Warren Wiersbe – At Home
Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints. (Psalm 116:15)
“BIBLE TEACHER, PASTOR, AND PREACHER Warren Wiersbe died Thursday at age 89, leaving an impressive legacy of teaching, preaching, and mentoring countless pastors. Through his lessons, broadcasted sermons, and over 150 books, he resourced the church to better read and explain the Bible.” (Christianity Today)
WHILE I WAS A STUDENT AT TENNESSEE TEMPLE COLLEGE in Chattanooga, TN, the school always had a week of “Bible Conference” in the spring with two or three outstanding speakers. Warren Wiersbe was always the favorite because he “filled your bucket.” One morning after a feast-worthy Bible presentation, Dr. Fred Brown (evangelist) turned in the row in front of me and said: “That was out of the top drawer!” I agreed, remembering that well-placed metaphor to this day.
HIS WISDOM AND TEACHING HAVE LEFT AN INDELIBLE MARK on countless pastors and Christian leaders. I think his own statement of himself explains who he really was and what God used his life to accomplish. “Writing to me is a ministry. I’m not an athlete, I’m not a mechanic. I can’t do so many of the things that successful men can do. But I can read and study and think and teach.
HE CONTINUES: “This is a beautiful, wonderful gift from God. All I’m doing is using what He’s given to me to teach people, and to give glory to the Lord Jesus Christ.” The link above is well-written and those who knew him or knew of him, will enjoy the article.
I HAVE HIS COMMENTARY ON THE OLD TESTAMENT AND ON THE NEW TESTAMENT in book form and N.T. on my computer. Dr. Wiersbe reminds me of Matthew Henry (1692-1714), the genius Bible teacher and commentary writer who could read the Bible clearly at age three and was writing before he was ten. He is known for his six-volume commentary of the Bible. I have his commentary on my computer and refer to it occasionally. Henry wrote profusely. That’s why his commentary required six big volumes.
DR WIERSBE DOES NOT GO TO EXCESS IN WRITING PROFUSELY but writes more profusely than any other commentary writers with which I am familiar. He was so full of Scripture and its intricate web of meaning that the Bible just poured out of him. That made his commentary longer than most. My wife, Barbara likes Wiersbe when she is writing because he is rich in developing Bible ideas and is rich in his inclusion of so many other Bible passages when developing his themes. At the same time, she does not like his commentary when we are having our devotions together because he is too long.
HE WROTE A LITTLE POCKET TRACT: “How to Get More Out of Your Bible” published by Youth for Christ in 1957. I had kept my copy of the tract from about that time. I found it one day while going through some booklets. I pulled it out and read it again. I wrote my friend and college roommate: Dr. Bill Compton, who knew Dr. Wiersbe and asked him to contact Dr. Wiersbe and get his permission to reprint it. Bill did and he quickly said “Yes.”
I SHORTENED IT A BIT AND POSTED IT AT http://www.biblewalking.com/how-to-get-more-out-of-your-bible---wiersbe.html Dr. Wiersbe was more friendly with other Bible versions than I am, so I used King James in my version of it. There are many Bible references in the text and these references are hyperlinked to BibleGateway.com and are set to open and use King James text.
I DIDN'T PERSONALLY KNOW WARREN WIERSBE, BUT I'M GOING TO MISS HIM. I feel like I know him because I’ve spent so much time reading his stuff. My roommate, Bill Compton, who was five years older than me and whose birthday was three days before mine…is also gone, and joined his wife, Jessie in Heaven. We talked on the phone quite often and he always had something positive to say and some witty nonsense that guaranteed a chuckle. He was full of the Bible and I saved the hard things for him. In my head, I know exactly what’s happening. We are aging out and moving out as God designed it to happen.
BUT, WITH MY HEART,...my heart is slower to understand. More and more people I know, won’t be there to answer the phone. Pastor Grant Nelson in Maryland checked out a few weeks ago. We spent a summer together preaching in Jamaica. I used to call Dr. Lee Roberson and Evangelist Lester Roloff occasionally and visited Paul Ferguson; they don’t answer the phone anymore.
IT'S OK IF YOUR THROAT CHOKES UP AND YOUR LIPS TREMBLE. Some of you have lost heavily and your steps have slowed. That’s ok. “There waits for us a glad tomorrow.” We’ll get the N’ Harmony a cappella men to sing it again. I feel like hearing it again.
HOW'S THIS? For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. (Romans 15:4)
Read Through the Bible in a Year
MAY 9, 2019 – THURSDAY
A.M. 1 Kings 19-20 P.M. John 2
(Bible Gateway will read this to you if you like. Look for the speaker icon.)
Good Verses to Memorize:
Sing unto the LORD, O ye saints of his, and give thanks at the remembrance of his holiness. For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning. (Psalm 30:4-5)
Song for Today:
On Zion’s Hill (3:29) (N’ Harmony-A Cappella)