Posted in THOUGHTS

Obituary–Common Sense

Today we mourn the passing of a beloved old friend, Common Sense, who has been with us for many years. No one knows for sure how old he was, since his birth records were long ago lost in bureaucratic red tape. He will be remembered as having cultivated such valuable lessons as: Knowing when to come in out of the rain; Why the early bird gets the worm; Life isn’t always fair; and maybe it was my fault.

Common Sense lived by simple, sound financial policies (don’t spend more than you can earn) and reliable strategies (adults, not children, are in charge).

His health began to deteriorate rapidly when well-intentioned but overbearing regulations were set in place. Reports of a 6-year-old boy charged with sexual harassment for kissing a classmate; teens suspended from school for using mouthwash after lunch; and a teacher fired for reprimanding an unruly student, only worsened his condition.

Common Sense lost ground when parents attacked teachers for doing the job that they themselves had failed to do in disciplining their unruly children.

It declined even further when schools were required to get parental consent to administer sun lotion or an Aspirin to a student; but could not inform parents when a student became pregnant and wanted to have an abortion.

Common Sense lost the will to live as the churches became businesses; and criminals received better treatment than their victims.

Common Sense took a beating when you couldn’t defend yourself from a burglar in your own home and the burglar could sue you for assault.

Common Sense finally gave up the will to live, after a woman failed to realize that a steaming cup of coffee was hot. She spilled a little in her lap, and was promptly awarded a huge financial settlement.

Common Sense was preceded in death, by his parents, Truth and Trust, by his wife, Discretion, by his daughter, Responsibility, and by his son, Reason.

He is survived by his 4 stepbrothers;
I Know My Rights
I Want It Now
Someone Else Is To Blame
I’m A Victim

Not many attended his funeral because so few realized he was gone.

Posted in Daily Word

Bible Study Lesson 2

We are learning how to use the Blue Letter Bible, an online, interactive, and very powerful study tool. If you are just joining us, place the link in your favorites or on your desktop. And welcome to the study. You may want to subscribe to this blog in order to keep up with the lessons. You may do so by signing up with the FeedBlitz on the right-hand side of the blog. However, all lessons will be archived under the category titled Bible Study Methods. You can go there at any time and get a lesson to review or to catch up.

Let’s begin.

Hopefully, you did some exploring on the left-hand section of the home page of the BLB like I suggested in Lesson 1. If you did, you found that they have a wealth of resources available–dictionaries, topical studies, commentaries, charts, maps, and a host of other tools to enhance your study time in the Bible.

Open the home page.

Under the top bar labeled New Bible Search you will find a blank bar in which to enter your search criteria. You can enter a specific book reference, or you can enter a word or word string that you are looking for.

I remember that there is a place in scripture where someone complained to Jesus about a different group doing things even though they were not part of the main band of disciples. Seems to me there was something about demons in the story. I want to find that passage.

Type in casting out demons. You don’t need quotes or the bold or italics. Just the text.

In the next box, select the version you want to use. I use the ESV, and have it set as my Preferred Bible. (see lesson 1)

Then click on the Search button.

This should bring up your search results in the middle of the page. Look over the entire page to gain an understanding of what the page looks like.

For my search, using the ESV, I’ve been given three verses. Yours may be different. To see how powerful this is, change the version selection and click on the search button again. You should get different results.

For instance, when I changed to the KJV, I was given a “sorry.” There are no verses that match the search. There is a way to find those verses on the results page without further typing, but that is for a later lesson.

Okay. I’ve found the passage I was trying to remember. It is Mark 9:38. Now I want to see that verse in its context.

The address is hot-linked, so click on Mar 9:38, and you will be taken to the entire chapter of Mark 9. However, the verse you clicked on will be at the top of your screen.

We can scroll up or down to access the context of that verse, and we discover that it is all within verses 38-41, which is in the midst of a lengthy record of some of the Master’s teachings on various subjects.

In order to read it smoothly without all the helps to distract me, I can change the page to be just simply text. For those of us who are easily distracted, this is a benefit.

Go to the top of the page, and look over on the right-hand column. Under the bar labeled Mark 9 you will see the words “Read / Print.” There is a question mark for help with this particular tool. Click on that and it will open a small window with an explanation of its features.

For instance, within the ESV I can change from paragraph format to verse format. I can change the words of Christ from red to black. Whatever I want for ease of reading at the computer. I can also change translation within that window. (The one feature not yet available is parallel viewing panes.)

Now, for the last point of today’s lesson–a real TREAT!

Underneath the “Read / Print” box is a box labeled “Listen to:”

Click and enjoy.

NOTE: As we progress, you may have a question about something that we have covered. Be sure to use the comments section for all comments and questions. Also, read the comments section, because someone may ask or say something that will benefit you as you go through this study. Thanks