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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 🙂

 

 

 

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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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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.

 

 

 

 

 

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Heart’s Desire

Welcome to a quick study of Psalm 37:1-4

I am picking up where last week’s post ended. If you didn’t read that yet,

 just click on the link  〉 Psalm 37:4 adobe-spark-22

Now, let’s take a closer look at Psalm 37:1-4

Do not fret because of evildoers,
Nor be envious of the workers of iniquity.
 For they shall soon be cut down like the grass,
And wither as the green herb.

 Trust in the Lord, and do good;
Dwell in the land, and feed on His faithfulness.
Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:1-4    NKJV

 

This Psalm of David starts with some important instructions that are crucial to our life. Verse 1  calls our attention to the tendency to be negatively affected by those around us. I have experienced fretfulness and envy when my thinking has been consumed by looking at other people. How about you? David reminds us in verse 2 that these things we tend to become agitated about are very temporary.

We find the proper focus for our thinking in verse 3. Our trust should not be in ourselves, other people, money, or anything else. Our trust is to be in God alone. I love the last part of verse 3 – feed on His faithfulness. We are to live by looking to the Lord, feeding on His faithfulness and daily putting our complete trust in Him.

We have now arrived at our main verse. Notice that after carefully reading verses 1-3  we are able to see verse 4 a little differently than just pulling the verse out alone.

Delight yourself also in the Lord,
And He shall give you the desires of your heart.

       DESIRE       DELIGHT

To delight yourself involves finding joy, pleasure, and fulfillment. If you truly delight in the Lord, you will want to spend time alone with Him. You will find yourself preoccupied with Him.

Jesus said, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” Matthew 6:21

Notice the word desire used in the NLT version below.

“Wherever your treasure is, there the desires of your heart will also be.”

Matthew 6:21 NLT

Let’s ask ourselves

  1. What do I take delight in?
  2. What is my heart’s desire?
Please don’t rush to answer this.

Complete honesty with yourself is necessary.

Is your answer different than what you would like it to be?

If your heart is delighting in something or someone other than Jesus, admit it.

Your desires can be changed. Help is found through prayer.

First, confess the truth and then ask God to give you the desire to delight in Him. Surely, this is a request that God loves to hear and answer.

Don’t settle for things as they have been but reach for a renewed passionate relationship with your Lord Jesus Christ.


If we delight in the Lord,

               then the desire of our hearts will be for Him.

                                 Certainly, the Lord will fulfill that desire.


A quote from Charles Spurgeon helps to put things into clear focus. adobe-spark-22

“Our delights are a better test of our character than anything else:

as a man’s heart is, so is the man.”

-Charles Spurgeon

 Read an excerpt from Matthew Henry’s commentary on Psalm 37:1-6.

A man’s life consists not in abundance, but, Thou shalt have food convenient for thee. This is more than we deserve, and it is enough for one that is going to heaven. To delight in God is as much a privilege as a duty. He has not promised to gratify the appetites of the body, and the humours of the fancy, but the desires of the renewed, sanctified soul. What is the desire of the heart of a good man? It is this, to know, and love, and serve God. Commit thy way unto the Lord; roll thy way upon the Lord, so the margin reads it. Cast thy burden upon the Lord, the burden of thy care. We must roll it off ourselves, not afflict and perplex ourselves with thoughts about future events, but refer them to God. By prayer spread thy case and all thy cares before the Lord, and trust in him. We must do our duty, and then leave the event with God. The promise is very sweet: He shall bring that to pass, whatever it is, which thou has committed to him.

Read more here > Matthew Henry Commentary


I hope you find something helpful in this short study.

Do you think any differently about Psalm 37:4 now?

Please share.

I would love to read your comments on this.

Praying that your desire is to know the King and to delight in Him ♥ fall-1652314_1280

Blessings,

Lynn

 

 

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Don’t Leave Without Jesus

In  John 6:1-15  we read about  Jesus, the disciples, and a large crowd of hungry people. Jesus provides a meal for all the people even though the only food available was 5 loaves of bread and 2 fish. There is so much in this account to study and savor. However, this post is going to be about what happened next. Jesus invited me to linger with Him recently in John 6:16-21. He gently brought to my mind some points that I hadn’t noticed before.

The disciples had finished gathering 12 baskets full of leftover bread and fish pieces. Don’t you wonder what they must have felt like as they pondered the miracle they had just witnessed? They didn’t just witness the miracle but Jesus had allowed them to actually be a part of what happened. Imagine being one of the crew cleaning up after this picnic. Well, we could easily stay here, but let’s move onto the evening and see what happens next.

We know from John 6:15 that Jesus had gone to the mountain alone. We find the disciples at the sea.

