Archive for October 2011

Speaking Truth to Yourself

Have you realized that most of your unhappiness in life is due to the fact that you are listening to yourself instead of talking to yourself? Take those thoughts that come to you the moment you wake up in the morning. You have not originated them, but they start talking to you, they bring back the problems of yesterday, etc. Somebody is talking. Who is talking to you? Your self is talking to you. Now this man’s treatment was this; instead of allowing this self to talk to him, he starts talking to himself. `Why art thou cast down, 0 my soul?’ he asks. His soul had been depressing him, crushing him. So he stands up and says: `Self, listen for a moment, I will speak to you’. Do you know what I mean? If you do not, you have had but little experience. .. The main art in the matter of spiritual living is to know how to handle yourself. You have to take yourself in hand, you have to address yourself, preach to yourself, question yourself. You must say to your soul: `Why art thou cast down’-what business have you to be disquieted? You must turn on yourself, upbraid yourself, condemn yourself, exhort yourself, and say to yourself: `Hope thou in God’-instead of muttering in this depressed, unhappy way. And then you must go on to remind yourself of God, Who God is, and what God is and what God has done, and what God has pledged Himself to do. Then having done that, end on this great note: defy yourself, and defy other people, and defy the devil and the whole world, and say with this man: `I shall yet praise Him for the help of His countenance, who is also the health of my countenance and my God’. .. Martyn Lloyd-Jones;D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones. Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure (Kindle Locations 204-214). Kindle Edition.

The Bible I will begin teaching out of beginning in January 2012.

Beginning in January 2012 I will be changing the Bible I teach from on Sunday mornings. The version of the Bible I have been teaching out of is the 1984 version of the NIV.  This year, the publishers of the NIV changed to an updated version which is different than what I have been using.  Therefore, I need to change the Bible I am teaching out of.

While I think that the updated NIV is good, over the last few years I have read more and more from the ESV (English Standard Version) and I have really enjoyed it.  So beginning in January 2012 I will be teaching out of the ESV translation of the Bible.

You can find out more about the ESV at: http://www.crossway.org/bibles

Here is the Bible that I have: http://www.christianbook.com/esv-reference-trutone-cordovan-portfolio-design/9781433502378/pd/502378?event=CF

If you are looking for an ESV study Bible I would recommend these:

1)  The Ryrie ESV Study Bible that you can find here: http://www.amazon.com/Bonded-Leather-Black-Letter-Indexed/dp/0802475655

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2)  The MacArthur ESV Study Bible that you can find here: http://www.esvmacarthurstudybible.com/editions

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If you are interested in a longer explanation of this transition, Mark Driscoll wrote an 18 page explanation of the reasons that he made this change that is available at: http://theresurgence.com/files/pdf/mark_driscoll_2007-01-09_pastoral_reflections_on_bible_translations.pdf