Bible

Purpose of Bible Study

As we enter the season of Fall many of us are excited to be starting new Bible studies!

So, let’s stop and think for a moment about our motivation.

What is the purpose of Bible study?

Choosing to study the Bible is obviously a wise use of your time. You might describe this activity as having eternal value and it’s worth truly priceless.

However, we must always keep in mind the true purpose of studying the scriptures. For those of us who enjoy the process of study, there is the danger of becoming consumed with the study itself. Take a look a what Jesus said in John 5:39-40.

You search the Scriptures, for in them you think you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me. But you are not willing to come to Me that you may have life.                -John 5:39-40      

You search and investigate and pore over the Scriptures diligently, because you suppose and trust that you have eternal life through them. And these [very Scriptures] testify about Me! And still you are not willing [but refuse] to come to Me, so that you might have life.       John 5:39-40 AMPC

Why do you study the Bible?

This is an important question to ask yourself.

And this is eternal life, that they may know You, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom You have sent.   – John 17:3 NKJV

And this is eternal life: [it means] to know (to perceive, recognize, become acquainted with, and understand) You, the only true and real God, and [likewise] to know Him, Jesus [as the] Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), Whom You have sent.   -John 17:3 AMPC

This is eternal life:
that they may know You, the only true God,
and the One You have sent – Jesus Christ.   -John 17:3 HCSB

 

 

Surround your study time with prayer and make sure your motive is all about Jesus!

 

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September Bible Studies

August is rushing by and we will soon find ourselves flipping a page on the calendar.

SEPTEMBER

calendar-2633812_640Back to school, cooler weather, scarves, jackets… September is also time for new Bible studies. There are many groups, local and online offering Bible studies beginning at the end of August or within the first two weeks of September.

Now is the time to research what is available and make a choice so that you’ll be ready. Be sure to ask God what study He has planned for you to join. Don’t just ask but listen for the answer. Pray about it now and then begin exploring the options. In the course of your research, you will likely come to realize the particular study God is directing you toward.

We have an abundance of Bible study choices today. The search can become an overwhelming task. That’s why I’m providing a listing in this post of online Bible study groups. Follow the links for all details. You will also find more about Bible study options on the Every Day with the King Facebook page.

Explore and enjoy!September Bible Studies


The List

Womens Bible Cafe

  • Discerning the Voice of God: How to Recognize When God Speaks – by Priscilla Shirer

Proverbs 31 Ministries     

  • Worthy: An Online Bible Study based on She’s Still There – by Chrystal Evans Hurst      

Inductive Bible Studies from Precept Ministries (Kay Arthur)

  • Scroll through a list of inductive studies and groups  

Heart to Heart – Shari Lewis Ministries            

  • Sermon on the Mount – by Jen Wilkin         

 Read Thru the Word – with Wendy Pope     

  • this is a read through the entire Bible plan that begins each January 1
  • Join in at any time of the year! Learn all about it at the website.
  • September 24th will be the first day of New Testament reading 

 [For year-round Bible study links and resources, visit the Bible Study Page ]

Do you know of a great study group that I’ve not included? You are welcome to share in the comments below.

What study are you planning to do?

Please leave a comment 🙂

 

 

 

Bible, prayer

Aware

Before Jesus died, He told His followers that He would leave them. BUT He promised that they would receive the Holy Spirit who would be with them forever (John 14:16). After His death and resurrection, He told His followers that they would receive power through the Holy Spirit (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Jesus did not leave His followers as orphans but sent the Holy Spirit to indwell them (John 14:18). The Holy Spirit did come (Acts 2:1-4, 18, 32-33). Also see Ephesians 3:14-19. See the blog post Acts 1:8

Now he who keeps His commandments abides in Him, and He in him. And by this we know that He abides in us, by the Spirit whom He has given us.  – 1 John 3:24

If Jesus Christ is your Lord and Savior, you are living daily in His presence. You are never alone because He is always with you. Do you live like this is true?

