If you’re going to get a new Bible, try a Study Bible.

Here are my three favorite study Bibles: 

  1. The New Spirit Filled Life Study Bible. Very organized & helpful section at the bottom of every page that helps you understand the context and original language of Scripture. This Bible is full of life application, theologically accessible, and written from a  very balanced charismatic perspective. Easily my favorite Bible and the first one I would recommend to anyone, regardless of their level of biblical literacy.
  2. Archeological Study Bible. If you’ve always wanted to learn more about the historical setting or geographic intricacies that seem to be presuppositional in Scripture, this is the Bible for you. It is also full of detailed maps, charts & diagrams, and full color photos of the Holy Land.
  3. Life Application Study Bible. It’s the number one selling Study Bible in the world and very approachable if you are a new believer or haven’t spent much time reading the Bible.

Why am I sharing this?

As we prepare to kick off a new year and go through the Bible together as a church, I’ve noticed several of my friends asking questions on Social Media about the Bible. I thought it might be helpful to start a blog series and share some of resources that I use as well as some of my favorites.

I would love to hear from you! Leave a comment and let us know what you’re using to engage with Scripture so that everyone can benefit from your breakthrough!

A Private Litany of Humility

From the desire of being praised, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being honored, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being preferred, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being consulted, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of being approved, deliver me, Jesus.

From the desire of comfort and ease, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being humiliated, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being criticized, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being passed over, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being forgotten, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being lonely, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of being hurt, deliver me, Jesus.

From the fear of suffering, deliver me, Jesus.

That others may be loved more than I, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be chosen and I set aside, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

That others may be praised and I unnoticed, Jesus, grant me the grace to desire it.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like yours.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, strengthen me with your Spirit.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, teach me your ways.

O Jesus, meek and humble of heart, help me put my self importance aside to learn the kind of cooperation with others that makes possible the presence of your Abba’s household.

From the prayer book, For Jesuits, Loyola Press, 1963 – adapted from a prayer by Rafael, Cardinal Merry Del Val (1865-1930)

Photo by: Kim Graham – Charleston, SC