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Peace With God

Ephesians 1:3-7

The word “peace” indicates a complete, whole or harmonious relationship. On a basic level there can be peace between individuals,  as well as within families, communities, and nations. However, in order for a person to experience peace in its truest form, one must be at peace or in a harmonious relationship with God.

Adam and Even enjoyed a perfect peaceful relationship with God. However, in Genesis 3 we find that they exchanged peace with God for Satan’s lie, which resulted in being separated from the Creator. So it is for each of us. The moment a person sins, there is separation from God; there is no longer a harmonious, peaceful relationship with Him (Isaiah 59:1-2).

Having foreknowledge of man’s fall, God had a marvelous plan, conceived “before the foundation of the world” (Ephesians 1:4). The Word would surrender the glory He possessed in heaven, take on flesh, and offer Himself as a sinless sacrifice (John 1:1, 14; 17:5; Philippians 2:5-8). Jesus made it possible to remove the barrier of sin between God and man so that peace with God could be enjoyed once again (Ephesians 2:16).

As Scripture points out, blessings are promised to those in Christ. All of these blessings have the common thread of being restored to a peaceful relationship with God. Understanding each of these blessings can bring greater appreciation for the peace God gives His children.

  • We have peace with God because we have been REDEEMED. Redemption typifies a slave being purchased in order to grant him his freedom. Christ paid the ransom price to free us from the bondage of sin (Romans 6:17-18; Ephesians 1:7; Titus 2:14).
  • We have peace with God because we have been FORGIVEN. In accounting, this term indicates a debt has been cancelled and marked “paid in full”. Thanks to Jesus’ blood, the sin on our account has been permanently erased (Colossians 2:13-14).
  • We have peace with God because we have been RECONCILED. Reconciliation suggests changed. As sinful beings, we are alienated from God. When we turn to God, He changes our relationship with Him from one of enmity to that of friendship (Colossians 1:19-20).
  • We have peace with God because we have been JUSTIFIED. A justified person has been charged with a crime but has been declared “not guilty.” Because Christ  agreed to carry the weight of our guilt upon His shoulders, we will be acquitted from our own guilt through faithful obedience (Romans 5:18).
  • We have peace with God because we have been SANCTIFIED. The world “sanctification” implies separation. In this case, we are not separated from God, but set apart for God. The child of God is set apart from the world and its evils and has been joined to God (1 Thessalonians 4:3-7; 5:23).

God longs for us to be at peace. Peace and trusting in Him go hand in hand. The prophet Isaiah declared, “You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You” (Isaiah 26:3). Do you trust Him?

Questions

  1. What is required in order to have inner peace?
  2. What lie did Satan use to tempt Eve?
  3. How does Genesis 3:6 correlate to 1 John 2:16?
  4. What is spiritual death? Explain the concept of redemption.
  5. At what point in a person’s life are they separated from God?
  6. When does forgiveness take place?
  7. What does it mean to be reconciled to God?
  8. When did God plan for the Word to come to earth and ultimately become a sinless sacrifice?
  9. What does “sanctification” mean?
  10. God will keep us in perfect peace if we will do what?

Christian Woman Magazine, November/December 2016 – In Search of Truth: A Promise of Peace by Joy Jensen – Lesson 3 (pg 31)

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My morning quiet time

quiet time on porch

Early morning quiet time, and the cows didn’t want to cooperate. When they see a person they just can’t help but to “call” them to come feed. The birds were singing and it balanced everything out, it was a beautiful morning.

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Morning Bible Study & Reading

A snippet from my Bible study and reading this morning. I like to share those “aha” moments that happen while I read or study. Hopefully it can help you today as it has helped me.

This is from my Christian Woman magazine March/April 2015, The Christian Growth Chart by Casandra Martin.