When we live aware it leads to a life of Adventure with Jesus

 “The Presence of God is the central fact of Christianity. At the heart of the Christian message is God Himself waiting for His redeemed children to push into conscious awareness of His Presence.”    – A. W. Tozer


The Problem

As I said in the blog post, Constant Prayer, one of the marvelous things about a relationship with Jesus is that He is constantly present.

Our problem is forgetting He is there!

Why do we forget?

We forget because we cannot SEE!

Now Thomas, called the Twin, one of the twelve, was not with them when Jesus came. The other disciples, therefore, said to him, “We have seen the Lord.” So he said to them, “Unless I see in His hands the print of the nails, and put my finger into the print of the nails, and put my hand into His side, I will not believe.” And after eight days His disciples were again inside, and Thomas with them. Jesus came, the doors being shut, and stood in the midst, and said, “Peace to you!” Then He said to Thomas, “Reach your finger here, and look at My hands; and reach your hand here, and put it into My side. Do not be unbelieving, but believing.” And Thomas answered and said to Him, “My Lord and my God!” Jesus said to him, “Thomas, because you have seen Me, you have believed. Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed.” And truly Jesus did many other signs in the presence of His disciples, which are not written in this book; but these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that believing you may have life in His name.    – John 20:24-31  NKJV

There is so much for us to drink in from the above passage of scripture. Please take the time to explore it beyond a quick read. Don’t do it alone. Ask Jesus to reveal Himself through the Word and make you aware of His presence there with you. The Living Word and the written Word are meant to go together.


I don’t want to settle for being awake. I want to live awake and aware!

How about you?

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Adventure with Jesus

If you missed it, please take a quick moment to read the last post, Constant Prayer.

That post was basically an introduction to the subject of living in the awareness of Jesus being actually present with you. You might call it God-awareness or the practice of the presence or something else but regardless of what you call this lifestyle, it is key to the abiding life with Christ.

I plan to publish a post soon on practical steps to help with living in the awareness.

But today I want to share a little about one of the results of this style of living.


If you like to study the Bible you probably have experienced the reward of learning something new and found it to be at least a satisfying experience. If you don’t enjoy digging into the scriptures then you might say Bible study is hard or boring…

Living aware causes reading the Bible to be completely different.

When you know you are with Jesus, who is the Living Word and you explore the written Word together, He will open your eyes to see!

Living aware leads to times of Bible reading/study becoming a breath taking experience. There are times that I feel like I’ve been transported into a treasure room through a scripture passage. Wow, does anybody else know what I am describing?

This scene from National Treasure is something like the feeling I am talking about. Exciting, adventure, mystery, treasure, this is what happens when you go with Jesus!

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Acts 1:8

The former account I made, O Theophilus, of all that Jesus began both to do and teach, until the day in which He was taken up, after He through the Holy Spirit had given commandments to the apostles whom He had chosen, to whom He also presented Himself alive after His suffering by many infallible proofs, being seen by them during forty days and speaking of the things pertaining to the kingdom of God. And being assembled together with them, He commanded them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the Promise of the Father, “which,” He said, “you have heard from Me; for John truly baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.” Therefore, when they had come together, they asked Him, saying, “Lord, will You at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”  And He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority. But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”   Acts 1:1-8  NKJV

The above portion of Scripture contains the last words Jesus spoke before He returned to heaven. So much is packed into a few precious words.

Jesus was leaving and the Holy Spirit was about to arrive. It was almost time for the followers of Jesus to become His witnesses. paul-csogi-18594

In the next chapter of Acts, we read the account of the Holy Spirit’s entrance.

It is good to read the account and study Acts but are we living it?

We long for Jesus to return.  He is not with us physically at this time but we have the Holy Spirit. We need to stay focused on being witnesses of Jesus. The ability and the power to accomplish this quest is through the Holy Spirit. We have a mission of the highest honor.

As Pentecost approaches this year, spend some prayerful time dwelling on what the Holy Spirit will empower you to do if you are willing. Take Acts 1:8 to heart. Ponder, pray and respond.

Yes, there is much darkness all around us but we have the light! How awful to be keeping it to ourselves instead of sharing.

