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I am the Pastor/Teacher of Rivers of Joy Baptist Church in Minford, Ohio since August 2008.  I am married to Charity since June 14, 1969.  I have four grown children.   Having served in the local church for over forty years as Pastor/Teacher, Asso., Youth Pastor, Minister of Education, Building Upkeep, Camp Director, Sunday School Teacher, etc. Also I have worked in the public place for as many years as I have preached. Charity and her sister are co owner of Union Mills Conf. (Bakery) in West Portsmouth Ohio








SHOULD YOU MARK IN YOUR BIBLE
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BLANK SHEETS IN YOUR BIBLE FOR NOTES

Should you mark in your Bible? You are asking me? I have marked in my bible for fifty years. I was surprise to read over at Experiencing Reformation: "Building A Blank Bible" He is makeing a blank Bible for his dad. Goodness. Over at Thinkichristian.net "Writing In Your Bible." This idea of writing in your Bible, or having a Bible where there are blank pages. Also over ESV.org/blog had this project of the blank Bible. They are at least sixty years late.

http://edwards.yale.edu/pdfs/gal.pdf has Jonathan Edwards sermon on "The Blank Bible".

My dad had a loose leaf Bible, by Riverside Book & Bible House over fifty years ago, you could have a blank page or pages wherever you wanted. I had one myself with hundreds of extra pages with my sermon notes. I have a three ring Bible. You can put a complete sermon anytime in this Bible.

Highlighting markers is a normal part of reading, underlining verses is normal. In some of my Bibles, there is not a page that has not been marked up with notes.


The Bible is God’s word and it is meant to be used, pencil, pen, markers, should be used to high light a text. Its not sinful to put notes in your bible, its better than a flower to press.

Of course if you have a MacArthur, Jr Study Bible, the notes of verses are already on the page.