Sep 22

Bible Study Folders for Computers

Are you looking for a way to organize your Bible study folders on your computer?

[I do not normally post this sort of computer geek stuff but some have found this tip helpful. I am working on a post about transforming Bible study in to real life Biblical action for today.]

Our computers sort in alphabetical order which is not the order the books occur in our English Bible. Many or most of us would like them to show up in directory lists in order they occur in our current English Bibles. . Here is a naming system you can use to keep your documents or folders in order.

Sequence Numbers for Bible Study Folders or Files

The link below will give you a Word document. It suggests a two digit prefix for each book of the Bible. I suggest putting a space between the prefix number and the book name. There are also prefix number for some standard groupings of Bible books. Modify these suggested prefix numbers to build your own system.

Notice that you can add entries for other groups of books. At least on my computer it is best to leave a space between the prefix numbers that define the range of books. For some a hyphen will work.

DO NOT skip the zeros on the first ten entries! If you do they will sort where you do not want them to.

Bible Book Sequence Numbers
Bible Book Sequence Numbers
Sequence Numbers for Books of the Bible.docx
Version: 2012-11-17
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Bible Study Folders

Here is a set of empty (well almost empty)  sub-folders that you can use. Copy to your own Bible study folder.

The comments above apply to these folders as well.

Bible Book Folders
Bible Book Folders
Empty Bible Book
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It also has some instructions and suggestions.

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Nov 29

1 Samuel 30 – The Wicked and Worthless Appeal to as Brothers

From 1 Samuel 30 we learn that we should appeal to the wicked and worthless as brothers.

Background of 1 Samuel 30:22-23

David and his 600 men returned from the Philistines. Their city is burned. Their wives and children are captives. All their goods are spoil in the enemy’s hand. 200 of David’s men are tired and stay to protect the baggage. The 400 others go and bring everything back and more. Some of those 400 were wicked and worthless. They did not want to share the spoil with those who stayed to protect the baggage.

Application from 1 Samuel 30:22-23

When David appeals to these wicked and worthless he calls them “brothers”. And so should we.

The wicked and worthless
Appeal to as brothers

Think about it. Calling someone wicked, worthless, lazy, good for nothing, stupid, whacked, or some other negative thing is not good. It will not encourage them to improve. It may harden them. Speaking to them in a friendly way will encourage them to improve and do what is right.

Supporting Passages

These passages talk about dealing with an enemy. Are not the wicked and worthless in our groups really an enemy? If we are to treat outside enemies this way can we not call those in our own groups “brothers”?

  • 2 Kings 6:20-23 Elisha on how to deal with an enemy
  • Proverbs 25:21-22 Direct command to care for an enemy
  • Matthew 5:43-48 Jesus in the Sermon on the Mount
  • Luke 6:27-38 Sermon on the Mount in Luke
  • Romans 12:17-21 Part of Paul’s application statement for the book of Romans

Years ago I assisted in a popular public speaking course. One of the textbooks had a helpful slogan. “Give a dog a bad name and you might as well hang him. But give him a good name and he will strive to live up to it.”

The NET Bible translation of 1 Samuel 30:21-23 is easy to read.

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Nov 22

Psalm 102 – Affliction and Restoration

Psalm 102 has three parts. In the first part the psalmist cries to the LORD in distress. In the second part he speaks of the LORD’s deliverance from distress. The third part speaks of the LORD’s actions as a testimony to others.

The LORD allows affliction – Psalm 102:1-11, 23-26

We do not want to hear this.  We do want to hear of His loving restoration and care.  However there are examples in the Bible of God allowing innocent people to be afflicted.  Here are just a few. I am sure you can think of more. When you do why not post them as a comment?  Hebrews 11:17 ff would be a good place to find other examples.

  1. God says Job is the most righteous man on earth. (Job 1:8; 2:3) Yet He allows Satan to afflict him. (Job 1:12; 2:7)
  2. Joseph does nothing wrong. He protects his purity.  Yet he is jailed for years.  His Egyptian master did it. (Genesis 39:6-20)
  3. Jesus the sinless Son of God and the promised Messiah is afflicted. The Jewish leaders and the Roman government did it. (Isaiah 53:1-10)

In each of these cases it is a godless person or group that afflicts.  Yet God allows it to happen. In these cases affliction is not a result of sin. Sin may also cause affliction, but not in these examples.

The LORD restores the afflicted – Psalm 102:12-17, 27-28

Those whom the LORD allows to be afflicted He restores.

  1. Job gains greater understanding of God (Job 42:1-6).  He also is granted twice as much as the affliction removed. (Job 42:10)
  2. Joseph the become ruler of Egypt. (Genesis 41:38-44)
  3. Jesus is exalted above all beings in heaven and earth.  He is to be worshiped by all. (Philippians 2:9-11)

How we should respond

  1. We may be the ones to carry out the LORD’s deliverance of others. (Psalm 102:18-22) God may have chosen us to serve Him in this way.
  2. We should not assume that all affliction is the result of sin. Job’s “friends” did this. God demanded they repent. (Job 42:7-9)
  3. We should see affliction as possibly a blessing. Maybe God deals with us as sons. (Hebrews 12:5-6; Proverbs 3:11-12)


The LORD allows affliction
The LORD restores the afflicted

There are some other notes on Psalm 102 at

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Nov 17

Luke 7 – Self-righteousness, Forgiveness and Love

Luke 7:40-48 records Jesus’ use of situation to teach. He is at dinner with pharisee who failed to show him common courtesies. These include washing to dust off Jesus’ feet, giving a greeting kiss, and giving him oil to brighten his hair and face. These failures show he has no love for Jesus. By way of contrast, a woman of bad reputation has more than made up for these. (Be sure to read the entire passage by clicking on one of the links. That will display the passage in

A lesson from Luke 7:40-48

The self-righteous
Show no love

The pharisees were known for being self-righteous. This pharisee’s failure to show common respect means he has no love for Jesus This lack of love shows his self-righteousness.Plant this truth deep in your heart. When you sense a lack of love check to see if you are being self-righteous. Sometimes saying no to a request is the best way to show love. You do not want to enable others bad habits. Being an enabler would not be loving.

