Something of a Milestone
Completing Commentary on the Entire Bible
This week (first week of September, 2017) I reached a personal and ministry milestone, completing and posting the final chapters of commentary on the Book of Proverbs. This means that I now have commentary on every chapter of the Bible.
It’s been a long road representing thousands upon thousands of hours of happy work. Collectively, my commentary would take up more than 11,500 pages in a document. I started this format for my teaching notes in the late 1980s, some 30 years ago. The online commentary began more than 20 years ago. It represents my work over the last 30 years, and has been a deliberate goal for the last 20 years.
In one sense, this is no different than the significant accomplishments of many of my pastoral friends and colleagues, especially those in the Calvary Chapel family. I know many pastors who have faithfully taught the Bible for decades and have been through the Bible 3, 4 or even 5 times. I salute them, and I’m kind of just catching up to them. They have the satisfaction of looking at their efforts over the decades and seeing it as their life work, and I hope to share in some of the same satisfaction.
In another sense, this is different – because for whatever reason, God’s blessing has been on my written work and many people have found it helpful as Bible commentary. It has been a tremendous blessing to see how God has unexpectedly used this work.
I thank the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ who has strengthened my heart, mind, and hands to do this work. He has also, by some miracle, kept me from carpal tunnel syndrome and other known ailments.
I thank my beloved wife, Inga-Lill who has been a true partner in the work from the beginning. Both she and our children have been gracious and patient with me and my obsessive work habits. Since Proverbs completed the commentary, it was both appropriate and wonderful to have her collaboration on Proverbs 31:10-31, the Virtuous Wife passage. You should check it out.
I thank the board of Enduring Word. Lance Ralston, Miles DeBenedictis, and Chuck Musselwhite are all faithful friends and help direct this ministry with vision and integrity.
I thank my many pastoral friends and colleagues, who are a steady source of wisdom, encouragement, strength, and blessing.
I thank the congregations I have served over the last 30 years: Calvary Chapel Oxnard, Calvary Chapel Simi Valley, Calvary Chapel Siegen Germany, and now Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. They have each had their part in blessing, inspiring, and supporting me for this work. Especially, I want to thank Senior Pastor Tommy Schnieder and the elders of Calvary Chapel Santa Barbara. Their heart to help, empower, and support me in this work is greatly appreciated.
I thank my father and mother, Richard and Eleanor Guzik, who gave me such a great start in life and who modeled hard work and sacrificial service with a happy attitude. I also thank Nils and Gunnel Bergstrom, my father and mother-in-law, for their encouragement, friendship, and support.
In particular, I thank the prayer supporters and financial partners of the work of Enduring Word. It’s not cheap to operate this website, to keep it completely free, and hopefully ad-free for as long as possible. I’m grateful to all of you. If you would like to partner with me in this work, you can click here to donate.
Blessings in Jesus’ Name,
I have a couple of follow-up posts that go a little more in depth:
Me in 1998 – about the time my commentary went online
Me More Recently
My Ford Falcon in 1998 – but mine wasn’t this nice
My Ford Falcon now