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Explaining the "sense" of Scripture.

"Then he opened their minds 
to understand the Scriptures,"

- Luke 24:45 [ESV]


Sekel is a hebrew word meaning:
intelligence, discretion, knowledge,  sense, & understanding, & wisdom and is found in the Old Testament passage Nehemiah 8:8:

"They read from the book, from the Law of God, clearly, and 
they gave the sense{SEKEL}, so that the people understood the reading."

"They read from the Book of the Law of God and clearly explained 
what was being read, helping the people understand each passage."

  My life's calling, vision, passion & purpose is to "Give the sense" and help people understand the meaning of God's word.  In doing so, my goal is to fulfill the Great Commission to "make DISCIPLES of all nations."  (Emphasis on making "disciples"(Matthew 28:19) not mere CONVERTS.)   
  Disciple-making involves evangelism to be sure.  But it also involves
"...teaching them to observe all that I commanded you..."
  My vision for ministry is to do exactly that by teaching believers to love the Bible, understand its teachings and follow the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ to Whom the Scriptures point.  My prayer is that you will be edified (built up) in your faith by the material that I present on this site.

2 Cor. 12:9

The difference in making DISCIPLES rather than CONVERTS is amply explained below by Dr. John Piper, pastor of Bethlehem Baptist Church in Minneapolis, Minnesota:

My biggest fear regarding so much of what is called "worship" 
today is the lack of understanding as to what worship is. 
Here R. C. Sproul articulates the problem masterfully:



Welcome to the web page of author, artist, theologian and pastor-teacher of Sardis Baptist Church in Saluda, South Carolina, Michael Bell - known to some of my colleagues in ministry
as the "Rabbi" because of my
appearance and passion for teaching God's holy Scripture.  
On this site members, friends & other visitors can read regular quiet time meditations I blog, sample audio and video recordings of my sermons and sample articles I have written on Biblical, theological and other topics as well.
     You can contact me by email at rabbimike@minister.com.

"Have Bible, will travel."
       My life verse = 2 Corinthians 12:9-10 [NASB]:
    "And He has said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for power is perfected in weakness." Most gladly, therefore, I will rather boast about my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may dwell in me. Therefore I am well content with weaknesses, with insults, with distresses, with persecutions, with difficulties, for Christ's sake; for when I am weak, then I am strong."

Mike's Quiet Time Blog.

  • "Earthrise" and Eternal Redemption “When I look at your heavens, thework of your fingers, the moonand the stars, which you have setin place, what is man that you aremindful of ...
    Posted Jul 19, 2019, 1:07 PM by Michael Bell
  • "It can't happen here...can it?" “This is the interpretation of thematter: Mene, God has numberedthe days of your kingdom andbrought it to an end;”- Daniel 5:26 [ESV]   History is littered with ...
    Posted Jul 18, 2019, 6:10 PM by Michael Bell
  • "Someday" has arrived! Then I thought, ‘I shall die in my nest, andI shall multiply my days as the sand, my rootsspread out to the waters, with the dew all night ...
    Posted Jul 13, 2019, 5:29 AM by Michael Bell
  • "Jesus Only" “And suddenly, looking around,they no longer saw anyone withthem but Jesus only.”- Mark 9:8 [ESV]  Here in the account of the transfiguration, my thoughts are arrested by ...
    Posted Jul 11, 2019, 12:52 PM by Michael Bell
  • "A Nice Place to Visit?" “but for those who are self-seeking and donot obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness,there will be wrath and fury.”– Romans 2:8 [ESV]   The doctrine of hell ...
    Posted Jul 10, 2019, 10:18 AM by Michael Bell
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"Study to show thyself approved unto God, a
workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly 
dividing the word of truth." 
- 2 Timothy 2:15 [KJV]