Another lesson from Luke 7:40-48

The forgiven love
The one who forgave

The woman’s sins were forgive in the past. (Jesus used the perfect tense in verse 28 to show that.) Her acts of love toward Jesus reflect that forgiveness. When I am forgiven how do I respond? If I do not think I need forgiveness am I just being self-righteous?

God is the one who ultimately forgives sins. How can I express my love to Him? Maybe the best way is to show love to others people. Especially others who have also repented to God. Doing this is to fulfill the new covenant as expressed in John 13:34.

We can combine these lessons

The self-righteous show no love
The forgiven love the forgiver

Today let us not be like the pharisee in Luke 7. Let us be like the woman by showing love. Let us show love to God by loving other believers. Those who have been forgiven.

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Nov 13

Psalm 101 – I Will Focus On Nothing Worthless

I am so taken by David’s ethical standards in Psalm 101 that I want to focus on another in Psalm 101:3

We can read the first line of that verse as

I will focus
On nothing worthless

On what do I focus? What occupies my mind? To what do I pay attention? With what do I become involved? That focus or involvement may be physical, or visual, or even mental.

How many of these things are “worthless”? Are they morally objectionable, wicked or sinful? Maybe they are not directly wrong, but if they do not advance what is good then maybe they are worthless.

As you ponder this truth the Holy Spirit will bring to mind some worthless things you need to remove from your focus. A way to ponder truths like this is to allow no other thoughts in your mind as you walk from place to place.

Technical Discussion of Psalm 101 3a

A word for word “translation” of the Hebrew might be “Not will I set before my eyes thing worthless.”

Much of what follows comes from the UBS Translators Handbook for Psalm 101

I will focus

The Holy Spirit has David use the Hebrew phrase “I will set before my eyes” three times in the book of Psalms (Psalm 26:3; Psalm 101:3; Psalm 101:7) “I will focus” rewords the Hebrew phrase “I will set my eyes.” It may mean to physically see. But can mean to focus upon, or pay attention to.

On nothing worthless

My moral code must come from Scripture. I may make this code stricter based on the communities in which I live. If I offend my brother-in-Christ by some liberty which scripture allows then I may limit that freedom to keep from offending my brother. 1 Corinthians 8:1-10:33 discuss this in detail.

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Nov 12

Psalm 101 – The haughty and arrogant / Do not endure

Psalm 101 – Biblical royal ethics

In Psalm 101 David sets the ethical standards for his court. I have taken the one in Psalm 101:5 and worded it as a directive.

The haughty and arrogant
Do not endure

There are at least seven other ethical standards in this Psalm. Which one do you find most striking?

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Nov 11

Psalm 100 – God made us / We did not make ourselves

For many of us Psalm 100:3 is obvious

God made us
We did not make ourselves

But how often to we think through even a few of the ramifications?

  • Since God made me He owns me.
  • God can do to me what He pleases
  • God can do with me what He pleases
  • What I do affects God’s reputation
  • My purpose in life is to serve God
  • My purpose in life is to glorify God

Can you think of some more? If so why not leave them as a comment?

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Nov 10

Psalm 99 – The LORD answers, forgives, and corrects

Psalm 99:8 summarizes a significant Old Testament pattern.

The LORD answers those
That call upon Him
He forgives them
Yet corrects their sin

The LORD does answer when His people call out to Him. Those who cry or call out to him need to see themselves as totally dependent on Him: unable to fix this problem without Him. Sometimes it is sin that has caused their desperate situation. Their cry to the LORD is their repentance. Their repentance brings them forgiveness. To help them avoid that sin in future the LORD may avenge or correct them. He may have used their desperate situation as that correction. Or He may take them through yet another difficult experience to help them learn obedience.

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Nov 09

Romans Paragraphy Summary Now Available

The following file has a summary/outline of each paragraph in the book of Romans.

Romans Paragraph Summary (28.4 KB, 517 downloads)

lf I get enough requests I will make it available as a Bible Commentary in Logos Bible software.

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Nov 09

Luke 7 – The self-righteous still judge / One who was forgiven

In Luke 7:36-39, 48-50 Jesus has dinner with a self-righteous pharisee. The pharisee’s self-righteousness shows in his judgmental attitude toward one of the by-standers. She is a sinner. She showers affection on Jesus. Why? From Luke 7:48 we learn of her earlier forgiveness. Her actions display her response to that forgiveness.

So here we see that –

The self-righteous still judge
One who was forgiven

Some questions we might ask ourselves:

  • Do I ignore or even deny others forgiveness?
  • Do I criticize those who forgive?
  • Do I forgive?

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