WAVE Study Bible

Mail Bag
Noel ~ 04/09/2015 (What features are you working on?)

Hi John,

Thanks for writing and for your interest in WAVE. Let me address your concerns.

1. No new letters in mailbag since 2013.

We get and answer about 2-3 letters per day. The mailbag is updated manually and I have wrestled with whether to put all the letters and responses or just representative ones. As I was trying to decide about that, I was nearing a deadline for release of the new version (May 2014) so I just let it slide while focusing on development and I’m still focused on development.

2. New features in the works & release dates?

The next release will have bug fixes and a new flat user interface to conform to iOS 7 and following’s user interface. Depending on time, there are a couple of features that will improve the ease of use and ease of comparison between the translation panels that I want to include.

But the main development is on a feature I have envisioned, designed, and now finally am building that provides a creative and simple way to connect the English words of the Bible translations to the Original Greek, Hebrew, or Aramaic words from which they were translated. Ever since I learned the Original languages in Dallas Theological Seminary, I have believed that a program could be constructed that would enable a person with no previous knowledge, to make simple use of the original language, gain insight into the passage and into why some translations choose different wording, and grow in the precision of their understanding of God’s word. This feature is the result of that belief and work. It will be called “Noel’s Nuggets for the New Testament,” and will be available as an in-app-purchase in the next version of WAVE. In the following version, “Noel’s Nuggets for the Old Testament” will be made available.

I am shooting for having the next version of the software released around the end of this year.

3. Can purchased translations be accessed on both iPad and iPhone or separate purchase required?

When you purchase a translation, that purchase is associated with your username. Any other devices you have that have WAVE installed on them and that use the same username receive the purchase the next time they are used. Each purchase is shared between all devices that uses your username/password.

4. What happens to purchases if app is withdrawn from the app store?

Since the full text of your purchases are downloaded to your device, you retain the ability to use the app even if it is not being sold in the app store. To move the app to new devices, you would just have to back your apps up to your computer using iTunes, then restore (sync) the app to your new device. WAVE Parallel Bible is a universal app and so has all the code necessary for both iPhone and iPad execution in the same deliverable.

If you have any other questions, I'd be happy to answer them.

Blessings,
Noel
John ~ 04/09/2015 (What features are you working on?)

I have downloaded and am learning to use your iPad App. So far, I really like it. One concern I have is support & future development. I noticed no new letters in your website mailbag since 2013. Have you stopped supporting &/or developing this app? If not, can you share any new features you may be implementing, and what the release date might be? Also, if I purchase several translations, can I access them on both my iPhone & iPad, or do I have to make 2 separate purchases? As I said, I really like the App but am a little leary of purchasing 2 or 3 more translations for fear I might lose usage of them if the App is withdrawn from App Store. Thank you so much for your consideration.

John Malone
Denise ~ 06/15/2013 (Is Discipline Punishment?)

Hi Keith,

You ask an interesting question.

I think punishment comes after a lack of discipline. Punishment is given as a consequence for bad behavior. Discipline is an effort to engage good behavior. When we try to have a disciplined life we eat right, exercise, get enough sleep and have study and prayer times with God. When we don't eat right or exercise, for example, our body "punishes" us by gaining weight and getting unfit.  

I know some people use the word "discipline" when they are talking about punishment. We are not doing that.

Blessings,
Denise
Keith ~ 06/15/2013 (Is Discipline Punishment?)

[In response to WAVE101 Lesson 1 ~ Desire versus Discipline, Keith asks…]

Is not discipline punishment as well?

Keith
Scott ~ 02/12/2013

Awesome! I just want to tell you how awesome the WAVE Bible app is. I have been using it for quite awhile now, and everyone I show it too is blown away. Especially the Greek text. I just want to tell you how appreciative my wife and I are of your hard work and efforts. You have blessed us tremendously. Thank you thank you thank you!

Scott
Noel ~ 07/16/2012

Thank you so much George.

It looks like you have received all the lessons in course 101 (12 lessons). So I have signed you up for course 102. You should receive the first Lesson shortly and receive the remaining 11 Lessons every other day. After that, we have additional material in our book, "How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You" available from Amazon or as an ebook from http://wavestudybible.com/pages/HowToRead.html. If you have trouble receiving the email lessons let me know.

I am going to pray that God blesses your ministry.

Warmly in Christ,
Noel
George ~ 07/16/2012

Hello Noel,

This is Rev. George again, asking you to make sure i am signed up for all your Bible studies. While I am not new to the Bible I am new to being a minister, and took the least travelled route if you understand my meaning . . . . and then one day life stopped and I realized I knew nothing about God.

This is why your lessons mean so much to me. I have decided to learn all i can. I apologize for taking up your time but you seem like a straight up man who gives me through your Bible studies the PASSION FOR THE BIBLE. I give God the Glory and bless both u and your wife.

In Christ's name,
George
Noel ~ 06/20/2012

Hi Mary,

Thank you for taking the time to appreciate these Lessons. We are doing these for people like you.

Noel

Mary ~ 06/20/2012

This was simple and wonderful. Thanks for taking your time to share.

(a response to course 101 Lesson 1)
Noel ~ 06/09/2012

Greetings Father Paul,

I am so happy you are enjoying the Greek in Wave Study Bible and I thank you for taking the time to write.

It is wonderful what these smart phones make possible. After getting used to a touch for the parsing and a search for a word study, I would find it difficult to return to my previous manual methods of Bible study. Simple software is a pleasure for people of any age.

Thank you for spreading the word about WAVE and let me know if I can do anything to help you. Our next version is due out at the end of the year. The Hebrew OT will be available to purchase (the licensing terms are quite expensive for the Hebrew) but it has all the same services you have been enjoying in the Greek.

May God bless your time in His word and your ministry to others,
Noel
Fr. Paul ~ 06/09/2012

I've been using Wave Study Bible without signing up for several months and recommending it to all those under or able to hear my spiritual direction. The Greek subtexts are unmatched. I have been looking for an analytical concordance and this. Is better. Excellent. I tell my friends to get an iPhone just for this app. I am 68 and pastor a small Orthodox Ch. on the West Coast.

