Deep and Wide: The Two Essentials to Effective Bible Study

Deep and Wide: The Two Essentials to Effective Bible Study

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. 

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Making Bible Study A Habit

Making Bible Study A Habit

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.

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From Confused to Confident: Taking the Guesswork out of Bible Study

From Confused to Confident: Taking the Guesswork out of Bible Study

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. 

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5 Ways to Put the Bible on Your New Years Resolution List

5 Ways to Put the Bible on Your New Years Resolution List

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.

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The Word on Christmas: Jesus is Coming

The Word on Christmas: Jesus is Coming

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.

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The Word on Christmas: Jesus Prophesied

The Word on Christmas: Jesus Prophesied

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.

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The Word on Christmas: We need Jesus

The Word on Christmas: We need Jesus

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.

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The Word on Christmas: Jesus' Birth in Light of Scripture

The Word on Christmas: Jesus' Birth in Light of Scripture

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.

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How to Prepare a Holiday Devotional Message

How to Prepare a Holiday Devotional Message

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.

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Prepare Your Heart for the Holiday Season in One Afternoon

Prepare Your Heart for the Holiday Season in One Afternoon

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.

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Understanding Bible Genres

Understanding Bible Genres

The Bible contains books in various genres. This knowledge greatly impacts how we interpret a given Bible passage. For example, we want to take narratives literally, believing they actually happened as described, while we will more carefully interpret poetry, which - like modern poetry - often describes true observations with figurative language. 

Let's consider each of the genres of the Bible and how they flex our interpretation muscle.

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In-depth Bible Study & Bible Journaling: Finding a Balance

In-depth Bible Study & Bible Journaling: Finding a Balance

So many beautiful Bible journaling images are floating around the world wide web and likely finding their way onto one of your screens daily. Your Pinterest wall alone probably shows an abundance of Bible journal pages. If you are anything like me, they make you at least pause and admire the Word of God written out beautifully, and you wish you could just stop and make your own art from Scripture.

Maybe another side of you is itching to put all that drawing business aside and fill the margins of your Bible with notes and insight instead, as you study each passage in depth and dig deep. Oh, you know I am all about that!

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Meditating on Truth: God does not Forget

Meditating on Truth: God does not Forget

One of the amazing things about serving the almighty and faithful God is this:

Even when we take our eyes off Him, He remains faithful. His promises to us stand in spite of us. He will not, cannot forget them.

Isaiah 49:16 reminded me of that truth - even though at first glance, I thought I was picking a whole other lesson. Thank God for the habit of reading verses in context. Let's take a look.

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