Finding the time to do the important thing.

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Since I retired from Urshan Graduate School of Theology on July 1, 2018, I’ve been trying to find the time to finish the second volume of my commentary on the Book of Psalms. The first volume, titled The Messiah in the Psalms: Discovering Christ in Unexpected Places, covers Psalms 1-72. Since retirement, I’ve continued to work on the second volume, posting updates on my progress from time to time.

It’s not that I haven’t completed any writing projects since 2018. For instance, I have started and finished a 314 page commentary covering nearly every biblical reference to the Holy Spirit, titled The Holy Spirit (Weldon Spring, MO: Word Aflame Press Academic, 2020). I have written several articles published in Pentecostal Life and lessons published in “God’s Word for Life,” the all-church curriculum available from the United Pentecostal Church International. I have contributed a chapter to a volume in the series “Studies in Holiness and Pentecostal Movements.” The volume is titled Oneness Pentecostalism: Race, Gender, and Culture. It is scheduled for publication in 2023 by the Pennsylvania State University Press.

But the completion of volume two of The Messiah in the Psalms remains before me. I am passionate about this project, because Jesus said, “All things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me” (Luke 24:44, NKJV). From my previous research, I realize the psalms include rich insight on the person and work of Jesus Christ.

What shall I do?

In yesterday’s early morning hours, an idea came to me that may be the answer.

I have worked on this now for two days. I don’t know precisely how much time this will free up, but I think it will be substantial.

Unsubscribe to the many emails I regularly receive. Even those I value. Even those I enjoy reading.

I am determined, with the help of our Lord, to finish my work on Psalms, this wonderful book that includes so much concerning Jesus Christ, opening our understanding that we might comprehend the Scriptures (Luke 24:45).