Thursday, July 16, 2009
Scriptures Made Easier
If you have not discovered the genius of works by David J. Ridges yet then you are in for a treat. Ridges has a background of 30+ years in the CES and has published numerous books that help to make scripture study "easier." What I love about the books is that they are the actual verse-by-verse scriptures with the commentary written right in them. For example, this is a small section from his New Testament Made Easier volume:
1 And seeing the multitudes, he went up into a mountain: and when he was set, his disciples came unto him:
Note: You may wish to make a cross reference here to 3 Nephi 12:1-3, wherein we are told that the Sermon on the Mount which follows is addressed to members of the Church, and is a series of instructions for entering celestial glory.
2 And he opened his mouth, and taught them, saying,
3 Blessed are the poor in spirit (who come unto me. 3 Nephi 12:3): for theirs is the kingdom of heaven (celestial glory).
4 Blessed are they that mourn (for their sins; in other words, those who repent): for they shall be comforted (by the Holy Ghost)...
From this you can see that Brother Ridges has taken a lot of work out of studying scriptures. I love that he has explanations right there. His books would be awesome for both personal and family scripture study.
Scripture of the Day: 1 Samuel 16:7