I am so very thankful to be home.
God has answered a good many prayers in the last two weeks, and I hope to be able to write them out soon if for no other reason than to encourage you with the specific ways that God hears and answers prayers. If you have ever doubted that He hears you, doubt no more. If you have ever doubted that His heart is touched by our suffering, doubt no more. He hears, He sees, He is moved.
But that is not why I'm posting today! I believe I have a contest to take care of and finally a revealing of what good thing caused me to sin. I doubt any of you ever would have guessed it in a million years.
This is "The Expositor's Study Bible" by Jimmy Swaggart.
It's heralded as being "The most unique aid to Bible understanding available today!"
And here are some of the specs:
Virtually every scripture is self-explained
King James Version
Biblical text in black, expositors notes in red.
Expositors notes are positioned immediately following the scripture, phrase, or even word
Bonded leather cover, Smythsewn binding
Concordance, Maps, Assorted Bible helps
Utilizing some of the best Hebrew and Greek scholars
Bible Dictionary, Bible Encyclopedia, Bible commentary in abbreviated form
Also... it's a $125.99 dollar value.
It's a pretty sweet prize.
Here is an example of how the notes are positioned.
For God so loved the world (presents the God kind of love), that He gave His Only Begotten Son (gave Him up to the Cross, for that's what it took to redeem humanity), that whosoever believes in Him should no perish, but have Everlasting Life.
For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world (means that the object of Christ's mission was to save, but the issue to those who reject Him must and can only be condemnation); but that the world through Him might be saved (Jesus Christ is the only Salvation for the world; there is no other! as well, He is Salvation only through the Cross; consequently, the Cross must ever be the object of our Faith).
I see this as a wonderful tool for new believers. Forget that, it's an outstanding tool for new believers because it goes through and very carefully and diligently explains what each and every verse means. No statement that might leave a new believer, or new reader to the Bible confused is left unexplained.
But for me, while I am sure I could have learned a lot by reading all of Mr. Swaggarts notes, I instead just felt as though I were constantly being interrupted. By the time I finished the first chapter in Galatians I was ready to thump somebody on the head. Thus, how a perfectly wonderful item caused me to sin. :)
As a small commentary, I personally take slight umbrage to the fact that he put his commentary in red letters - when most Bibles tend to reserve that specific lettering for the words of Christ.
But, if I were a new believer trying to sort my way through all the typical ideas that most church people are already throwing around like secret codes... I would really appreciate this Bible.
So, I know several people I could have given this to - but I chose instead to entertain myself by having a contest. I'm sure you may as well either want this Bible to clarify things for yourself or perhaps know a new believer that could get a great deal of use from a gift such as this.
The contest officially ends on Monday 11/9/09 at 5pm. I will select the winner from all of the comments posted on this post, as well as all of the comments on the last post concerning the contest. I will attempt to post the winner that night.
If you link to this post on facebook, twitter, or your own blog or anywhere else just leave me a comment letting me know and each extra link will earn another entry.
Good luck everyone, and I am so thankful to be back with you. I've got so much to tell you!