Every day we have the opportunity to humble our hearts and surrender to the work of the Spirit in our lives. We often don’t see the importance of the small choices as we make our way through our days. They seem inconsequential in the moment. One small choice doesn’t seem to hold eternal weight, yet this is where most of our growth takes place – in the every day…
…Christians are not supposed to be just a little bit more loving than the rest of the world or a tad more kind than their neighbors. This is counter-nature, counter-cultural, counter-comfortable evidence of God’s grace. I am not supposed to have just a little bit of joy, but so much joy that others can see it and notice His presence and transformation within me. That is what we see in the New Testament. Generosity that defies explanation, peace that passes understanding, and faithfulness that withstands persecution. The Spirit’s presence in my life is supposed to be so evident and His effect so tangible that the world sits up and takes notice.
The fruit of the Spirit is not a checklist of good behavior. It is a growth chart for how the Holy Spirit is working in transforming our lives into the image of Jesus. The good news is that no matter where you measure up today, God is willing and able to help you grow. Celebrate the growth you see. Surrender where you see the need. Walk in the Spirit. Abide in Him. Let the world see His presence in you.

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South America or Bust

My little sister is on her way to Guyana, South America as I type. Please join me in prayer for the mission team as they work there to spread the Good News. As she says regarding the picture at the very top of this post,

This photo makes it look WAY more luxurious than it is. Just beyond those trees are burning trash and kids playing with a bees nest (their idea of entertainment). This was also my first experience with ice-cold-showers.

At some point in this trip they will be sleeping in tents and drawing water from a well. My sister tends to be um, how do I say this, accident-prone and adventurous, the two are a dangerous combination. I have faith that the Lord can take care of her wherever she is, he’s done it her whole life. Please join me in prayer for her (Terri) and her protector & minister (Bryant). I’m not sure of the others’ names but God knows.

Thanks for the prayers! She’ll be arriving around 10pm tonight (Lord willing) and coming home March 4. I’m so very proud of her!

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PEACE LOVE SHOES

I’ve never been a shoe person. High heels hurt my feet and make me walk funny. I do like a good pair of sandals but usually just one pair will do me. FOR .YEARS. I don’t feel the need to buy shoes when I’m upset. I know many people do. We all have our different “comforts”. I’m more likely to buy a pen and a new notebook than I am shoes. And yes, I could probably fill a library with those much like those who need a “shoe closet” for all their precious shoes. You may be one of those people. And that’s okay.

red chucksFor a long time I’ve wanted a pair of Converse. But wouldn’t buy any because 1) I wouldn’t pay that much for a pair of shoes I couldn’t wear every day, and 2) I couldn’t decide whether I wanted red or black. I’m usually a practical gal. I’ve been known to say, “If I could buy one pair of shoes to go with everything I would.” I tend to go with brown/tan/black shoes that I can wear with everything. Any time I get brave enough to even think about buying a funky color shoe I back out at the last minute. It’s kind of like my stand mixer. For years I wanted a Kitchen Aid Mixer, you know the kind that comes in all colors. I thought I wanted red, or light blue, or yellow… I could never decide {Yes, this is a recurring theme in my life – trouble with decisions}. So I got black.

Well one day I was overheard talking about wanting a pair of Converse shoes, but of course I would never spend the money on them, especially because I’d like red and red won’t go with everything. A generous benefactor gave me the money and a coupon to go and buy them. These are probably my favorite gift I’ve ever received. My red shoes make me happy. They can cheer me up and make me smile on the gloomiest of days. They are fun and quirky, all the things I like to think I am. And they remind me of both of my grandmothers for different reasons. They are special shoes.

Kind of like that new pair of tennis shoes you would get before school? The first time you lace them up felt so good. As you walk your eye can’t help but catch them in its view. Admiring them so much you may walk into a wall.

I found something that helps relate our shoes to our Christian walk, and may help us in the future to think of our shoes in a different way.

Shoes by Casandra Martin

I love new shoes. Trying on new shoes opens up new worlds of possibilities. You can see yourself differently as you slip into sandals, buckle up boots, or tie up new tennis shoes. You can feel glamorous in heels or search for comfort among the slippers. Each pair of shoes lets you frame yourself in a different picture and imagine, dream, or deal with the practical.

