Quietly Through 1st John :: An Online Bible Study

The first epistle of John. It’s rich with truths about God’s love for us and His love working through us. It’s also full of instructions on how to allow His love to grow within and pour from us. First John also contains some intimidating verses like “by this we know that we know Him, if we keep His commandments “(1 John 2:3) or “whoever keeps His word, truly the love of God is perfected in Him” (1 John 2:5). I know that I don’t keep the Lord’s commands perfectly and at one point in my life […]

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Bible Study Made Super Simple

Bible study. What do you think of when you hear these words? Maybe you think of a book written to help you understand God’s word. Perhaps you think of a group of people meeting together to discuss God’s word. It could be that you picture a group of people with an additional book intending to talk about God’s word, but instead they wind up shooting the breeze for so long that they never actually end up talking about the Bible. (Yeah, it’s happened to me, too). There is nothing wrong with written Bible studies or […]

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The Simplest – and Best! – Reason for Bible Study

I love Hello Mornings, an online ministry dedicated to encouraging women to spend time with God, plan their day, and make healthy choice first thing in the morning. This encouragement is wonderful and has really changed my life but (and this is a big but), if I start to hold Hello Mornings’ advice up to the same level of God’s word I can find myself discouraged, feeling guilty and wallowing in self-induced shame. Which, I am sure, neither God nor the Hello Morning staff wants. So why can I end up feeling so low? Because […]

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HelloMornings & Caught by Jesus

It can be funny how the Lord directs our paths.  Looking back at the last twelve months I can see that only He could have orchestrated the events that have led up to today. Last fall I came across a tweet by the New Divide that challenged others to hand write the entire book of Mark — yes! hand write every single verse! — in during the month of October. I started the challenge a little late and ended way late, but by the grace of God I completed the challenge. The challenge led to […]

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New Bible Study {{Plus a Giveaway}}

I am so excited to tell you about my latest Bible study titled Caught by Jesus: 6-Week Devotional and Personal Study in the Gospel of Mark. It seemed to take forever to complete and there were times when I thought I would never finish the first draft. But, by the grace of God, the project is complete and ready to be read. This is a very simple book written for a very simple reason: to look more closely at the very simple message of the Gospel. In six weeks this book will take you through the […]

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When We Don’t Love Our Sisters in Christ {Plus a Giveaway}

{This post contains affiliate links} Cattiness, judgement, bitterness, awkwardness, avoiding one another, gossip, and just plain rudeness. It’s sad to say, but we’ve all experienced these things. Even sadder, we’ve experienced them with our sisters in Christ. We often do not want to address it, we’d rather pretend it’s not happening, but there is a quiet fight going on among the women of the Church. Jesus said, “A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that […]

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Join the FOCUSed15 Study Group

  In case you missed the announcement in the newsletter, I’m teaming up with Katie Orr to lead a group of ladies through my ebook, And When You Pray: Understanding the Lord’s Prayer. This 10-day Bible study is free to all newsletter subscribers.  It was written to help you understand the Lord’s prayer, become more comfortable speaking with your Lord and Savior, and encourage you to submit to the Father’s will for your life. Our group study begins Monday, April 20th. We will be meeting Monday – Friday in Katie’s FOCUSed15 Study Group on Facebook for […]

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3 Super Simple Bible Study Techniques

There are a large number of wonderful Bible studies out there written by great authors and Bible commentators. You can also find lots of great study tools online and printables to help you organize your thoughts. For me though, I like to keep it simple and most days I just want to open my bible and listen to what the Lord wants to tell me directly. If you are interested in the same thing, here are a few techniques that I use to go deeper into God’s word without a whole lot of jazz. Double-Entry […]

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And When You Pray :: Forgive Us Our Debts

Open this time in prayer, asking the Lord to reveal His heart to you. “And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors.” (Matthew 6:12 NKJV) Forgive us our what? Like our bank loans and credit card debts?  Uh, no.  Debts in this passage is a metaphor for our sins, the violations we have commited against God and His holy law. Read Matthew 18:21-27.  When the servant asked for leniency, how did his master respond (v 27)? The master had compassion toward his servant and our Master is full of compassion as well.  Psalm 145:8 […]

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