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A fresh and faithful study of the scriptures that connects you to God in new and exciting ways. Want more from your scripture study? Want to be a better teacher? Want answers to tough questions that are both faithful and intelligent? Welcome to The Scripture Study Project!

The Scripture Study Project Zach and Krista

    • Religion & Spirituality
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A fresh and faithful study of the scriptures that connects you to God in new and exciting ways. Want more from your scripture study? Want to be a better teacher? Want answers to tough questions that are both faithful and intelligent? Welcome to The Scripture Study Project!

    Isaiah 50-57 - Servant

    Isaiah 50-57 - Servant

    Years ago I studied Isaiah 53 with a group of teenagers in a seminary class. As part of our experience I gave students a small piece of cardstock with a silhouette of Jesus printed on it on which I had asked them to write descriptions of the Savior they had found in their study. After class, as I was picking up the room, I noticed one card lying on the ground. I picked it up, turned it over, and read the words, "Are you really there?" That question has lodged in my mind and heart and has dramatically shaped the way I seek to study and teach the scriptures. In this episode, we have perhaps some of the best text in the Hebrew Bible answering that exact question.

     

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    • 29 min
    Isaiah 40-49 - Comfort

    Isaiah 40-49 - Comfort

    I once watched as someone illustrated Isaiah's visions and prophecies by drawing him as a stick figure then drawing a telescope in front of his face which indicated that Isaiah could see, both what was really close at hand, but also what was coming in the near future (for him, 150 years away) and the distant future (our day). In our study this week we dive into what scholars often call 2nd Isaiah because his focus seems to shift to the future. While some contend that this shift indicates a different author writing at a later time, many others, including our Book of Mormon prophets, knew him to be visionary and blessed with the spirit of God.

    So what happens, then, when you take a telescopic prophet and combine it with a microscopic lens? In our episode this week we look deep at a few aspects of Isaiah's writings that have powerful and immediate impact for us.

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    • 26 min
    Isaiah 13-35 - Fat Things

    Isaiah 13-35 - Fat Things

    When Krista and I were first married she introduced me to the idea of "empty calories"--foods that you could eat but that would give little to no nutrition (this was how she described many of the things I had grown used to eating in college). This week we Isaiah 13-35 and look at the things Isaiah describes that are the spiritual version of empty calories and, conversely and much more importantly, the things truly feed the soul.

     

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    • 29 min
    Isaiah 1-12 - Delight

    Isaiah 1-12 - Delight

    Some commentators have described the book of Isaiah the climactic book of the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament. Isaiah's writings were certainly important to many later writers, including Nephi, Abinadi, Mormon, and Jesus Christ himself. When describing his own passion for the words of Isaiah, Nephi said, "my soul delighteth in his words. For I will liken his words unto my people, . . . for he verily saw my Redeemer, even as I have seen him. . . . And now I write some of the words of Isaiah, that whoso of my people shall see these words may lift up their hearts and rejoice for all men. Now these are the words, and ye may liken them unto you and unto all men" (2 Nephi 11: 2, 8). This week we begin our study Isaiah and aim for both excitement for and skill at studying the words of this pivotal prophet.

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    • 29 min
    Proverbs - Wisdom

    Proverbs - Wisdom

    One of my favorite things about learning from the Lord is that He teaches with images, stories, and symbols. I learned this week that the Hebrew word "māšāl" translated in verse 1 as "proverb" is translated in many other places as "parable". In other words, this book is a book of mini parables that, as we'll learn together, help us practice living a God-like life.

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    • 17 min
    Psalms - Blessed

    Psalms - Blessed

    I searched for the word "Psalms" on the Church homepage this week and found that almost every General Conference return going on for multiple pages was a talk with a title taken from a psalm. From Pres. Nelson's famous, "Joy Cometh in the Morning" to Elder Bednar's quotable "A Broken Heart and a Contrite Spirit" to Elder Holland's emotional "Like a Broken Vessel", it's clear that our Church leaders know and love the Psalms. Similarly, Jesus and his apostles quoted from Psalms over 100 times in the New Testament which is not only the most of any OT book quoted, but over half of the overall quotes altogether. Over the next three weeks we get to study the powerful truths and moving evocations in these collected words, and in this episode, we're providing some powerful tools to give you a fresh and faith-fulfilling study.

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    • 28 min

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