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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5 Steps to Truly Connecting with God during Your Quiet Time

5 Steps to Truly Connecting with God during Your Quiet Time

What's the point of a regular quiet time anyway? Is it to check something off a list, to earn God's favor, or is it to connect with Him?

I hope you spend time in God's Word to learn about your Creator and connect with the King of your life! In fact, I hope not a day goes by without a time of worshipping your Savior whole-heartedly and allowing God to fill your cup.

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I want to study the Bible, but I don’t know where to start.

I want to study the Bible, but I don’t know where to start.

Bible study ideas just flow out of me. That hasn't always been the case. 

Like many of you, I once stared at this big book called the Bible with a complete feeling of overwhelm, wondering, "Where in the world do I start?"

Knowing that many of you feel slightly paralyzed by this and other questions that are holding you back, I developed a 5-day email course called "Busting Your Top 5 Bible Study Roadblocks." 

Today, I'm giving you a little sneak peek here on the blog.

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Christian Bloggers Share Their Favorite Prayer Resource

Christian Bloggers Share Their Favorite Prayer Resource

What happens when you ask a group of Christian bloggers about their favorite resource to grow your prayer life? They’ll share their top book recommendations, insights, and encouragement. Why? It’s because all of us seek to grow in this important part of our relationship with God: Communicating with the Creator of life, honoring Him inner speech while approaching Him just as we are.

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How to Take Someone’s Fear of the Bible

How to Take Someone’s Fear of the Bible

“I don’t have a Bible degree.”

“I better ask for the pastor’s opinion rather than searching the Bible for an answer.”

“I wouldn’t know where to start and am too nervous to get it wrong.”

“Bible study is for teachers and leaders.”

Are you all too familiar with these sentiments? Do many women in your small group or Bible study desire to dig deep into Scripture but don’t believe they are capable? Are you encountering initial excitement followed by a whole lot of fear? Let’s counter those fears with truth and a plan.

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How an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything

How an Eternal Perspective Changes Everything

What would your life look like if your mind was solely focused on Christ and His ministry? How would your attitude change towards the circumstances you are facing? Would your heart be more at peace? How would you spend your time, and what would be on your mind?

The apostles are amazing examples to us of believers totally given to a life of ministry, loving God and loving others, and advancing His kingdom. Let’s learn from them.

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