Did you know that God is in the shoe business? Every day, as you are getting dressed, He wants you to slip on a very special pair of shoes.“and, as shoes for your feet, having put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace.” (Ephesians 6:15) When we wear these God-given shoes, we literally stand in peace. They help us be ready to face whatever comes our way through the day.

The most interesting feature of these peace-infused shoes is that they are designed as battle gear. They help us stand firm during the war that is being waged all around us. The wisdom writer wraps up his discussion on time by reminding us that there is “…a time for war, and a time for peace.”(Ecclesiastes 3:8b) The blessing is that we live in peace, even as we daily face the spiritual battle that rages in this world.

MY JESUS RESOLUTION today is to put on my shoes. My heart craves peace, and the best peace is found when I stand fully in Christ. Like any pair of shoes, putting on peace requires bending low and covering what is vulnerable and tender with something strong and durable. It is a daily habit, putting on these shoes of peace. They remind us of where we stand, who we stand with, and what it means to be a person moved by peace. War is inevitable. We are going to face its assaults daily. Whether we are able to stand up or are knocked flat really depends on whether we have taken the time to put on our shoes.

SO HOW DO WE APPLY THIS? Some questions to think about:

      What does it mean to you to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?
      What is the gospel of peace?
      How do YOU “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?
      What’s the opposite of peace?
      Do you have to put it on or take it off?
      How do you train your mind to “put on the readiness given by the gospel of peace”?

colossians 3:15

And let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, to which indeed you were called in one body. And be thankful.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace, whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.”

John 14:27

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

john 16:33

These things I have spoken to you, that in Me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation; but be of good cheer, I have overcome the world.”

Philippians 4:6-7

 “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

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My New Tattoo

How often do we pick and choose our favorite parts of scripture to embroider on a pillow? For instance, the world says “Just follow your heart”. And yeah, that sounds good, I’ve heard that my whole life. But when we look for a verse to back that idea up, we are met with a whole lot of “Whaaaa?!”.

When I search an online Bible website one of the first verses that come up under that phrase is Ecclesiastes 11:9. When you read that verse it starts out seemingly reinforcing the concept of following your heart. One might even be tempted to start sketching out a new tattoo idea before you read the last sentence in that verse. Go ahead, look it up. Or keep reading I’ve copy and pasted it for you.

Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,
and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth.
Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes…
…But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

Say what? God will JUDGE ME for FOLLOWING MY HEART?!? Surely not. Everyone always says “Follow your heart!”. Maybe I can find another verse that will rectify this obvious digression from mainstream thinking. Oh, I know, Proverbs! I bet there’ll be something great about it in Proverbs! After all Solomon was the wisest man who ever lived! Proverbs 28:26?

He who trusts in his own heart is a fool,
But he who walks wisely will be delivered.

[FYI: Some versions translate heart into mind, which is often considered the same thing]

No way! Not again! What say you Jeremiah? Chapter 17 verse 9 says:

The heart is more deceitful than all else
And is desperately sick;
Who can understand it?

So what am I to take out of all of this? There’s a reason the entire Bible was written. TO BE READ. Not only the pieces and parts that “speak to us”, but the whole thing. I mean, we know when we read a silly CAUTION label that there’s that one person, or even more than one person who has tried it. Some where some body didn’t know not to use the hair dryer in the shower…

He gave us HIS WORD because he loves us. Take it all in, diligently study every word. Then you will know the heart of God, that you can look to him for guidance.

Create in me a clean heart, O God, And renew a steadfast spirit within me.