Fr. Paul

Blessed is our God, always...

(a response to the "Welcome to WAVE" email)
Denise ~ 06/04/2012

Dear Zufan,

Thank you so much for your kind encouragement! You have blessed us :-)

Praying for God's very best for you,

Noel and Denise
Zufan ~ 06/04/2012

Hi Drs. Noel and Denise,

Thank you so much both of you for these wonderful lessons. They are life changing and I have more understanding of the word and who God is.

May God bless you abundantly
Denise ~ 05/26/2012

Wow, Stephanie, thank you so much for such wonderful encouragement! We work hard to be a blessing to you, and you have been so kind, generous and thoughtful to bless us this way. Noel and I asked God to bless you!

Grateful for you,
Noel and Denise
Stephanie ~ 05/26/2012

I want to thank both of you for this amazing Bible study program. It is so helpful.

Your attention to detail as far as the 4 steps and your examples are wonderful. It is great to be able to study on my own and then compare what I got out of a passage to your response. You offer so many practice sessions that I know, if I follow through and keep at it, it will alter my Bible study in a very positive way. I am already depending more on my thoughts whereas before, I would jump to the notes in my Life Applications Bible to get their thoughts! Both of you have really made me think and understand how important it is to renew my mind. I know that spending this time gives glory to God so it is all good!!! You seem to know and be able to articulate exactly what those studying the Bible need and want and you are giving us just that. Thanks again so much for the time and effort you have put into this. It is greatly appreciated and truly life-changing in a very positive way.

Blessings to you both,

Stephanie
(born and raised Jewish and 11 years ago at age 50 became a believer!!)
Noel ~ 05/22/2012

Hi Sam,

If a person is limited to one Bible translation, a thought-for-thought translation like the Message is not the best idea. But when people totally loose the trend of thought in a passage and want to regain the sense of the context, a quick consult to a thought-for-thought translation can be very helpful.

By providing a full left-to-right spectrum of translations plus the original,* Wave Study Bible allows you to study somewhere in the middle; then move to the left if you become curious about specific wording or move to the right if you get totally lost.

If you are interested in my view about this, I've written it out here:

http://wavestudybible.com/pages/translations.html

May God bless the time your spend in His holy word.

Noel

* The Old Testament in the original Hebrew and Aramaic (BHS) is completed and will be available in the next release.
Sam ~ 05/21/2012

The message? You must be joking. It is not even close, near, or in the game.

How about truth? Shouldn't the Bible be at least a little close to what the Grk. & Heb. Says?
Denise ~ 05/03/2012

Hi Zaria,

Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback! Noel and I will pray God richly blesses you as you study His Word! Feel free to ask questions if you feel the need.

Blessings,
Denise
Zaria ~ 05/03/2012

Thanks! That Was Great. I Really Enjoyed It.

(Course 101, Lesson 1)
Noel ~ 04/23/2012

Hi Rufus,

We praise God for you and your desire to study His Word and walk with Him!

Martha had her focus on herself and how she could to serve Jesus. She considered her gifts and set out to give to Him. (This is a Discipline focus).

Mary had her focus on Jesus. She wanted to spend time with Him, she wanted to learn from Him, she wanted to get to know Him. (This is a Desire focus).

We need to have both Desire and Discipline, but the issue is what is your emphasis? If you start with just Discipline and serve God because you should, you won't focus too much on Him, you will mostly focus on yourself and what you can offer Him. It is better to start with your Desire for God so your focus is on God. Get to know Him, so you can serve Him in a way that He likes.

God wants us to find our "first love" (our first Desire for Him, Rev 2:4) and do all that we do out of love and respect for Him. We can add Discipline to our first love. It is a relationship with Jesus and God the Father. The relationship should be the emphasis, not our own abilities.

God bless you Rufus. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Regards,
Noel
Rufus ~ 04/23/2012

Praise God Noel,

My name is Rufus from Kenya and I am a born again Christian and a follower of your great teaching which I am sure you are inspired by God. For this Lesson 3 about discipline and desire I did not understand which one is good--mostly in that passage about Martha and Mary. Please may you emphasis more to me.

Regards,
Rufus
Noel ~ 04/17/2012

Hi MyCatIsADog,

It is great to hear that you had a good Bible experience using WAVE on your iPhone.

We fully intend to rewrite our app to run on the android devices but we don't have a time table for when we can devote resources to it. We are focused on filling out the base feature set with all the tools necessary for a rewarding Bible study which include 4-Step Bible study, notes, verse collections, cross references, and simple access to the original language.

Be aware that WAVE currently runs on the iPod Touch and the iPad in case you have one of those devices. Have fun with your new android phone.

Noel
MyCatIsADog ~ 04/17/2012

Will your app be available for android in the near future? I changed my phone from iphone to android and really miss the wave app :(
Noel ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Nick,

Thank you for the encouragement about Wave Study Bible. We wrote it for people just like you.

The Hebrew Old Testament is usable in the lab now and it is quite nice. I've included a screen shot of how it looks on the iPad. It has all the great features of the Greek New Testament and is a real treat to use.

It is due to be released with the next version of the software. We intend to fill out the base feature-set in this next release for the iPad and iPhone and intend to have it out in this Fall. We have an early experience team that you could join to get your hands on it sooner. The software is pre-beta quality since all the features have not been built and you will encounter bugs. Also it takes 8 or 9 steps to install so it can be kind of a pain. But if you are interested, I just need the 40 digit UDID number of your iPad. You get that by docking it with iTunes, then clicking on the short ID number to make it turn into the 40 digit UDID number.

What is your interest in the Hebrew? Do you have training in the original languages or do you like the ease of access provided by Wave?

Warmly in Christ,
Noel
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Nick ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Noel and Denise,

Congratulations on your wave study bible. I downloaded nearly every bible in the app store, and yours is the best. I use it all the time.

