Sunday, March 4, 2018

The New City Catechism

52 Questions and answers for families, pairs and groups.

Simple Weekly bible truths to learn from God's Word.






The New City Catechism is a modern-day resource aimed at helping children and adults ali
ke learn the core doctrines of the Christian faith via 52 questions and answers.

An excellent and simple resource, in book, web and mobile form

Explore:
http://newcitycatechism.com/
http://www.newcitycatechismus.nl/


Introduction and memorisation tips....by Tim Keller:
http://newcitycatechism.com/introduction-timothy-keller/

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Walking with Jesus Daily: Quiet Times

You will need a Bible reading plan if you are to get to know Jesus and his Word.

  If you don’t plan it – you won’t do it!  

Here is a simple one to follow:
RS_Reading_Plan_timeless.pdf
LINK


In this blogsite, you will find links to websites that offer Bible reading plans.

We encourage you to sign up for a Bible reading plan today and to follow it.

You will also find other helpful discipleship tools on the linked websites below

Be a disciplined disciple – read the Bible every day.

LINK BACK TO THE TRINITY SITE

500 Years Ago - Advice from Martin Luther

Quoted in full from:
Link

How to Have a Quiet Time—According to Martin Luther (LINK)
The Reformer's take on "devos."
Marshall Shelley

Q. My youth pastor is always talking about quiet times, but what exactly is a "quiet time?"

A. A "quiet time" is simply being intentional about having a conversation with God. This usually means listening for God's voice by reading the Bible or devotions, and speaking to God through prayer. Jesus did this numerous times in the Gospels, sometimes slipping away all night or in the early morning, to spend time with his Father.

My favorite description of this kind of conversation came from Martin Luther, whose barber asked, "How do you pray?" Luther explained:

"A good barber must have his thoughts, mind and eyes concentrated upon the razor and the beard and not forget where he is in his stroke and shave. If he keeps talking or thinking of something else, he is likely to cut a man's mouth or nose—or even his throat. So anything that is to be done well ought to occupy the whole man. … How much more must prayer possess the heart exclusively and completely if it is to be good prayer."

For most people, the hardest part of a quiet time (after actually finding the time) is fighting wandering thoughts. So Luther instructed his barber not to pray long prayers:

"A good prayer need not be long or drawn out, but rather it should be frequent and [passionate]."

And what should you pray about? Just your personal needs and worries?
No. Who likes people who only talk about themselves all the time?
Luther suggested a way for quiet times
to be a two-way conversation: pray Scripture.

For instance, use the Lord's Prayer, a psalm or the Ten Commandments.
How do you do that?


Luther would take each sentence of Scripture (for instance, "Do not steal")
and think about it in four ways:
1) As a teaching. 
What does this mean for my life? What are different ways I steal?
2) As a reason for thanksgiving. 
For instance, how is this commandment not to steal God's way of protecting me?
3) As a confession. 
How have I stolen from someone?
4) As a prayer petition. 
I can pray that injustice like stealing will end with Christ's return.

Really, how you spend your time with Christ is up to you.
There are no real rules. What matters is that you are spending time with Christ.

Marshall, a former pastor, is editor of Leadership Journal, a magazine for pastors.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Resources for Quiet Times

See main page at....
http://www.trinitychurch.nl/discipleship/

Tip: Get a good Bible in old fashioned paper!
 It never needs "electrickery" to feed you!
(ask your church leadership if you need advice on versions)


James 1:22-25
22 Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says. 23 Anyone who listens to the word but does not do what it says is like someone who looks at his face in a mirror 24 and, after looking at himself, goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25 But whoever looks intently into the perfect law that gives freedom, and continues in it—not forgetting what they have heard, but doing it—they will be blessed in what they do.


https://odb.org/subscription/
https://odb.org/

A simple reading plan:
https://thebibleproject.com/

Other bible resources:
 https://bible.org/

Wordproject.org (Most Languages)
Multilingual Bible including arabic
and other languages: LINKS





Book...LINK









The Good Book Company
"explore" daily readings series...

www.thegoodbook.com
...and by book...
explore-by-the-book






EXPLORE App
Daily Reading e-guides
thegoodbook LINK


Arranged Bible...












Amazon LINK

Quiet Times - Phone Apps

Bible Reading Plan for email
https://thebibleproject.com/reading-plan/
(Great resource, using an app, email, paper)


YouVersion
 https://www.youversion.com/





EXPLORE daily reading e-guides
from Good Book Company
thegoodbook.co.uk LINK

Well established Bible App with some free bibles
ESV, KJV, NKJV, NIV,
https://www.olivetree.com/

Free bible app
e-Sword, for pc, mac, ipad and iphone:
(Useable Offline) (Multiple bible versions available)
http://www.e-sword.net/

Reading plan app
An excellent app, that works together with bible apps (like e-Sword), manages and tracks your readings. (Review: LINK)
iTunes LINK



Audio
Word of Promise - speaking bible
for iphone and android
(Offline - uses NKJV)
https://www.wordofpromiseapp.com/



All kinds of reading plan
Try this selection. LINK