Brainstorming, discussions, speeches, laughter, and joy—that’s what we had at last year’s Enrich Conference. Even on Zoom! I loved “gathering” online with other Christian writers to talk about Bible studies. The Pandemic didn’t stop us from enriching each other with encouragement, feedback, and fellowship.


The Enrich Conference 2021 offers classes, workshops, and fellowship time for those who write, speak, or teach about Scripture. This year’s conference will be on Thursday, September 30, through Saturday, October 2. It will be on Zoom, and it’s free. A list of the classes, the daily schedule, and a link to register for the conference are below.


On the first day, we’ll have a mini-conference on “How to Write Bible Studies,” from which we will launch a new Zoom group for Bible study writers. Thursday evening begins the regular conference with a brainstorming session. The rest of the time, we’ll give speeches and receive feedback, talk about main ideas and reader takeaway, and discuss how to repurpose our Bible studies or Christian Living articles into (CBN) devotions. We will practice putting some sizzle into our book proposals, and be encouraged to use such resources for writers as MailChimp, WordPress, and YouTube. And more. We would love for you to join us.

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by Katy Kauffman


One morning my heart was sad. Although I was half-awake, I started focusing on the wrong thing, and I needed God’s help to refocus my attention and strengthen my heart. Even though I wanted more sleep, I opened my Bible, and my eyes fell on the verse I needed.

Awake, awake! Put on your strength, O Zion;
put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city!
Isaiah 52:1 NKJV


The “awake, awake!” part got my attention. But more importantly, this verse called on God’s people to put on strength. This passage in Isaiah talks about God restoring His people after they had been in captivity.


Is your heart help captive by something? Too often we let our hearts become captive to sorrow, fear, anger, or sin; and we are lulled into despair or apathy. We may think, Things will always be this way, or, I just don’t care anymore.

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by Katy Kauffman


It drives me nuts when I can see the color of flowers in my garden, but I can’t quite get there. In late spring, we planted three azaleas and two hydrangeas in the backyard—the perfect view for a summer of flowers. Their home is a kidney-shaped flower bed filled with the blonde and red specks of cedar mulch. Blue, purple, white, pink, and green blooms have already enticed me to come visit them. But my journey to experiencing joy and peace up close in the garden, is hindered after a downpour.


During a prolonged, hard rain, a six-foot wide stream forms in our grassy backyard between the sidewalk next to the house and the new flower garden. When the waters recede, I still need stepping stones to get from the concrete to the flowers, or else my shoes will need a hosing.


The downpours of life can challenge our joy and peace. Disappointments, hardship, illness, the death of a loved one. Doubt, loss, anger, the tactics of the enemy, and so on.


Maybe you can see joy and peace from afar, but it seems like you can’t quite get there. You need some stepping stones to access them. Or you need some strategies to help guard the joy and peace that you already have.

  By Katy

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Winning the Victory: A Blog by Katy Kauffman

Award-Winning Author, Editor, Bible Teacher

As co-founder of Lighthouse Bible Studies, Katy is a Bible study author and editor of Refresh Bible Study Magazine. Follow Katy's blog to receive posts sharing practical strategies for winning life's spiritual battles. 

 

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