When are you going to get the Hebrew (original language) for the old testament?
I've been hanging out for that, since I got your fantastic bible.

Regards
Nick
Noel ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Weemys,

The 103 FOOI (pronounced
FOO eee) course is still under construction. I wish I could say it was near completion, but there are several higher priority things before it. However, each course comes from a section of our book, How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You. The 103 FOOI course comes from chapters 5 and 6. If you don't want to wait until we finish the course, you can pickup the eBook or paperback book. For more info see

http://wavestudybible.com/pages/HowToRead.html

Let us know if there is any way we can help you.

Noel
Weemys ~ 04/09/2012

Will you send the course registration information for FOOI?
Noel ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Mdadavisavis,

You ask a very good question. I hope you will forgive me for this rather long answer, but the length is required to answer the question.

When you come across a passage, like John 5:4, in which some Bibles include a phrase and other Bibles omit the phrase, you have come across a "Textual Criticism" problem. Wave Study Bible will be upgraded in the future to allow you to understand the details and options of Textual Criticism problems because this is an area that is interesting and that helps you navigate through the sensational nonsense that is thrown our way about the Bible in recent years.

Here are the facts. When John wrote his gospel, it was circulated throughout the Christian community and several people made copies of it (by hand of course). As Christianity grew, more copies were made. Then as time passed, we had lots and lots of copies of the gospel of John but lost track of the original manuscript. If all of the handmade copies were identical, this would not be a problem. Indeed, almost every word of the manuscripts was identical, but in some places there were spelling differences and in other places a pronoun might be omitted and in very rare cases a whole phrase would be missing. The science and art of Textual Criticism seeks to reconstruct the original manuscript given the many, many copies we have.

When most people hear that we have many copies of the books of the Bible but none of the original manuscripts, they are tempted to feel uneasy. In my experience, the thing that helps most is to see the data so you can see what the differences are. In almost all of the cases the differences don't change the meaning of the verse. But until we can produce this version of Wave Study Bible that includes Textual Criticism data so you can see for yourself, let me just say this: Out of the 31,107 verses in the Bible, there are less than 10 places where differences between the manuscript copies effect the meaning of the verse.

When studying the Bible, if you get in the habit of comparing different translations, you will learn how to spot Textual Criticism problems. Then when you find such problems, the best approach is to construct your understanding of the verse from rest of the passage rather than from the disputed parts. I am eager to help people understand the issues and options of Textual Criticism and plan to write a small book called, "Textual Criticism for the Curious" to give you a foothold in this branch of Bible study. If you want to learn about Textual Criticism before then, the best technical book on the subject is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Text-New-Testament-Transmission/dp/019516122X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333991795&sr=8-1

In the case of John 5:4, the oldest and best manuscripts (namely Vaticanus (B) and Sinaiticus (aleph)) omit the "stirring of the water" phrase. This is strong evidence that the phrase is not in John's original manuscript and is the reason you will not find the phrase in Bibles based on the "Critical Text" theory of Textual Criticism like the NASB, ESV, NIV, NET, NIrV, and the Message. However, the vast majority of the manuscripts include the "stirring of the water" phrase. This is evidence that the phrase may actually be in the original manuscript and is the reason you will find the phrase in Bibles based on the "Majority Text" theory of Textual Criticism like the KJV and the NKJV.

To choose the best reading in a case like this, you usually weigh the earliest date and the completeness of the manuscript as more important than the number of manuscripts that include it (since they could just be copies of each other). However, when great numbers of manuscripts agree and the manuscripts come from widely diverse geographical locations, the evidence starts leaning back the other way. In my opinion, the evidence in this case is stronger for omitting the "stirring of the water" phrase.

I hope this discussion has helped to increase your skill in studying God's word.

Blessings,
Noel
Mdadavisavis ~ 04/09/2012

In John 5:4 why do some bibles omit text for an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water, then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring was made well. Was this true or folk lore???
Monica ~ 03/09/2012

Thank you so much for your reply Sir and it is the absolute best study bible app to have regardless. I didn't watch the video initially and maybe I should have because I didn't know of all the capabilities.

I'm sure whenever the new version comes out it will be #1 also!!

Thank you and God bless.
Noel ~ 03/09/2012

Hi Monica,

Thank you for taking the trouble to let us know how to make WAVE better. I know just what you mean about the bookmarks.

Part of the problem is that the current version of WAVE does not have all the features that it is designed to have. I did not design Bookmarks for long-term storage of special verses. I addressed the need to have convenient storage of special verses in WAVE's study features; more specifically in the Verse Collections. Every time you do a search in WAVE, the bottom panel opens up and you have a list of verses you can touch and go to. That list of verses is a Verse Collection. In the study features you will be able to create your own Verse Collections and save them for later use. There is no limit to the size of Verse Collections and you can name each one to reflect its contents.

Study features are very important to the next version of WAVE and I am working on them now. Another study feature is the ability to study the Bible using the 4-Step Bible study method (
http://wavestudybible.com/pages/4step.html) and enter and save all 4 Steps for later reference. I've attached a screen shot of how that is looking at this point.

I apologize for the inconvenience of having no good place for long-term storage of special verses in the current tool. But that service is in the works. I wish I could say this next version is just days away from release, but its not. It is still months away. But it is coming.

If you haven't watched the tour of the current version of WAVE all the way through, you might not be aware of the range of things it is currently able to do. You can see that here (
http://wavestudybible.com/wave-study-bible-iphone.html).

May God bless you as you explore His word.

Noel
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Monica ~ 03/09/2012

Please update the bookmarks...I would love to see the ability to save more bookmarks and please make them easier to save. I love this app despite, it's the best! Thank you
Denise ~ 01/10/2012

Hi Haile,

We think it is great you are pursuing the interpretations. Enjoy! We have noticed when, and if, we come up with an interpretation that "takes us out of the truck" God will correct us. All you have to do is keep coming back to the Word and God corrects the "off track" interpretation through other verses and gives us a more balanced idea of what He is teaching. The most important thing is to pursue what intrigues you and keep coming back! He will teach you over time.