Let us serve with joy and love.

Read a related post Ambassadors for Christ

Jesus said

Bible, Faith, Jesus

He Lives!

He Lives!

Jesus is Victor

Now and Forever

King of kings

Lord of lords

Do not be alarmed. You seek Jesus of Nazareth, who was crucified. He is risen! He is not here. See the place where they laid him.   – Mark 16:6

He lives!

Who is He to you?

Watch this short, powerful clip from Priscilla Shirer as she appeared in the Anointed, Transformed, Redeemed A Study of David.


Matt Maher – Because He Lives

Let our song join the one that never ends! 

AMEN

Bible, Book Reviews, books

Bible Expo!

What is your process for selecting  Bible studies?

Do you tend to select books and studies from your favorite authors? I think most of us do.

It is easy and safe to choose a study from a writer you know and like. I tend to do this often but sometimes I think this pattern may cause us to miss out. When I have ventured out and selected a study from someone unfamiliar to me, it has often turned out to be a great Bible study experience. So I challenge you to give it a try. Be adventurous in your selection. Be open to where God is leading you.

 

Researching online and reading reviews can be very helpful.

I love to have the opportunity to hear directly from the author about any book or study I’m considering. That’s why I am excited about Friday, March 31st. That is the day of the 2017 Bible Study Expo!

Marnie Swedberg is the hostess of the Bible Study Expo!

Learn about Marnie HERE

This is an opportunity to hear Marnie Swedberg interview 12 different authors all in one afternoon.

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Click link below

Bible Study Expo

*** Register for Free Drawings of Bible Study Books *** 

Here are the scheduled authors including links to their websites.

This only happens once a year. Last year’s event was fantastic.

What to do

  • Register now at Bible Study Expo
  • Attend the Expo on Friday, March 31 at the website
  • Check correct time for  your time zone (12 to 3 PT, 1 to 4 MT, 2 to 5 CT, 3 to 6 ET)
  • Share with others

Make sure you don’t miss it.

Have suggestions or comments about selecting books and Bible studies?

Please share in the comments below. I would love to hear from you.

 

 

 

 

 

Bible, Faith, prayer

Steps to Victory

What do you do when trouble knocks on your door?

There is no doubt that difficulties will come into your life.

What is important is how you choose to respond.

Would you like to be prepared in advance?

Please read the following chapter from 2 Chronicles for a great plan.

2 Chronicles 20

This chapter contains a powerful formula, that if followed today, will produce the same results that it did for Jehoshaphat, so long ago. This chapter shows us the steps to conquer problems, and enable us to live in victory with joy!

Note: To respond as Jehoshaphat did, we need to be choosing to spend time alone with God on a daily basis. Walking and talking with the King needs to be our way of life.

Follow Jehoshaphat’s steps to victory

  1. Seek the Lord.  (prayer and fasting)   verse 3
  2. Stand on the Word of God. Hold onto the promises and remember what God has done before.   verses 6-9
  3. Give the whole problem to God. Depending on Him completely. (submitting to God’s will, trusting in the Lord)   verses 10-13
  4.  Listen to God. Respond to His instructions.   verses 15-20
  5. Praise the Lord. (while people are praising, God is moving)  verses 21-22
  6. See what God has done. Rejoice!  verses 26-28
  7. The power of God becomes known by others.  verse 29

These are steps that I found while studying the chapter. I remind myself of them when difficulties come my way. I pray that you will find it helpful also. I am very certain that you will discover more treasure in the chapter if you study and pray to see. Please take a moment to comment below. I would love to read what God shows you.

Blessings,

Lynn 🙂

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Follow the Shepherds

As I thought and prayed about writing a Christmas devotion, I felt God wanted me to focus on the shepherds.

Following the shepherds leads to a joyful challenge.


It seems that often the shepherds are overlooked. Maybe because they don’t seem as interesting as the wise men who followed the star. We picture the wise men in royal robes surrounded in mystery.

