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The FOCUSed15 Podcast - Bible Study Tools and Tips in 15 Minutes

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The FOCUSed15 Podcast - Bible Study Tools and Tips in 15 Minutes

Chris and Katie Orr

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We know your life is busy, but you don't have to give up on Bible study. Listen in for quick tips and tools to help you dive into the Bible on your own.

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Which type of commentary should I use?

Though certainly not absolutely necessary for Bible study, having access to commentaries when you are studying a passage of Scripture can be super-helpful. However, if you've been down the commentary aisle at a bookstore, or searched Amazon for one ... it can be pretty overwhelming to know which to chose. We're here to help! Listen in to this 15 minute episode for answers to your question, "Which type of commentary should I use?!" IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: How to select a commentary to match your skill level The importance of understanding the goals behind the publisher of every book, and who their target audience is Clues you can find from the back of the book that will help you know if it is a good selection for you How looking up theological "hot spots" can help you determine if that author is theologically sound The importance of asking your pastor and/or leaders in your church that you can trust for commentary How to think out of the box when it comes to finding help ...

18 MIN2018 JUL 2
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Which type of commentary should I use?

What do I need to know about Song of Solomon?

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The author, audience, and aim of Song of Solomon. Chris' thoughts on the male lover debate - who is the main character in the book? Why did Solomon write this book and why is in included in Scripture? What we can learn from studying Song of Solomon: The importance of "don't awaken love until it pleases" The value of healthy sexuality within the confines of marriage The goodness of romantic love RESOURCES MENTIONED: Song of Solomon video study by Tommy Nelson Author - Audience - Aim: Find the worksheet in the resource library!Subscribe to the free Enjoy the Word membership for access. Other books authored by Solomon: Ecclesiastes Proverbs ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more...

20 MIN2018 JUN 26
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What do I need to know about Song of Solomon?

What are the little numbers in my Bible? (AND a personal update!)

Studying the Bible can be complicated. And especially if you are new to the Word of God, there are features in your Bible you may be missing out on.In this 15 minutes episode we chat through what the itty bitty super-scripted numbers and/or letters that may be in your Bible.They’re there for a reason!

26 MIN2018 JUN 15
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What are the little numbers in my Bible? (AND a personal update!)

Is the Bible really error free?

For some of you, your answer to this question may be a no-brainer. Or, maybe you are currently wading through theological waters to find the answer to this question. Either way it is important not only for you to know your answer to this question but also WHY. In this 15 minute podcast episode, Chris and I chat about whether or not the Bible isreallyerror free. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Whether or not the Bible claims to be error free What to do with the supposed errors in the Bible An example of how Katie came across a passage that didn't seem to line up and looked inaccurate Three reasons to hold tightly to the inerrancy of Scripture RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Are there errors in the Bible? - This brief article from NAMB gives quick explanations for 16 different categories of supposed errors. What is Inerrancy? A quick and helpful Ask Pastor John audio i...

19 MIN2017 DEC 11
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Is the Bible really error free?

What do I need to know about Ecclesiastes?

We've been working through the Wisdom Literature this season. We've hit on the book of Psalms as well as Proverbs and now it's Ecclesiastes' turn! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The AUTHOR, AUDIENCE, and AIM of Ecclesiastes. The similarities betweenVH-1's Behind the Music and the book of Ecclesiastes. The main themes in the book. How a meals at Denny's and Ecclesiastes led Katie to marry Chris.

16 MIN2017 DEC 4
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What do I need to know about Ecclesiastes?

How do I incorporate prayer into my study time?

Today we tackle how to incorporate praying while we study the Bible. There are many potential ways to do this. In this 15 minute episode, Chris and I share what works for us! THREE WAYS TO INCORPORATE PRAYER INTO YOUR BIBLE STUDY TIME: Before you study: “Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18 ESV). Before you begin to study, take a moment to ask the Spirit to illuminate your time in the Word. Approach God’s Word with a HUMBLE heart. While you study: “Then he opened their mindsto understandthe Scriptures” (Luke 24:45 CSB). When you come to a verse you are uncertain what it means, ask God to open your mind to understand it! Study God’s Word with a DEPENDENT spirit. After you study: “But bedoers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22 ESV). Once we’ve identified the main idea of what we are studying, we need modify our lives to what we’ve learned. Leave God’s Word with a posture of RESOLVE to obey what we’ve seen. RESOURCES MENT...

15 MIN2017 SEP 26
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How do I incorporate prayer into my study time?

Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible?