Blessings,
Denise
Haile ~ 01/10/2012

Thank you doctors. I am learning a great deal. I am extending interpretations and hope that wont take me out of the truck. What do you say? Be blessed, Haile
Denise ~ 12/20/2011

Hi Sam,

It is great you want to improve your prayer life!

Prayer can feel very frustrating when the focus is waiting to get the answer we want. I think the value of prayer is a humble heart looking to make our requests known to God, but wanting to know God's heart on the matter. Prayer is about a relationship with God. It is about learning to trust God for the outcome. It is about being thankful.

Ask for what you want like a respectful child, but then give over the outcome to God who knows best. Be thankful He knows best. Christ prayed this way in Luke 22:42.

We pray for what we think is best, but trust God to know what really is best. He will teach us as we continue to bring our prayer requests to Him. It is about a relationship of love, trust and thanksgiving.

Blessings,
Denise
Sam ~ 12/20/2011

I WILL LIKE TO PRAY IN A WAY TO FULLY HAVE MY PRAYS ANSWER AND AT TIMES IT SEAMS SO FRUITLESS. PRAYING IS IMPORTANT AND AFTER LISTEING TO Dr. STANLEY PRAY WHEN HE FINISH HIS SURMONDS ON SUNDAY I KNOW THERE IS A LOT I HAVE TO IMPROVE ON.
Denise ~ 12/10/2011

Hi clclay,

You are right, the Bible tells us that God always was and always will be...Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God.." He was before the beginning. Hebrews 13:8 says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." God does not change. He always is.

This is something we take by faith. You are probably wondering about it because we all tend to want to make things logical. If we can make it logical, then we can "control" it by our understanding. God warns us in Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." We won't be able to completely understand all of God's truths and make them fit into our kind of logic. His ways are too complex for us. This is where God wants us to trust Him with faith.

I would recommend a study where you get to know God better. The better you know Him, the easier it will be to trust Him with the things you don't understand. You might want to start with our study
"What Kind of Person is Jesus? Volume 1.

Blessings,
Denise
Clclay ~ 12/10/2011

Thank you for the opportunity to ask you my questions. For some reason I have wondering where God came from. I believe that He always was and always will be. But for some reason my mind keeps wondering. Maybe it spiritual war fare, or maybe He is preparing me for other peoples questions. I cant seem to wrap my mind around it and just have peace with knowing He always was. Sounds confusing. Do you have a study or something that I can do to learn more about this?
Noel ~ 11/26/2011

Hi Mbmlyazaki,

Thank you for the creative suggestion. We'll consider your suggestion as we plan for future enhancements.

Your question about the language style of the Bible is similar to the question, Why did Jesus speak in parables? This question was asked of Jesus in Matthew 13:10. He gives the answer in the next 4 verses. His basic answer is that you must come to the Bible wanting to know the truth (i.e. putting out effort and faith) before you will see the truth. That idea is also behind the phrase Jesus used "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The reason people do not accept the gospel is not because the Bible is difficult to understand (after all we have many paraphrased translations to help with that). They do not accept the gospel because they do not want to believe and be anyone's disciple.

Noel
Mbmiyazaki ~ 11/26/2011

Many versons of the Bible has been difficult to read -- let alone comprehending the crucial supernatural significance of God's Word -- which deter many to read and understand it. It is perhaps the the only non-scientific/mathematical Book that requires explaining by thousands of ministers, teachers and commentaries. The obvious question is why is the most important Word of God (Bible) written in a manner which is not written in a fluent language similar to the Message Bible to be easily read to lead people to Christ and Christian Philosophy of Life? Does making His Word complex to understand attract people to God and help develop pertinent faith to glorify God? What I like to see is the Bible Team develop is a method which is similar to the numbered Message Bible in one column and a Short Sentence Commentary in another column to be an effective means to convey the signifiance of His Word.
Denise ~ 11/21/2011

Hi Friend,

I'm sure there are many Christians who play the lottery and enter sweepstakes hoping to win, so I will just give you my opinion.

I feel better just trusting God for my provision. I thank Him for taking care of me and would feel like I'm saying He is not providing for me if I looked to these kinds of worldly chances to get more money. I think one of the main problems for a Christian entering into this kind of activity is it is easy to put their hope in winning to meet their needs. I want my hope to be squarely in God. It is easy to start fantasizing about winning and what you would do with all the money and how it would "save" you from your problems. I want to always be leaning on God to "save" me from my problems. It can also become sort of addictive. If you win once, then you start thinking about how to win again.

God tells us He will meet our needs and if you need more, trust Him and give more.

Ok, friend, that is my two cents :-) Hope that helps.

Blessings,
Denise
Anonymous ~ 11/21/2011

IS PLAYING THE LOTTERY,BINGO,MONOPOLY,PUBLISHER CLEAR HOUSE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL OTHER TICKETS A FORM OF GAMBLING? IS IT WRONG FOR CHRISTIAN TO DO IT?
G. R. ~ 09/26/2012 (Celebrate Christmas?)

As a Christian I certainly believe recognize and am thankful for the significance of the birth of Christ for it was the first step He took to die on the Cross for my Salvation! And I do love the Christmas Carols. However through the years I have noticed some Christians do not celebrate Christmas and some do. I thought maybe it bears thinking about!!

First, is there anywhere in Scripture where the Lord left a command to make a Celebration of His Birth? He did of His Death: 'do this in remembrance of Me' with the breaking of bread! For me I have no great difficulty with Christmas. I love Christmas time and i love trees and sparkling lights and holiday cheer. I am all for making a bright December. But I myself am not into making big celebrations of the birth in the manger except in my heart. It is a wonderful story!--I particularly cringe when I see nativity displays with a plastic doll representing my Lord and God :( and to make it worst sometimes it is set up right next to 'Santa's work shop!! but that's just me!

Should we be very careful not to mix up Santa Clause with all its fictitious folk lore and Jesus Christ? How do you manage to keep all those things in their own lane without offending people and keeping a level and moderate head on your body?