Psalm 51:10

See how I did that with the title. You thought I was going to get a tattoo didn’t you!? You were all, “No way! she’s getting a tattoo?” No, I am not a fan of pain. No tattoos for me. But if I were to get one, it just might be an iron skillet filled with piping hot cornbread of course. Or maybe this! Ha!iron skillet tattoo

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From My Bible Study

This morning this is what hit me from my Bible study…
{FYI I usually read the center section of Christian Woman Magazine called In Search of Truth as my morning Bible study and I don’t do them in any kind of order, just whatever I find interesting.}

EXCERPT FROM THE JAN/FEB 2014 CHRISTIAN WOMAN MAGAZINE
Search for Pure Speech – Lesson 5

God through Solomon taught His followers how He wanted them to speak. One way to have pure speech is to talk less. Solomon said in Ecc. 3:7, “[There is] a time to keep silence, and a time to speak,”and in 5:2, “Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God… Therefore let your words be few” (NKJV). In Ecclesiastes 10:14, he wrote, “A fool also multiplies words.”…

The New Testament continued the principles of pure speech that Solomon recorded. Jesus said in Matthew 12:36-37: “But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. For by your words you will be justified and by your words you will be condemned.”

Did you catch that? LET YOUR WORDS BE FEW – Ecc. 5:2. Who struggles with that? Um, PICK ME!!

That leads me to think about another of my favorite verses, Proverbs 17:28 “Even a fool who keeps silent is considered wise; when he closes his lips, he is deemed intelligent.”

And with that I will say no more.

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Eyes

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The eye is used figuratively in scripture. Paul prayed for Christians to receive SPIRITUAL WISDOM and ENLIGHTENED EYES (Ephesians 1:17-18). How does one acquire wisdom, knowledge, and enlightenment? Surely it won’t fall from the sky as did the manna in the wilderness of Sinai. James encourages us to ask for wisdom (James 1:5). Jesus asked God to “give us this day our daily bread” (Matthew 6:11). Yet, we are instructed to work (2 Thessalonians 3:11-12). The Lord’s providence helps us obtain our physical needs. Likewise, His providence will assist our growth in wisdom; but we must work for it by diligently studying His Word, learning from our mistakes and successes, and observing mature Christians. Without the Bible none will be spiritually wise (Proverbs 1:7).

Jan/Feb 2015 Christian Woman Magazine p.32

In the past week I’ve started back in studying the Bible with the inside middle section of my Christian Woman magazine, the section is called ‘In Search of Truth’. It is a bi-monthly publication that always includes this section written by various ladies. It’s usually 8 lessons with a section of questions that reinforce what has been learned.

Some months tend to strike a chord with me more than others, and this month is one of those. Written by Betty Jackson of Stockton, CA this month’s study has brought several ‘Wow, I never thought of it that way’ moments as well as many ‘I don’t remember ever reading that verse before’ surprises, those are my favorite. She has a blog if you’re interested, I haven’t looked at it yet, but plan to – holy-women-of-hope.blogspot.com

The quoted section at the beginning of this post is what really hit home with me today. It’s a hard idea to grasp, for me anyway, that we are to ask God for things, but that we must work for them as well. It may be that in this society obsessed with instant gratification we expect Him to be much like the genie in the lamp, or Santa Claus, in which we ask for what we want and he plops it directly in our lap.

Now there are some requests In which we can physically do nothing to affect the outcome, and then there are those that require action on our part. In my immature/early Christian years I struggled with the thought that I could just pray to lose weight and that he’d make it magically happen no matter how many slices of cheesecake I ate. We all start off immaturely, I know, but I was pushing the limits with that one. I wonder how many times He rested His forehead in His palm whilst shaking His head as I prayed back then?

The same problem happened with me when I prayed for wisdom. I mean it says ‘Pray for wisdom and he’ll give it to you.’ (I paraphrased that of course). But it just never happened. I was expecting to wake up one morning as wise as a 90 year old Godly woman, but until I started actually studying my Bible regularly I didn’t see any progress. (Now some of you who know me may marvel that I think I’m wiser than I was, but trust me, it’s been a long long winding road and you didn’t want to know me before.)

So basically those who try to sell you the whole, just pray and do nothing to help yourself nonsense are not doing you any favors. Pray for wisdom and put your nose in the book and you will see progress. God is not going to give an idiot wisdom. You won’t be an idiot if you truly study His word and apply it in your life.

Happy New Year friends! Put your nose in the book this year and you’ll notice a change by next year.

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GETTING TO KNOW GOD THROUGH – BIBLE STUDY

The Bible is God speaking to me. Prayer is me speaking to God. We should be having a two-way conversation with the Father daily.

