Honor God above all else! That should be our attitude always, specifically when we approach God in prayer. As we study through the Lord's Prayer and examine just how Jesus taught us to pray, we pause here to consider what it means to “hallow His name”.Read More
As we begin to look at the Lord's Prayer, we are going to pause and take a look at this greeting. How should we approach the throne of God? How should we address our heavenly Father? Let us be conscientious of whom we are approaching in prayer.Read More
The final words of New Testament letters are always special. Here, the author is wrapping up his main message to his audience and throwing in any last words of encouragement or challenges to keep in mind. We see this in the Book of James as well. He has been encouraging us to live out our faith in loving actions towards one another. Here, at the end of his letter, he brings up two more aspects of Christian community. He encourages his audience to pray for one another and continually lead one another back to the truth.Read More
In this last chapter of the book of James, we detect a change in his tone of voice. It takes on an air of an Old Testament warning of impending judgment. Let's take a look and compare it to similar passages in the Bible.Read More
Did you know that the chapter and verse divisions, as well as the paragraph headings found in your Bible, are not actually a part of the original text? Paragraph divisions and headings are certainly not wrong or bad, but they might affect how we read the text. As we're heading into James 4, I will show you a perfect example.Read More
James 3 presents us with a challenge: to watch our words. James teaches us about taming our tongues. Get ready to explore the meaning of this phrase as we continue our Bible study and learn about word pictures.Read More
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