Every book of the Bible has a theme and a purpose, and that is true of the Book of James as well. Themes are topics that are addressed repeatedly. The main theme of James is that of faith and actions, but there are also other themes and key topics addressed in this book.Read More
On our journey through the book of James, we have come to this well-known passage. James, here and in the entire epistle, calls us to put our faith into action. He admonishes us to be "doers of the word, not hearers only". Let's explore the meaning of these words.Read More
As we dive into the Book of James with the Awaken Faith study guide, I am also going to teach you methods for studying epistles in general. As believers, we love these New Testament letters. So, let's learn how to study them well. This will help us with our study of the book of James, but it will also help you as you study the Bible going forward.Read More
Begin your study of the Book of James with some preliminary work. When you start studying any book of the Bible, you should start by collecting some background information. So, let's see what the Bible tells us about the background of the book of James.Read More
Next week, March 5th, we will begin to study through the Book of James alongside the study guide, "Awaken Faith: Unlocking the New Testament Letters with an In-Depth Study of the Book of James." I hope you join us.Read More
Your testimony - that means, the story of how you came to faith in Jesus Christ - is one of the best tools you have for sharing your faith. It's your story, it's undeniable, and it speaks of the power of Jesus. Check out these tips of sharing your testimony effectively.Read More
Here, in the Scripture Confident Living community, we love digging deep into Scripture and studying the Bible independently. There are so many resources roaming the blogosphere these days, but what I really want for you is this: To study the Bible effectively and skillfully... because that will lead to Scripture confidence.
To study the Bible effectively, you need to build a strong Bible study foundation. Learn some key Bible study methods that are tried and true and know what the Bible is all about.Read More
Have you ever wondered how to make Bible study a habit? I mean, start strong and keep reading Scripture daily? Reading the Bible every day is such a valuable Christian discipline. Let me help you get started and loving it!But how can you get started? Whether you have tried before (and possibly failed) or are brand-new to developing a Bible-study habit, here are some tips to start this new habit.Read More
Does the idea of studying Scripture independently make you nervous? Have you ever thought, "I wish I could approach the Bible with confidence, but I am truly confused when I pick up this precious Book"?
Let's take the confusion out of Bible study and build a habit of studying Scripture regularly, independently, and confidently.Read More
Above all, we have to invite the Holy Spirit into our Bible study. Let's acknowledge Him as the greatest Bible Teacher we will ever experience. It is the Holy Spirit who blesses us understanding, conviction, and peace. So invite Him in!Read More
Do you know that a war is waging inside you? Have you experienced the pull in both directions - to follow God or worldly desires? Are you asking yourself, “How do I overcome? How do I have victory over sin?”
I love this time of year because I am all for planning and goal-setting. Nothing says "new beginning" like New Years Day. Do you set goals for the year? If so, does the word "Bible" appear on your resolution list?
Here are five ways to plan for a Scripture-filled year.Read More
Do you have a tradition of reading the Christmas story in the gospel of Luke every year on this day? Well, this year, you will see it with new eyes, because Scripture has prepared our hearts to understand the birth of Jesus with renewed joy.Read More
Christmas is only a week away, and we are full of anticipation for the coming of the Messiah because we have already discovered our need for a Savior and an amazing prophecy proclaiming wonderous truths about who Jesus is.
We are ready to open up the gospel of Luke and read about the birth... oh wait, that's not how Luke starts out. Let's discover how Luke builds our anticipation for the celebration of Christ's birth.Read More
Welcome back to week 2 of the "The Word on Christmas" series.
I hope you are ready to be in awe of God as we explore one of the many prophecies about Jesus' birth: Isaiah 9:6. Of course, you'll also get to dig deeper on your own with a free worksheet. Plus, because the book of Isaiah can be tricky, we will explore a few free Bible commentaries available online.
We began last week with remembering why we need a Savior. We noticed that we have reached the point in the Bible's story when mankind is desperately aware of their need for someone to rescue them. We are waiting for Jesus to arrive.Read More
We have entered the Christmas season!
This is a time to reflect on what's coming... who's coming. We are ushering in the celebration of the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Let's make this a meaningful time - not just Christmas day, the arrival of baby Jesus - but this pre-Christmas season, this time of anticipation. What better way to do so than to search Scripture.Read More
This December, let's get excited about Christmas - not just the holiday fun, family traditions, and heart-warming decor.
Let's get excited about the arrival of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
When we follow the Bible's story, this - the season right before Jesus comes on the scene - is a time of divinely-inspired waiting. If this were a movie, we'd be walking in right during the part when everyone is sitting on the edge of their seats.
But to really understand that, we have to back up a little. We want to understand why everyone is waiting and who they are waiting for. Then we can truly appreciate the presentation of His arrival laid out in Scripture.Read More
Have you been invited to give a short devotional message at a church holiday party? Or do you want to take your own Christmas party to the next level with a spiritual emphasis? Christ is the reason for the season, after all.
The responsibility of sharing a devotional message is wonderful but can be intimidating if you are new to it. Let's look at how to best prepare a short message and speak from your heart.Read More
The end of our calendar year is marked with meaningful holidays for Christians. We know our hearts should be filled with thanksgiving and celebration as we remember the coming birth of our Savior.
But what if that's not how the holiday season plays out? With so many Christmas parties, dinner preparations, additional events, and gift shopping, the joy of the holiday season can be drowned out by stress.
Take an afternoon off this week to refocus. Allow it to be a time of reflection and communion with God.Read More
You've heard the warning: Do not read the Bible out of context!!
Yes, indeed, we want to make sure we always consider the context of any verse or passage we stumble upon. Failing to look at the context is probably the number 1 reason for misinterpreting Scripture!Read More