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

 

Words give us hope. So do fighting spirits. Winston Churchill had both. In the dark days of World War II, Britain needed a leader who could rally them and lead them to victory.

 

Within the first year of the war, King George VI appointed Churchill as Britain’s prime minister. The British and French had been unsuccessful in saving Norway from Nazi occupation. Poland had already been invaded by the Germans and the Soviets, and divided between the two powers. On the day Churchill took office, Germany invaded France and three other western neighbors.1

 

Six weeks later, France surrendered. Yet Churchill possessed the fire and the courage to keep his sights on victory and to embolden his people to do the same.

 

In his first speech as prime minister, Churchill laid out the battle plan: “Victory. Victory at all costs. Victory in spite of all terror. Victory however long and hard the road may be. For without victory there is no survival.”2

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by Katy Kauffman


Sometimes it’s a change in our circumstances that stirs our emotions into an inner storm. Sometimes it’s a lingering difficulty. The eye of the hurricane revolves around an unsolved problem, an unmet need, or an unanswered prayer. The winds increase and thunder resounds as we allow fear, doubt, and anxiety to clash with despair. The emotional upheaval affects every part of our lives, and we wonder how it can be fixed. Will it ever be fixed?  


Of course, having an emotional reaction to a trial is nearly uncontrollable—it’s going to happen. But once we get our bearings and remember that the Calmer of any storm is with us, we realize we have a choice to make.


Hushing an emotional storm starts with specific choices on our part and climaxes in God’s work. It begins with a determination to trust God in spite of what we can see, in spite of what we feel. God won’t force us to have peace within—we have to be willing to receive His peace. Often we have to let go of anxiety, fear, and doubt. As He works in our hearts and we cooperate with that process, peace calms the raging storm. We can persevere with grace as we wait to see what God will do in our circumstances.

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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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