Though you don’t need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible, having a general understanding of how to access the original language can be a helpful Bible study tool. No need to head to seminary or give in to defeat because you can’t. In this 15 minute podcast episode Chris and I share a few simple tips to begin your journey through the original languages of the Bible. Click to tweet>>>I’M LISTENING TO:Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible? HOW TO GET STARTED WITH GREEK AND HEBREW TIPS ROM THE SEMINARIAN (Dr. Orr): Start out with word studies Pick a verb you want to study Look at the semantic range – all the different ways the word can be translated Look at how else the author uses this word Once you are familiar with these steps and are ready for more, look in to the following: voice – is this active, passive verb? tense – is this word a past, present, or future, or perfect (completed) verb? mood – is this a command (imperative)? an indication (i...

16 MIN2017 SEP 4
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Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible?

What do I need to know about Proverbs?

From the ideals promoted in the “Proverbs 31 Woman,” to the promise of Proverbs 22:6 (Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.) there is much we can glean from the book of Proverbs. Yet many struggle to understand exactly how to apply these wisdom sayings to everyday living. In this 15 minute podcast episode, we chat about some of the important principles to keep in mind as you study this book of wisdom.

18 MIN2017 AUG 28
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What do I need to know about Proverbs?

What if I don't enjoy studying the Bible?

Ever been in a place where you don't have a desire to study the Bible? If this is you, you are NOT alone. This is a common struggle every Christian has dealt with. In this quick 15 minute episode, Chris and I share a few reasons WHY this might be the case, as well as several practical steps to take in order move forward!

15 MIN2017 AUG 14
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What if I don't enjoy studying the Bible?

How do I know when to take the Bible literally?

Have you read a verse and not been sure how to take it? Every wonder of something you are studying should be taken figuratively or literally? Some passages are pretty clear. Others are not. Listen in to this 15 minute episode for a few tips to help you move toward a better interpretation (and thus, application) of these tricky passages. Click to tweet>>>LISTENING NOW: How do I know when to take the Bible literally? HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY? Keep in mind the genre (type of writing) and the context. This goes back to our three "A"s. Author: Who is writing? Audience: Who are they writing to? Aim: Why are they writing it? When reading prophetic Scripture, know that there are Godly, educated, (way) wise(er than us) scholars who differ on their interpretations ... so if you are unsure if a certain passage is literally or figuratively speaking of what is to come, you are probably not going to be able to figure it out either. When it comes to moral issues and daily pra...

16 MIN2017 AUG 7
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How do I know when to take the Bible literally?

Latest Episodes

Which type of commentary should I use?

Though certainly not absolutely necessary for Bible study, having access to commentaries when you are studying a passage of Scripture can be super-helpful. However, if you've been down the commentary aisle at a bookstore, or searched Amazon for one ... it can be pretty overwhelming to know which to chose. We're here to help! Listen in to this 15 minute episode for answers to your question, "Which type of commentary should I use?!" IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: How to select a commentary to match your skill level The importance of understanding the goals behind the publisher of every book, and who their target audience is Clues you can find from the back of the book that will help you know if it is a good selection for you How looking up theological "hot spots" can help you determine if that author is theologically sound The importance of asking your pastor and/or leaders in your church that you can trust for commentary How to think out of the box when it comes to finding help ...

18 MIN2018 JUL 2
Comments
Which type of commentary should I use?

What do I need to know about Song of Solomon?

IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The author, audience, and aim of Song of Solomon. Chris' thoughts on the male lover debate - who is the main character in the book? Why did Solomon write this book and why is in included in Scripture? What we can learn from studying Song of Solomon: The importance of "don't awaken love until it pleases" The value of healthy sexuality within the confines of marriage The goodness of romantic love RESOURCES MENTIONED: Song of Solomon video study by Tommy Nelson Author - Audience - Aim: Find the worksheet in the resource library!Subscribe to the free Enjoy the Word membership for access. Other books authored by Solomon: Ecclesiastes Proverbs ADDITIONAL RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! ESV Study Bible - A great resource for any book of the Bible. Includes all the basic info you would need to know about a book (author, audience, aim) and more...

20 MIN2018 JUN 26
Comments
What do I need to know about Song of Solomon?

What are the little numbers in my Bible? (AND a personal update!)

Studying the Bible can be complicated. And especially if you are new to the Word of God, there are features in your Bible you may be missing out on.In this 15 minutes episode we chat through what the itty bitty super-scripted numbers and/or letters that may be in your Bible.They’re there for a reason!

26 MIN2018 JUN 15
Comments
What are the little numbers in my Bible? (AND a personal update!)

Is the Bible really error free?

For some of you, your answer to this question may be a no-brainer. Or, maybe you are currently wading through theological waters to find the answer to this question. Either way it is important not only for you to know your answer to this question but also WHY. In this 15 minute podcast episode, Chris and I chat about whether or not the Bible isreallyerror free. IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: Whether or not the Bible claims to be error free What to do with the supposed errors in the Bible An example of how Katie came across a passage that didn't seem to line up and looked inaccurate Three reasons to hold tightly to the inerrancy of Scripture RECOMMENDED RESOURCES: Links below may include affiliate links. At no additional cost to you, I receive a small portion of your purchase. Thanks! Are there errors in the Bible? - This brief article from NAMB gives quick explanations for 16 different categories of supposed errors. What is Inerrancy? A quick and helpful Ask Pastor John audio i...