WE KNOW GOD IF WE KEEP HIS COMMANDMENTS (HAVE TO STUDY TO KNOW THE COMMANDMENTS) | 1 JOHN 2:3-4

WE KNOW GOD WHEN WE LOVE OTHERS (A COMMANDMENT) | 1 JOHN 4:7-21

7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love. In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him. 10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins. 11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another. 12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.

13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world. 15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God. 16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him. 17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world. 18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.19 We love because he first loved us. 20 If anyone says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who does not love his brother whom he has seen cannot[a] love God whom he has not seen. 21 And this commandment we have from him: whoever loves God must also love his brother.

WE KNOW GOD WHEN IT IS EVIDENT BY OUR WORKS | TITUS 1:16-2:15

  • Reverent in behavior
  • SPEAK THE TRUTH
  • SOBER
  • OLDER WOMEN Train young women to love husbands & children
  • Self-controlled
  • Pure
  • Working at home
  • Kind
  • Submissive to MY own husband
  • Be a model of good works
  • Teacher/Teach what is good (CAN’T TEACH WHAT WE DON’T KNOW)
  • Integrity
  • Dignity
  • Sound speech          

DON’T KNOW GOD: ENSLAVED TO THOSE THAT BY NATURE ARE NOT GODS | GALATIANS 4:8-9

DON’T KNOW GOD: WILL SUFFER THE PUNISHMENT OF ETERNAL DESTRUCTION IN FLAMING FIRE | 2 THESSALONIANS 1

Practical Habits for Bible Study

In addition to the “mechanics” of effective study, it is helpful to think also along the lines of study habits. I would like to offer some suggestions that have been helpful to me across the years.

(1) If at all possible, create for yourself a special “study” in your home. In a spare room, the attic, the basement, etc. — find yourself a “study nook” that can be yours. Furnish it with a comfortable chair, a desk, good lighting, and some book shelves. Make it your special place and plan to visit it regularly on certain days of the week (e.g., an hour each morning before work time).

Early morning is really the most ideal time for study. Discipline yourself to get in the habit of regular study.

This is a difficult chore. If one is not preaching, teaching a class, or engaged in some activity that demands research, it is hard to carve out the time — particularly if it is a labor, rather than a love. But if one gets into the study mode, virtually every day, it will pay rich dividends — not only in his personal life, but in qualifying him to help others.

In addition to devotional reading in the Bible itself, for example, one might select a popular (as opposed to technical) commentary that he will read through in the coming year. I try to keep a good book handy to read whenever I have a spare moment away from regular duties. For instance, if I know I am going to have to spend time in the doctor’s waiting room, rather than browsing magazines, I may take a book with me.

(2) Every Christian should build at least a modest library of good books. Handy tools, such as a complete concordance, a Bible atlas, some biblical dictionaries or encyclopedias, a few good commentaries, some volumes on Christian evidences, church history, etc., are vital for a well-rounded range of knowledge. One should subscribe to at least a couple good brotherhood periodicals — those that teach (as opposed to merely haranguing).

(3) Study the Scriptures from several different vantage points. Survey biblical books. Galatians falls into three natural divisions:

Personal – A Defense of Paul’s Credibility (1-2);
Doctrinal – Justification through the Gospel (3-4);
Practical – Walking by the Spirit (5-6).

Explore the biographical data of great Bible characters. Articles in Bible dictionaries (e.g., The Wycliffe Bible Dictionary) on Abraham, Joseph, Jesus, and Paul will enrich your life. Learn to do “word studies.” Words are the vehicles of intelligent communication. Even the non-specialist can learn something of the treasures of the original languages of the Bible.

(4) In this day of mobility, a good student can take advantage of good  Bible lectureships by listening to tapes as he drives about from place-to-place. It is important to utilize every possible opportunity to learn God’s word. The Christian who is ever learning will become a valuable resource to the congregation of which he or she is a member.

