3 Keys to Benefitting from Awkward Silences

3 Keys to Benefitting from Awkward Silences

Let’s be honest. We have all experienced them. You know what I’m talking about. You pose a question to your small group, and the room just falls silent. Eyes are staring intently at pages or at nothing. Hands are fiddling. Everyone is feeling the awkwardness, but nobody says a word. Yes, there is a way to use these silences for good, and here is how…

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6 Attributes of a Redeemed Christian and a Transformed Church

6 Attributes of a Redeemed Christian and a Transformed Church

We have been made alive in Christ. Now, what do our lives look like? What should they look like? And what impact may that have on the Church?

Paul encourages us to live renewed lives by the mercy of God and to enter into God-centered community with one another. Which of these six attributes do you already wear by His grace, and which do you need to put on today?

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The Old Testament Storyline in 300 Words

The Old Testament Storyline in 300 Words

The Old Testament is intimidating to many believers. It seems long, confusing, out-dated, and maybe even irrelevant. However, the storyline of the Old Testament is an amazing account of God’s love and interaction with His people. It helps us understand the arrival of Jesus, our Savior, and our need for His sacrifice on our behalf. Don’t miss this essential portion of the Bible.

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Be Still and Know… How to Rest in Jesus

Be Still and Know… How to Rest in Jesus

Recently, I took a few hours off to be by myself and get away with Jesus. I sat on bench by a fountain in town and envisioned myself in the presence of God - something that is always a reality, but I chose to focus in on this beautiful truth. My heart felt burdened and overloaded and I brought this feeling before God. In my heart, I spoke out, “Lord, please don’t take this as a feeling of ungratefulness. You are nothing but present with me and have blessed me in countless ways.” His gentle voice spoke back, “I know. I see your heart. You are not here to complain. You are here, so I can fill your cup.”

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5 Ideas for Encouraging Bible Study During the Summer Months

5 Ideas for Encouraging Bible Study During the Summer Months

Summer is here. The weather is inviting. Kids are on break from school, families like to travel, and the schedule changes for many women in our Bible studies. Some may find themselves with more or less time on their hands, or simply a different level of flexibility. Many Bible study groups take a break for the summer as meeting regularly as a complete group is less likely to happen. It gives teachers a little break too. But how can we encourage women to continue to study the Bible during the summer months? Here are some ideas.

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3 Beginner Bible-Study Myths and the Truths that Will Get You Started 

3 Beginner Bible-Study Myths and the Truths that Will Get You Started 

I love that you sit down with your Bible regularly to study it, learn from it, and allow it to change your life. Even beginners can gain a lot of wisdom from Scripture. I am excited for you to make Bible-study a regular habit that refreshes and grows your faith. I know of three misconceptions that are holding many of you back. Let’s clear them up so you can get started.

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9 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Bible-Study Guide

9 Things to Consider When Choosing Your Next Bible-Study Guide

With thousands of Bible study guides in the market place, how do you pick one? Which guide will teach you more about your Christian faith, about God, and His will? Rather than reading a “Christian Living” book or devotional, choose a Bible study guide that lets you dive into God’s Word. Consider these 9 things as you choose…

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3 Ways to Study the Bible with One Another in a Busy World

3 Ways to Study the Bible with One Another in a Busy World

We live in a world filled with people running to get places. We all navigate full schedules and many responsibilities. Making regular time for something important isn’t easy - especially when we have to coordinate schedules with other people. While we may study the Bible on our own, we don’t see a plausible way to allow for a Bible study with other people. 

My last Monday Mini-Tip was about the importance of studying the Bible. Let’s talk about how to make it happen…

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7 Reasons to Study the Bible with Other Believers

7 Reasons to Study the Bible with Other Believers

For any believer, time in God’s Word is essential. The Bible is our guide to knowing God and His will. Without it, we wander through the world blindly, not discerning right from wrong. Maybe you have begun reading your Bible regularly on your own. That’s wonderful! My challenge to you today is this: Are you regularly studying the Bible with other believers? I highly recommend it. It’s so beneficial. Here is why…

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Is that Promise for Me? Part 3: The Old and The New

Is that Promise for Me? Part 3: The Old and The New

Which of God's promises apply to us and how? That's the question we have been exploring in this four-part blog-post series. 

First, we discussed general interpretation and application rules that apply to God’s promises as well as other Bible verses. Then, we had an Old Testament history lesson in order to better understand the promises God made - and at least partially fulfilled - in the Old Testament. Why am I amending with “at least partially”? Let’s take a closer look.

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Your Bible’s “Early Manuscript” Footnote Explained

Your Bible’s “Early Manuscript” Footnote Explained

You are reading your Bible and come across a little [a]. You check your Bible’s footnote to find an notation that early manuscripts show a different rendition of this verse or possible omitted it altogether. Questions start piling up in your head: What are these early manuscripts? Which version of the verse is trustworthy? Which is inspired by God? Do we have a trustworthy copy of the Bible?

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