Getting More UMPH out of Your Bible

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Getting More UMPH out of Your Bible

By: Delron Shirley

Preface

From as early as I can remember, the Bible has always
been an integral part of my life. As a child, I learned the
Sunday school stories of Adam and Eve, Noah and the flood,
David and Goliath, and Jesus and the disciples. Once I learned
to read, I began learning how to find my way around the
chapters and verses of the Bible in order to earn awards in the
“sword drill” competitions at church. As soon as I graduated
from children’s church at age twelve, I was back in the class –
but this time I was in front of the class as an assistant to the
teacher. I believe that it was during my junior high days that I
first read through our big, family-sized Bible from cover to
cover – the first of many such voyages through the Book. By
the time I was in high school, I was teaching my own Sunday
school class; and, in my college days, I was leading an adult
class. It just so happened that those college years coincided
with two significant spiritual renewals – the Jesus Movement
and the Charismatic Movement. These two revivals propelled
me into a ministry of teaching in Bible studies which
eventually resulted in my becoming essentially a “circuit
rider,” traveling around to twenty-two secular college
campuses to lead groups. After the Lord spoke to me that I
needed to obtain credentials and accreditation so that I could
serve as a professional Bible teacher, I attended seminary and
eventually earned a doctorate degree in biblical studies. This
training led to a career of forty-plus years as a Bible college
professor – including twenty-five years in the dean’s position
and another decade as a department head. In addition, I have
had the privilege of ministering in over sixty countries as a
seminar speaker in leadership training conferences for the
national pastors. The materials that I have developed through
these studies have been collected and published as more than
forty books.
Please forgive me if it sounds like I’m trying to
promote myself. That’s not at all the intention behind listing
all my credentials. I simply want to set the stage for the
teaching that I wish to communicate in this volume. It is my
desire that you would feel comfortable in reading the lessons
presented here, knowing that they are the fruit of years of
personal practice and experience.