I get the impression you are a very level headed person. Maybe you could confirm my thoughts or otherwise!
Noel ~ 09/26/2012 (Celebrate Christmas?)

Hi G. R.,

You ask a good question and I appreciate your heart to be careful to follow the Lord in everything.

> Is there anywhere in Scripture where the Lord left a command to make a Celebration of HIs Birth?

Not to my knowledge. Rather than a commandment, it seemed to be a natural response. When the wise men learned that the Eternal God has taken on flesh and has begun to dwell among them, they traveled many miles following God's star and worshipped when they arrived (even though they were not before that point worshippers of the true God). It seems like a natural response for a "Christ-one" to celebrate the moment his Lord humbled Himself to the point of taking on a finite body.

Now whenever a society composed of believers and non-believers agrees to celebrate a religious holiday there is an inevitable influx of secularization and mythology that detracts from the occasion. For example, the idea of Santa Claus comes from the example of a particularly generous German monk whose name was Saint Nicholas. "The name Santa Claus evolved from Nick's Dutch nickname, Sinter Klaas, a shortened form of Sint Nikolaas (Dutch for Saint Nicholas)." (from
http://www.history.com/topics/santa-claus). The idea of following the example of a generous Christian during the celebration of Christ's birth has some merit. But like all things that have been secularized, to many people Santa Claus quickly becomes a guy in the north pole with his own workshop.

To evaluate that I ask myself this question, Would it be better if there was no celebration of or mention of Christ on the lips of the general public? An argument can surely be made that a completely sincere celebration is better than a partially sincere one. However, I think the eradication of any mention of Christ among the general public serves to inhibit the spread of the gospel more than a secular Christmas erodes the true majesty of the occasion. I think the presence of Jesus in our society has held back the full expression of evil in our society for the time being.

As far as Santa Claus and children, we told our children that there was a Christian named Santa Claus who was famous for his generosity with people. When we celebrate the birth of Jesus, people also, "Play Santa Claus" on each other. You never know who is going to "Play Santa Claus" on you but they are doing it to follow the example Jesus gave of freely giving to others. Is Santa Claus the guy in the red coat in the department store? You never know who is going to "Play Santa Claus" to you.

The way we keep a moderate head on our body about these things is by reinstating the original meaning of those traditions that have value in turning our attention to our Savior and His great gift of eternal life and our privilege to continue the giving He has begun.

Warmly in Christ,
Noel
G. R. ~ 09/26/2012 (Celebrate Christmas?)

As a Christian I certainly believe recognize and am thankful for the significance of the birth of Christ for it was the first step He took to die on the Cross for my Salvation! And I do love the Christmas Carols. However through the years I have noticed some Christians do not celebrate Christmas and some do. I thought maybe it bears thinking about!!

First, is there anywhere in Scripture where the Lord left a command to make a Celebration of His Birth? He did of His Death: 'do this in remembrance of Me' with the breaking of bread! For me I have no great difficulty with Christmas. I love Christmas time and i love trees and sparkling lights and holiday cheer. I am all for making a bright December. But I myself am not into making big celebrations of the birth in the manger except in my heart. It is a wonderful story!--I particularly cringe when I see nativity displays with a plastic doll representing my Lord and God :( and to make it worst sometimes it is set up right next to 'Santa's work shop!! but that's just me!

Should we be very careful not to mix up Santa Clause with all its fictitious folk lore and Jesus Christ? How do you manage to keep all those things in their own lane without offending people and keeping a level and moderate head on your body?

I get the impression you are a very level headed person. Maybe you could confirm my thoughts or otherwise!
Noel ~ 07/16/2012

Thank you so much George.

It looks like you have received all the lessons in course 101 (12 lessons). So I have signed you up for course 102. You should receive the first Lesson shortly and receive the remaining 11 Lessons every other day. After that, we have additional material in our book, "How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You" available from Amazon or as an ebook from http://wavestudybible.com/pages/HowToRead.html. If you have trouble receiving the email lessons let me know.

I am going to pray that God blesses your ministry.

Warmly in Christ,
Noel
George ~ 07/16/2012

Hello Noel,

This is Rev. George again, asking you to make sure i am signed up for all your Bible studies. While I am not new to the Bible I am new to being a minister, and took the least travelled route if you understand my meaning . . . . and then one day life stopped and I realized I knew nothing about God.

This is why your lessons mean so much to me. I have decided to learn all i can. I apologize for taking up your time but you seem like a straight up man who gives me through your Bible studies the PASSION FOR THE BIBLE. I give God the Glory and bless both u and your wife.

In Christ's name,
George
Noel ~ 07/13/2012

Hi Alwin,

I am so happy that you are enjoying WAVE. It is so gratifying to help someone connect with God through His word.

Yes, indeed. I have completed the Hebrew and it will be available as an in-app purchase in the next version of WAVE. I am on a course to complete that release by the end of the year. It works on the iPhone and has an iPad-specific version. I've attached a picture of how it looks on the iPad.

If you are interested, I have an "Early Experience" group that have received builds of the current code base which includes the BHS Hebrew Old Testament. If you are interested in being part of that let me know and I'll send you instructions when the code base is in its next releasable form (which should be some time in August).

May God bless you Alwin,

Noel
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Alwin ~ 07/13/2012

Blessings,

I am wondering if there is an update or availability of your future version of Wave Study bible that will have the Hebrew on/in it?

I have already most of the purchased translations for Wave and find it one of the greatest applications/Bibles. I use it all the time.

Thank you,
Alwin
Noel ~ 06/20/2012

Hi Mary,

Thank you for taking the time to appreciate these Lessons. We are doing these for people like you.

Noel

Mary ~ 06/20/2012

This was simple and wonderful. Thanks for taking your time to share.

(a response to course 101 Lesson 1)
Noel ~ 06/09/2012

Greetings Father Paul,

I am so happy you are enjoying the Greek in Wave Study Bible and I thank you for taking the time to write.

