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#33497 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 25 April 2018 - 01:31 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Grace and peace to you Greg. Praise the Lord....you have been saved.

Don’t know if you have e-Sword but if not, install it and then install some of the great commentary modules which will help you understand any particular verse or verses. I like The Expository Notes of Dr. Constable commentary module and also Jamieson, Fausset and Brown Commentary. And there are many other great modules available on this site.

Keep asking questions!

Lew

Thank you for the kind words. I'll look into the commentary that you mentioned.

 

Greg




#33512 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 26 April 2018 - 07:35 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Hi Greg

Welcome to the family of God. Now starts the journey. I have been a Christian for over fifty years and am still learning each day. The Bible is it's own best commentary. We are to build our theology on the whole word of God not on a few chosen verses that seem to support our views. In other words, do not take verses out of context.

 

I found the following comment a while back and am not sure who wrote it but it does state the case well.

 

The text is supreme

 

When we speak of the text of Scripture, we do not mean an isolated verse from the Bible, but the body of material before us as we read, whether the whole Bible, a whole book or part of a book. Because we respect the Bibles authority, we usually like to quote a chapter and verse to support our beliefs. The desire to have biblical authority is commendable, but we must be careful that it does not cause us to distort the meaning of the text.

 

Sometimes we study what is called systematic theology. This is a kind of study that links verses from all over the Bible to give us teaching on biblical subjects. We should be careful, however, not to engage extensively in this kind of study till we have first understood the verses in their original setting. In general, we should carry out a proper study of a Bible book before we quote isolated verses from it.

 

The text of Scripture in the form God gave it is supreme. It is this text that is the Word of God, not our reorganization of it. We must be careful not to force the text to fit any scheme of theological interpretation, no matter how useful we may consider that scheme to be.

 

Bottom line we are not to base our theology on a few well chosen verses but on the whole word of God. I like to use this as an illustration when doing Alpha courses. Lookup the quote “there is no God” you will find it 14 times in the NASB bible. So the question is “is there no God?” well this is where context comes in, Psa 14:1 “The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God.". Context matters.

 

When you come across verses, like Mar 16:18, that you do not understand and you will then look for verses on that subject that are clear and compare them. If you still do not understand then set them aside and continue studying and as your knowledge increases you will be better able to understand the difficult verses.

 

 

First of Hello from Thorold ON. Thanks for that information I sure appreciate it. The more I Have been reading the Bible and using the different versions available the more certain verses are becoming clearer. Will continue to keep reading and praying for guidance.

 

Greg




#34087 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 12 July 2018 - 02:57 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Thanks to everyone for all your help.




#33495 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 25 April 2018 - 06:41 AM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

I would also recommend comparing some of the different bible translations to see how different verses are translated in different translations. Here is one example comparing Mark 16:18 as found in the King James Version (KJV) and the New International Version (NIV):

KJV:
 

Mar 16:18  They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover. 
 

NIV:
 

Mar 16:18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."
 

As you can see the NIV version uses modern English, words phrasing to make the verse easier to understand.

Thanks for the reply. I've been trying to use different Bible Translations but I think what it is,is that I'm having trouble understanding what the verse means. Like mar 16:18 in particular. About the serpents and the drink. 

 

Greg




#33513 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 26 April 2018 - 07:39 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Hi Greg,

Considering that this site has oodles of study resources, such kind of things like Bible commentaries, Dictionaries, and lexicons of which are all free, I recommend you download as many as you would like to have. But that is not all, e-Sword has an incredibly great download manager which you can download for free some or all of the official resources such as different Bible translations, Dictionaries, Commentaries, and etc.

 

But it just doesn't stop there. You also have eStudySource.com, which holds all premium resources for e-Sword, of which you can purchase. The prices there are extremely reasonable.

 

So, as you can see, there is a great deal of wealth of Bible study resources available, of which the overwhelming majority of them are free.

 

Just as a matter of interest, from what I can gather, e-Sword has the largest repository of electronic Bible Study resources of any Bible Study software. Moreover, e-Sword enjoys a massive user support network of which a number of them create new resources almost daily.

 

What we have here could be regarded as the largest worldwide network of Christians creating resources for Bible study, of the quality that can be used in Bible College, University, and Theological Seminaries. I don't think that when Rick Meyers created e-Sword 18 years ago, Glory to God, that he would have dreamed this work would have gone to the extent and growth that it is today. And guess what?! And is still growing.

 

This is amazing, and one can really see God's hand in this work. And so with that, we can really give thanks and praise to God for raising men such as Rick Meyers and Josh Bond for the work they have done. And also Give God the glory, which He richly deserves, for those who tirelessly work in the creation of resources for this program. And I can honestly assert this, that to many this has been of a great cost to them.

 

Blessings,

 

 

Thanks for providing this information to me. It is such a valuable asset that I will definitely use.

 

Greg




#33492 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 24 April 2018 - 07:45 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Thank you for taking the time to get back to me. I'll look into getting a Bible commentary. MY wife and I have decided that we will start going to the Salvation Army around us. 

