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In his homiletical commentary on Ephesians, Harry Ironside tells about meeting an older, very godly man early in his ministry. The man Andrew Fraser, was dying of tuberculosis, and Ironside went to visit him. Fraser could barely speak above a whisper because his lungs were almost consumed by the disease. But he said, “Young man, you are trying to preach Christ are you not?”

“Yes I am,” replied Ironside.

“Well,” he said, “sit down a little, and let us talk about the Word of God.” He opened his Bible, and until his strength was gone he unfolded one passage after another, teaching truths that Ironside before that time had not appreciated or even perceived. Before long, tears were running down Ironside’s cheeks and he asked, “Where did you get these things? Can you tell me where I can find a book that will open them up to me? Did you get them in a seminary or college?”

Fraser replied, “My dear young man, I learned these things on my knees on the mud floor of a little sod cottage in the north of Ireland. There with my open Bible before me, I used to kneel for hours at a time and ask the Spirit of God to reveal Christ to my soul and to open the Word to my heart. He taught me more on my knees on that mud floor than I ever could of learned in all the seminaries or colleges in the world.”

Excerpt from “Living by the Book: The Joy of Loving and Trusting God’s Word”

A study of Psalm 119

James Montegomery Boice

“Reading the Bible throws light on life, on all its problems and trials, on the confusing behavior of other people, on what is important and what is not, on right behavior, right goals, and right priorities. If you have not found this to be true, it is because of one of two things. Either you are not really studying the Bible or you are approaching it in a superior or vain frame of  mind,  judging it by your own limited views rather than allowing it to judge you. You need to allow the Bible to instruct you.”

“Martin Luther pointed out that the Word gives understanding “to the simple,” which is what the verse says. He argued that the wisdom of the Bible is hidden from those who are wise in their own eyes but that it is disclosed to those who are “ready, prepared, eager always to be taught, judged, and to hear, rather than to teach, judge and be heard.”‘

Psalm 119:129-130

“Your statutes are wonderful; therefore I obey them. The unfolding of your words gives light; it gives understanding to the simple.”

This next excerpt speaks of the two disciples on the road to Emmaus who were returning home after the crucifixion, when Jesus joined them and began to teach them.

“This is how we grow in knowledge of God’s truth. First there is the opening of God’s Word, then the opening of the eyes to see Jesus, and finally the opening of the mind or understanding. Notice that here, as in each of the other points to be considered, the end result is not understanding alone, but obedience to what is understood.”

Quotes are from James Montgomery Boice on Psalm 119.

This is a really good series of posts from Erin about the Psalm 119 conference which I just learned about one hour ago. Having been immersed in Psalm 119 myself for three weeks, it was very interesting and relevant to my current study. 

Please read from “Do Not Be Surprised” —

Preach the Word – Psalm 119 Partial Recap, Part 4

It’s hard to believe that it’s been almost 3 weeks since the Psalm 119 conference, and I still haven’t finished recapping it! See, like I said, it really would be so much easier if all of my readers would simply attend one of the conferences! Reviewing and transcribing my notes, though, is probably benefitting me more than my readers, as it allows me to really ponder all of this information, and to subsequently apply it rightly in my life. So I thank you for humoring me!

Thus far I have recapped the sermons delivered by Todd Friel, James White, and Milton Vincent. Three down, two to go! Today I’d like to review Phil Johnson’s talks. If you aren’t familiar with Johnson (seriously, what is wrong with you?!) he is the Executive Director of Grace to You, one of the Pyromaniacs of Team Pyro, and shall I say “curator” of the Spurgeon Archive. He’s also a wonderful expositor of God’s Word whose teachings have been a blessing in my life. To hear him speak in person was an honor for me, as was having the opportunity to meet him and his wife, and to thank him personally for his ministry. In fact, the opportunity to meet all of the speakers at Psalm 119 and to offer my heartfelt thanks for their dedication to God’s Word and truth was a great privilege for me. But I digress…

 Full article  HERE

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I am currently taking in “Living by the Book: The Joy of Loving and Trusting God’s Word”  by James Montgomery Boice.  This is a fantastic study of Psalm 119. I highly recommend this book. I downloaded it to my kindle.

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