BIBLE STUDY: JOURNALING

DIY Legacy Bible Journal

http://stonesoupforfive.blogspot.com/2012/01/diy-legacy-bible-journal.html

I’m a note taker. It helps me concentrate, think, learn, and apply what I’m hearing. I’m also a doodler. But mainly I’m unorganized and lose those notes or never look at them again. UNTIL, I found a new way to take notes! A new way that keeps them organized, together, and all in one place.

A Do It Yourself Legacy Bible Journal!
I’ve been using it for a few months now and am so excited to say that it really DOES work and makes me so excited to go to church and learn more and fill more pages!  I can’t tell you the difference this organized way has made in my Bible study times, meetings with our mentors,  books I’m reading, and Sunday morning services.

So I’ll jump right in on how to set it up for yourself.  I’m so excited for you to try this!

First, I grabbed a simple, cheap (under $2) composition notebook. Get one you really like. I wasn’t sure that I would like this system, so I just used a wide ruled, ugly covered one I had laying around (wish I had gotten a college ruled one with a pretty cover).

Don’t be like me. Find one you’ll love (though I’ve grown to love it so much and I’ll probably recover it at some point anyway).

**Important:  on the inside cover, be sure to add your name and phone number.  I know even though I’m only at the beginning of filling in the pages, if I ever lost or misplaced this book, I would be so upset!  Be sure to add this on the inside of the front cover!**

Now you’re going to make your Table of Contents. Leave at least the first 5-6 pages blank for this.  I listed everything in the Bible I wanted to know more about that I could think of.  I wrote them on a different piece of paper, and tried to alphabetize, but since then have added many more on to the end of the list, so it’s not that important to alphabetize.

You’ll have lots of unused lines on those pages.  That’s good. You’ll soon fill them up….
(I’ve since updated –glued a new page over this one–to have a line down the middle and TWO rows of topics and pages.  I like it MUCH better.  See here for my new table of contents list.)

Then, you’re going to skip those first five to six table of contents pages and start numbering every single page (front and back) of the notebook. I just put a small number in the bottom corner of each page. Every single one.  (Nice activity to do while watching your favorite show or listening to the latest Dave Ramsey podcast.)

And, that’s basically all you need to do for the set up. Now the fun begins! Now you get to keep this notebook with you everywhere. With your current Bible Study, at church, everywhere!

I’m loving that instead of just taking notes on that specific sermon, that I can never find when I need anyway, I put the information that applies to whatever the pastor is going over on the page that is appropriate.

I have pages for specific Bible characters that I want to know more about… especially because my Bible history is so weak.  I only know a handful of the really popular people of the Bible, and want to know MORE!

When our pastor was going over the book of Proverbs, I made a new page for some of them, but some of them fit on other pages I had already made (anger, anxiety, etc).

Then there was a sermon that we listened to that brought up another character that I had forgotten about, so I added him to the Table of Contents and started a page just for him.   What a blessing to add to my knowledge of more and more people of the Bible!  There are many, many blank pages that I have yet to fill in.  But that’s kind of exciting to me.  I always have SOMETHING to study.  Something to learn more about!

I’m excited that I don’t need a guided Bible Study book all the time, I’m able to search the scriptures myself for whatever topic I have at hand next. I can’t tell you enough, how much this system has simplified, streamlined, and helped my Bible study time and growth.  It’s so fun to pull my notebook out and add bits of information here and there to a page.

Sometimes I add only one sentence, or just a thought that was brought up in a book I’m reading, or something I’ve heard. Sometimes it’s a whole page or more. And, what a legacy this will be as I fill page after page with God’s truth.  As long as I’m here on this earth, I’ll keep filling up pages with what I’m learning to pass along as a legacy to my children of what a great spiritual heritage they have in Christ.

