January 15th, 2007

Higher Things

Bible Conference 2007

The Bible conference was a wonderful experience this weekend!
We heard 4 messages, 9 presentations, and 2 life testimonies, shared our key verse reflections, sang, and ate plenty of good foods. The theme was "spiritual training." Here are some of the things I learned:

-Take time for what is important.
(In fact, we do take time for what is important to us... But are those things truly important...)

-In healthy service, self-examination, celebration, and solitude, a "me-centered" focus will only result in regret, loneliness, and hopelessness. Instead, in all of these activities, we need to focus on Jesus and His sacrifice. "The joy of the LORD is your strength."

-The goal of prayer should not be to fill our shelves using God's credit card! It should be to share our hearts and seek God's will until it becomes our own.

-God waits eagerly for His people to seek Him. We can do this through reading and meditating on Scripture and prayer. There's no magical formula and we don't need a pastor or priest to do it for us.

-Simplicity is not only a Zen art, but a Christian value: Ecclesiastes 7:29.

-How can we have "hope" without a "promise"? The promises are here, so let's hold fast to them!

And here is some more on the key verse reflection and study.
As far as I understand, this is the way to attack a key verse. I may be wrong, but it's what I could figure out:

1. Choose a verse that has been nagging at your mind or one you feel really stirs your heart.
2. Write a "Key verse Reflection" about why you chose this, what you hope to learn, and how you desire to grow through study of it.
3. Check for cross-referencing with that verse. What related passages are there? What is the connection?
4. If it is an Old Testament verse, can the message be found in the New Testament (and vice versa)? Where?
5. Look for people in the Bible who exemplify this key verse, either in a positive or negative way. What did they do right, what did they do wrong? What can we learn from their lives?
6. Apply this key verse to ordinary daily living. If you chose one of encouragement, meditate on this in times of stress. If you chose one of warning, meditate on this before making decisions and afterward.
7. Compare different translations. Are there subtle differences that give you a clearer view of the message?
8. Talk to other people and see what insights they may have.
9. Write about all of these things. In writing, you may think of other things to explore...
10. Come up with more^^

And, here is my key verse reflection for this year. Some water, some fear and underestimation, some promises. Collapse )

Monday...I had off school, right?

Well, I updated earlier today after I woke up at 10:30. After that, I did three loads of laundry, ate a quick lunch, washed dishes, worked on my management project, took a nap for an hour and a half, read the management homework, and worked more on the "people page" for the first period of the Biblical History Reference Resource web-project.

Updates are as follows:
-standardized the template
-divided the main body into columns (on the left is the list of names and the space on the right is where the short summaries display - only Adam and Eve have 'test' content at the moment)
-the list of names (not yet complete) is sortable by category, alphabetical, or chronological order
(mock-up version is here) [Edit: 2/3/07]