Now when evening came, His disciples went down to the sea, got into the boat, and went over the sea toward Capernaum. And it was already dark, and Jesus had not come to them.  Then the sea arose because a great wind was blowing.  So when they had rowed about three or four miles, they saw Jesus walking on the sea and drawing near the boat; and they were afraid. But He said to them, “It is I; do not be afraid.” Then they willingly received Him into the boat, and immediately the boat was at the land where they were going.   – John 6:16-21 

Do you find it perplexing that the disciples would leave without Jesus? John does not tell us but in Matthew 14 and Mark 6 we read that Jesus had instructed the disciples to leave.


Picture yourself at the scene. Would you quickly jump in the boat with the disciples or desire to stay behind with Jesus?

When I imagine myself at the scene, I am reluctant to leave Jesus. I want to stay and wait for Jesus to return or maybe He even invites me to be with Him on the mountain. I certainly don’t think I would be eager to join the group in the boat. Or would I?

What about me now, today? Do I wait or do I rush ahead? I’m sorry to say that there have been many times that I didn’t wait for Jesus.

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Back to the disciples

They ventured out onto the sea after dark, rowed for miles and the wind was blowing hard. The disciples struggled in their own strength when they had to make the trip without Jesus. So different from just a few hours earlier when they were basking in the afterglow of a miracle.

Have you had this kind of experience after proceeding without Jesus? I sure have.

But then Jesus  

At first, the disciples are fearful but then they see it is indeed Jesus. Jesus has arrived walking on the water.  As soon as Jesus entered the boat they were suddenly at their destination.  So much here in verses 19-21 to discover and I hope you will spend some time exploring.


I am so glad that Jesus will come get me when I have gone out in my boat without Him. But I don’t want to live like that. I want to be where He is always. Jesus is my destination.

Make it your goal to be with Jesus, stay with Jesus and follow Him. It’s not about you fitting Him into your plan. It is His plan for you to follow Him step by step, moment by moment.

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Bible Study Tips and Resources

bible-1310889_640 I hope that last week’s post was an encouragement to devote yourself to Bible study. This week I’d like to share some helpful Bible study resources.

But first, a few tips that you might find useful.

  • Pray
  • Plan
  • Place
  • Persistence

∗Prayer is the first step to Bible study. First, pray about what God would like you to study. Watch and listen to what specific Bible study the Holy Spirit is guiding you to do.

∗Plan is about gathering what supplies will be needed. Where will you keep your Bible study book and any other items for the study? I would suggest that these things be kept in plain view at least until you have developed a solid habit of study. If your materials need to be portable you could put everything in a tote bag to carry with you. Planning is also needed to decide on a specific time each day that you will spend on the study. Establish a certain time because otherwise, it will be very difficult to develop consistent study.

∗Place is deciding on a certain spot that you will usually do your daily study. It should be somewhere that you are comfortable and undisturbed if possible. I like to be flexible about the place. If I can go outside for Bible study that’s an added plus for me.

∗Persistence is so very important. If you enthusiastically start your Bible study but then fail to finish for whatever reason, don’t give up Bible study! It is not easy to establish this wonderful practice of consistent study. Ask yourself some questions to find out how you can improve your experience. Was it the right study for you? Did you follow the tips – Pray-Plan-Place-Persistence?

∗Don’t add another P for Perfect to the list of tips. It’s not about doing everything perfectly or like someone else. The important thing about your study time is spending time with the King every day. Please don’t give up. It might be difficult to get the habit established but so very worthwhile.


Please click on the link below to go directly to the Bible study page. There is also a tab on the menu that goes to the Bible Study Page. This page is loaded with plenty of Bible study resources including the links and is kept updated with current information. I pray that you will explore and enjoy.

                         →   →   Bible Study Page

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Sit With The Word At His Feet

Have you ever purchased an important item and found that the operation manual was missing? Depending on what the item is, the manual can be extremely important. The manual reveals information that you need to be able to use the item properly and safely. A manual includes directions for assembly, troubleshooting guide…

Corrie ten Boom said  “there is a complete manual, which we need to study, time and time again, which is the Bible. You may say, “But I don’t understand it.” No, we can’t understand it, not by ourselves. But the Lord Jesus promised us in Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you.” And the Holy Spirit will give you understanding, strength, and faith.”

Bible reading and study is for all believers. The Holy Spirit will gently guide you along on a special study program just for you. If you love to study and are able to learn new things easily, that’s great. But, natural abilities and study skills are not required. As Corrie’s quote above says, you will have the ability to learn because of the Holy Spirit.

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I sometimes think about how wonderful it must have been to actually sit at the feet of Jesus. What could be better than being with Jesus, listening to Him, as the disciples were able to do? However, Jesus says we are actually better off now than the disciples were when they sat with Him.

 In John 16:7, Jesus says “It is to your advantage that I go away; for if I do not go away, the Helper will not come to you; but if I depart, I will send Him to you.” 

The Holy Spirit is just like Jesus in the flesh except the Holy Spirit is within us. Jesus sent the Spirit to help us, to be our guide, teach, remind and enable us. So we have all we need to learn at the feet of Jesus today because we have the promised Holy Spirit within us.

Sit with the Word at His feet ♥

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