The shepherds were uneducated men of low status. They would certainly not stand out in a crowd. These ordinary shepherds bring to mind a lowly shepherd boy by the name of David. He was not special in appearance but God selected him to become King. But more importantly, the shepherds remind us that Jesus is the Great Shepherd who will be returning as King of kings and Lord of lords.


c8et5xvbwnu-george-hilesPlease open your Bible to the familiar passage Luke 2:8-14

As far as we know these shepherds were not looking for or expecting anything out of the ordinary on that night, as they were caring for their flocks. But, their lives were forever changed in a moment, when their eyes moved from watching sleeping sheep to seeing and hearing angels! stars-1245902_1280

When the angels left them and went back into Heaven, the shepherds said to each other, “Now let us go straight to Bethlehem and see this thing which the Lord has made known to us.”

 So they came as fast as they could and they found Mary and Joseph—and the baby lying in the manger. And when they had seen this sight, they told everybody what had been said to them about the little child. And those who heard them were amazed at what the shepherds said. But Mary treasured all these things and turned them over in her mind. The shepherds went back to work, glorifying and praising God for everything that they had heard and seen, which had happened just as they had been told.            Luke 2:15-20    J.B. Phillips

As soon as the angels leave, the shepherds go without delay to find Jesus. We don’t know what they said or how they reacted when they saw newborn baby Jesus lying in a manger. I am guessing that they knelt in silent worship.

 Next, they begin telling everybody. Then they go back to work. This amazing beyond description experience has just been theirs but yet they have to return to the same old life. What is different is inside of them. They return to work but they are glorifying and praising God!

Shepherd’s Response

  1. Go  (went as fast as the could to see Jesus)
  2. Tell everyone
  3. Return  (shepherds went back to work)
  4. Glorifying and praising God

Time for some life application:

Ask yourself 4 questions to find out if you’re responding like the shepherds

My Response

Am I going to Jesus about everything?    (prayer)

Am I telling everyone about Jesus?           (share)

Content in my present circumstances?   (content & thankful)

Is my life glorifying God?                              (praise)


The shepherds have left us with a great plan to follow. I want to be like them.

  • Eagar to spend time with Jesus
  • Sharing the gospel with everyone
  • Being truly content in my circumstances
  • Living a praise-filled life that brings glory to God

Join me in following the shepherds to Jesus ♥

May your Christmas be blessed,

Lynn

Keith & Kristyn Getty – Joy Has Dawned/Angels We Have Heard On High

 

 

 

 

Bible, Morning devotions, Quiet time

Redeem the Time

I love Standard, or what I call real-time. To me, setting our clocks back one hour each Fall is cause for celebration.

Do you know why we skip ahead an hour each Spring? Daylight Saving Time is to allow longer evening daylight in the summer, by setting clocks one hour ahead of Standard time.

Well, enough about Standard vs Daylight Saving time. The true purpose of this post is not to share my happiness over the return of the hour but to focus on the gift this hour brings.

The gift is CHOICE. You get one more hour of time to use whatever way you want. You may decide on an extra hour of sleep or an extra hour of anything else. It’s your choice to spend your hour any way you desire.

You are used to getting up at a certain time each morning, right? alarm-clock-1191561_1280

I have a suggestion for those who have difficulty finding time for a morning quiet time with God. You could set your clock back the hour to Standard time but set your alarm for one hour earlier. You would continue to rise in the morning the same as you have been. You will be ready to sleep earlier at night so you adjust your schedule by going to bed an hour earlier.

If you choose this way to spend your extra hour then you need to plan ahead and make it happen. On Sunday night set your clocks back the hour. Set your alarm ahead one hour. If one hour is too much then try 1/2 hour. Pray about it and make your plan.

Live life, then, with a due sense of responsibility, not as men who do not know the meaning and purpose of life but as those who do. Make the best use of your time, despite all the difficulties of these days.   -Ephesians 5:16  J.B. Phillips

 

Below are links  you might find helpful

Coffee with Jesus

Bible Study

What will you do with your hour?                                   beech-trees-462987_1280

Please leave your answer in the comments below.

Blessings,

Lynn