 

Greg

 

God Bless




#33489 New Christian, Do I use a concordance for verses

Posted by Werwer2018 on 24 April 2018 - 04:02 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

I'm a new Christian and I'm having trouble understanding certain scripture verses such as Mark 16:18. Will a concordance translate this verse for me or what do I use. This verse about the serpent makes no sense to me. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

 

Greg




#34101 How do I remove a module

Posted by Werwer2018 on 14 July 2018 - 07:47 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Thanks for your reply.

 

On many occasions I've seen/read of people who have made (bad) mistakes in where they have lost data permanently and not were able to recover it. This has happened  on numerous occasions, and tends to show me that no one is not impervious or immune to making critical errors, including deleting the "wrong" file. Numerous posts on this site bears testament of "dumb" things people have done, including yours truly. So with that, like many on this site, I've had to learn rapidly to do things the "safe" way.

 

Having said all of that, one of the most important practices I go on about, is the requirement to do regular backups. This covers all kinds of personal data/files one has on his/her computer, and not just e-Sword. And I find it amazing just how many choose to ignore this most vital practice of the safe keeping of data.

 

Therefore, my advice (and using that word is really an understatement), is to always to back up all your data, including that which one has created on e-Sword, or has downloaded an e-Sword resource, as one may make that dumb error of deleting that wrong file.

 

Hate to say this, It can even happen to you!

 

Blessings,

Well I'm in the Dumb group as I've never backed up my computer. Although I've looked into it. I always thought that it was something businesses did until my computer crashed about three months ago and now I'm trying to get all the data back. But I'm still in the dark as to how to do this and what the difference is between backing up your data and a bootable disk. So as of now I have done nothing. I know there are people out there who say how can someone be so stupid. Well it is something that know one has ever mentioned to me.

 

Thanks  Greg

God Bless




#34107 How do I remove a module

Posted by Werwer2018 on 16 July 2018 - 05:29 AM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Thanks for the information.




#34097 How do I remove a module

Posted by Werwer2018 on 14 July 2018 - 03:44 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Just a note on using this method of removing a resource.

 

When removing an e-Sword resource using this method, it is permanently gone. This means that the resource does not get moved to the recycle bin. So if one happens to have deleted the wrong resource, then one cannot not undelete it.

 

That said, the other option, which can be regarded as safer, is to delete the resource using Windows File Explorer. By doing it this way the file is "moved" to the recycle bin. This means if the wrong resource has been deleted, then on can restore it.

 

Another option, which can be regarded as the best and safest method,  is before deleting/removing any resource, to do a complete backup of all your resource files, including the ones you may think you no longer need, and so if one mistakenly deletes one, then it can be restored from the backed up data.

 

Trust that this will be extremely helpful

 

Blessings,

Thank you very much for the reply. I don't use the modules that I want removed so my best option is to have them removed from the computer itself. That said I already did what " silverhair " suggested. what a blessing e-sword has been for me. Especially now that I have the Facebook Christian page. 

 

Greg

God Bless




#34084 How do I remove a module

Posted by Werwer2018 on 11 July 2018 - 07:27 PM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

There are a number of e-sword modules that I don't use and I've notived that when loading my e-sword that it has slowed down considerably so I would like to uninstall them. Can someone please explain to me how I do this. Any help would be appreciated. By the way I have been using e-sword for about six months and it is Fantastic. I just started a Christian Facebook group page and it is super easy to lookup scripture now. I would recommend this to anyone. May god Bless all those involved in this site.

 

Thanks … Greg




#34086 How do I remove a module

Posted by Werwer2018 on 12 July 2018 - 02:12 AM in e-Sword Questions & Answers

Okay thanks for that, I thought that I had to go into the programs section to take the modules out.

 

Greg

God Bless




#33316 Downloaded The Sermon Bible But can't find in E-Sword

Posted by Werwer2018 on 09 April 2018 - 01:34 PM in e-Sword Tools & Utilities

I just downloaded The Sermon Bible by William Nicoll and put it in my E-Sword file but I can't seem to figure out how to load it. I got my E-sword a couple of days ago and I think that is okay. But still trying to figure out how it works. So it could be something I'm doing or not doing. Any help would be appreciated.

 

Thanks Greg




#33532 Downloaded The Sermon Bible But can't find in E-Sword

Posted by Werwer2018 on 01 May 2018 - 07:39 PM in e-Sword Tools & Utilities

Because you said "Thanks," that got you a like from me.

 

Its not very often people say "thank you," but when they do, its really appreciated. So with that, its been a real honor to help you, and thank you."

 

Blessings,

 

 

I was brought up in a Christian home and taught proper manners. Such as respecting your elders and to say please and thank you. There is much evil in this world now and I just shake my head with what I see. It is not just the young people it is also a lot of older people as well. I am sixty years old and I'm on disability and very hard for me to walk. The other day I was coming out of a store with a lady less than five feet in front of me and she looked back at me and just let the door close in front of me. I said thanks for holding the door open for me and her reply was .. Why should I. I told her it was called RESPECT and walked away.

 

Greg




#33320 Downloaded The Sermon Bible But can't find in E-Sword

Posted by Werwer2018 on 09 April 2018 - 06:08 PM in e-Sword Tools & Utilities

Well I tried that and it still doesn't load in e-sword. Maybe I'm not looking in the right place for it. Is it in the Library, or should be in there.

 

Thanks  Greg