Table of Contents/Topics… May want to use pencil (for those OCD people) or just forget about alphabetical order (if you can) 🙂

Possible Topics

  • Abraham
  • Abraham (cont’d)
  • Accountability
  • Adversity
  • Angels
  • Apostles/Disciples
  • Baptism
  • Belief
  • Bible Study
  • Cain vs. Abel
  • Canaan
  • Children
  • Children of Israel
  • Christ’s Return/Day of Judgment
  • Church History
  • Communion
  • Creation
  • Daniel
  • David
  • Deborah
  • Demons/Spirits
  • Discipline
  • Education
  • Elijah
  • Elisha
  • Enoch
  • Esther
  • Faith
  • Fear of the Lord
  • Forgiveness
  • Fruits of the Spirit
  • Giving
  • Gluttony
  • God
  • God’s Promises
  • God’s Will
  • Holy Spirit
  • Isaac
  • Jacob & Esau
  • Jerusalem/Israel
  • Jesus Christ
  • John
  • Kings of Israel
  • Know God
  • Knowledge
  • Luke
  • Marriage
  • Moses
  • Names of Christ
  • Names of God
  • Noah
  • Parents
  • Parents of the Bible
  • Passover
  • Paul
  • Peter
  • Praise
  • Prayer
  • Prayer (cont’d)
  • Promises
  • Proverbs: 31
  • Proverbs: anger
  • Proverbs: leadership
  • Proverbs: talking & listening
  • Proverbs: work
  • Rahab
  • Repentance
  • Resurrection
  • Revelation
  • Sabbath
  • Satan
  • Simeon
  • Sin
  • Suffering
  • Summary of John
  • Temptation
  • the Reformation
  • Wisdom
  • Women
  • Worry/Anxiety
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Daath Elohim {Knowledge of God+}

Abraham J. Hechel in The Prophets states that Hosea’s phrase daath elohim, translated “knowledge of God” in 4:1 and 6:6 and “knowledge” in 4:6 (NKJV), carries a deeper meaning than most English translations convey: “Sympathy for God, attachment of the whole person, his love… his knowledge; an act of involvement, attachment, or commitment to God… an inner identification with God rather than a mere dedication to ceremonies.”

If we know God, we care how He thinks and feels. Hosea, then, needed to express God’s desire for a relationship that achieves spiritual intimacy with His people. What intimate human relationship reflects the godly traits of love and forgiveness? Marriage.

The Bible presents God’s love in many roles – Creator, Protector, Father, Redeemer, Husband – but in Hosea we see God with a broken heart, despairing over an adulterous wife, angry and hurt. His holiness forbids sin; His love years to forgive His faithless bride.

Marriage holds the potential for ideal love and intimacy intellectually , emotionally, physically, and spiritually. In marriage we love, cherish, teach, learn, grow, forgive and accept forgiveness. Designed by God, marriage reveals a glimpse of love perfected in the greater spiritual union of God and His beloved people.

{Christian Woman Magazine: May/June 2012 Issue – In Search of Truth, Lesson 6, God with a Broken Heart, by Debra Griffin Mitchell p.34}

My personal Bible study usually involves the ‘In Search of Truth’ section of my Christian Woman Magazines. As I was studying this lesson, entitled ‘God with a Broken Heart’, I was struck by the comparison of marriage and God’s love for us, our “marriage” to Him. What a beautiful thought, I know how much I love my husband, but sometimes do not like him, I know his faults, and yet I still love him, even when he messes up (as he does me & mine). I still choose to live here with him every day as he does with me. I don’t HAVE to. I could choose to leave, run away, but I made a decision to stick by this guy, FOREVER.

It’s so humbling to know that God still chooses to live with me every day. FOREVER, no matter what. He knows my faults, and I’m sure he doesn’t like me sometimes. To know that even then he loves me? Me? Such a struggler of faith and dedication! How? Why?

I am so thankful. There has to be another word there, thankful just doesn’t seem to begin to describe this feeling.

According to Synonym.com:

Synonyms for thankful

Similarity of adj thankful
1 sense of thankful
Sense 1:
grateful (vs. ungrateful), thankful
appreciative, glad
That’s it? Wow, I need to invent a word. I guess that’s where the Spirit intercedes for me, interpreting my groanings that are too deep for words. I’m so glad that He does.
Romans 8:26
Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray for as we ought, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.
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