It is wonderful what these smart phones make possible. After getting used to a touch for the parsing and a search for a word study, I would find it difficult to return to my previous manual methods of Bible study. Simple software is a pleasure for people of any age.

Thank you for spreading the word about WAVE and let me know if I can do anything to help you. Our next version is due out at the end of the year. The Hebrew OT will be available to purchase (the licensing terms are quite expensive for the Hebrew) but it has all the same services you have been enjoying in the Greek.

May God bless your time in His word and your ministry to others,
Noel
Fr. Paul ~ 06/09/2012

I've been using Wave Study Bible without signing up for several months and recommending it to all those under or able to hear my spiritual direction. The Greek subtexts are unmatched. I have been looking for an analytical concordance and this. Is better. Excellent. I tell my friends to get an iPhone just for this app. I am 68 and pastor a small Orthodox Ch. on the West Coast.

Fr. Paul

Blessed is our God, always...

(a response to the "Welcome to WAVE" email)
Denise ~ 06/04/2012

Dear Zufan,

Thank you so much for your kind encouragement! You have blessed us :-)

Praying for God's very best for you,

Noel and Denise
Zufan ~ 06/04/2012

Hi Drs. Noel and Denise,

Thank you so much both of you for these wonderful lessons. They are life changing and I have more understanding of the word and who God is.

May God bless you abundantly
Denise ~ 05/26/2012

Wow, Stephanie, thank you so much for such wonderful encouragement! We work hard to be a blessing to you, and you have been so kind, generous and thoughtful to bless us this way. Noel and I asked God to bless you!

Grateful for you,
Noel and Denise
Stephanie ~ 05/26/2012

I want to thank both of you for this amazing Bible study program. It is so helpful.

Your attention to detail as far as the 4 steps and your examples are wonderful. It is great to be able to study on my own and then compare what I got out of a passage to your response. You offer so many practice sessions that I know, if I follow through and keep at it, it will alter my Bible study in a very positive way. I am already depending more on my thoughts whereas before, I would jump to the notes in my Life Applications Bible to get their thoughts! Both of you have really made me think and understand how important it is to renew my mind. I know that spending this time gives glory to God so it is all good!!! You seem to know and be able to articulate exactly what those studying the Bible need and want and you are giving us just that. Thanks again so much for the time and effort you have put into this. It is greatly appreciated and truly life-changing in a very positive way.

Blessings to you both,

Stephanie
(born and raised Jewish and 11 years ago at age 50 became a believer!!)
Noel ~ 05/22/2012

Hi Sam,

If a person is limited to one Bible translation, a thought-for-thought translation like the Message is not the best idea. But when people totally loose the trend of thought in a passage and want to regain the sense of the context, a quick consult to a thought-for-thought translation can be very helpful.

By providing a full left-to-right spectrum of translations plus the original,* Wave Study Bible allows you to study somewhere in the middle; then move to the left if you become curious about specific wording or move to the right if you get totally lost.

If you are interested in my view about this, I've written it out here:

http://wavestudybible.com/pages/translations.html

May God bless the time your spend in His holy word.

Noel

* The Old Testament in the original Hebrew and Aramaic (BHS) is completed and will be available in the next release.
Sam ~ 05/21/2012

The message? You must be joking. It is not even close, near, or in the game.

How about truth? Shouldn't the Bible be at least a little close to what the Grk. & Heb. Says?
Denise ~ 05/03/2012

Hi Zaria,

Thank you so much for the encouraging feedback! Noel and I will pray God richly blesses you as you study His Word! Feel free to ask questions if you feel the need.

Blessings,
Denise
Zaria ~ 05/03/2012

Thanks! That Was Great. I Really Enjoyed It.

(Course 101, Lesson 1)
Noel ~ 04/23/2012

Hi Rufus,

We praise God for you and your desire to study His Word and walk with Him!

Martha had her focus on herself and how she could to serve Jesus. She considered her gifts and set out to give to Him. (This is a Discipline focus).

Mary had her focus on Jesus. She wanted to spend time with Him, she wanted to learn from Him, she wanted to get to know Him. (This is a Desire focus).

We need to have both Desire and Discipline, but the issue is what is your emphasis? If you start with just Discipline and serve God because you should, you won't focus too much on Him, you will mostly focus on yourself and what you can offer Him. It is better to start with your Desire for God so your focus is on God. Get to know Him, so you can serve Him in a way that He likes.

God wants us to find our "first love" (our first Desire for Him, Rev 2:4) and do all that we do out of love and respect for Him. We can add Discipline to our first love. It is a relationship with Jesus and God the Father. The relationship should be the emphasis, not our own abilities.

God bless you Rufus. Let me know if you have any more questions.

Regards,
Noel
Rufus ~ 04/23/2012

Praise God Noel,

My name is Rufus from Kenya and I am a born again Christian and a follower of your great teaching which I am sure you are inspired by God. For this Lesson 3 about discipline and desire I did not understand which one is good--mostly in that passage about Martha and Mary. Please may you emphasis more to me.

Regards,
Rufus
Noel ~ 04/17/2012

Hi MyCatIsADog,

It is great to hear that you had a good Bible experience using WAVE on your iPhone.

We fully intend to rewrite our app to run on the android devices but we don't have a time table for when we can devote resources to it. We are focused on filling out the base feature set with all the tools necessary for a rewarding Bible study which include 4-Step Bible study, notes, verse collections, cross references, and simple access to the original language.

Be aware that WAVE currently runs on the iPod Touch and the iPad in case you have one of those devices. Have fun with your new android phone.

Noel
MyCatIsADog ~ 04/17/2012

Will your app be available for android in the near future? I changed my phone from iphone to android and really miss the wave app :(
Noel ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Nick,

Thank you for the encouragement about Wave Study Bible. We wrote it for people just like you.

The Hebrew Old Testament is usable in the lab now and it is quite nice. I've included a screen shot of how it looks on the iPad. It has all the great features of the Greek New Testament and is a real treat to use.

