We are to aviod...

posted Jun 24, 2012, 1:34 PM by Joshua Buchanan

We are told in 2 Tim. 2:23 to avoid foolish and ignorant disputes because they generate strife. This type of aggression only generates strife, most especially now, between brothers of a like, precious faith. God made us creatures of choice, not meant to be exactly the same. This is a large reason why each and every sin is not specifically mentioned in the Bible. Suffice it to say that God has told us to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling, not to work out everyone else's.

2 Timothy 2:14-26 (leave comments if you wish)

posted May 14, 2012, 9:26 AM by Joshua Buchanan   [ updated May 14, 2012, 9:27 AM ]

Goal today: Be able to present myself approved to God, unashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.

There are every day things you should avoid: "profane and idle babblings", "youthful lusts", "foolish and ignorant disputes", & quarrels.   After reading this scripture, these are things I could easily find having to catch myself, and turn my thoughts away from whatever it was.  How many times have you been driving, been cut-off and just began ranting and raving at the other drivers (out loud or to yourself)?  Can they really hear me?  What am I really accomplishing?  While watching TV you rewind the TV to take a second look at a pretty girl or a handsome guy.  Could there be a time when you tried to see who was right on the existence of a particular episode of a TV series?   Maybe, arguing with your spouse other about who is watching the children, what plans will be or chores to be done around the house.  These all fall under the aforementioned things we should avoid because they "increase to more ungodliness", "spread like cancer" and "generate strife".  We should keep our focus on the things which are important, righteous, and worth our while, such as "be gentle to all, able to teach, and patient in humility" and "pursue righteousness, faith, love, peace...". 

Why should this be a goal of ours?  We should be able to equip ourselves with the ability to come to our "senses and escape the snare of the devil" and do the will of the Lord.  These things that we can all find ourselves easily doing are things that may seem innocent on the surface, but they work treacherously within us and become inherently sinful. 

What should we do?  Well, what I do when I realize I have done something I should've avoided is immediately ask for forgiveness, from God and myself 1st.  I know God heard/saw me, and I need to be able to look at myself in the mirror.  I then begin reading my bible or prayer to help me focus on things that are holy, and righteous.  This allows me to regain my purpose and pursuit of righteousness.  Is this the right thing, the only thing or what you should do?  Read your bible and find out. 

It is my desire that, as you read this, you can identify with something and help fill your day with a little bit of encouragement.  If you see anything you would like to comment on, i have left the comment box here to have discussions as necessary.

Quizzes for Acts

posted May 13, 2012, 12:13 PM by Joshua Buchanan   [ updated May 13, 2012, 12:17 PM ]

I found a website for Bible Bowl training that has excellent quizzes that are can be taken and graded instantly.  The website for the quizzes is:


I recommend that for study above and beyond the classroom setting, you take a look at these quizzes and attempt to answer them, and see how you do after each chapter.  Happy Studying!!!

Bible Bowl 2013

posted Apr 28, 2012, 3:15 PM by Joshua Buchanan   [ updated Mar 24, 2013, 10:41 AM ]

Welcome to my bible study website.  I began making this site to assist myself and those I teach with Bible Bowl materials, as well as having a place to access materials from multiple venues.  Bible Bowl begins May 5th, 2013, and the topic is Ruth & Jonah.  We are using the New King James Version, and I retrieved the information from www.biblegateway.com.  I will be highlighting sections of the books as we go through them.  If you want to know the method of my highlighting madness, check out the "Bible Bowl" link, and it will explain it to you.  Also, any notes that I type, quizzes I prepare, or study activities I create will be uploaded to the "Bible Bowl" link under the "Ruth & Jonah" subpage.  If you would like to take a gander at last summer's Bible Bowl materials, check out the "Esther" or "Acts 01-12" subpages in the "Bible Bowl" link.  I look forward to our studying together, and HAPPY BOWLING!!!!

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