19 MIN2017 DEC 11
Comments
Is the Bible really error free?

What do I need to know about Ecclesiastes?

We've been working through the Wisdom Literature this season. We've hit on the book of Psalms as well as Proverbs and now it's Ecclesiastes' turn! IN THIS EPISODE YOU’LL HEAR ABOUT: The AUTHOR, AUDIENCE, and AIM of Ecclesiastes. The similarities betweenVH-1's Behind the Music and the book of Ecclesiastes. The main themes in the book. How a meals at Denny's and Ecclesiastes led Katie to marry Chris.

16 MIN2017 DEC 4
Comments
What do I need to know about Ecclesiastes?

How do I incorporate prayer into my study time?

Today we tackle how to incorporate praying while we study the Bible. There are many potential ways to do this. In this 15 minute episode, Chris and I share what works for us! THREE WAYS TO INCORPORATE PRAYER INTO YOUR BIBLE STUDY TIME: Before you study: “Open my eyes, that I may beholdwondrous things out of your law” (Psalm 119:18 ESV). Before you begin to study, take a moment to ask the Spirit to illuminate your time in the Word. Approach God’s Word with a HUMBLE heart. While you study: “Then he opened their mindsto understandthe Scriptures” (Luke 24:45 CSB). When you come to a verse you are uncertain what it means, ask God to open your mind to understand it! Study God’s Word with a DEPENDENT spirit. After you study: “But bedoers of the word, and not hearers only” (James 1:22 ESV). Once we’ve identified the main idea of what we are studying, we need modify our lives to what we’ve learned. Leave God’s Word with a posture of RESOLVE to obey what we’ve seen. RESOURCES MENT...

15 MIN2017 SEP 26
Comments
How do I incorporate prayer into my study time?

Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible?

Though you don’t need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible, having a general understanding of how to access the original language can be a helpful Bible study tool. No need to head to seminary or give in to defeat because you can’t. In this 15 minute podcast episode Chris and I share a few simple tips to begin your journey through the original languages of the Bible. Click to tweet>>>I’M LISTENING TO:Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible? HOW TO GET STARTED WITH GREEK AND HEBREW TIPS ROM THE SEMINARIAN (Dr. Orr): Start out with word studies Pick a verb you want to study Look at the semantic range – all the different ways the word can be translated Look at how else the author uses this word Once you are familiar with these steps and are ready for more, look in to the following: voice – is this active, passive verb? tense – is this word a past, present, or future, or perfect (completed) verb? mood – is this a command (imperative)? an indication (i...

16 MIN2017 SEP 4
Comments
Do I need to know Greek or Hebrew to understand the Bible?

What do I need to know about Proverbs?

From the ideals promoted in the “Proverbs 31 Woman,” to the promise of Proverbs 22:6 (Train up a child in the way he should go and when he is old, he will not depart from it.) there is much we can glean from the book of Proverbs. Yet many struggle to understand exactly how to apply these wisdom sayings to everyday living. In this 15 minute podcast episode, we chat about some of the important principles to keep in mind as you study this book of wisdom.

18 MIN2017 AUG 28
Comments
What do I need to know about Proverbs?

What if I don't enjoy studying the Bible?

Ever been in a place where you don't have a desire to study the Bible? If this is you, you are NOT alone. This is a common struggle every Christian has dealt with. In this quick 15 minute episode, Chris and I share a few reasons WHY this might be the case, as well as several practical steps to take in order move forward!

15 MIN2017 AUG 14
Comments
What if I don't enjoy studying the Bible?

How do I know when to take the Bible literally?

Have you read a verse and not been sure how to take it? Every wonder of something you are studying should be taken figuratively or literally? Some passages are pretty clear. Others are not. Listen in to this 15 minute episode for a few tips to help you move toward a better interpretation (and thus, application) of these tricky passages. Click to tweet>>>LISTENING NOW: How do I know when to take the Bible literally? HOW DO I KNOW WHEN TO TAKE THE BIBLE LITERALLY? Keep in mind the genre (type of writing) and the context. This goes back to our three "A"s. Author: Who is writing? Audience: Who are they writing to? Aim: Why are they writing it? When reading prophetic Scripture, know that there are Godly, educated, (way) wise(er than us) scholars who differ on their interpretations ... so if you are unsure if a certain passage is literally or figuratively speaking of what is to come, you are probably not going to be able to figure it out either. When it comes to moral issues and daily pra...

16 MIN2017 AUG 7
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How do I know when to take the Bible literally?

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