It is due to be released with the next version of the software. We intend to fill out the base feature-set in this next release for the iPad and iPhone and intend to have it out in this Fall. We have an early experience team that you could join to get your hands on it sooner. The software is pre-beta quality since all the features have not been built and you will encounter bugs. Also it takes 8 or 9 steps to install so it can be kind of a pain. But if you are interested, I just need the 40 digit UDID number of your iPad. You get that by docking it with iTunes, then clicking on the short ID number to make it turn into the 40 digit UDID number.

What is your interest in the Hebrew? Do you have training in the original languages or do you like the ease of access provided by Wave?

Warmly in Christ,
Noel
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Nick ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Noel and Denise,

Congratulations on your wave study bible. I downloaded nearly every bible in the app store, and yours is the best. I use it all the time.

When are you going to get the Hebrew (original language) for the old testament?
I've been hanging out for that, since I got your fantastic bible.

Regards
Nick
Noel ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Weemys,

The 103 FOOI (pronounced
FOO eee) course is still under construction. I wish I could say it was near completion, but there are several higher priority things before it. However, each course comes from a section of our book, How to Read the Bible So God Speaks to You. The 103 FOOI course comes from chapters 5 and 6. If you don't want to wait until we finish the course, you can pickup the eBook or paperback book. For more info see

http://wavestudybible.com/pages/HowToRead.html

Let us know if there is any way we can help you.

Noel
Weemys ~ 04/09/2012

Will you send the course registration information for FOOI?
Noel ~ 04/09/2012

Hi Mdadavisavis,

You ask a very good question. I hope you will forgive me for this rather long answer, but the length is required to answer the question.

When you come across a passage, like John 5:4, in which some Bibles include a phrase and other Bibles omit the phrase, you have come across a "Textual Criticism" problem. Wave Study Bible will be upgraded in the future to allow you to understand the details and options of Textual Criticism problems because this is an area that is interesting and that helps you navigate through the sensational nonsense that is thrown our way about the Bible in recent years.

Here are the facts. When John wrote his gospel, it was circulated throughout the Christian community and several people made copies of it (by hand of course). As Christianity grew, more copies were made. Then as time passed, we had lots and lots of copies of the gospel of John but lost track of the original manuscript. If all of the handmade copies were identical, this would not be a problem. Indeed, almost every word of the manuscripts was identical, but in some places there were spelling differences and in other places a pronoun might be omitted and in very rare cases a whole phrase would be missing. The science and art of Textual Criticism seeks to reconstruct the original manuscript given the many, many copies we have.

When most people hear that we have many copies of the books of the Bible but none of the original manuscripts, they are tempted to feel uneasy. In my experience, the thing that helps most is to see the data so you can see what the differences are. In almost all of the cases the differences don't change the meaning of the verse. But until we can produce this version of Wave Study Bible that includes Textual Criticism data so you can see for yourself, let me just say this: Out of the 31,107 verses in the Bible, there are less than 10 places where differences between the manuscript copies effect the meaning of the verse.

When studying the Bible, if you get in the habit of comparing different translations, you will learn how to spot Textual Criticism problems. Then when you find such problems, the best approach is to construct your understanding of the verse from rest of the passage rather than from the disputed parts. I am eager to help people understand the issues and options of Textual Criticism and plan to write a small book called, "Textual Criticism for the Curious" to give you a foothold in this branch of Bible study. If you want to learn about Textual Criticism before then, the best technical book on the subject is this one:

http://www.amazon.com/The-Text-New-Testament-Transmission/dp/019516122X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1333991795&sr=8-1

In the case of John 5:4, the oldest and best manuscripts (namely Vaticanus (B) and Sinaiticus (aleph)) omit the "stirring of the water" phrase. This is strong evidence that the phrase is not in John's original manuscript and is the reason you will not find the phrase in Bibles based on the "Critical Text" theory of Textual Criticism like the NASB, ESV, NIV, NET, NIrV, and the Message. However, the vast majority of the manuscripts include the "stirring of the water" phrase. This is evidence that the phrase may actually be in the original manuscript and is the reason you will find the phrase in Bibles based on the "Majority Text" theory of Textual Criticism like the KJV and the NKJV.

To choose the best reading in a case like this, you usually weigh the earliest date and the completeness of the manuscript as more important than the number of manuscripts that include it (since they could just be copies of each other). However, when great numbers of manuscripts agree and the manuscripts come from widely diverse geographical locations, the evidence starts leaning back the other way. In my opinion, the evidence in this case is stronger for omitting the "stirring of the water" phrase.

I hope this discussion has helped to increase your skill in studying God's word.

Blessings,
Noel
Mdadavisavis ~ 04/09/2012

In John 5:4 why do some bibles omit text for an angel went down at a certain time into the pool and stirred up the water, then whoever stepped in first, after the stirring was made well. Was this true or folk lore???
Monica ~ 03/09/2012

Thank you so much for your reply Sir and it is the absolute best study bible app to have regardless. I didn't watch the video initially and maybe I should have because I didn't know of all the capabilities.

I'm sure whenever the new version comes out it will be #1 also!!

Thank you and God bless.
Noel ~ 03/09/2012

Hi Monica,

Thank you for taking the trouble to let us know how to make WAVE better. I know just what you mean about the bookmarks.

Part of the problem is that the current version of WAVE does not have all the features that it is designed to have. I did not design Bookmarks for long-term storage of special verses. I addressed the need to have convenient storage of special verses in WAVE's study features; more specifically in the Verse Collections. Every time you do a search in WAVE, the bottom panel opens up and you have a list of verses you can touch and go to. That list of verses is a Verse Collection. In the study features you will be able to create your own Verse Collections and save them for later use. There is no limit to the size of Verse Collections and you can name each one to reflect its contents.

Study features are very important to the next version of WAVE and I am working on them now. Another study feature is the ability to study the Bible using the 4-Step Bible study method (
http://wavestudybible.com/pages/4step.html) and enter and save all 4 Steps for later reference. I've attached a screen shot of how that is looking at this point.

