When I took over as the teacher for the adult Bible class that meets in the Adult 4 classroom on October 21, 2007 we began with a verse-by-verse study of the book of Jeremiah. Since that time we have covered an array of books and subject matter including divine providence using the book, Unseen Hand: Father and Son View Providence, by Robert C. and Gary C. Hampton, the life of Christ, as well as the books of Acts, Hebrews and Daniel. These have been excellent studies it seems to me, and I have no doubt that I have gotten more out of them than have those who have set at my feet in that class over the last seven years.


After feeling the need for a break back in the summer I prevailed upon Joe Oates to step in and take the class for me, which he has graciously done. Joe is an excellent teacher with a depth of knowledge and wide range of application that makes him a tremendous help and encouragement to us at Mabelvale. He did not hesitate when asked to teach the class, and his assistance has helped me tremendously. In the last five months Joe has taken us through a study of Paul’s prison epistles. He will finish that study by the end of December. Beginning in January I will resume teaching the class.


In trying to decide what to get into next it was suggested to me that we might study the book of Psalms, to which I was agreeable. Rather than a verse-by-verse study I have chosen the book, Studies in Psalms, by Robert R. Taylor, Jr. Brother Taylor’s book has 26 chapters covering not only the book of Psalms, but also matters of particular interest connected with it. The first thirteen chapters will introduce the Old Testament poetic book and cover Psalms 1, 8, 15, 19, 23, 51, 90, 119 (two lessons), 122, 139 and 148. The rest of Robert Taylor’s book will cover the following subjects:


  • The Breadth and Beauty of Psalms
  • A Portrait of Our God in Psalms
  • Messianic Prophecies in the Psalms
  • Tremendous Tributes to God’s Word in Psalms
  • Worship in the Psalms
  • Prayer in the Psalms
  • Treasures of Trust in the Precious Psalms
  • Abuses of Psalms
  • Religious Errors Refuted in the Psalms
  • Psalms: A Builder of Great Families
  • Psalms of Sorrows
  • Psalms: A Book of Victorious Living
  • Living lessons Learned from Psalms


If this study seems of interest to you I hope you will join us in this class. The books have been ordered and are on hand. They will be handed out to members of the class on Sunday morning December 28th in order to begin this study on January 4th. We look forward to a long and fruitful study of the wonderful book of Psalms.

by Dennis Gulledge