The Top Ten

December 8, 2014 at 2:57 pm | Posted in Uncategorized | Leave a comment
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On December 2, 2014, The Deep End surpassed an impressive (just to me) number for all-time views. It still baffles me a little after all this time to think that people are reading the posts here on a fairly regular basis. Thank you to those who subscribe and/or follow. Of course, any good that comes of it is due completely to the Lord, and I praise and honor and thank Him for allowing me to continue studying the Bible and writing about it here.

I do understand, too, that clicking on or “viewing” a post is not an automatic indicator that someone has read it, but, in honor of the occasion, I thought I would provide links to the ten blog posts that have received the highest number of views.

1. Teaching the 3rd and 4th Commandments to Children (see commentary here)
2. How Tall Was Jesus?
3. Strange Weapons Lesson 3: The Pitcher (factual summary)
4. What the Bible Says about Neighbors
5. You Can’t Get Blood from a Turnip
6. Parallelism in Psalms
7. Don’t Put All Your Eggs in One Basket
8. Different Types of Burdens
9. Stand Your Ground
10. Explaining the Meaning of Biblical “Authority” to Children

Oceans of Devotions

August 10, 2012 at 10:45 am | Posted in Bible Studies | 2 Comments
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Yesterday – spurred by a tremendous month of July – The Deep End hit another one of those round-number milestones in number of views all-time. Thanks again to everyone who has visited. Thanks most of all to the Lord God Almighty for giving us such a wealth of knowledge, wisdom, insight, blessings, and spiritual Truth in the Holy Bible, and for giving me the opportunity to write about it.

The category called “Bible Studies” contains posts that come from times when I have been asked to fill in for a preacher or pastor who is sick or away on a mission trip, or to teach what are called “devotions” at couples’, men’s, or children’s events. Some of them come from funerals, prayer breakfasts, youth conferences, teacher-training seminars, Christian school chapel services, and all kinds of fellowship activities. Some of them come from my private devotional studies. They are about a diverse range of topics, hence the broad category heading. I hope and pray that you’ll find at least something useful in them.

1. Discipleship Lessons Promo
2. A Match Made in Heaven Part 1
3. A Match Made in Heaven Part 2
4. The “Great” that Doesn’t “Grate” – Part One
5. The “Great” that Doesn’t “Grate” – Part Two
6. The Great Trading-Post
7. What Is God Like?
8. Brain “Washing” Produces “Clean” Living (Part 1)
9. Brain “Washing” Produces “Clean” Living (Part 2)
10. Turning Up the Heat – Part 1
11. Turning Up the Heat – Part 2
12. Turning Up the Heat – Part 3
13. Careless Love – Part 1