I apologize for the inconvenience of having no good place for long-term storage of special verses in the current tool. But that service is in the works. I wish I could say this next version is just days away from release, but its not. It is still months away. But it is coming.

If you haven't watched the tour of the current version of WAVE all the way through, you might not be aware of the range of things it is currently able to do. You can see that here (
http://wavestudybible.com/wave-study-bible-iphone.html).

May God bless you as you explore His word.

Noel
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Monica ~ 03/09/2012

Please update the bookmarks...I would love to see the ability to save more bookmarks and please make them easier to save. I love this app despite, it's the best! Thank you
Denise ~ 01/10/2012

Hi Haile,

We think it is great you are pursuing the interpretations. Enjoy! We have noticed when, and if, we come up with an interpretation that "takes us out of the truck" God will correct us. All you have to do is keep coming back to the Word and God corrects the "off track" interpretation through other verses and gives us a more balanced idea of what He is teaching. The most important thing is to pursue what intrigues you and keep coming back! He will teach you over time.

Blessings,
Denise
Haile ~ 01/10/2012

Thank you doctors. I am learning a great deal. I am extending interpretations and hope that wont take me out of the truck. What do you say? Be blessed, Haile
Denise ~ 12/20/2011

Hi Sam,

It is great you want to improve your prayer life!

Prayer can feel very frustrating when the focus is waiting to get the answer we want. I think the value of prayer is a humble heart looking to make our requests known to God, but wanting to know God's heart on the matter. Prayer is about a relationship with God. It is about learning to trust God for the outcome. It is about being thankful.

Ask for what you want like a respectful child, but then give over the outcome to God who knows best. Be thankful He knows best. Christ prayed this way in Luke 22:42.

We pray for what we think is best, but trust God to know what really is best. He will teach us as we continue to bring our prayer requests to Him. It is about a relationship of love, trust and thanksgiving.

Blessings,
Denise
Sam ~ 12/20/2011

I WILL LIKE TO PRAY IN A WAY TO FULLY HAVE MY PRAYS ANSWER AND AT TIMES IT SEAMS SO FRUITLESS. PRAYING IS IMPORTANT AND AFTER LISTEING TO Dr. STANLEY PRAY WHEN HE FINISH HIS SURMONDS ON SUNDAY I KNOW THERE IS A LOT I HAVE TO IMPROVE ON.
Denise ~ 12/10/2011

Hi clclay,

You are right, the Bible tells us that God always was and always will be...Genesis 1:1 "In the beginning God.." He was before the beginning. Hebrews 13:8 says "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever." God does not change. He always is.

This is something we take by faith. You are probably wondering about it because we all tend to want to make things logical. If we can make it logical, then we can "control" it by our understanding. God warns us in Isaiah 55:9 "For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts." We won't be able to completely understand all of God's truths and make them fit into our kind of logic. His ways are too complex for us. This is where God wants us to trust Him with faith.

I would recommend a study where you get to know God better. The better you know Him, the easier it will be to trust Him with the things you don't understand. You might want to start with our study
"What Kind of Person is Jesus? Volume 1.

Blessings,
Denise
Clclay ~ 12/10/2011

Thank you for the opportunity to ask you my questions. For some reason I have wondering where God came from. I believe that He always was and always will be. But for some reason my mind keeps wondering. Maybe it spiritual war fare, or maybe He is preparing me for other peoples questions. I cant seem to wrap my mind around it and just have peace with knowing He always was. Sounds confusing. Do you have a study or something that I can do to learn more about this?
Noel ~ 11/26/2011

Hi Mbmlyazaki,

Thank you for the creative suggestion. We'll consider your suggestion as we plan for future enhancements.

Your question about the language style of the Bible is similar to the question, Why did Jesus speak in parables? This question was asked of Jesus in Matthew 13:10. He gives the answer in the next 4 verses. His basic answer is that you must come to the Bible wanting to know the truth (i.e. putting out effort and faith) before you will see the truth. That idea is also behind the phrase Jesus used "He who has ears to hear, let him hear."

The reason people do not accept the gospel is not because the Bible is difficult to understand (after all we have many paraphrased translations to help with that). They do not accept the gospel because they do not want to believe and be anyone's disciple.

Noel
Mbmiyazaki ~ 11/26/2011

Many versons of the Bible has been difficult to read -- let alone comprehending the crucial supernatural significance of God's Word -- which deter many to read and understand it. It is perhaps the the only non-scientific/mathematical Book that requires explaining by thousands of ministers, teachers and commentaries. The obvious question is why is the most important Word of God (Bible) written in a manner which is not written in a fluent language similar to the Message Bible to be easily read to lead people to Christ and Christian Philosophy of Life? Does making His Word complex to understand attract people to God and help develop pertinent faith to glorify God? What I like to see is the Bible Team develop is a method which is similar to the numbered Message Bible in one column and a Short Sentence Commentary in another column to be an effective means to convey the signifiance of His Word.
Denise ~ 11/21/2011

Hi Friend,

I'm sure there are many Christians who play the lottery and enter sweepstakes hoping to win, so I will just give you my opinion.

I feel better just trusting God for my provision. I thank Him for taking care of me and would feel like I'm saying He is not providing for me if I looked to these kinds of worldly chances to get more money. I think one of the main problems for a Christian entering into this kind of activity is it is easy to put their hope in winning to meet their needs. I want my hope to be squarely in God. It is easy to start fantasizing about winning and what you would do with all the money and how it would "save" you from your problems. I want to always be leaning on God to "save" me from my problems. It can also become sort of addictive. If you win once, then you start thinking about how to win again.

God tells us He will meet our needs and if you need more, trust Him and give more.

Ok, friend, that is my two cents :-) Hope that helps.

Blessings,
Denise
Anonymous ~ 11/21/2011

IS PLAYING THE LOTTERY,BINGO,MONOPOLY,PUBLISHER CLEAR HOUSE SWEEPSTAKES AND ALL OTHER TICKETS A FORM OF GAMBLING? IS IT WRONG FOR CHRISTIAN TO DO IT?
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