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Milkman | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Nov 9 2019 8:14 PM

I just picked up the ESV large print journaling Bible. It's pretty cool and it's something I hadn't done in the past and might give it a shot.

Anyone else journal in their Bible and if so I'd love to hear how and what you do.



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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 10 2019 12:20 PM

Good topic Milkman:

I used to write the answers to the questions in a paperback book maybe by the name of "How to keep a spiritual journal". It had some neat points to ponder about.

The kind of journaling you do depends much on what you are up to at the time, or what you want to focus on:

Mr. Thompson did his chain references using the white space in his Bible.

Persons have written down their comments to after some years publish their commentary notes.

Depending on how much space is there in your Bible, you could do a mind map to be used as a visual index, and write the verses that apply to a specific topic of interest to you for ready reference.

Then you have a more ministry oriented approach:

It draws heavy on modern management theory.

If you are spiritually inclined, then from "How to hear God's voice" by Les D. Crause gives some pointers:

"Hearing God's Voice 5: Journaling

This fifth method of hearing God's voice is a very important one. It leads on from some of the things that we have already looked at. I want to show you a passage from the book of Habakkuk Chapter 2:1. The prophet Habakkuk says:

"I will stand upon my watch and set myself upon the tower, and will watch to see what He will say to me, and what I will answer when I am reproved."

Then the Lord answered me and said: "Write the vision and make it plain on tables, that he that reads it may run."

I spoke earlier about how words release the spirit within; how that while you are speaking, things pop up out of your spirit without you being aware of it. Sometimes the things that pop up out of your spirit are a source of wisdom. You might be speaking to somebody about a problem that they have and suddenly you find yourself saying something that you had never planned to say, something that you had never ever thought before. As you speak it you know that you are speaking the solution to the problem. It occurs to you suddenly and unexpectedly. You just see it, and it pops out."

There is always a list of topics that can inspire you in a particular way:

5430.all topics Christianity today pdf.pdf

Then you have a worldview approach:

"...worldview sought to furnish a feedback loop between convictions and experience, each clarifying the other so as to propel action."

 Bratt, J. D. (2013). Abraham Kuyper: Modern Calvinist, Christian Democrat. (M. A. Noll, N. O. Hatch, & A. C. Guelzo, Eds.) (p. 208). Grand Rapids, MI; Cambridge, U.K.: William B. Eerdmans Publishing Company.


Specifically, a worldview should provide a particular perspective on each of the following ten disciplines: 









economics, and 


These disciplines also have implications for cultural expression such as found in the visual and performing arts, music, and literature. 

Since biblical Christianity offers a specific stance or attitude toward all ten disciplines, it is, by our definition, a worldview"

 Tyler, Z. (2005). 7 tools for cultivating your child’s potential (p. 110). Nashville, TN: Broadman & Holman Publishers.

You can always focus at one time on one of the big five elements:

Worship (exalt Jesus Christ), education / discipleship (prep believers for service), Koinonia (learn to build and maintain healthy relations), Civic action (empower persons and groups to be able to do christian development), and evangelism / planting (serve to help carry the ministry of reconciliation to the least, last and lost).

Hope this helps and sparks your imagination.

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Milkman | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 10 2019 3:38 PM

It was this video that I first read on a FL blog and eventually led me to buying my ESV journaling Bible. I do have Edward's book you tagged. thnx.

Hamilton Ramos:


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Brad | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 10 2019 4:22 PM

Hamilton Ramos:

Thank you, Hamilton.  I didn't know about that resource.  I just "wish-listed" it.  

Insert your own joke here, regarding preachers whose unfortunate sermons imply that they must be using "blank Bibles," but Edwards clearly didn't mean devoid of content. Wink

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Hamilton Ramos | Forum Activity | Replied: Sun, Nov 10 2019 6:21 PM

Thanks for the link Milkman.

How about combining your journaling with zettlekasten?

Peace and grace.

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