, I recommend you use high quality paper so highlighters don’t show through to the other side. Here are pictures of the paper and highlighters I used on a prototype. There is no bleed through from one side of the paper to the other. The last photo is back lit to show the other side is indeed highlighted.

While you could just put the pages in a loose-leaf binder, I highly recommend that you take the time to make a booklet of some form. I have been making these types of Bible study helps since the 1980’s and I have used several ways of keeping pages together.

Loose-leaf binders have these drawbacks.

  1. The rings get in the way of writing.
  2. The holes wear out. Even with a 7-ring binder the page holes will wear out.
  3. If you drop the binder, it could spring open, and you could spend a long time getting all the pages back where they belong.
  4. Most important for me, there is some kind of psychological or spiritual difference between pages in a loose-leaf binder and a bound booklet. Loose-leaf has a “temporary, changeable” feeling. This is especially true for me if the ringed binder has many projects. But a bound booklet has a “realness, permanent” feeling for me. If I drop it, pages may get bent but it is not going to come apart. I can grab it and go sit in a comfortable chair to read and study. I can easily show it to someone else. For me, booklets are at least twice as effective as the same pages in a loose-leaf binder. It is subtle, but very, very real.

I went to the Dollar Store and got a hole punch and 3-Prong Binders. Woodworker tip: Clamp everything you can before a cutting operation to avoid spoiling the work. Note the paper clips.

For a better writing surface on the back of the first page, put some pages at the front. I used a piece of card stock and a scrap piece of paper. If I didn’t have the card stock handy I would have used three scrap pages.

Put in the Romans pages, and add extra pages at the end.

Next, bend the pages to prepare the booklet for use. I’m right handed so I start at the end and work towards the beginning. Use care to get the first fold right, especially if it is stiff card stock. Watch the top and bottom areas as you’re bending (arrows below). I could have done a little better on the bottom, but this small boo-boo is ok for this binder. I can still easily see all the Chapter:Verse references.

Fold each page over until you get to the first page. Then rotate the binder 180 degrees and repeat the folding process. Don’t be fooled by the right-side-up text on the scrap paper in the photo. From the pockets you can see it is upside down. Also note this is a good use of bent card stock that won’t go through a printer.

When you are done folding the pages, the booklet is ready for reading and study. Grab your highlighters, pens, and pencils, and have a blast studying Romans!

Oh, and don’t be surprised if you want to make another one someday, to get fresh, new insights. 🙂

Are you following God's plan for your life? 
   You should.
      Your plan sucks.
      It really, really sucks.
      Suckage Maximus.

Most people are WRONG! WRONG! WRONG!

Jesus is coming.
   Are you ready to meet Him?
   Give your life to Jesus Christ.
   Time is running out.