14. Careless Love – Part 2 (Divine Rapid Heart Rate)
15. Careless Love – Part 3
16. T.K.O. Your Pastor (#1)
17. T.K.O. Your Pastor (#2)
18. The Solemn Ascension
19. Is It Wrong to Ask for an Overt Response? (Part 1)
20. Is It Wrong to Ask for an Overt Response? (Part 2)
21. The Lord’s Leftovers
22. The Last but Not the Least – Part 1
23. The Last but Not the Least – Part 2
24. The Last but Not the Least – Part 3
25. Dr. Law and Dr. Grace
26. Healing for Truly Broken Hearts
27. The Husband of One Wife – Part 1
28. The Husband of One Wife – Part 2
29. The Devil’s Math
30. Setting Up Your Own Place
31. Testing Your Testimony
32. The Bold Pair in the Enemy’s Lair (Part 1)
33. The Bold Pair in the Enemy’s Lair (Part 2)
34. Practical Intentional Evangelism
35. High and Mighty
36. Calling Witnesses (Part 1)
37. Calling Witnesses (Part 2)
38. Calling Witnesses (Part 3)
39. Faithful to Him and to Each Other
40. Leading Instead of Watching
41. The Hard Work of Encouragement
42. The Redeemer Is Prophesied
43. Christian Lifeguards
44. Leavenless Lump
45. How Tall Was Jesus? (*)
46. Do You Have Plans for Lunch?
47. For What Are You Hungry?
48. The Breathtaking Wonder of God
49. The Helmet of Salvation
50. Being At-TENT-ive to God
51. Home Is Where Your Lord Is
52. It’s Time to Grow Up
53. Biblical Men
54. Graded by God: Turning Your “F”s into “A”s (Part One)
55. Graded by God: Turning Your “F”s into “A”s (Part Two)
56. Graded by God: Turning Your “F”s into “A”s (Part Three)
57. Fathers and Daughters
58. Only Jesus
59. Snakes on a Plain (Part 1)
60. Snakes on a Plain (Part 2)
61. Snakes on a Plain (Part 3)
62. Servant Movers (Commitment)
63. Servant Movers (Character and Conduct)
64. The Lord’s Love Song
65. Don’t Grieve the Holy Spirit
66. Four-Dimensional Love (Part 1)
67. Four-Dimensional Love (Part 2)
68. From What Were You Saved? (A and B)
69. From What Were You Saved? (C)
70. Sharpening Your Focus
71. Preparation for the Battle
72. The Day of Distress
73. Getting Full (Part 1)
74. Getting Full (Part 2)
75. God Knows Something about Everything
76. How to Get High in Christian Ministry
77. How to Read the Bible (and Get Something out of It): Part 1
78. How to Read the Bible (and Get Something out of It): Part 2
79. How to Read the Bible (and Get Something out of It): Part 3
80. Christian F.R.I.E.N.D.S.hip (Part 1)
81. Christian F.R.I.E.N.D.S.hip (Part 2)
82. Put It On and Pack It On
83. Pass It On and Pour It On
84. Preparing to Hear from God: Ready
85. Preparing to Hear from God: Receptive
86. Preparing to Hear from God: Responsive
87. Remembering the Garlic
88. Three Reasons for Ten Commandments (Revelatory)
89. Three Reasons for Ten Commandments (Restrictive)
90. Three Reasons for Ten Commandments (Reflective)
91. Your Vocation
92. Why We’re so Difficult
93. Where Is Jesus in the Bible? (lesson 1)
94. Where Is Jesus in the Bible? (lesson 2)
95. Clear Calls for Christians: Pure Upgrade
96. Clear Calls for Christians: Proper Unity
97. Clear Calls for Christians: Point Upward
98. From Garbage to Glory
99. A Prize-Winning Run (I Corinthians 9:24-26)
100. The Path of Sacrifice
101. Will God Do a New Thing in a New Year?
102. Our Great Needs (Psalm 35:10)
103. A Diet of Distinction (Part One) (Leviticus 11:1-8)
104. A Diet of Distinction (Part Two) (Leviticus 11:44)
105. A Diet of Distinction (Part 3) (Leviticus 11:3-7)
106. The Be Quietudes 
107. When and How to Speak Up
108. Obedience Matters
109. The Real Emancipation Proclamation (Proverbs 20:6; Exodus 33:19)
110. Hark! The Herald Angels Sing
111. Maintaining a Clean and Sensitive Conscience (II Corinthians 1:12-24)
112. Where to Find Courage (Joshua 1)
113. How to Handle Unexpected Hostility (I Samuel 25)
114. God vs. Sin (Part One)
115. God vs. Sin (Part Two)

* most-read post in category

The Butterfly

January 16, 2009 at 9:47 am | Posted in BiblicalSwimming, Matthew | 7 Comments
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The “butterfly” stroke is considered by some “to be the most beautiful of the strokes” (USA Swimming). “It features a simultaneous recovery of the arms over the water combined with an undulating dolphin kick. In the kick, the swimmer must keep both legs together and may not flutter, scissor, or use the breaststroke kick. Both hands must touch the wall simultaneously on the turns and the finish.”

The butterfly is perhaps the most deceptive swimming stroke. While the insect known as the butterfly floats effortlessly on currents of air, the swimmer who will make the butterfly stroke appear beautiful must exert great effort, adhere to strict rules, and thrash violently during his repetitive plunges beneath the surface.

Although the Bible does not record a love for swimming among the scribes and Pharisees of Jesus’s time, we can imagine that, if they had known of such a thing, the butterfly might very well have been their favorite stroke.

Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.

Matthew 23:27-28

Like butterfly swimmers, the scribes and Pharisees adhered to strict formal rules, hoping that their outward lives appeared beautiful to men. Underneath the surface, however, these hypocrites struggled furiously to achieve a righteousness which can, in reality, only be imputed by faith in Christ.


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